Community Events and Charities

    • Hosting a Great BBQ Cook-Off!

      For a fun entertaining idea this summer, host a cook-off! Friendly competition, especially involving food, is always a good time! With a little planning ahead of time, you can relax at a stress-free event. Here are some tips to get the party started.

      1. Invite a good mix of people – those who love to make BBQ and those who love to eat it!

      These Stars & Stripes serving dishes make your Fourth of July BBQ theme complete! These Stars & Stripes serving dishes from Sur la Table make your Fourth of July BBQ theme complete!

      2. Theme – A great theme sets the stage for an awesome party. Choose something summer related, such as 4th of July, Luau, or Beach theme, or you can choose your favorite BBQ to feature. Ribs? Chicken? Brisket? Your theme is the star of the party that you can use as a jumping off point for your music, decorations, and side dishes, so put some thought into making it a good one.

      3. Music - Create an iTunes or Spotify playlist of your favorite summer jams to keep the party vibes going all day long. Don’t just stick to one genre of music – mix it up with some country, pop, oldies, rap and dance. As long as it’s upbeat, your tunes will keep the energy up and the party pumping!

      4. Decorations – Let your theme be your guide! Table cloths, streamers, plates, centerpieces are all fun, inexpensive ways to deck out your space. Check out Pinterest for inspiration! For even more fun, consider creating a photo booth with props related to your theme. Then your guests can share on social and remember the fun after the fact!

      Keep thirst under control with delicious drinks at your event! Keep thirst under control with delicious drinks at your event!

      5. Bevys - Offer lots of beverages to rinse the palate and stay hydrated! Consider making a signature cocktail to match your theme. Or buckets of beer on ice is always popular and easy! For non-alcoholic drinks, a big container of lemonade hits the spot. And don’t forget the water!!! Stumped for ideas? Check out this list of 25 Essential Cocktails.

      6. Awards! To add hype to the completion, don’t forget the awards! Engrave some BBQ cookoff awards such as the Barbecue Magic Trophy Award or BBQ Cookoff Chef Trophy with your event name, theme and winning category. Or get creative with your own joke trophies, such as the Victorious Hulk, Gut bomb trophy, or a dead last toilet trophy for the last place finisher!

      7. Make sure you have a plan for people who have a little too much fun at the party. Assign a designated driver to taxi your guests home. Uber is also a great option for getting your guests home safely.

      Make it a summer to remember by hosting an epic BBQ cook off, full of good food, drinks, music, competition, and memories!

      Cheers, Jessica

    • Excellence in Youth Sports

      NAYS winners 2015 Congratulations to the winners of the Excellence in Youth Sports Award!

      Trophies2Go is proud to sponsor the nonprofit organization National Alliance for Youth Sports (or NAYS).  Since 1981, NAYS has been improving youth sports programs by providing education and resources to volunteer coaches, youth sports administrators, officials and parents.  NAYS provides these programs at the local level to over 3000 community-based organizations across the country and on U.S. military bases worldwide.

      During November 18-21, NAYS hosted their Youth Sports Congress in New Orleans, LA and presented the Excellence in Youth Sports Awards to outstanding youth sports programs.  These winners were chosen from more than 100 youth sports programs that applied from recreation departments, independent sports leagues and military bases around the world.  Not only are these communities providing safe sporting experiences to their players, their focus on providing quality training to their volunteer coaches helped them stand out among the other submissions.

      The Winning Communities:

      Beale AFB Youth Programs Beale AFB, California

      Camp Pendleton Youth Sports Camp Pendleton, California

      Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency Woodstock, Georgia

      Fort Leonard Wood Youth Sports & Fitness Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

      Mountain Home AFB Youth Sports Program Mountain Home AFB, Idaho

      NSA Bahrain Child and Youth Programs Juffair, Bahrain

      Oconee County Parks and Recreation Department Watkinsville, Georgia

      US Army Garrison Hawaii, Youth Sports & Fitness Program Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

      Additional awards were given to the Coach of the Year, Kenneth Banks II from Suffolk Parks & Recreation, Virginia and Parent of the Year, Jenny Howell from Child & Youth Programs, Naval Support Activity Panama City, Florida.  These individuals have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to youth sports in their communities.

      Congratulations to all of the winners!  To find out more about the National Alliance for Youth Sports, visit their website at nays.org.

