City of Destiny Awards
City of Destiny Awards
Mayor Victoria Woodards and the City Council will recognize Tacoma’s top volunteers and service providers during the 36th Annual City of Destiny Awards. The ceremony is planned for Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at 5 p.m., at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.
Since 1987, the City of Tacoma has honored over 320 outstanding local volunteers and professionals. For more information, including a list of previous years’ awardees, visit cityoftacoma.org/DestinyAwards.
2023 Award Recipients
Unhoused Advocate: Dedicated to providing service and guidance to those who find themselves unhoused.
Lifetime Achievement: Dedicated life to achieving a goal that benefits a specific community.
Ramona Bennett, Puyallup Tribe of Indians
Lifetime Service: Dedicated service performed by an individual for an extended period that benefits the community.
Dr. Timmie Foster, Boys & Girls Clubs, PUSH for Inspiration LLC
Adult Leadership: An individual that inspires others to help meet a need in the community.
Rachi Wortham, TeamWRK
Youth Leadership: An individual up to 18 years of age that inspires others to help meet a need in the community.
Tara Ryan and Tara Zolfaghari – Mayor’s Youth Commission of Tacoma
Group: Teamwork on a project that benefits the community.
Pierce County Community Engagement Task Force
Environmental Sustainability: Individual or group of all ages dedicated to improving, conserving, or protecting the natural environment.
Lauren Scheidt-Padron, Eastside Neighborhood Advisory Council of Tacoma
Disability Advocate: Professional: Individual professional dedicated to increasing access to services such as employment, health, housing, civics, culture, recreation, facilities, and/or programs for people with disabilities.
Economic Development: Group or individual dedicated to improving, encouraging, and promoting sustainable economic development for under-represented communities.
Noemi Cagatin-Porter, CJK Community Homes
Equity & Empowerment: Group or individual dedicated to the promotion of social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, ensuring all have access to resources and opportunities, with a specific focus on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
About the City's Events & Recognitions Committee
The City Council-appointed City Events and Recognitions Committee is comprised of local community leaders from an array of backgrounds and areas of expertise. This committee oversees the nomination and awards process for the City of Destiny Awards, produces the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, and approves community event funding grants.
Let us guide your way! Please follow our recommended routes - The use of Exit 133 from I-5 is not advised. This exit is generally closed for high volume traffic events and traffic will be re-routed. Parking in Tacoma Dome lots is FREE and may be limited.
Check out the Plan Your Visit page for alternate parking and transportation options.
Security measures are in place for all Tacoma Dome events, including metal detectors, bag size restrictions (12"x6"x12"), and bag searches. Backpacks are not allowed. Weapons of any kind, including pocket knives, are not allowed. If you see something, say something™. Visit our Security page for more details. Please note: the Tacoma Dome clear bag policy is not in place for the City of Destiny Awards. However, guests are encouraged to only bring essential items to expedite entry and reduce touchpoints.
Guests should use the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall entry doors.
Food and Beverage
Please note: outside food & beverages are not allowed. Exceptions are made for health-related needs. See the Food and Beverage Policy in our A-Z Guide for more information.