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Convention Center upgrade project receives grant from the Avista Foundation
Second quarter 2013 foundation grants total $18,500 to organizations in Washington, Idaho and Oregon

June 5, 2013: More than 300,000 residents and tourists to the Inland Northwest annually visit the Spokane Convention Center. The planned expansion of the facility and upgrades to the Centennial Trail along the Spokane River will enhance the cultural experience and vitality of Spokane. The Avista Foundation has made a grant of $10,000 in support of the Art and Interpretation component of Spokane Convention Center and Environs project.
 
“Avista’s legacy of service is built upon the Spokane River and the energy it provides for our region’s homes and businesses,” said Patrick Lynch, president of the Avista Foundation. “We are proud to be longtime partners in river stewardship and in enhancing the experience of those who come to enjoy and learn from it.”
 
“We are very pleased with Avista’s participation in this exciting project,” said Karen Mobley, program manager of Spokane Arts Fund, which is working in collaboration with the Spokane Public Facilities District. “Plans call for the artwork and interpretive signage to be along the Centennial Trail from the King Cole Bridge in Riverfront Park to the Division Street Bridge. It’s fitting that the history of the river, its ecosystem and the role Avista has played for nearly 125 years be reflected as part of this project.”
 
For the second quarter of 2013, the Avista Foundation made grants totaling $18,500 to human care services, educational and community vitality organizations in our service territory.
 

Organization
Purpose
Grant
Spokane Convention Center (Spokane PFD)
Spokane, Wash.
Art and Interpretation for the Spokane Convention Center and Environs Project
$ 10,000
Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery
Spokane, Wash.
Pilot project to increase summer staffing.
$ 2,500
Rotary Club of Spokane-West
Spokane, Wash.
Airway Heights Rotary Splash Pad
$2,500
Ritzville Downtown Development Association
Ritzville, Wash.
Capital Improvements at the New Ritz Theater
$1,500
211 Info
Douglas County, Ore.
Support for operating 211 health and human services information system.
$1,000
Spokane HOPE School
Spokane, Wash.
Pre-kindergarten program for children with hearing impairment.
$1,000
Sojourner’s Alliance
Moscow, Idaho.
Upgrade appliances in temporary housing for homeless families
$ 500

 
About the Avista Foundation
The Avista Foundation, established in 2002, focuses its giving on grants that strengthen communities and enhance the quality of life for people served by Avista Utilities in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, southern Oregon and Sanders County, Montana. 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 . The Avista Foundation is a separate, non-profit organization established by Avista Corp. The foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities customers through rates.

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