Recognizing Exceptional Volunteerism

The 2021 A.K. Guy Award was one for the ages, and it wouldn’t have been the same without you. Thank you for joining us to celebrate the YMCA of Greater Seattle’s 33rd A.K. Guy Award Event. We could not have done this without the help of our volunteers, interviewees, Y staff, our incredible partners, and the community of Y supporters. We hope you were inspired by Ballmer Group’s work and our work at the Y to learn more, engage, activate as a volunteer, and support to pave a better future for all. If you missed part of the evening or want to relive the most memorable moments, we’ve made the entire evening available here.

Take the next step with us now and commit to engaging all year long by living the spirit of A.K. Guy: to create a more just, fair, and healthy community every day. Here are a few ways to activate now:

Leave a note of thanks for Connie Ballmer and Ballmer Group


Grassroots Partners

  • Bayview Manor
  • DLR Group
  • GGLO
  • Heartland
  • Keithly Electric Company
  • Lorenzini Family Foundation
  • Love Her
  • Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, University of Washington
  • PACCAR Parts
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital • Research • Foundation

History of the Award 

AK and Dorthy Guy

Established in 1983, the A.K. Guy Award has since been presented to individuals, couples, families, or groups who exemplify the ideals of the late Albert K. Guy through their outstanding volunteer service and dedication to social responsibility and equity and justice for all.

A lifelong Seattleite, A.K. Guy (1892–1983) graduated from the former Broadway High School in 1910. He served as President of G.O. Guy Drugs, was a 45-year member of the Seattle Rotary Club, a member of Queen Anne United Methodist Church, and a fellow of Seattle Pacific University. Guy held the Y close to his heart as a member of the YMCA Board of Directors and an enthusiastic volunteer and supporter of YMCA Camp Orkila. 



Past Recipients

  • 2015: Jeff & Tricia Raikes (United for Youth) 
  • 2014: Matt Griffin and Evelyne Rozner (Paving the Way) 
  • 2013: Dan and Nancy Evans (Serving Without Limits)
  • 2012: Martha Choe (Leading for Good)
  • 2011: Phil Smart, Sr. (Driven to Serve)
  • 2010: Bill and Paula Clapp (Together for a Better World)
  • 2009: “Four Amigos” – Larry Gossett, Roberto Maestas, Bob Santos & the late Bernie Whitebear  (Seattle’s Fantastic Four)
  • 2008: Colleen Willoughby (Dream Big. Act Together.)
  • 2007: Hon. Richard A. Jones(Guilty as Charged…for Exceptional Volunteerism)
  • 2006: Maggie and Doug Walker (Moving Mountains with Passion & Optimism)
  • 2005: Constance and Norman Rice (Putting the C in Seattle)
  • 2004: J. Shan Mullin (In the Building Game)
  • 2003: Peter Horvitz (Extra, Extra, Read All About It!)
  • 2002: Seattle Works (On the Line for Good)
  • 2001: William H. Gates (Leading the March toward a Just Society)
  • 2000: Anne Farrell (Leadership with Wisdom, Strength and Dignity)
  • 1999: Tomio Moriguchi (Tradition Guides a Quiet Hero)
  • 1998: Scott and Laurie Oki (Linking Passion to Action)
  • 1997: Safeco and Roger Eigsti (Boomerang Giving)
  • 1996: Rev. Samuel B. McKinney (Do Unto Others)
  • 1995: Herb and Shirley Bridge (Building Bridges)
  • 1994: Donald J. Covey (Seattle’s Good Fortune)
  • 1993: The Junior League of Seattle (Celebrating Seventy Years)
  • 1992: Jim and John Ellis (Picnic in the Park)
  • 1991: John and Mary Ann Mangels (Partners for Change)
  • 1990: The Boeing Company and Frank Shrontz
  • 1989: Eddie Carlson 
  • 1988: Frances P. Owen 
  • 1987: Andy Smith and Pacific Northwest Bell 
  • 1986: Michael Dederer
  • 1985: Kate and Holt Webster
  • 1984: Hon. Joel Pritchard


Volunteer Today

Volunteering can be fun and fulfilling. Benefits include: improving mood, decreasing stress, exploring passions, and gaining new skills. Whatever your reasons for volunteering, it’s good for your mind and your body, and strengthens our communities.

More Ways to Give

There are many ways to make a difference through the Y: Make a pledge, donate stock, volunteer, or learn about planned giving and matching gifts!

Your Impact

Many hands help community at the Y, from staff who counsel youth experiencing homelessness, and volunteers who help give out meals, to donors who empower the Y to reach more people in need. Learn more about your impact as a Y supporter.