2 from Mukilteo win Voice of Community awards

Oct 02, 2013

An individual and a group whose work is based in Mukilteo are winners of KSER Voice of the Community Awards.

Kristin Ebeling, Mukilteo YMCA skate park director, and the Japanese Gulch Group, supporter of saving the gulch for parkland, have been named KSER Voice of the Community Award recipients for community impact.

Ebeling will be recognized for her Community Impact by an Individual and the Japanese Gulch Group will be honored for its Community Impact by an Organization.

The KSER Foundation will present six local individuals, organizations and business with a Voice of the Community Award at a celebration beginning 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Henry M. Jackson Conference Center at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St., Everett.

The annual KSER Voice of the Community Award celebrates positive community and cultural impact.

Ebeling launched Operation 352 so that the Mukilteo Family YMCA can build an indoor skate park and keep youths skating all 352 days the Y is open – rain or shine.

The indoor park, estimated to cost $25,000, would divide the Y’s 2,500-square-foot Youth Development Center in half. Plans include a 30-foot-wide mini ramp with heights ranging from 3-5 feet.

For more on Operation 352, or to donate, go to www.ymca-snoco.org/operation352.

The Japanese Gulch Group, which supports the preservation of the gulch, has partnered with Mukilteo and Washington state in acquiring all 140 acres of undeveloped land in Japanese Gulch to save it as parks and open space.

Mukilteo owns about 40 acres of the gulch, including 1 acre on the Mukilteo Tank Farm and is in negotiations to purchase nearly 100 more acres located on the Mukilteo-Everett boarder.

This year’s other award recipients are as follows:

Community Impact by an Individual:Sandra VanderVen, senior organizer, Fuse

Community Impact by a Business: Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Cultural Impact by an Organization: Everett Music Initiative

Cultural Impact by a Business: Whidbey Telecom

The award winners are selected by the KSER Foundation from nominations submitted by the community.

The KSER Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is committed to advancing the common good in our community through public radio and other services dedicated to arts, ideas and civic engagement.

The KSER Foundation serves the North Puget Sound with 90.7 KSER-FM, an independent public radio station that provides a wide range of information, news, educational, cultural and music programming. KSER is listener-supported and commercial-free.

For more information or to order tickets for the KSER Voice of the Community Award Celebration, visit www.kser.org.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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