*****The next Awards of Excellence ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 2-3pm at the SPSCC Lacey Event Center.
TOGETHER!’s annual Awards of Excellence is an opportunity to honor those youth whose grace and strength shine through the stories of success they share with us. In the last two years since the event’s return, we’ve awarded youth who have balanced their academic and career goals with family responsibilities and personal circumstances. Awards of Excellence honorees parent young children; support friends, family members, and themselves through addiction or mental health issues; and respond to injustice in their community by bringing people together to heal and take action.
These young people are exceptional not only because of their accomplishments, but because of the often-unseen challenges that they have met and struggled through on the way. Whether they face barriers due to their race, class, gender, ability, immigration status, system involvement or family structure, what Awards of Excellence honorees have in common is the resilience that defines their leadership.
Two awards will be granted based on the theme of “Service Above Self.” These will be awarded to youth who have shown leadership in service to their families and communities. Too often, acts of service that occur outside of traditional volunteer opportunities can be overlooked for recognition. We ask our nominators to look for those students who perform acts of service in their immediate communities, supporting their peers and family members, whether or not they have the time and resources to volunteer in traditional ways.
We’d like to thank Gateway Rotary for being the Presenting Sponsor of this event for the third year in a row. We are proud to continue this tradition for another year and to provide the recognition of achievement that is so vital to the continued success of our youth.
Photo Album (2017)
Thank you so much to everyone who sponsored, volunteered at, or attended Back to Basics! We had our biggest events yet in 2017 and we look forward to many more years of serving our community with sports physicals and immunizations.
Back to Basics 2017 by the Numbers:
-34 medical volunteers served over 250 students with free sports physicals.
-132 immunizations were given out to 65 students.
-200+ dental hygiene kits were distributed.
Healthy Futures: Redefining Prevention, formerly Substance Abuse: A Community Response, is a conference for prevention & treatment professionals, school & district staff, nonprofit administrators & programs, community organizers and anyone else who is interested in learning and sharing about innovative community responses to youth substance abuse, mental health, and other barriers to health and success for youth. TOGETHER!’s focus on cross-sector collaboration towards equity, community mobilization, and systems change extends to Healthy Futures, where we bring representatives from different fields, including and amplifying youth voices, to learn from each other and coordinate their approaches to solving problems in our community, together. Join us this April for an invigorating, inspiring, and innovative conference!
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THANK YOU SO MUCH to all who attended, sponsored, volunteered and donated at our 2018 Hats Off to TOGETHER! gala. This was our most successful fundraising event yet, raising over $61,000 for our organization.
Thank you as well to our event sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: Thurston-Mason County Medical Society
Platinum Sponsors: Harborstone Credit Union, Olympia Federal Savings
Gold Sponsors: Olympic Telephone, Panowicz Jewelers, Tumwater McDonald's
Silver Sponsors: Heritage Bank, ROXY, Sansaco Home Furnishing, South Sound Bank
Bronze Sponsors: McSwain and Company, DZines, Hawks Prairie Vision Clinic, Law Office of Richard L. Hughes, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Supporters: Janssen Dental, State Farm - Ben Kirby