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City of Destiny Awards

Nominations for the City of Tacoma’s 35th Annual City of Destiny Awards are now open

Since the beginning, more than 200 individuals and groups have received recognition for their outstanding contributions to life in Tacoma. Continued program enhancements made by the CERC, have allowed for more volunteers who give willingly of their time and talents to be eligible for a nomination. 

The City's Events and Recognitions Committee (CERC) spends months planning and producing the event. The Committee is comprised of the volunteers from across the city, who read, sort, rank and ultimately select the winners to receive honors and awards presented at the annual ceremony.

“We are so grateful to these wonderful volunteers and professionals who offer their time to help make a difference in Tacoma each year,” said CERC Co-Chair Chris McNabb. “Seeing the winners accept their awards from our City Officials is really moving and inspirational.”

Nominations for the City of Destiny Awards must be received no later than 11:59 PM on Monday, February 8, 2021 to be considered by the selection panel. Nominations can be filled out online. Questions or requests for hard copy nomination forms can be directed to CityofDestiny@cityoftacoma.org.

“The community members recognized each year as part of the City of Destiny Awards are a living example of compassion in action. Their dedication to service is an example to us all, and the positive impacts they make are even more important for a community responding to a global pandemic,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards.


Past Years Recipients List

Watch the 2020 video of the event on TV Tacoma

Previous Award Winners’ Photos

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 200 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.


2021 City of Destiny Awards

Date and time to be announced


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