The public is invited to join the Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club and the Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard Committee in honoring all nominees for the Mariner Award and the Sturgeon Bay area Coast Guard Person of the Year. The award presentation dinner takes place Aug. 8 at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. Social hour begins at 5:30 pm followed by the award dinner at 6:30.
The Mariner Award recognizes individuals who have had a significant, positive, lasting impact on the Door County maritime community. One living and at least one posthumous award are presented each year.
The living nominees for the 2016 Mariner Award are Steve Brunstrom, Bill Parsons, Dick Purinton, Leathem “Tim” Stearn, Todd Thayse, William “Curly” Selvick, Dennis Hickey, Martha Burress and Ken Schmidtke.
Nominees in the posthumous award category are Clifford B. Hart, August Rieboldt, Joseph Harris, Jr., Alanson Sweet, Jeff Weborg, Ingar Olsen and Minnie Hesh Cochems.
The Coast Guard Person of the Year award recognizes a local active duty Coast Guardsman who exemplifies the Coast Guard’s core values of “Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty.” The honoree is selected from among nominees submitted by the three local Coast Guard units: USCGC Mobile Bay, Marine Safety Detachment Sturgeon Bay, and the Canal Station.
This year’s nominees are Seaman Ashley Clark, stationed at Coast Guard Station Sturgeon Bay; Petty Officer Nicholas Foster, USCGC Mobile Bay; and Lieutenant Brett Belanger, Marine Safety Detachment.
The cost is $40 per person. Tax and gratuity are included in the price. A full cash bar is also available. Reservations are required. Contact the Door County Maritime Museum at 920.743.5958 no later than July 29 to make reservations.