Just as Seattle Storm players provide inspiration as role models for young girls and boys across the Puget Sound, many other Pacific Northwest women also serve as role models. They are mothers, daughters, volunteers, public servants, business owners, entertainers and oftentimes unsung heroes whose individual contributions make a positive difference in our community.
Women of Inspiration Night is an annual opportunity for Storm players and fans to thank those who have had an important influence on making the Seattle community strong. It is also a chance to shine the limelight on some who are rarely noticed for their work but have had a profound positive impact on those they have touched.
In 2009, the Storm also established the Ginger Ackerley Community Service Award. The Ginger Ackerley Community Service Award will be given annually by the Seattle Storm to an individual who has had a measurable impact on improving the quality of life in Puget Sound through a significant and sustained record of volunteer service to the area’s youth.
This year’s WOI night, Thursday, August 30 will honor PAULA BOGGS , the former lead counsel of Starbucks, who has served in numerous professional and community leadership roles for the past 25 years. In 2010, President Barack Obama named Boggs to the 26-member White House Council for Community Solutions.
BOBBE BRIDGE, a former State Supreme Court judge, and the 2012 Ginger Ackerley Community Service Award winner, an honor presented each year to an individual who has had a measurable impact on improving the quality of life in Puget Sound through a significant and sustained record of volunteer service to the area’s youth.
KATE STARBIRD, a former Seattle Storm WNBA player and current Ph.D candidate at University of Colorado Boulder. After a long and successful professional basketball career, Kate Starbird shifted her focus and passion to the world of academia, working as a Ph.D student at to improve disaster relief using social media.
PATTY STONESIFER, the former CEO of Gates Foundation, who has spent years working to improve access to advances in global health and learning working with the Foundation’s endowment fund that distributes over a billion dollars a year. From 2009 to 2012, she served as chair of the Smithsonian Institution.
Come see these women honored, and watch the Seattle Storm take on the Phoenix Mercury at Key Arena. Tipoff is at 7:00pm.
Tickets start at $15/person and are available online HERE.
Key Arena is located at:
1st Avenue N and 305 N Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109