Last week, the Friends of the Market gathered to celebrate the 1971 citizen’s initiative to Save the Market.
Speakers included Friends of the Market President Kate Krafft, Market Foundation Executive Director Lillian Sherman, and PDA Executive Director Mary Bacarella.
Peter Steinbrueck shared stories of growing up in the Market and what saving the Market meant to his father Victor and the Steinbrueck family.
Unexpected Productions performed a short reenactment of the protests and the Friends also enjoyed the documentary trailer for Labor of Love: Saving Pike Place Market, premiering on KOMO 4 TV on October 16th.
Led by Master of Ceremonies Nick Setten, it was a special evening recognizing the Friends of the Market’s seven-year fight to save the Market from the wrecking ball 50 years ago, Their preservation, advocacy and education work continues today.
“The special magic of the Market is not only that the buildings were saved, but that the heart of the community with a mission to serve people … was preserved as well.”
– Lillian Sherman, Market Foundation Executive Director
“Many of you were there in 1971 and played a crucial part in that momentous effort and over the last fifty years all of you have played an important part in helping to “keep” and nurture our marvelous Market – the soul of Seattle!”
– Kate Krafft, Friends of the Market President