King Neptune, Queen Alcyone and Miss Seafair Veronica Quintero have been given the ceremonial sword to “knight” deserving individuals for their contributions to Seattle’s quality of life.
The 2012 Seafair Royal Court includes:
Jenni Hogan, “Duchess of Social Savviness”
Knighting Ceremony: Kick Off Event: Wed., June 20, 2012 – 11 a.m., Westlake Center
Jenni Hogan, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Traffic Anchor, is passionate about encouraging her followers to dream big and act on their dreams. She loves supporting startups especially those that can help her community save time, impact their life in a positive way and keep them on the forefront. Jenni has founded several companies including GoGirl Academy (now TheSpringBoardAcademy.com) and Mission Hot Mama a lifestyle brand that encourages mothers to release their inner hotness and shine.
Lady Katrina, “Princess of Melodies and Charm”
David Williams, “Baron of Thunder Boats & Rooster Tails”
Knighting Ceremony: Kick Off Event: Wed., June 20, 2012 – 11 a.m., Westlake Center
David Williams is the Executive Director of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent, Washington, the only national museum dedicated exclusively to unlimited hydroplane racing. He has been instrumental in telling the story of the sport - he has authored eight books on hydroplane racing. David has been driving unlimited hydroplanes since 1973. He was the primary stunt driver for MGM's 2005 movie Madison. You will see David this summer at Seafair Weekend driving a vintage hydroplane!
Julie Francavilla, ”Lady of Marathons and Media”
Knighting Ceremony: Rock N Roll Press Conference: Thurs., June 21, 2012 – 9:30 a.m., Century Link Field Event Center
Julie starts her day alongside many Seattle area news viewers, co-anchoring KIRO 7 Eyewitness News at 4:30 a.m., 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. She also anchors KIRO 7 Eyewitness News at Noon Monday through Friday. Julie has been known and respected in the Seattle community for her genuine presence and delivery of the area’s news. During her 20 years as a news anchor and reporter, Julie has won numerous awards from organizations including the Associated Press and the National Association of Broadcasters.
Maureen Lanphere, ”Lady of Patience and Protector of Princesses”
Knighting Ceremony: Thurs., June 21, 2012 – 3:30 p.m., Ronald McDonald House
Katrina is a bubbly 6-year-old who loves Justin Bieber, Hello Kitty, the Dallas Cowboys, and visiting with the pet therapy dogs here at the House. She is very excited to feel special and be knighted!
JW Myers, ”Duke of Daring Speed and Tight Turns”
Knighting Ceremony: Ballard Boys and Girls Club: Tues., June 26, 2012 – 12 p.m., Ballard Boys and Girls Club
JW Myers, H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Driver, began racing at age 9 following in the footsteps of his father. JW now has 27 years of boat racing experience and has raced everything from Outboards to Tunnel Boats and Unlimited Lights to Unlimiteds. Not only has he raced all of the boats, but he has also crewed and repaired them all!
Brian Perkins, ”Prince of Pace and Rapid Race”
Knighting Ceremony: Skyway Boys and Girls Club: Wed., June 27, 2012 – 11 a.m., Skyway Boys and Girls Club
Brian Perkins, H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Driver, grew up in a racing family. As a teenager Brian worked as a crewmember and in 2001 Brian set a world record for a mile and a quarter racecourse!
Kamoh Kiir, ”Baron of Brotherhood and Artistry”
Knighting Ceremony: Wallingford Boys and Girls Club: Wed., June 27, 2012 – 2 p.m., Wallingford Boys and Girls Club
Kamoh Kiir is a 16-year-old sophomore and has been coming to the club since he was in 6th grade. He's an integral part of the Wallingford Boys and Girls Club. All of the little kids love him, and he's a very talented artist--from painting and drawing, to cooking and planning activities. Kamoh has been honored as our Youth of the Quarter, and he's also been a star C.I.T. selected for Camp Brotherhood.
Knighting Ceremony: Miss Seafair Royalty Luncheon: Sat., June 30, 2012 – 12 p.m., Princess Cruise’s Golden Princess
Maureen Lanphere, Donations Coordinator at Princess Cruises, has helped Seafair coordinate the Miss Seafair Royalty Luncheon for many years. Maureen is valued by Seafair and the Seafair princesses in making the luncheon a success each year!
Lance English, ”Marquis of Mates and Marauders” Knighting Ceremony: Pirates Landing: Sat., July 7, 2012 – 12 p.m., Alki Beach
Lance ‘Clapeye’ English is a North Seattle native son, having grown up a mere city block from the famed but departed Twin Teepees restaurant. Celebrating his 10th year with the Seattle Seafair Pirates, Lance is honored to commemorate his decade by serving as “Captain Kidd” for 2012-2013. Beyond piracy, Lance is also active in his community and a proud Toastmaster, parent and “Patches Pal”.
Terry McLaughlin, ”Prince of Pies and Good Pitch”
Knighting Ceremony: Milk Carton Derby: Sat., July 14, 2012 – 12 p.m., Green Lake
Terry McLaughlin is known around the Puyallup area for his delicious pies. He has been making pies for Dr. Terry’s Pies since 2010 and also sells his pies at the Puyallup Farmer’s Market. In 2010 Terry began barbershop singing and has been known to deliver singing pie- grams. He also enjoys being an umpire in his free time. Terry has a passion for encouraging children in need and has helped many organizations in the Seattle area.
Charles Kastner, “Duke of Philanthropy and Perseverance”
Knighting Ceremony: Benaroya Research Institute Seafair Triathalon: Sun., July 22, 2012 – 8 a.m., Seward Park
Our leading fundraiser for BRI is Charles Kastner with $11,100 raised to date! His wife has three autoimmune diseases and he is participating in the triathlon to support research at BRI to eliminate these diseases. Thank you to the Kastners and all of our supporters!
