Who gets Lacey’s free days at Washington Center?

Nonprofits get to host more events under Lacey’s wings


The Lacey Community Relations and Public Affairs Committee (CRPA) unanimously decided to support the application of two nonprofit organizations to utilize  Lacey’s allotted two days at the Washington Center in 2023.

Of the six applicants, the South Puget Sound New Horizons Band (SPSNHB) and the Nisqually Delta Association (NDA) will be recommended by the CRPA to the city council.

“There’s no bad applicant here, but we can only do so much with what we have,” Council Member Michael Steadman said.

According to their applications, SPSNHB plans to hold a benefit concert for the Thurston County Food Bank, with one to two hours of live music. At the same time, the NDA intends to host other conservation and environmental organizations to present strategies intended to protect Puget Sound and the Salish Sea.

The other applicants were KDE Booster Club, The Olympia Peace Choir, Capital Area Music Association, and Providence St. Peter Hospital.

Under the current contract with the Washington Center, Lacey is entitled to two days per year to use the facility for free.

Lacey usually allocates one free day to nonprofit organizations and one for city-sponsored events, but with Lacey not planning to use its day at the facility in the coming year, the city opted to let nonprofit groups use both its allocated days.


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