On Wednesday, June 5, the King County Association of Realtors will host the 75th Annual First Citizen Awards Banquet at the Seattle Aquarium. This year’s recipient of the Seattle-King County First Citizen Award will be awarded to Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and philanthropist, Lenny Wilkens.
Come out and enjoy cocktails and a private tour of the Seattle Aquarium exhibits. Gourmet cuisine and wine pairings will be available for all to enjoy.
Mr. Wilkens is a former NBA player (where he was a nine-time NBA All-Star team member and named Most Valuable Player in 1971) and the leagues’ second all-time winning-est coach in franchise history for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors and the Seattle SuperSonics. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a profession player in 1989 and twice as a coach, in 1998 and 2010. Wilkens is the only NBA representative listed among both the all-time top 50 players and top 10 coaches. He has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame for Providence College, New York, Missouri, Ohio, Washington and the African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame.
Even with all of the honors, one of Wilkens’ proudest moments was winning the gold medal for the United States during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, as the coach for the “Dream Team II.”
In 1998, Wilkens founded the Lenny Wilkens Foundation, a non-profit that funds organizations that deliver health care and education services to young people while honoring their dignity and sense of self-respect. The foundation’s core beliefs are:
• Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders, and it is our duty to make sure they all have an equal opportunity to succeed.
• Children have the right to receive basic health care with dignity, regardless of their families’ ability to pay.
• All children should have access to educational tools that prepare them to thrive in our increasingly competitive world.
The primary recipient of funds from the Lenny Wilkens Foundation is the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, a community clinic of Children’s Hospital of Seattle. The clinic’s health care services include basic medical care, health and lifestyle education, dental care, and mental health care. In addition to the Clinic, the Foundation provides financial support for neurocognitive testing at all Seattle public middle and high schools. The program involves evaluating, diagnosing and managing concussions so young athletes can recover safely and return to sports.
The Seattle-King County First Citizen Award is the longest standing and most prestigious honor that can be bestowed upon a Seattleite. The award is given to the individual or family who supports the needs of the people in the Seattle community for the greater good of the city.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
TICKETS: Tickets start at $125 per person. Please call 425-974-1011 or click here to purchase tickets.