Herman Sarkowsky: Custodian of the Arts

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Herman SarkowskyThis month, The 5th Avenue Theatre is celebrating the life of a great man—a pillar and patriarch of the Seattle community, a pioneer in Seattle sports, a philanthropist, and a patron of the arts: Herman Sarkowsky.

A smart and savvy real estate developer, some people will remember Herman for his cultivation of Seattle’s sports franchises. He co-founded the Seattle Seahawks, and acted as the Managing General Partner of our beloved home team from 1975 to 1982, remaining active with the team long after that. He was president and owner of the Portland Trailblazers mbasketball team. He was also a successful horse breeder and an early investor in Emerald Downs.

But what many do not realize about this local sports hero is that he was an avid fan of the arts, and a huge supporter of Seattle’s arts community. He was considered a regular by nearly every major arts organization in town, and was integral to the preservation of the arts—particularly when Downtown struggled through the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.

Herman & Faye SarkowskyHerman and Faye Sarkowsky were one of the amazing 43 local leaders to join forces to save The 5th Avenue Theatre from the wrecking ball in 1979. And since that time, they remained heavily involved in supporting The 5th. In fact, Faye became the first woman chairman of the board here at The 5th Avenue.

by BRIDGET MORGAN, Public Relations & Communications Manager

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