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Lt. Governor Owen with Mike Flynn and Norma GallegosFlynn accepts award from Lt. Gov. Owen and Ralph Ibarra. Generals tour Virginia Mason Athletic CenterMike Flood and the "Some Like it Hot" shirt he purchased from Mike Flynn

Photography: Office of Lt. Governor

Washingtonian of the Year Award

Each year the Association of Washington Generals pays tribute to a citizen of Washington state for outstanding community service.

The award is presented at the Generals' annual banquet.


Click here for an article on the history of the AWG, including Washingtonian of the Year awards from 1975 through 1999 (PDF format)

The Washingtonian of the Year award is presented annually to persons who have demonstrated leadership, selflessness, generosity and compassion in their service to others.

This year the  "Washingtonian of the Year"  is being bestowed to Peggy LaPorte of Federal Way.

LaPorte is the founder and president of FUSION, an organization that temporarily houses and supports homeless in Federal Way and Northeast Tacoma and assists with employment.

The AWG is also recognizing Leslie Mayne of Gig Harbor as its recipient of the AWG Community Service Award. Mayne was selected for her work through The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation (PTSD) and Race for a Soldier, which organizes fun runs and other events to help soldiers affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

While an event previously planned for Oct. 10 in Federal Way has now been cancelled, a reception and awards ceremony is being planned in Olympia. Watch this space for details.



Above far left:
2012 Washingtonian of the Year honoree Mike Flynn and Community Service Award recipient Norma Gallegos with Lt. Governor Owen.
Above left center: Lt. Governor Owen and Commanding General Ralph Ibarra present certificate to Mike Flynn on stage.
Above center right: Generals and their guests tour the Virginia Mason Athletic Center
Above far right: Deputy Commanding General Mike Flood shows off his "Some Like it Hot" novely t-shirt he purchased from
Flynn at an instant auction during the awards ceremony. (The proceeds went to the Generals).

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