The Ackerley Family will receive 2017 Champion of Freedom award at Annual Dinner on October 13th

Oct 3, 2017

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October 3, 2017                                                                                                          Dann Mead Smith (360) 705-6543

SEATTLE– Washington Policy Center – the state’s leading, independent research organization with offices in Seattle, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Olympia – is proud to announce this year’s recipient of the Champion of Freedom award at our Annual Dinner on October 13th in Bellevue is the Ginger Ackerley Family.

The Ackerley Family will be honored with the Annual Champion of Freedom Award as longtime business leaders in our region and for their longstanding commitment to free-market principles that help make our state a better place to live, do business and raise a family.  “Our board carefully selected the Ackerley Family for this award in recognition of their business leadership over several decades and that their individual and family-based businesses and philanthropy have made significant improvements to the quality of lives for so many in our community,” said WPC Annual Dinner co-chair Sarah Rindlaub.

“As business leaders, the Ackerley Family has provided a great example for giving back to their community,” said WPC President Dann Mead Smith. “Their mission is to ensure that every child in the region has the opportunity to realize his or her potential. This idea is similar to our research on education reform in our efforts to bring choice and opportunities to families across Washington state. The Ackerley Family has given back to numerous organizations they believe in in our region. We’re privileged to have them at our Annual Dinner to recognize them with this year’s Annual Champion of Freedom award.”

The 2017 Annual Dinner will be held on Friday, October 13th at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue. US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Fox Business anchor Neil Cavuto will be the keynote speakers. Tickets are still available on

Washington Policy Center focuses on seven key research areas: Agriculture, Education, Environment, Government Reform, Health Care, Small Business & Labor Reform and Transportation.


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