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City of Destiny Awards

The 34th Annual City of Destiny Awards Ceremony 

For over 30 years, the City of Destiny Awards has honored more than 200 volunteers and professionals who go above and beyond to help to make Tacoma a vibrant community. The awards ceremony has always been a live event until this year.


Award Winners to be Honored During Premiere on September 12, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Tacoma will present a virtual format of the awards ceremony that will be released on multiple platforms. The new format will highlight all of this year’s awardees and feature local performers. TV Tacoma will premiere the pre-recorded video on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 6 PM.


Watch TV Tacoma live HERE, and the event will also be streamed on Facebook LIVE.

“The community members recognized each year as part of the City of Destiny Awards are a living example of compassion in action. Their dedication to service is an example to us all, and the positive impacts they make are even more important for a community responding to a global pandemic,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards.


2020 City of Destiny Awards Winners

The City of Destiny Awards honor local volunteers that help make a difference in the community. Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations. Here are the Committee's selections:


Youth Leadership
Zoe Bucher & Benevolence Blankets

Lifetime Service
Bill & Carole Hicks
Sister Anne L. McNamara

Youth Service
Morgan Graham

Lincoln High School Key Club

Environmental Sustainability
Chrissy Cooley – Individual
Sharayah Kinney – Individual
Jason Lee Middle School Watts-Up Team - Group

Disability Advocate
Martina Ngo – Business
Hongda Sao – Individual

Equity & Empowerment
Chana Lawson

Education & Youth Development
Tom Rogers

Also Nominated:
Adult Leadership, Catie Geohegan
Youth Leadership, Kelsey Monaghan-Bergson
Lifetime Service, George Petre
Equity & Empowerment, The Empowerment Center
Education & Youth Development, Dr. Susan Kobes, Veritas Classical Christian School



View photos from the 2019 City of Destiny Awards Ceremony

    (Photo Credit: Matty Photo & Motion)


Watch the video of the event on TV Tacoma



Since 1987, the City of Tacoma has honored more than 200 outstanding local volunteers through its City of Destiny Awards program.  The City of Destiny Awards program is spearheaded by a City Council appointed City Events and Recognition Committee comprised of local community leaders from a broad array of backgrounds and areas of expertise. This committee develops the City of Destiny Awards nomination tools and selection criteria, selects the City of Destiny Awards winners and plans the annual City of Destiny Awards event.


Previous Award Winners and Photos

View photos from the 2018 City of Destiny Awards Ceremony (Credit: Matty Photo & Motion) 


View photos from the 2017 City of Destiny Awards Ceremony (Credit: Matty Photography)


Past Years Recipients List

2020 City of Destiny Awards

Virtual Video Format Ceremony

September 12, 2020

6 PM


Contact Information
Kala Dralle
(253) 573-2523
Tacoma Venues & Events
2727 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421