Kennewick gives out ‘downtowner’ awards

Tri-City HeraldApril 29, 2013 

A Kennewick business owner was recognized for the second year in a row for her efforts to promote downtown Kennewick.

Anne Craff and her husband, Carlos Craff, recently became the 24th recipients of the Downtowner of the Year Award, given by the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership.

Last year, Anne Craff received the Ralph and Jo Benton Volunteer of the Year award for her involvement in downtown events.

The Craffs were recognized for their work in downtown in the past decade, said Tim Dalton, the partnership's executive director. The award is meant to recognize those who contribute to the downtown area for multiple years.

The couple started Visiting Angels, a Kennewick in-home health provider for seniors, in a small corner office space in downtown Kennewick, Dalton said. They then grew the business to the point where they needed to buy their own downtown building.

The Craffs, who also operate the Thomas Kinkade Gallery, have made downtown their home as well since 2009, according to a news release.

Anne Craff serves on the partnership's promotion committee and has been on the board of directors in the past, Dalton said. Carlos Craff frequently pitches in as well.

"They are a great pair," he said.

For example, Dalton said the couple created the fountain in front of the Reese Building on Cascade Street.

The Craffs volunteer their time to downtown efforts and have contributed to downtown financially through regular Main Street tax contributions, according to a news release.

Ice Harbor Brewing Co. also was honored as the 2012 Business of the Year.

Owners Mike Hall and Bill Jaquish opened Ice Harbor Brewing Co. in an old train warehouse in 2004 and expanded to a second location, Ice Harbor Brewing at the Marina, in 2007.

Ice Harbor Brewing Co. has been a regular sponsor and supporter or community events, including the Classy Chassy Show and Shine and Grapefest.

Harvey Faurholt received the 2012 Ralph and Jo Benton Volunteer of the Year award for his service and dedication to downtown revitalization efforts. During 2012, Faurholt helped promote downtown events including Classy Chassy Car Show and Grapefest.

He serves on the partnership's organization committee and spent 2012 trying to bring an art piece to Columbia Drive.

All the winners were recently recognized at the annual Downtowner Banquet at the Clover Island Inn. Washington Trust Bank played host to the banquet.

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