Greater University Chamber of Commerce
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2011 Annual Awards Banquet
Roosevelt Self Storage
University Heights Center
Happy New Year!
From Your Greater
University Chamber
January 2011

We appreciate your involvement and interest in the U District Chamber and community news. In an effort to conserve paper, limit costs, and increase overall efficiency, GUCC newsletters and announcements will be distributed primarily in an online format. 

We would be happy to add anyone to our email address list if they contact us at

Take an opportunity to view the current art exhibits up at participating venues around the University District including featured artist Barbee Teasley showing 

at Bakery Verbena located at 5509 University Way NE.

Be sure to check out the new January  Artwalk as venues stay open late to showcase local artists on January 21st from 6-9pm. View the map of participants on line at the link above.
Socks Total

The Chamber wants to extend their congratulations to Bill Doell of the University Masonic Lodge and Sgt. Newsom of the Seattle Police Department for excelling their goal of collecting socks for the homeless. This year total count of socks collected was 4,628 compared to last year count of 1,800. Of the 4,628 collected, 3,432 socks were gathered from the University District Community. Not bad! We also had 222 pair of gloves (190 from us), scarves and hats purchased with donated funds. The Greater University Chamber of Commerce wants to thank the businesses and individuals who contribute to the socks collection for the homeless program.

New Chamber Member:
Tony's Events & Catering 

In business for Seattle for 14 years, Tony's has earned a reputation for creating beautiful, seamless and unforgettable events.


From festive galas and intimate receptions to corporate meetings and retreats, every detail is thoughtfully considered. Your entire event is constructed with your collaboration, and we can provide seasonally inspired menus that feature the freshest local and seasonal ingredients.


Our relationships with artisan food and wine purveyors ensure the finest cuisine and cocktails for every event, taking all the worry out of event planning. Please call us today to get a custom quote for your next event!


No matter your size or needs, we have experience creating exceptional corporate gathering for some of the Northwest's most successful companies-Microsoft, University of Washington, Boeing, and more. We provide your guests with a premium experience that will leave them anticipating your next gathering.

We are large enough to handle thousands, yet nimble enough to work magic for ten.

From festive holiday galas, casually elegant dinners to backyard barbecues, Tony's creates beautiful, seamless and unforgettable events. We would be delighted to create an event especially for you. 

Please call 206-328-2195 to discuss your event and the availability of our exclusive venues and select locations
or visit us at

2011 Annual Awards Banquet 
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Clifford Mass

Chef Aaron Andrews  


Every year the Greater University Chamber of Commerce and the University District Business Improvement Area Ratepayers Association honors businesses and individuals within our community with various awards. These awards recognize businesses and individuals in the categories of Best Small Business, Best Community Service, Officer of the Year, and Best Economic Development Award which are nominated by our members. Please join us to celebrate their accomplishments on behalf of our community during 2011 Annual Banquet. We will also honor Dr. Clifford Mass, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington, who will also be the Keynote speaker. Dr. Mass will speak about the future of northwest weather forecasting. Ask him questions. Get a more global picture of how northwest weather fits into the larger forecasting picture. His book, The Weather of the Pacific Northwest, will be available for sale at the event.


Aaron Andrews, Chef de Cuisine of The District Lounge at Hotel Deca, brings an ethos and passion for local seasonal products and cooking ingredients at their peak for an unparalleled food experience. Chef Andrews will feature special foods of the Northwest in this enticing menu.

Dinner Menu:


Macrina Bakery Breads and Rolls, Herb Butter


Caramelized Walla Walla Onion and Chive Dip


Local Artisan Cheeses and Meats with Seasonal Accouterments and Pickles


Spinach and Frisee Salad, Toasted Hazelnuts, Beecher's Cheese, Dried Apples


Marinated Large White Beans, Wild Arugula, Crispy Bacon, Dijon Vinaigrette


Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Carrots with Sweet Roasted Garlic and Herbs


Strozzapreti Pasta, Mustard Greens, Roasted Leeks, Soft Herb Cheese


Dark Ale and Mustard Braised Natural Pork Shoulder with Rye Bread


Grilled Citrus-Sage Chicken, Green Onion Sauce, Herb Aoili


Chef's Seasonal Dessert Selections

DATE: Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
TIME: 6-9pm
PLACE: Hotel Deca, 4507 Brooklyn Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

COST: $50/person or $375 for a table of 8
DEADLINE TO RSVP: Tuesday, January 11th, 2011


                     RSVP yes                 RSVP no


Click the link above to RSVP or call 206-547-4417. Please put a "yes" or "no" in the subject line and please make sure your name is in the email.

New Chamber Member:
PlanningSavvy is planning smart!

We are the cost conscious, online resource guide when planning an event. provides online advertising for the savvy minded business and offers the cost conscious consumer the ultimate site to find venues and vendors when planning an event.  Whether you are planning your event on a dime or only have a dime in your pocket to promote your savvy business, is the simple solution. Plus, to help you through every event, we also offer our hands-on event planning! Whether it's Simple & Savvy or Swanky & Stylish or somewhere in between, will work with you to fulfill your wedding day dreams, bring every last friend together to celebrate a milestone and turn those birthday parties and confirmations into memories that will last a lifetime. We can handle simple detail planning all the way up to complete guest list management and day of event coordination. We'll be by your side from the moment you start the planning process until your special event reaches its end. Remember, PlanningSavvy is planning smart!

New Chamber Member:
Roosevelt Self Storage 

50% off your 1st month's rent on any size!

Roosevelt Self Storage is an indoor, heated and moisture controlled facility with over 40 sizes to choose from. This prevents mold and mildew and protects your belongings. We have a brand new security system with 24 hour security monitoring, motion sensors, individually alarmed units, security cameras, and keypad entry for your security and peace of mind. We also feature a drive in parking garage, freight elevator with drive up access, and free moving carts for your unloading/loading convenience. In addition, we currently have a great move-in special of 50% off your 1st month's rent on any size! We also offer additional discounts to students, seniors, military, and Boeing employees. Access and office hours are Monday-Saturday 8am-7pm and Sunday 9am-6pm. 

University Heights

Constructed in 1902


Last summer restoration commenced at University Heights Center, an architecturally significant structure in the heart of the University District.  The building was constructed in 1902; its doors officially opened in December of that year just in time for children to celebrate the holidays. Today we learned that University Heights has been designated by the National Park Service as a landmark property and placed upon the National Register of Historic Places.  This approval is meaningful to the Center and thousands of individuals who fought for its preservation for more than thirty years. "School buildings have historically been very important to the neighborhoods they serve, said House Speaker Frank Chopp, who has his district office in University Heights. This designation acknowledges that role and allows the building to remain a vital part of the community." The designation assures preservation of the building and site under federal laws which protect architecturally significant properties. It is the perfect way for University Heights to celebrate its 108th birthday which occurs this month. 

Thank You all for your continued support! If you have any events, questions, or just want to chat, our door is always open.

Teresa Lord Hugel
Director, Greater University Chamber of Commerce
4710 University Way NE Suite 114
Seattle, WA 98105
P (206) 547-4417 F (206) 547-5266