Community Impact Awards to Honor Harriet Bullitt
Celebrating a lifetime of giving back to the arts and the environment.
By John Levesque October 11, 2016
Philanthropist Harriet Bullitt will receive the Lifetime Achievement honor at this year’s Community Impact Awards presented by Seattle Business magazine on October 26 at the Museum of History & Industry.
A longtime supporter of the arts and environmental conservation in the Pacific Northwest, Bullitt has created a legacy of achievements throughout the state of Washington. In 1989, she and her sister, the late Priscilla Patsy Bullitt Collins, inherited ownership of King Broadcasting Company, which their mother Dorothy Bullitt had founded in the 1940s. Harriet founded Pacific Search magazine in 1966; it later became Pacific Northwest magazine and was folded into Seattle magazine in 1994. Her family foundations Bullitt Center in Seattle is designed to be the greenest building in the world. The Snowy Owl Theater, a performance center near Leavenworth, is the centerpiece of the Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, a retreat created by Bullitt in 1995 from an old Catholic Youth Organization summer camp.
Bullitt also founded the Icicle Fund, a charitable foundation supporting the arts and environmental protection in the upper Wenatchee Valley. And she has served on many boards, including those of the Pacific Science Center, The Nature Conservancy, Reed College and the National Audubon Society. She is vice chair of the Bullitt Foundation board of trustees.
She will join 19 other organizations and individuals being honored for the measurable impacts they have on their communities. This year’s Community Impact Awards finalists are Amazon.com, Bellevue College/Year Up, Columbia Bank, Evrnu, FareStart, Glassybaby, Itek Energy, Kinzer Partners, McKinstry, Millionair Club, Optimum Energy, Rice Fergus Miller, Savers/Vallue Village, Skanska USA, Sleep Train, Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Theo Chocolate, Tree Top Inc. and Wellspring Family Services.