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Celebrating our Starbucks Community Stars with the Seattle Kraken!

Posted January 25, 2022

Sharon at the hockey area, wearing a blue hat and face mask and holing up a Kraken jersey

We had a Kraken-good time celebrating some superstars who help make the Market strong! Last week’s Seattle Kraken games featured the Market Foundation in the Community Stars Program sponsored by Starbucks. We were thrilled to be able to honor Sharon Shaw and Cora Carter for their amazing contributions to the Market community!


Sharon Shaw was named a Starbucks Community Star at the January 20th game.

75 members of the Market community were there to cheer Sharon on, as she was recognized for her dedication to her fellow artists, farmers and workers in the Market.

Whenever someone in the Market faced a personal crisis – the death of a spouse, an injury or illness in the family – Sharon rallied support and collected funds by “passing the hat”, launched fundraising auctions and even wore pig costumes! – to raise support for her Market family. 

In 2013, Sharon and the Market Foundation joined forces to create the Market Community Safety Net – a fund available to help anyone who lives, works or accesses services in the Pike Place Market. This fund provides emergency financial and resource assistance to help members of the Market community maintain their housing and livelihood. 

Since its inception, the Market Community Safety Net has helped nearly 1,000 Market community members with more than $250,000 in financial and community support that helps the wonderfully creative and caring “family” at Pike Place Market thrive. 

Thank you Sharon for being such a tremendous inspiration – your Market family loves you!!


The next night, we celebrated as the crowd honored First Starbucks Manager Cora Carter!

Cora and her incredible team are always there to lend a helping hand and get involved for the Market community (this fall they volunteered at ALL of our 50th Anniversary events).

Thank you Starbucks and Seattle Kraken for recognizing our Market community stars, and bringing us along to celebrate!


It is such an honor for the Pike Place Market Foundation to be selected by the Starbucks Community Stars program that recognizes community organizations that are driving positive change in their hometown community.  We were thrilled to spend time celebrating alongside our Market community!

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