As you know, our Heart of Seattle Awards are underway and now that the top finalists of each category have been chosen, it's time for them to tell YOU why they should get this prestigious recognition. All of the groups have some pretty solid cases, so we've selected some of the best quotes from each finalist and they will be viewable and accessible on blog posts for the next two months. After reading the quotes, vote for the business that you think should be chosen for the Heart of Seattle award in each category. Here are the experience finalists:
21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living
"In addition to [their] farm and education program, 21 Acres Center supports a farm fresh market and commercial kitchen providing a vast array of services and products to the community, ranging from learning how to help your family cook healthier meals to determining how to get your home- made jam recipe to market for commercial sales."
"Geocaching HQ ... develops innovative products and services including Geocaching.com and the Geocaching® app that inspire and enable discovery, exploration, and adventure in more than 190 countries. Their favorite green initiatives include: office being located in a Gold LEED-certified building, organizing the worldwide CITO (Cache In Trash Out®) environmental initiative, hosting four clean-up events and two clothing exchanges per year, almost entirely eliminating plastic water bottle usage, changing catering to buffet style meals to use less packaging, and having a communal gear closet that supplies reusable outdoor equipment."
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort
"Sleeping Lady has long been known for its sustainable and ecologically-minded practices since opening in 1995 – from composting food, to using the earth’s natural warmth to heat buildings, to growing produce in their very own certified organic garden. Their commitment to a sustainable future is underscored by their designation as a certified B Corporation since 2010. The Harriet Bullitt’s legacy details a financial profit that will eventually flow to the Icicle Fund which supports the environment, arts and history through innovative collaboration in North Central Washington."
The 5th Avenue Theatre
"From the page to the stage, [The 5th Avenue Theatre] bring[s] passion and epic scale to every musical they create. As a nonprofit theatre company and our region's largest performing arts employer, they spread the joy of great musicals with people of all ages across our region and state. Each year, they reach more than 75,000 young people through their nationally acclaimed education programs, designed to develop new musicals that ensure the next generation of great musicals will be there to tell the stories that captivate tomorrow's audiences."
Pratt Fine Arts Center
"Pratt Fine Arts Center makes art accessible to everyone, offering a place for spirited exchange, self-expression and personal transformation through creativity. Pratt is dedicated to fostering artistic development and engagement locally, nationally and internationally. A unique multidisciplinary visual arts resource, Pratt provides education and instruction, community programs and professionally equipped art making facilities."
Now that you've heard why each business believes they deserve their category's award, you are given the daunting task of voting for which of these 5 fantastic businesses should win.