Smartypants Guide to Courage Awards 2015

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Two of our winners created websites to better the community, while another spends her days looking out for some of Seattle’s most vulnerable and troubled youths. The winners of Crosscut's 2015 Courage Awards are local public service, culture and business leaders whose personal and professional dedication is making our region more vital, equitable and inclusive.

Join us in celebrating the boldest among us who have innovated despite criticism, shown selfless leadership, inspired others and taken risks to successfully break gridlock on Thursday, Oct. 29 at Benaroya Hall.The third annual fundraising breakfast will feature keynote speaker Tim Egan, American author and journalist, as well as a panel discussion with honorees moderated by journalist and historian Knute Berger. Thanks to our incredible event sponsors, all funds donated at the Courage Awards are invested in Crosscut's in-depth, independent coverage of the Great Nearby. A limited number of tickets are still available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Whether you can attend or not, here is an inside look at the award winners and keynote speaker, so you can be inspired too!

Courage Award winners:

"Meet the 2015 Crosscut Courage Award winners," Crosscut, Oct. 9

"Announcing the nominees for Crosscut's 3rd Annual Courage Awards," Crosscut, Aug. 27

Courage in Public Service: Kaaren Andrews

"The principal of 'Last Chance High' stands tall for her students," Crosscut, Oct. 14

"Podcast: Seattle Interagency Academy rocked by 6 student deaths in 6 months," Crosscut, March 31

Courage in Culture: Marcus Green

"Marcus Green is giving South Seattle a voice," Crosscut, Oct. 26

"A Sermon on Race," Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Sept. 27

South Seattle Emerald, Green is Executive Director of this news outlet.

A Year Without April: A Novel by Green.

Courage in Business: Taylor Hoang

"Taylor Hoang created a megaphone for ethnic business owners," Crosscut, Oct. 16

"Ethnic Business Coalition," the non-profit Hoang founded.

"Ethnic Seattle," website launched for immigrant-and minority-owned Seattle businesses.

Lifetime Achievement Courage Award: Joni Earl

"How Joni Earl saved light rail," Crosscut, Oct. 18

"What I've learned since college: Joni Earl — CEO of Sound Transit," Washington State Magazine

Keynote Speaker Tim Egan:

"Seattle on the Mediterranean," New York Times, July 3

"The Boat to Lift All Tides," New York Times, April 17

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, Timothy Egan Books

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America, Timothy Egan Books

The Good Rain, Timothy Egan Books


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