The Bamford Foundation presented with Parks Champion Award
Holly & Joanne Bamford of The Bamford Foundation with Metro Parks Board Members and Deputy Executive Director following presentation of Park Champion Award – January 2020
Metro Parks Tacoma has recognized The Bamford Foundation for its generous support of youth development and overall impact on the community.
The five-member Board of Park Commissioners presented the Parks Champion Award to Joanne Bamford and her daughter, Holly Bamford Hunt, during a special meeting at the Pacific Seas Aquarium on Jan. 13, 2020.
In a proclamation expressing its appreciation, the Park Board noted that Joanne Bamford co-chaired the $3.5 million fundraising campaign for the Zina Linnik playground project, which united a grieving community to improve the lives of young people, and Joanne and Holly were honorary co-chairs of the Imagine Eastside campaign, which raised over $10 million to build the Eastside Community Center and develop a supporting endowment fund.
“The Bamford Foundation has supported Metro Parks Tacoma in various ways for more than a decade,” said Park Board President Tim Reid. “This goes far beyond financial support. The Bamford family has always been a strong advocate for young people, and we truly appreciate their additional gifts of time and talent. Tacoma is a better place because of the Bamfords.”
The Bamford Foundation was established in 1990 by Calvin and Joanne Bamford. The family’s mission is to strengthen the Tacoma and Pierce County community and improve the collective quality of life.
Metro Parks Tacoma created the Parks Champion Award in 2017 to honor individuals and organizations that support the park district’s mission to create healthy opportunities to live, work and play.
The previous honorees are:
• Former Mayor Marilyn Strickland
• State Sen. Steve Conway
• State Rep. Jake Fey
• Former School Board Director (and current City Councilmember) Catherine Ushka
• Former City Councilmember (and current County Councilmember) Marty Campbell