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Friends of KSPS receives $20,000 grant from the Avista Foundation

May 30, 2012: The technology of broadcast television has changed dramatically over the years, and equipment that was state-of-the-art 25 years ago no longer provides the reliability and production quality that today’s viewers expect and demand. The Avista Foundation has made a grant of $20,000 to the Friends of KSPS in support of the Broadcast Enhancement Project for KSPS, the non-profit public broadcasting station, which serves more than 4 million viewers in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, northeastern Oregon, western Montana and western Canada.
 
“KSPS is an essential part of the quality of life that we enjoy in this region. Through quality programs and services KSPS educates, informs, engages and inspires a lifetime of learning and exploration,” said Gary Stokes, executive director of the Friends of KSPS. “We appreciate this generous grant from the Avista Foundation, which will assist in making essential improvements to equipment and our facility to enhance reliability, reach and stability of the station’s signal, as well as the production quality of the KSPS studios.”
 
“Economic and cultural vitality are important to helping citizens and communities in our service territory grow and prosper. KSPS fills an important role in bringing entertainment, information on a wide variety of issues and lifelong learning opportunities to viewers of all ages,” said Anne Marie Axworthy, Avista director of consumer affairs and president of the Avista Foundation. “We’re very pleased to provide this support to help meet a matching grant for the station’s upgrade project from the Murdock Charitable Trust.”
 
 
Second Quarter 2012 Avista Foundation Grants
Organization
Amount
Purpose
Friends of KSPS, Spokane, Wash.
$20,000
Upgrade and enhance broadcast equipment and facilities
Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program, Lewiston, Idaho
$10,000
Renovation of the early childhood education and community center
LaCrosse Community Pride, LaCrosse, Wash.
$5,000
Renovation of the Historic Grocery Store and community center
Tesh, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
$3,000
Summer camp for low income youth
Mediation Works, Medford, Ore.
$2,500
School-based peer mediation program
Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Spokane, Wash.
$2,000
Pediatric vital signs monitor
WSU Museum of Art, Pullman, Wash.
$1,000
Transportation to the museum for K-12 students
 
 
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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