Sponsorship Program



PLATINUM - 15,0000 


DIAMOND - 10,0000


GOLD - 5,000

SILVER - 2,500


BRONZE - 1,0000


PEWTER - 500




The fun-filled evening features a complete farm-to-table dinner, replete with beverages, music and fun in support of early  childhood education in our community.

IMPACT: Enhancement of early learning programs and tuition assistance to families in need. Reach: 200,500
















Cider Swig is among the largest family-friendly cider-centric events in the state. Cider lovers and the cider-curious alike travel from near and far to enjoy sipping, music, food and fun.

IMPACT: Proceeds support environmental education, conservation and watershed health. Reach: 8,500,000












Since 2012, the Students of Distinction program has honored the achievements of our community's finest high school seniors. Students are selected through a rigorous review process. Community award banquet is held annually in May each year.

IMPACT: Higher education; social and economic returns that strengthen our communities. Reach: 995,000














Make A Difference Day is the nation's largest day of community service - a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Each year we unite with our community in a common mission to aid area families and children in need. Groups served include those as area Food Banks, Food Backpacks 4 Kids, Basket Brigade, Children's Home Society and KP Veterans.

IMPACT: Meeting basic needs of people in our community (e.g. hunger relief, clothing, health, etc). Reach: 3,600,000










Since 1992, the Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour has provided a self-paced/guided tour to promote the awareness of local arts and the artists.

IMPACT: Free educational experience and unique opportunity to meet local artists in their creative spaces. Reach: 227,500











Annually, this late summer anniversary gala brings the community together to celebrate works of building, bridging and enriching with cocktails, local delicacies, dancing and more!

IMPACT: Support for the Foundation's many programs, initiatives and funds that help sustain our community. Reach: 8,300,000












Donkey Creek Chum Festival

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.

Read more: Donkey Creek Chum Festival

Joel Wingard XC Scholarship Fund

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:

  • Has prepared a scholarship notebook.
  • Has been a member of the high school cross country team for at least two years, preferably three or more.
  • Has maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Has been a leader on the team in season and out of season, i.e., has been a significant contributor to the success of the team.
  • Has shown a commitment to the team through attendance, work ethic in practice, preparation to race, encouragement of teammates and belief in the team.
  • Has been a spirited competitor at whatever level he or she has attained.
  • Has given back to the community and school through volunteer service, especially in conjunction with the team.
  • Exceptions may be made to one or more of these criteria if in the judgment of the committee a candidate’s other qualifications are sufficiently outstanding as to override them.

Students of Distinction - Sponsors

Special Thanks to our 2018 Students of Distinction Sponsors:

  • Kitsap Credit Union (Presenting Sponsor)
  • Peninsula Light Company
  • The Peninsula Gateway
  • Olympic Property Group
  • CHI Franciscan Health System
  • Greater Gig Harbor Foundation
  • Mecham Family Foundation
  • Resource Dimensions
  • Joel and Lucinda Wingard
  • Dr. Julie Ann Gustanski
  • Tim Potter/State Farm Insurance
  • Paul Alvestad
  • Pilkey Hopping & Ekberg Insurance
  • Tom Taylor Insurance Co.
  • Gig Harbor Auto

The generous commitment of our sponsors help ensure that the Students of Distinction tradition of honoring our community’s finest graduating seniors continues. Together, sponsors have provided more than $10,000 in scholarship funds annually over the past 15 years.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

If you would like to become a 2019 Students of Distinction sponsor, please give us a call (253) 514-6338 or send an email to: educationprograms@gigharborfoundation.org.

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Harbor Family Park

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.

Read more: Harbor Family Park

Students of Distinction - Details

Founded in 2003, by The Peninsula Gateway, the Students of Distinction program has honored more than 525 graduating seniors from the Peninsula School District. The program came under the Foundation in 2013.

Each February, 36 high school seniors are nominated by teachers, peers, parents, or community members in seven categories. Then, beginning in April each year, The Peninsula Gateway features vignettes highlighting the students’ accomplishments over a six week period leading up to the awards ceremony held in late May.

Sponsors as Kitsap Credit Union, Peninsula Light Company, The Peninsula Gateway, Olympic Property Group, Umpqua Bank, Franciscan Health System, Greater Gig Harbor Foundation and individual donors have helped to provided more than $10,000 in scholarship funds annually - over $210,000 to date. 

Our 2018 Students of Distinction are ... 


    Keir Adamson
    Jared Brinkman
    Jack Capper
    Preston Donion
    Richard (Tony) Lasley
    Lauren Russell
    Cameron Wenman
    Bailey Werner
    Matthew Wild

    Kellen Gregory
    Paige Lawson
    Sasha Mayer
    Kirsten Ritchie
    Ben Stanford
    Madeline Willet


    Hannah Yerex


    Finlay Adamson
    Haley Anderson
    Samantha Griffith
    Matthew Hagen
    Sarah Nicholson
    Emma Summerour
    Dora Vaughn


    “Kai” Jordan Amrine
    Carly Cashman-DiBiase
    Arthur Keast


    Jacob Bacon
    Athena Brown
    Fauna Engstrom
    Melissa Garrison
    Evan Gray
    Lindzy Jackson
    Isabelle Smith


    Riley Bass
    Cheyenne Kim
    John Anthony Lusk


The community is invited to join in the banquet dinner and ceremony honoring these remarkable young men and women on Wednesday, May 23, 2017.

Boundless™ Playground

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.

Read more: Boundless™ Playground

The Big Sports Gig Sponsorship

Be a Sponsor*

tbsg logo2Sponsors 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.


Sponsor Levels

* To learn about sponsorship packages and benefits, please contact the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation at (253) 514-6338 or email us at tbsg@gigharborfoundation.org

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Knight Forest

In late 2010, the Foundation maximized the opportunity to secure the 19-acre “Knight Forest” property adjacent to the Harbor Family Park site. The Foundation’s leadership worked closely with the heirs, Steven and Larissa Kesling, for several years to help make this purchase possible. In this project, the Foundation acted in an interim capacity to acquire the land for future acquisition by PenMet Parks.

Read more: Knight Forest

GHKP Make A Difference Day


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!

Read more: GHKP Make A Difference Day

9/11 Memorial Project

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.

Read more: 9/11 Memorial Project