Seattle, Wash. – May 01, 2012 – Gov. Christine Gregoire, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke, SeaTac Mayor Tony Anderson and an Olympic and World medalist will reveal the details of a major international sporting event coming to ShoWare Center in Seattle Southside this fall. This event will be a major draw for the Seattle Southside region and will promote tourism in the quieter offseason. Visitors from around the world are expected to attend this fall event. You don’t want to miss this announcement!

WHAT:                 Press conference naming Kent as the host city for a major international sporting event to be held at ShoWare Center this fall. 

WHO:                   Gov. Christine Gregoire

                              King County Executive Dow Constantine

                              City of Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke

                              State Senator Karen Keiser

                              State Representative Tina Orwall

                              State Representative Dave Upthegrove

                              State Representative Pat Sullivan

                              State Representative Mark Hargrove

                              King County Councilmember Julia Patterson
                              City of SeaTac Mayor Tony Anderson

                              Kent City Council President Dennis Higgins

                              Kent City Councilmember Elizabeth Albertson

                              Kent City Councilmember Bill Boyce

                              Kent City Councilmember Dana Ralph

                              Kent City Councilmember Debbie Ranniger

                              An Olympic and World medalist

                              Other elected officials and dignitaries                      

WHERE:               ShoWare Center, 625 W. James Street, Kent, main entrance facing James Street.

WHEN:                 9:45 a.m., Friday, May 4, 2012

Seattle Southside Visitor Services (SSVS) is the leading tourism and marketing organization in South King County. The program, offered jointly by the Cities of Des Moines, Kent, SeaTac, and Tukwila, is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal travel destination for tourists who wish to explore Western Washington. For more information, please visit  

North America's first LEED® GOLD sports & entertainment arena, ShoWare Center in Kent is home to the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey Club as well as concerts, family shows, corporate events, tradeshows and other sporting events. Located just 17 miles from Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma, ShoWare Center offers guests complimentary parking and is the crown jewel in a well-designed gathering place for the residents of the Puget Sound region. ShoWare Center is an SMG-managed facility. For more information, visit




Beth Sylves
ShoWare Center
Director of Marketing


Ashley Comar
Seattle Southside Visitor Services
Marketing & Communications Manager

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