Margaret Larson, “Empress of the Airwaves”
Knighting Ceremony: New Day Northwest: Mon., July 23, 2012 – 9 a.m., New Day Northwest
For more than twenty-five years, Margaret Larson worked as a broadcast journalist, most notably with NBC News as a foreign correspondent based in London, news anchor for the Today show, Dateline NBC reporter and as a reporter/news anchor at KING-TV in Seattle. Margaret moved with her husband to Seattle in 1993 to focus on family and raise their son. Since then she has anchored for KIRO- TV and KING- TV, served as a corresponded for Dateline NBC, formed a communications consulting practice for international nonprofit organizations and much more!
Donald Watts, “Prince of Hoops and Huskies”
Knighting Ceremony: Brooks Training Run: Thurs., July 26, 2012 – 6 p.m.
Road Runner Sports- Green Lake
Donald Watts is a decorated former University of Washington basketball player. Donald leads the Watts Foundation and Watts Basketball Camps throughout the Seattle area. He is featured on Husky Honks on KJR and is a current men’s basketball coach at West Seattle High School.
Duff McKagan, “Grand Poobah of Rhythm and Rock”
Knighting Ceremony: Torchlight Night Press Conference: Thurs., July 26, 2012 – 11 a.m.
Fisher Pavilion- Seattle Center
Musician Duff McKagan is a rock and roll hall-of-famer who hails from Seattle, WA. McKagan has played in over 30 rock bands - including his 13-year tenure as a founding member and the bassist of heavy metal group Guns n' Roses. Duff co-founded the band Velvet Revolver and is the leader of Seattle's Loaded. He attended Seattle University's Albers School of Business in 2000 to attain his accounting degree and later launched a wealth management firm for musicians. An avid writer, Duff has authored his own book ("It's So Easy: and Other Lies" - an autobiography), and has a column on Seattle Weekly's Reverb. He is also a passionate sports follower, especially the Seattle Supersonics, and an advocate of the new arena. Additionally, McKagan has several TV acting credits to his name. Duff has been and remains very involved in the Seattle community and is an avid Seafair fan. He lives in both Los Angeles and Seattle with his wife, Susan, and daughters Grace and Mae.
Jay Rockey, “Viscount of Vision and Innovator of Image”
Knighting Ceremony: Torchlight Spectacular: Sat., July 28, 2012 – 2 p.m.
Fisher Pavilion- Seattle Center
Jay Rockey was public relations and advertising director for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Rockey headed a staff of 100 covering publicity, promotion, advertising and the advance ticket sales program. The success of the program was honored by the Public Relations Society of America with its coveted, Silver Anvil Award, the award recognized the fair’s 10 million in attendance.
The day after the fair, Rockey founded The Rockey Company, a public relations and consulting firm in Seattle, leading to offices in Portland, San Francisco and Spokane, which later merged into the multinational Hill & Knowlton.
He was national president of the Public Relations Society of America during the Bicentennial year, 1976. The PRSA’s regional chapter has established a Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his commitment to the profession.
He is a graduate of WSU and on the advisory board for the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.
Steve Montgomery, “Baron of Booming Voice and Cougar Spirit”
Knighting Ceremony: Albert Lee Cup Press Conference: Tues., July 31, 2012- 10 a.m.
Museum of Flight
As a student at WSU in the 1960s, Steve Montgomery showed potential as an on-air talent and as a manager. In 1966 he was the public address announcer for the athletic department, announcing Cougar basketball and baseball games. He was also involved in the management of KWSU as operations chief.
In the 45 years since he graduated with a BA in communication, Steve has found success in an array of communication arenas. His Seattle-based advertising company, Montgomery Marketing and Communications, has received a number of national and regional awards during its 25 years in business.
Steve’s voice has been heard throughout western Washington in radio and television commercials and around the world as announcer for various professional sports, including hydroplane racing. He has anchored dozens of programs on ESPN, ESPN2, and the Speed Channel.
Before starting MMC, Steve worked in all phases of broadcast programming, sales, and management. He was the program director at KIRO Radio during the transition from music to news programming in the early ’70s and served as the station’s first afternoon news host. In the late ’70s and 80’s he worked in sales and management at Seattle’s Country KAYO and KISW FM.
Active in civic and community affairs, Steve has served on the boards of directors of the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club, the Ronald McDonald House Holiday Cruise, and the Hydroplane and Race Boat Museum
Knighting Ceremony: Breakfast and the Blues: Thurs., August 2, 2012- 8 a.m.
Museum of Flight/Boeing
Darnell Sue, “Duchess of Girl Power and Glam”
Knighting Ceremony: Treasure Hunt: Thurs., August 2, 2012- 6 p.m.
Cupcake Royale Capitol Hill
Darnell is the Founder of Girl Power Hour, a movement that strives to empower, celebrate and inspire women by building community with networking events, mentoring and over 70 bloggers who regularly lend content to her website. Her background resides in TV, Radio, Print Media and event planning. She studied at Washington State University and the American Intercontinental University in London, England, graduating with a double major in Marketing and International Business in 2002. She’s been nominated for the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 three times and was chosen as a city insider for the MSN re:discover Project where they dubbed her “The Queen of Networking.” Darnell recently attended the British Airways Face of Opportunity conference in New York and London as one of the 250 winners from around the country and she has been representing Glamour Magazine as a Glambassador for the past 5 years. Darnell enjoys bringing women together to foster relationships and self-confidence, supporting local women’s charities, mentoring, shoe shopping and travelling the world.