Category Archives: Holidays

Honoring the Best of the Best!

Our team members are the heart of Pillar Properties and each year we honor those who have achieved remarkable success.  The E.P.I.C. Award, which stands for Excellence, Passion, Innovation and Commitment, is given annually to one person who is truly exceptional in all areas…which is extremely difficult with a team as talented as the one we have. Congratulations to Nicole Kellogg who was named the E.P.I.C. Award winner for 2015. As part of the award,  Nicole receives a generous cash prize, a trip to the annual NAA Conference and the opportunity to choose an organization that we will all support as part of our Pillar Passions program in 2016.

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Nicole Kellogg accepting her award at our annual holiday party.

Nicole was honored with the E.P.I.C Award for her accomplishments this year at Stadium Place. As Assistant Property Manager Nicole has been a leader at the property and has received tremendous recognition by fellow team members throughout the company. She is focused on the success of her property and her customer service skills are beyond compare. She was the winner of the WMFHA Emerald Award for Assistant Property Manager of the Year and she has the chance to win two years in a row as she is a finalist again this year.

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Eli DeBerry and Diana Norbury

The Pillar Properties Quietly Awesome Award is given annually to one team member from the Operations team, Maintenance team and the Seattle Office.  Eli DeBerry accepted the Quietly Awesome Award for the operations team from Diana Norbury, Vice President of Multifamily Operations. Eli is recognized for his work at Stadium Place where he lives and breathes customer service. Eli is frequently mentioned in online reviews from prospects and residents who are impressed with his efforts on their behalf. Eli is also a finalist for Leasing Consultant of the Year in the Emeralds Awards this year.

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Tyer Patton accepting his award from Scott Haines.

Tyer Patton was presented with the Quietly Awesome Award for maintenance by Scott Haines, Vice President of Construction and Plant Operations. Tyler has been at Stadium Place as Maintenance Supervisor since before it opened and does an excellent job in leading his team to provide a superior level of customer service. No matter what the circumstances, Tyler and his team step up and solve any and all problems that come their way. Tyler is also a finalist for Maintenance Supervisor of the Year in the Emerald Awards this year.

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Billy Pettit presenting the award to Amanda Needham.

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Billy Pettit, Senior Vice President, presented Amanda Needham with the Quietly Awesome Award for the Seattle Office. Amanda is committed to supporting the maintenance and operations team and she goes above and beyond every day to ensure everything runs smoothly. Her can do attitude and willingness to take on any  project make her an exceptional choice for this award.

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The award winners celebrating their accomplishments at the Pillar Properties holiday party!

Congratulations to all our award winners this year!

‘Tis the Season at Pillar Properties

It’s the season of giving and as a long time Northwest company, Pillar Properties is committed to giving back to the community. As part of our Pillar Passions program, we select a local organization to support each quarter. 

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We just wrapped up our efforts for Toys for Tots and the results were spectacular.

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Each of our properties and the team at the Seattle office put together a huge effort to help ensure that children in need were supported this holiday season. We also received donations from outside companies since our properties were official drop off locations for Toys for Tots.

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Our total donation for Toys for Tots this year comes to $40,000 in toys and cash.  We think that is an incredible effort and a ridiculously large donation given the size of our company.  Thank you to all of the residents and team members who helped make this effort successful!

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To continue with the spirit of giving, we made sure to give our residents a time to come together and celebrate the holidays with friends and neighbors! Our properties hosted festive events to spread the holiday cheer including holiday cocktail parties, cozy holiday movie parties, and gift-wrap parties. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

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Bring On the Hydros!

If you are new to Seattle or the Eastside, a natural reaction might be, “Man, you guys REALLY have an irrational obsession with hydroplanes.”

So for all of our new Puget Sounders, and for those young enough to not quite understand the obsession, here’s what you need to know about Seafair.

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1) How it Started
Seafair goes back to 1950, and according to Seafair.com, the first one “featured parades, boat races on Green Lake, amateur athletic events, royalty, community festivals like West Seattle Hi-Yu Days, Rainier District Pow-wow, Wallingford Pirate Days, the University District Kid’s Parade, and the Ballard Festival, and were highlighted by the nightly Aqua Follies performances. Seafair was deemed a success and the festival would grow the next summer with the addition of the unlimited hydroplane racing class on Lake Washington.”

