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Harrold Thompson to receive 12th annual “McMaster Heritage Award” for community service
The 2013 “McMaster Heritage Award,” presented by the Kenmore Heritage Society, will be given to Harrold Thompson, retired owner of Mr. T’s Trophies.
The award will be presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Kenmore Community Club.
The annual award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding volunteer contributions to the Kenmore community. The recipient is chosen from nominees submitted by community members.
In the nearly forty years since Harrold and Cleda Thompson established Mr. T’s Trophies, located at 79th Ave. NE and Bothell Way, Kenmore has experienced numerous positive changes. For many of those years, Harrold played a prominent role in those efforts.
He served as president of the Kenmore Chamber of Commerce, was instrumental in organizing the Kenmore Lions, and helped spearhead the vote for a new fire station. He worked on fundraising to purchase a new aid car for $25,000.
He and his wife were original organizers of the Gunslinger’s Drill Team, with 55 girls ranging in age from 9-17. The team is still in existence. To help fund the drill team they revived Kenmore’s Frontier Days festival, featuring a parade, art show, crafts fair, teepee village and carnival. Harrold created a 32-page Festival Program, selling advertising which paid for the entire festival. Frontier Days continued through 1986.
Harrold was a founder of the Kenmore Businessmen’s Association, was involved in a Northwest Art program at Bastyr University, and worked tirelessly to enhance cooperation among Kenmore businesses.
He and his wife ran their trophy business 33 years, retiring in 2007.
The McMaster Heritage Award is named after John McMaster, pioneer Kenmore businessman and entrepreneur who gave Kenmore its name in 1901.
The Kenmore Community Club is located at 73rd Ave. N.E. and N.E. 175th St.