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Avista Foundation Awards Fourth Quarter Grants
Foundation awards more than $115,000 in 2005

Spokane, Wash., December 9// -- The Avista Foundation announces the awarding of fourth quarter 2005 grants totaling $31,440 to 52 non-profit organizations, 45 of which are regional food banks.

"Many families in our region are facing additional financial challenges this winter with extremely cold temperatures and rising energy costs," said Anne Marie Axworthy, president and chairman of the board of the Avista Foundation. "Our regional food banks provide vital services for families who find themselves needing an extra hand. The Avista Foundation wanted to do what it could to help by contributing over $17,000 in the fourth quarter to our area food banks."

Organizations and/or programs selected for funding in the fourth quarter by the Avista Foundation's board of directors are:

. Greater St. Joe Development Foundation/Timber Plus, St. Maries, Idaho - $2,000 for updating a business and community profile brochure for the St. Joe, Idaho area.
. Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest, Spokane, Wash. - $6,000 in support of their regional food services.
. Snake River Community Clinic, Lewiston, Idaho - $7,500 for medical supplies and pharmaceuticals for low-income, uninsured and medically needy patients served by the Clinic.
. Spokane Art School, Spokane, Wash. - $1,500 for materials for BLING, a training program in jewelry making and skill building for juvenile justice youth.
. VOICES, Spokane, Wash. - $3,000 for upgraded office computer technology for the organization, which educates low-income citizens about issues that impact them and empowers them to educate others.

Grants of $260 were awarded to the following organizations for seasonal support of food banks:

Idaho:
ABC Community Food Bank, Athol
Bonner County Food Bank, Sandpoint
Community Action Partnership - Bonners Ferry, Coeur d'Alene, Grangeville, Kamiah, Kellogg, Lewiston, Moscow, Orofino and St. Maries
Post Falls Food Bank, Post Falls
Priest River Food Bank, Priest River
Rathdrum Community Food Bank, Rathdrum
Spirit Lake Food Bank, Spirit Lake
Sojourner's Alliance, Moscow
West Bonner County Food Bank, Priest River

Oregon:
ACCESS Food Share, Medford
FISH of Roseburg, Roseburg
Josephine County Food Bank, Grants Pass
Klamath Lake County Food Bank, Klamath Falls

Washington:
Addy Rescue Mission, Addy
Asotin County Food Bank Association, Clarkston
Bingen Food Bank, White Salmon
Care and Share, Davenport
Cheney Food Bank, Cheney
Chewelah Food Bank, Chewelah
Colville Food and Resource Center, Colville
Community Action Center, Colfax and Pullman
Connell Food Bank, Connell
Kettle Falls Community Chest, Kettle Falls
Loon Lake Food Bank and Resource Center, Loon Lake
Northport Food Bank, Northport
Odessa Food Bank, Odessa
Othello Food Bank, Othello
Our Place Community Ministries, Spokane
Peaceful Valley Community Center, Spokane
Ritzville Food Pantry, Ritzville
Sprague Food Bank, Sprague
St. Vincent DePaul, Spokane
Valley Food Bank, Spokane
Valley Food Pantry, Valley
Warden Food Pantry, Warden

The awarding of fourth quarter grants brings the total amount awarded by the Avista Foundation in 2005 to $115,096, including over $16,000 to regional non-profit organizations as part of the foundation's matching gifts program for the employees of Avista Corp. Since its founding in 2002, the Avista Foundation has awarded almost $295,000 to non-profit organizations in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, southern Oregon and Sanders County, Mont. The Foundation focuses its giving in the areas of:

. education – K-12 education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology; and higher education including scholarships
. vulnerable and limited income populations – providing assistance to those on limited incomes and support for initiatives to reduce poverty
. economic and cultural vitality – supporting projects that help communities and citizens to grow and prosper.

Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org

CONTACTS:

Debbie Simock

509-495-4174

debbie.simock@avistacorp.com

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