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Greater Gig Harbor Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary with community grants

The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation (GGHF) is having a party.

After ten years of being active in the community, the GGHF is celebrating its relationship with Gig Harbor with a Community Myxer event held at the Harbor History Museum at 7 p.m. Aug. 6.

In true keeping with the foundation’s mentality of community and service — and in celebration of the foundation’s birthday — the organization is giving away five, $500 Community Spirit Awards for projects that impact the Gig Harbor or Key Peninsula area, said executive director Julie Ann Gustanski.

“The idea was to kind of give a birthday present back to the community,” Gustanski said. “We’re inviting the people in our community to think creatively and to make an application for one of these five Community Spirit Awards.”

The idea was to kind of give a birthday present back to the community. We’re inviting the people in our community to think creatively and to make an application for one of these five Community Spirit Awards.

Julie Ann Gustanski, director of GGHF

The deadline for the application for those interested in pursuing an award is Sunday (July 31), and requirements and guidelines for projects are simple.

“It could be a whole bunch of things,” Gustanski said. “We are looking for something relatively easy and the key component is about our community.”

Projects must fall within one of the five focus areas of the foundation, which include arts and culture, education, parks and environment, recreation and social capital. There are three criteria used to evaluate each application: the level of community participation, the ability for volunteerism from the community and the overall fun of the project.

200 number of grants GGHF has given to people and organizations to benefit the Gig Harbor community

“Volunteerism is huge with our organization and has been a big part of what we’ve been able to do,” Gustanski said.

Over the past ten years, the foundation has provided more than 200 grants to the Gig Harbor community either to students pursuing college degrees to community organizations that work within the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula areas.

The Community Myxer event will provide an informal way for the community and GGH partners to mingle and interact while celebrating the organization’s influence on the two Peninsulas. The event will be held at the Harbor History Museum and will feature live music from Budapest West, food from Nola Nevers, wine from Carl’s Pond and cocktails by Heritage Distilling.

We’re hoping as many people who are wanting to come down for a night of dancing and music and fun will come. We do want everybody to come and have fun at the Museum.

Gustanski

Terry Lee, executive director of PenMet Parks, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which begins at 7 p.m. and will feature awards and presentations at 8 p.m.

“We’re hoping as many people who are wanting to come down for a night of dancing and music and fun will come,” Gustanski said. “We do want everybody to come and have fun at the museum.”

Tickets for the Community Myxer are $50 per person and can be purchased online at communitymyxer.eventbrite.com.

For more information on the Community Spirit Awards or the Community Myxer, call the foundation at 253-514-6338 or visit gigharborfoundation.org.

Andrea Haffly: 253-358-4155, @gateway_andrea

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