      Cheers! Jessica

    • Issaquah Salmon Days – a local tradition

      Issaquah natural beauty. Issaquah's natural beauty - mountains, water, trees.

      Trophies2Go is based in Issaquah, WA, which is a small town 15 miles east of Seattle.  Our company has deep roots in this community, as we began as Issaquah Trophy in 1987.

      One of the many great things about living and working in Issaquah is the natural beauty that surrounds this suburban town. We have the Issaquah Alps that surround our city, beautiful Lake Sammamish on our northern end, and Issaquah Creek.  Issaquah Creek is home to many native critters, including three species of Pacific Salmon – Sockeye, Coho and Chinook.  Over a number of years, these salmon make the journey from Issaquah Creek out to the Pacific Ocean and then back again to spawn and die.

      Sockeye salmon Visit this cute sockeye-guy at Salmon Days this weekend!

      Each year during the first weekend of October, our town celebrates the return of the salmon to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery located on Issaquah Creek with Salmon Days. This huge festival includes a parade on Saturday, a 5-K run, arts and craft stalls, food vendors, and entertainment.  Over 200,000 visitors flock to our little city to participate in the celebration.

      We love Salmon Days and are so fortunate to live in this awesome community! To find out more about Salmon Days and the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, click on the links.  See you at the fair this weekend!

      Cheers! Jessica

    • Customer Spotlight: Issaquah Schools Foundation

      It's the start of a new school year!  Excitement is in the air for students, parents, and teachers,  with a new year ahead, full of possibility.  When I began thinking about this blog post and the first day of school, the main thing that struck me is how awesome my kids' schools have been.  It's not just me - they've been recognized nationally. Our elementary school, Sunset, was named as the 425 Magazine Best Public Elementary School, and Issaquah was just named one of the Best Towns for Families by Family Circle Magazine mainly due to the schools.  What makes Issaquah schools so special?

      ISF grant winners.

      Besides great kids and fantastic teachers, I believe it's because of the community support our schools receive.  And the biggest champion for our kids is the Issaquah Schools Foundation (ISF), which bridges the gap between state-provided basic education funds and the dollars our schools need to prepare students for success in school and life.

      The Issaquah Schools Foundation was formed in 1987 and has given over $3 million dollars toward programs that encourage academic excellence, support struggling students and promote professional development of teachers.  Personally my children have benefitted directly from foundation funding through after school library hours and support to the arts, specifically orchestra.

      The badges we create for the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

      Every year ISF hosts a "Nourish Every Mind" luncheon and breakfast where partners attend to support the foundation.  It's the biggest fundraiser of the year!  They order ribbons for their staff, volunteers and donors.  We also create name badges for their staff, executive committee and board members.

      To find out more about the Issaquah Schools Foundation and what they do for students, visit issaquahschoolsfoundation.org. Thank you to all of the volunteers and staff who serve the foundation and our kids.  Hats off to the great work you do. It's wonderful living in Issaquah and I wish students a great school year ahead!

      Cheers! Jessica

    • 2015 STAR 101.5 Wiener Dog Races

      Wiener Dogs
      Meet the contestants at Sunday's race!

      Join the Trophies2Go team for the most anticipated event of the summer - the 19th Annual STAR 101.5 Wiener Dog Races! Come to Emerald Downs in Auburn, WA this Sunday, July 12th to view the action! Gates open at 9am, horse racing begins at 2:15pm, and the first Wiener Dog Heat will take place at approximately 3:30pm.

      Two dozen dogs compete, but only one will win the coveted Wiener Trophy!  Once again, we are proud to be the Official Awards Sponsor of the event. The ultimate wiener dog trophy and cute doggie-sized medal will be going home to a deserving 4-legged athlete.

      Only purebred dachshunds can enter the race. The two preliminary races are first, followed by the final heat, which decides the top dog. The action is complete in the blink of an eye, with local celebrities Kent and Allen announcing which dachshund comes out on top.

      Wiener Dogs 2014 Vote for your favorite now!

      Back again this year is the Fan Favorite! Click HERE to vote for your favorite dog, with the winner featured at Sunday's race.

      Bring your whole family! Kids under 17 get in free and there are plenty of activities for the entire family to enjoy, including free cupcakes at the STAR 101.5 tent, face painting, bouncy houses, pony rides and more!

      This event guarantees lots of laughs in a family-friendly atmosphere. Hope to see you there – we’ll be the ones with the trophies!

      Cheers! Jessica

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