Originally published 12/03/2014
The Association of Fundraising Professionals – Alaska Chapter named Icicle Seafoods, Inc. corporate philanthropist of the year. Kris Norosz, Icicle’s Government Affairs Director and industry chair for the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan, accepted the award last Friday, November 21 in Anchorage, on behalf of Icicle Seafoods and its 2,000 employees.
Norosz talked about Icicle’s employees’ commitments to their communities through their volunteer efforts – giving thousands of hours of their time, through their individual giving, and of course Icicle’s support. She described how Icicle’s culture of giving is based on the humble beginnings of Icicle Seafoods itself, which was started by Petersburg community members 50 years ago this year, as a means to ensure a better quality of life for Petersburg families and residents.
In its nomination of Icicle, the University of Alaska described this corporate philanthropist as a corporate innovator with a drive to excel, which has made them a leader in Alaska’s seafood processing industry for 50 years. Icicle has acted to make ideas such as year-round processing facilities and floating processing vessels reality. These innovations in business practices have provided many stable jobs and improved the quality and freshness of Alaska’s seafood products by processing the catch close to where it is caught – in remote coastal fishing locations. These innovations have also made Icicle a valued corporate citizen in communities across Alaska where they operate and where employees live and work. Icicle’s communities span from Petersburg to Seward, Homer, Larsen Bay on Kodiak Island, Egegik, and Wood River near Dillingham. Icicle invests in communities and makes philanthropic investments to support and improve quality of life in its communities and for its employees.
In addition to gifts to the University of Alaska impacting communities around the state, Icicle has supported the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce’s Alaska Business Week program, and a wide array of non-profit organizations in communities across Alaska. They are also donors of services and supplies to SeaShare, which connects the seafood industry to our nation’s food bank network, providing food for hunger relief in America.