Vel Wright

Vel Wright

Vel Wright, Treasurer


Vel is a long-time Tri-Cities resident, and has served the community in many capacities through the years. Vel was married to Philip Wright for 46 years; she has two grown children, Cindy Wright Doyle and Kyle Wright, as well as four precious grandsons with whom she spends most of her time when she's not volunteering. Vel was chosen as the 1995 Kennewick Woman of the Year.

Before retirement, Vel was the Vice President of Banner Bank for 32 years. Post retirement, she serves her community as the Assistant Director, Judge Chairperson, Interview Chair Person and Lady Chaperone for the Miss Tri Cities Scholarship Program. Vel currently serves on the board as Treasurer for the Trios Foundation. She is also a part of the Women's Guild for the Tri Cities Cancer Center and Kennewick Kiwanis.

In a non-leadership capacity Vel attends meetings, and assists with fundraising and events for the following Tri-Cities organizations: Kennewick Man and Women of the Year Club, Soroptimists, Cathedral of Joy Church, Mid-Columbia Badger, Republican Women and Rambling Rovers. In the past she has been involved with the Lady Lions; Miss Rodeo Washington; Safe Harbor Sales Outlet; Seasons Group; City of Kennewick; Police Advisory Team and Block Grant Review for the City of Kennewick; First Night Tri-Cities; Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership; Advisory Committee for Columbia Basin College Resource Center; Volunteer Center; and, Kennewick School District (helping with reading).

Vel has previously served on committees for Arts Commission for City of Kennewick, Police Advisory Team, Veteran's Coalition, and Seasons Group.

Vel has received several awards for her leadership and hard work with the above organizations, including:

  • 2007 Leadership award for First Night- Tri Cities
  • 2003 Jo and Ralph Benton Award - Downtown Kennewick Volunteer of the Year
  • 2000 Soroptimist - Women Helping Women
  • 1995 Kennewick Woman of the Year
  • 1993 Kennewick Downtowner of the Year
  • 1993 Board of Realtors, Citizen of the Year