Crosscut Courage Awards

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Location Change: Sheraton Grand Seattle, 1400 6th ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Information on Location Change

For some time, the Westin (previously scheduled event location), operated by the Marriott Corporation, has been negotiating a contract with its bargaining unit employees, members of Unite Here Local 8. While contract negotiations are still in progress, we have been notified that a work stoppage is possible later this week. To ensure the best possible experience for those attending the Courage Awards, we felt it was necessary to change locations.

Each year, the Crosscut Courage Awards Fundraising Breakfast recognizes those among us who have shown bold leadership and enduring courage, despite personal or organization risk. For the 2018 awards, we will be honoring leaders who have reached across social, cultural, political or ideological lines for the greater good. We are honoring individuals in the categories of:

  • Lifetime Achievement
    2018 Winner: Gov. Daniel J. Evans
  • Public Service
    2018 Winner: Lauren Davis
  • Elected Office
    2018 Winner: Tim Burgess
  • Culture
    2018 Winner: Creative Justice
  • Business
    2018 Winner: Beto Yarce
  • Technology
    2018 Winner: Trish Millines-Dziko

In addition to celebrating courage, this annual event raises essential funds that support Crosscut’s quality coverage of critically underreported local and regional issues.

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2018 Winners

courage award winner daniel j evans

Lifetime Achievement Honoree

Gov. Daniel J. Evans

Daniel J. Evans is known as one of the most distinguished leaders in the history of the State of Washington. He has served as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives (1956–1965), Governor of the State of Washington (1965–1977) and the U.S. Senate (1983–1989). During his tenure as governor, he was instrumental in aiding thousands of Vietnamese refugees, creating the foundation for a refugee resettlement program that still exists today. He has exemplary experience in the fields of governance, education and the environment.

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courage award winner tim burgess

Courage in Elected Office

Tim Burgess

Tim Burgess was a member of the Seattle City Council from 2007 to 2017, and served as Mayor of Seattle for 71 days in late 2017. Burgess chaired the City Council’s Education and Governance Committee, was vice-chair of the Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee, and co-chair of the City’s Family and Education Levy Oversight Committee. Prior to his political career, Burgess was a radio journalist and Seattle Police Department officer.

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courage award winner beto yarce

Courage in Business

Beto Yarce

When Beto Yarce moved to the United States from Guadalajara, Mexico 15 years ago, English was his second language and he struggled to build a sustainable income. He has since become the Executive Director of Ventures, a leading regional microbusiness development organization that provides training, customized consulting, and access to capital for low-income entrepreneurs in Seattle.

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courage award winner trish millines-dziko

Courage in Tech

Trish Millines-Dziko

Trish Millines-Dziko spent the first 15 years of her career working in the high tech industry as a software developer, manager and consultant. Recognizing the emergence of the technology industry and the lack of access for people of color to become players in the industry, she left the field in 1996 and started the Technology Access Foundation (TAF). TAF has transformed into a leader in providing STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) education to underserved students in our public school system.

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courage award winner lauren davis

Courage in Public Service

Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis championed HB 1713, named “Ricky’s Law,” which was signed by Governor Inslee in 2016. The legislation created an involuntary crisis commitment system for youth and adults with life-threatening addiction. Ricky’s Law represents one of the largest single investments in addiction treatment in Washington State history. She now serves as the Executive Director of the Washington Recovery Alliance.

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courage award winner creative justice

Courage in Arts & Culture

Creative Justice

Creative Justice offers an arts-based alternative to incarceration for young people. The program works to increase understanding of the root causes of incarceration, like systemic racism and other forms of oppression, while simultaneously strengthening the protective factors and pro-social behaviors that allow us all to make positive life choices. In this way, Creative Justice helps equip young people with the tools needed to avoid re-arrest and further incarceration.

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Previous Year Winners

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2017 Highlights

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Top left: Lifetime Achievement Honoree Bill Ruckeshaus receiving his award from Crosscut Executive Editor Greg Hanscom. Top right: Courage Awards trophies. Middle right: Larry Gossett delivering his acceptance speech for the Courage in Public Service award as member of the Gang of Four. Bottom: The crowd applauds the honorees.


Thank you to our Sponsors

Courage Award Sponsors 

Crosscut invites all who share a dedicated passion for bold leadership, enduring courage, and an informed and engaged public to come interact with our growing community of business leaders, philanthropists, elected officials and influencers at the annual Crosscut Courage Awards Fundraising Breakfast.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 Crosscut Courage Awards Fundraising Breakfast, please contact Joe Heslet.


This annual event raises essential funds that support Crosscut’s quality coverage of critically underreported local and regional issues.

Tickets and tables can be purchased online in the form above, via Eventbrite, or by phone at 206.443.4851.

As this is a fundraising event, tickets are not refundable.

Crosscut is always looking for volunteers. For additional information, please contact Kaila Trout at or 206.443.4851.

Business attire is recommended.

Yes, coat check will be available.

Yes, tickets will be available for $100 at the door. We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance in the form above or on Eventbrite.

You do not need to bring your ticket confirmation with you to check-in.

Paid parking is available at the Sheraton Grand Seattle. There are also other covered and outdoor parking areas near the hotel.

Honor the courageous in your community

Now accepting nominations for the 2019 Crosscut Courage Awards

Nomination Form


For programming and logistics inquiries, please contact Kaila Trout at or 206.443.4851.

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Joe Heslet at or 206.443.6751.

For media inquiries, please contact Kelsey Tomascheski at or 206.443.4835.