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Every year, the greater Gig Harbor community celebrates the return of salmon to our local waters.
Since 1972, the Gig Harbor Commercial Fishermen’s Club has incubated salmon eggs at Donkey Creek, releasing over 1 million fry into the Gig Harbor bay annually.
The Chum Festival serves to remind us that the quality of our water, and the habitat it supports, connects us all. This year, the Parks & Environment CAB, has taken on an important role in assuring the Chum Fest legacy continues.
Join us as we recognize new ways to improve and protect our waterways.
The Coach Joel Wingard Cross Country Scholarship fund was established by colleagues and friends of Coach Wingard. Joel taught in the Peninsula School District for 25 years, six at Peninsula High School and 19 at Gig Harbor High School. Today, he still coaches crosscountry and track & field at Peninsula High School. Over his teaching and coaching career, he has helped to lead many young athletes to both team and individual championship titles, which led to being one of the most successful coaches in state history.
The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize outstanding accomplishment by a member or members of the Cross Country team who have exemplified the values of commitment, integrity, goals and achievement that formed the basis of Coach Wingard’s coaching philosophy at Gig Harbor and Peninsula high schools.
Annually, up to four scholarships will be awarded, two at Peninsula High School, two at Gig Harbor High School, provided sufficient funds are available, and qualified candidates are nominated. Annually, beginning in the 201415 school year, an equal number of scholarships will be made available to each high school.
The Foundation’s Education Core Area Board (CAB) provides oversight to the scholarship fund.
The coaching staff of the Gig Harbor and Peninsula High School Cross Country teams shall nominate scholarship candidates. Nominations will be presented to respective scholarship committees. The respective Scholarship Committees or its designees shall select recipients from the nominees, based on the established criteria.
A recipient of this scholarship shall meet the following criteria:
Partners: Gig Harbor & Key Peninsula organizations and agencies
Beginning in mid-2012, the Foundation initiated the first phase of the three year Self-Sufficiency Initiative (SSI), a significant effort to assess the diverse and unmet needs of the community and the capacities of organizations that work to provide programs and services across the Foundation’s core service areas.
Special Thanks to our 2016 Students of Distinction Sponsors:
The generous commitment of our sponsors help ensure that the Students of Distinction tradition of honoring our community’s finest graduating seniors and alumni of distinction continues. Together, sponsors have provided more than $10,000 in scholarship funds annually over the past 14 years.
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
If you would like to become a 2017 Students of Distinction sponsor, please give us a call (253) 514-6338 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2005, a few visionary citizens stepped forward to provide our community with a valuable last chance to purchase 19-acres of land, previously slated for residential development, to create a much needed multi-use recreational park. By mid-2006, the Foundation took on the charge to help PenMet Parks make this park a reality for our community.
Founded in 2003 by The Peninsula Gateway, the Students of Distinction program has honored more than 400 graduating seniors from the Peninsula School District. The program became a sponsored fund of the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation in 2013. The program has provided over $200,000 in scholarships through the GGHF and local sponsorship.
Each year in February, 36 high school seniors are nominated by teachers, peers, parents, or community members in any of these seven categories:
For six weeks beginning in April, The Peninsula Gateway features vignettes highlighting the students’ accomplishments.
Our 2017 Students of Distinction will be announced soon.
BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURS
MUSIC, ARTS & DRAMA
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
The community is invited to join in the banquet dinner and ceremony honoring these remarkable young men and women on May 24, 2017.
Boundless™ Playground at Sehmel Homestead Park
Swede Hill/Rosedale/North Gig Harbor
In 2008, the Foundation embarked on a on a unique and life enhancing project for children and their families in the greater Pierce county region – a certified Boundless™ playground. The playground, the first of its kind in the Northwestern United States, is located at the 98-acre Sehmel Homestead Park. The park opened in 2010 with many amenities such as picnic facilities, a pavilion and amphitheater, a rhododendron garden, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, an extensive trail system and many other recreational opportunities.
Be a Sponsor*
Sponsors are vital. Sponsors have the unique opportunity to connect with our greater peninsula community, build positive brand awareness, help maximize the positive impact potential of funds raised on the lives of our community's disadvantaged youth – and to show your support of an important cause: our children and the future. Sponsorship packages, listed below, have varying VIP, game-day event, award naming, ad marketing, and other benefits. Click here to download full details on sponsorship opportunities.
* To learn about sponsorship packages and benefits, please contact the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation at (253) 514-6338 or email us at email@example.com
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Now in its 24th year, Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of community service – a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. On this day, millions of Americans will come together in a common mission to improve their communities. And, we're standing up to do the same in our community!
Future Location: Station 51, 6711 Kimball Drive, Gig Harbor, WA
The Gig Harbor 9/11 Memorial Project will serve to honor the lives and acts of heroism that took place on September 11, 2001 and the days following. Efforts undertaken by Gig Harbor Firefighter Ryan Kress and Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One brought WTC Artifact #H-0028C to our community. Rusted and twisted, each piece of memorial steel is a symbol of a day that changed our nation.
Community events, park, trail and beach clean-up projects, plays, festivals and other outdoor activities provide opportunities that encourage people to have fun, participate in their community, connect with each other, and contribute to the community’s strength. Sadly, many with disabilities cannot participate due terrain barriers of public spaces where such events are held.