Nominations continue for 2014 Diamond Awards

August 29, 2014

By Imelda Dulcich

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For the second year in a row, the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Diamond Awards will be an elegant evening affair, hosted at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Nominations are already coming in for the Nov. 20 ceremony that honors Newcastle’s top community members. Get to know one of the nominees below, and be sure to cast your nominations at

The Venturettes — Dennis Yarnell Inspiration Award

When we think of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Beer Garden, we think of The Venturettes.

“I can’t think of a group that comes to an event and makes everybody smile the way The Venturettes do,” said Doug Kunkel, Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Beer Garden chairman. “This is the fourth year ‘The Vs’ have come to support our fundraising efforts, and we are so appreciative of their support.”

Described in their promotional materials as “ambassadors of music, fun, friendship and goodwill,” The Venturettes are a group of friends who got together 10 years ago to support local charity and music events, according to Venturette Susan Cottrell.

“We love to work with local charities, bringing the community together for a good cause and to have fun,” Cottrell said.

They have appeared on stage with a number of internationally known stars, including Newcastle’s own Alan White, of Yes fame, and Ray Dorset, of Mungo Jerry fame (“In the Summertime”). They were most recently on stage with Sean McNabb, actor (“Sons of Anarchy”), host and accomplished musician, and with Chris Slade, former drummer for AC/DC.

The “Vs” have been a part of The Thundering Angels Burgers, Bikers and Babes motorcycle rally since its inception eight years ago. They have also participated in Issaquah’s Salmon Days for the past 10 years.

“The Vs are good, kind and thoughtful friends who cheerfully show up and help us at The Newcastle Beer Garden each year. I think of them as happy ambassadors ‘Groovin’ to the music,’ just as their promotional material states,” Kunkel said.

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