2010 Alvirita Little Award


On Wednesday, September 22nd, approximately 350 people attended the 2010 Annual Alvirita Little Award Luncheon at The Grand Hyatt in downtown Seattle. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and guests, THS raised more than $68,000 that went right to work helping underserved, at-risk youth and oung adults who are affected by chemical dependence and/or mental health disorders.

Created by THS’ Board of Directors in 1988, the Alvirita Little Award honors an individual or organization that has contributed continuously and selflessly to children, youth, adults, and families at-risk in our community, especially those affected by chemical dependency and mental illness. The award is named in memory of Alvirita Little (May 25, 1913—June 24, 2006), who contributed over 50 years of professional and volunteer service in support of youth and families in the Greater Puget Sound Region.

Emceed by Joyce Taylor, co-anchor of KING 5 Morning News, our program included a video highlighting THS’ program, Making a Difference for Madrona. With this unique program, THS places a full-time counselor in Seattle’s Madrona K-8 School to aid students and their families with the multi-systemic problems associated with chemical dependency and/or mental health issues both in school and at home.

This year’s award was presented to Phil Smart, Sr., a noted entrepreneur, philanthropist and community volunteer who has helped youth and families for over 50 years. Among his many accolades are awards from the YMCA, the Boy Scouts and Seattle Children’s Hospital. The award was presented by one of Alvirita Little’s children, Harold Booker, vice president of THS’ board of directors.

During our luncheon, Mr. Smart encouraged each guest to consider how they might use some of their free time to help improve the world around them. He believes that since we have 24 hours in a day with 8 hours for work and 8 hours for sleep, we should dedicate at least a portion of the remaining 8 hours to volunteering to help the hurt, the hungry, the homeless, the unemployed, the young, the old, the illiterate, and those who are chemically dependent.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make our annual luncheon a huge success! Planning will begin soon for the 2011 luncheon, so if you’re interested in getting involved, please contact Mark Buckley at (206) 323-0930 ext. 201 or at markb@ths-wa.org.