Coalition Annual Breakfast
FORWARD: The Future of Conservation and Recreation
Thursday, September 27, 2018
The Westin Seattle
Join us for breakfast as we celebrate our shared success in preserving our outdoor legacy!
This year, the Coalition is looking forward—to the future of Washington’s great outdoors, and to those who are leading the way in getting people outdoors to enjoy, preserve, and protect our most beloved places. We know you’ve been waiting to hear which amazing leaders we will honoring at this year’s Annual Breakfast!
Bringing together 500 business leaders, politicians, community leaders, philanthropists, and Coalition partners, our Annual Breakfast recognizes great leaders in protecting and promoting Washington’s outdoor spaces. This year, we will be presenting the Joan Thomas Award to Maggie Coon, recognizing her lifetime achievement in the conservation and recreation and her incredible work in the Methow Valley.
We will also be honoring several up-and-coming leaders doing incredible work across the state. These young professionals represent the diversity in gender, ethnicity, and background that make our community so special. Read more about Maggie and the young leaders below.
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition represents hundreds of the most diverse and bipartisan organizations and individuals imaginable. We provide a unified voice for public funding of conservation and outdoor recreation projects across our beautiful state. Come learn about some of the projects your support has made possible and help us build toward even greater success in the years to come!
The minimum suggested donation is $150. To make a donation in advance of the breakfast, please visit our website or call us at (206)748-0082.
For sponsorship opportunities, to become a table captain, or for more information please contact us at Breakfast@WildlifeRecreation.org.
Joan Thomas Award Honoree: Maggie Coon
Maggie first came to Washington’s Methow Valley in 1975, originally to work for the U.S. Forest Service on a study of the potential economic effect of Aspen Corporation’s proposed downhill ski resort. She promptly fell in love with the Methow and bought a beautiful farm on the banks of the Twisp River.
Maggie co-founded the Methow Valley Citizens Council to oppose the ski resort and to ensure responsible land use in the Methow. She was also passionately involved in the effort to establish what became the Lake Chelan/Sawtooth Wilderness, included in the Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984.
Maggie devoted more than twenty years to The Nature Conservancy, gaining broad experience in state, national and international land conservation. From 1997 to 2002, she served as Director of Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy, working successfully to expand TNC’s focus on public policy. During her time at TNC, she lobbied extensively for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, and served as Board President from 2006-2008. Under her leadership, the WWRC first achieved the $100 million funding mark.
In 2009, Maggie returned to the Methow Valley where she is deeply engaged as Board Chair for the Methow Valley Citizens Council, whose mission is to raise a strong community voice for protection of the natural environment and rural character of the Methow.
She and her husband, Mark Wolf-Armstrong, live on their Twisp River farm, where she enjoys raising a big garden (half of it strawberries and raspberries) and playing classical and jazz piano. She spends as much time as possible with beloved friends and hiking the North Cascades.
Maggie holds a B.S. from Yale University and a Masters of Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Young Leader Honorees
Lylianna Allala, Outreach Coordinator in the office of Congresswoman Jayapal, for her past work with EarthCorps to steward the places we love around Puget Sound—the beginning of a lifelong commitment to environmental service in both her personal and professional life.
Julianna Hoza, an incoming UW freshman from Olympia, who is an avid volunteer with WTA and started a hiking club at her school that inspires her schoolmates to get outdoors and volunteer their time improving our trail systems.
James King, a recent graduate from Islandwood’s Urban Environmental Education Graduate Program, for his work connecting diverse communities to the land through hikes, urban outings, educational opportunities, and community-building partnerships.
Kim Mai Pham, Intern Coordinator for the WA Veterans Conservation Corps and a Navy Veteran herself, for her tireless work connecting veterans to the outdoors to create a new generation of veterans who appreciate natural spaces—many of whom can say that the great outdoors saved their lives.
Rachel Voss, Washington State Chairman of the Mule Deer Foundation, for her hundreds of hours each year working to promote and protect Washington’s deer and wildlife habitat and bolster our state’s conservation needs.
Annual Breakfast Sponsors
Columbia Sponsors [$15,000+]
The Nature Conservancy
Trust for Public Land
Cascade Sponsors [$10,000]
Trailblazer Sponsors [$5,000]
Chateau Ste Michelle Winery Estates
Martha Kongsgaard & Peter Goldman
Seattle Parks & Recreation
Pathfinder Sponsors [$2,500]
Bill & Frankie Chapman