If you’ve been to Green Lake, you will have seen an oddly placed amphitheatre situated at the south end of the lake. According to Seafair.com, “the 5,000 seat Aqua Theater (built specifically for Seafair) on the southwest shores of Green Lake was home to a dazzling “swimusical” known as the Aqua Follies.  Aqua Follies included a diving show with breathtaking high dives as well as comedy skits and diving.  The Aqua Dears, 30 female synchronized swimmers, performed ballet in the water while the Aqua Darlings, 24 dancers presented the stage ballet.  The nightly shows, including moonlight matinees that started at 11:15 p.m., were the entertainment highlight of the world’s greatest water carnival.  Bob Hope, Bert Parks and a number of Olympic divers were just some of the famous performers at this unique outdoor venue.  The Aqua Follies played a significant role in the Seafair festival between 1950 and 1965.”

So yes, not only did Bob Hope perform at Green Lake, professional swimmers actually dared enter the water at one point in time. And there was such a thing as a “swimusical” which we can’t believe doesn’t exist anymore.

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2) What’s the deal with the Blue Angels?
Early on, the U.S. Navy and Seafair started working together. Before the Blue Angels were the main draw, gigantic Navy ships docked in Elliot Bay, giving civilians the opportunity to tour them. So while Seattle men were touring the ships, the Navy sailors were touring Seattle and joining in the summer celebration. There are no published reports of Seattle women lodging any protests about this.

While the Blue Angels were formed in 1946, it wasn’t until 1972 that they became a fixture at Seafair. They now perform full shows on Seafair Saturday and Sunday, but also practice over Lake Washington on Thursday and Friday, giving everyone a chance to check out their maneuvers. If you are planning on crossing I-90, here are the times to avoid, since it will be closed. (Source: WSDOT)

  • Thursday, July 31: 9:45 a.m. – noon; 1:15 – 2:40 p.m. (Practice)
  • Friday, Aug. 1:  12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Practice)
  • Saturday, Aug. 2:  12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Full show)
  • Sunday, Aug. 3:  12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Full show)

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3) So What’s The Obsession With the Hydros?
According to the SeattleP-i.com, “It’s been said that the hydroplane racing boat called Slo Mo Shun IV invented summer in Seattle. In 1950, (Stan) Sayres and the Slo Mo captured the Gold Cup at Detroit — the hydroplane equivalent of winning the Super Bowl. That brought the race out West for the first time since 1904, and started the tradition of hydroplane races in Seattle.”

So it started with civic pride in 1950. But let’s be realistic for a second. 64 years later, Seafair fans are not necessarily enthralled with the race itself. The race is simply an excuse for everyone with a boat to congregate in one general area, tie up to the log boom, and engage in one of the world’s largest cocktail parties on a lake.

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4) That sounds fun. How do I get to do that?
Every Seafair weekend, boat owners become the most popular people in the Puget Sound. If your friend lives anywhere on Lake Washington, they’ll have their pick of friends and acquaintances to invite to the party. If you really want to be part of the Seafair experience next year, it’s good to mix in a question like, “So do you like boats?” in any conversation with new potential friends.

5) So if I don’t have one of those friends, what can I do?
If you don’t have access to a boat, your best bet is to head down to Genesee Park for all the events through the weekend. There will be beer gardens, exhibits, and things for the kids. You don’t exactly get to just drive down, park and walk in the same way you would a Seahawks game, so plan accordingly. Shuttles and Light Rail run from several locations.

To wrap it all up
The bottom line is that Seafair goes back 3 generations now. Most people don’t have any idea why we love it, but it’s our tradition. New Orleans has Mardi Gras, Milwaukee has Summerfest, Nevada has Burning Man, and we have Seafair.

Bob Hope, supersonic jets, crazy fast boats that flip over, a giant water based party and even crazy clowns. It’s uniquely Seattle, and couldn’t be more localicious.

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Happy 4th of July From Pillar Properties

Happy Independence Day! Before we share a few localicious ideas about how to spend the holiday, here are a few fun facts about the Declaration of Independence you can use to wow your friends.

  • Officially, the Continental Congress declared its freedom from Britain on July 2, 1776, when it approved a resolution and delegates from New York were given permission to make it a unanimous vote. John Adams thought July 2 would be marked as a national holiday for generations to come.
  • The Document had been proposed in draft form by the Committee of Five (John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson) and it took two days for the Congress to agree on the edits, which is why we celebrate on July 4.
  • Six people signed the Declaration and also the Constitution – Benjamin Franklin, George Read, Roger Sherman, Robert Morris, George Clymer and James Wilson.

Source: http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2013/07/10-fascinating-facts-about-the-declaration-of-independence/

Here are some links to our property blogs, with details on neighborhood Fourth of July events.

Have a fun, fabulous and safe Fourth of July!