Crosscut Courage Awards

Crosscut Courage Awards; Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7-9 AM; King Street Ballroom

Nominations are now closed.


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 2019 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
  • Public Service
  • Elected Office
  • Culture
  • Business
  • Technology

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


Tickets will go on sale this summer. Check back here for updates as the event gets closer or submit your email address below to receive an email alert when tickets go on sale.

2018 Honorees

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 Honorees


2018 Highlights

Rob speaking to attendees
Gov Daniel Evans and his wife attend the event
Creative Justice Group has their picture taken at the ceremony
An attendee views the program



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 2019 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 will be available in April. To receive notification when they go on sale please enter your e-mail in the ticket information section above. A limited number of tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of the event.

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

Crosscut is always looking for volunteers. For additional information, please contact Cathryn Burby at or 206.443.5476.

Business attire is recommended.

Yes, a coat check will be available.

We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance when they go on sale in April. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

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

Paid parking will be available at the venue and in nearby parking garages.


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.