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City of Destiny Awards

The 38th Annual City of Destiny Awards returns to the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall, 2727 E. D Street, on June 26, 2024. This event will include award presentations made by Tacoma City Council Members, with performances by Tacoma Musical Playhouse and the Tacoma Refugee Choir.


This year’s celebration includes the inaugural Inspire Tacoma award, recognizing individuals or organizations that make a positive impact on the city's continued growth and prosperity through civic engagement, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, or advocacy. Known for their charitable works with the Zeke-End Basketball Tournament, The Court at the Al Davies Boys & Girls Club, and continued service and contributions back to the youth of Tacoma, this year’s award will go to two-time NBA All-Star athlete and local philanthropist, Isaiah Thomas.


Guests are invited to come early for the Community Showcase, featuring the nominees’ connected organizations as well as a reception with complimentary refreshments at 5 PM. Jessica Johnston, Chair of the City’s Events and Recognitions Committee (CERC), will emcee the award ceremony, beginning at 6 PM. Johnston, a CERC Committee member since November 2020, is the Director of Courthouse Square and serves as the Vice President of the Downtown Tacoma Partnership Board of Directors.


"City Hall cannot solve any of the challenges we face alone. It demands the relentless efforts of dedicated volunteers, the very individuals we are celebrating, to forge Tacoma into the City of Destiny we all desire,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards. “Each one of us possesses the power to actively contribute, enabling us to collaboratively weave the fabric of our community and fortify its resilience. I am grateful for those that we are honoring this year.”


Community members are invited to attend the ceremony to hear the inspiring stories of people making a difference in Tacoma. This free community event will also be filmed by TV Tacoma. Additional event information, as well as a list of 2024 award recipients, is available at tacomadome.org.


2024 City of Destiny Award Recipients


Dedication to the Support of the Arts: Dedicated service performed by an individual to nurturing, preserving, and advancing the arts, enriching communities, and inspiring future generations of artists and arts enthusiasts.

  • Tacoma Musical Playhouse


Adult Leadership: An individual that inspires others to help meet a need in the community.

  • Cecily Croskey, Girls Hearts on Fire


Youth Leadership: An individual up to 18 years of age that inspires others to help meet a need in the community.

  • Hali Harris, Silas High School


Youth Service: Dedicated service performed by an individual that benefits the youth in the community.

  • Selayna Rudolph, Silas High School


Group: Teamwork on a project that benefits the community.

  • Empowerment Center


Environmental Sustainability: Individual or group of all ages dedicated to improving, conserving, or protecting the natural environment.

  • Albert Styers, Metro Parks Tacoma CHIP-In Habitat Steward

Economic Development: Group or individual dedicated to improving, encouraging, and promoting sustainable economic development for underrepresented communities.

  • Julie Davidson, Julie Davidson Group


Equity & Empowerment: Group or individual dedicated to the promotion of social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, ensuring all have access to resources and opportunities, with a specific focus on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

  • Stefanie Love, Pierce County Human Services


Past Events 


Past Years Recipients List


Previous Award Winners’ Photos

View photos from the 2023 City of Destiny Awards Ceremony (Credit: Sierra Hartman)

View photos from the 2022 City of Destiny Awards Ceremony  (Credit: Sierra Hartman)

View photos from the 2019 City of Destiny Awards Ceremony  (Credit: Matty Photo & Motion)

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 Photo & Motion)



Since 1987, the City of Tacoma has honored more than 320 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. 


Questions about the program can be directed to communityevents@tacomavenues.org or call (253) 573-2523.


Event Details
Community Showcase - 5 PM

Award Ceremony - 6 PM



Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall

2727 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421

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