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Ritzville Downtown Development Assoc. receives grant from the Avista Foundation
Second quarter 2013 foundation grants total $18,500 to organizations in Washington, Idaho and Oregon

June 5, 2013: For smaller communities like Ritzville in eastern Washington, educational and entertainment opportunities are often challenged by limited access to digital technologies. The Avista Foundation has made a grant of $1,000 to help fund the relocation and upgrade of electric meters at the New Ritz Theater as part of the project to install a digital projection system.
 
“We are very pleased to support the updating of the electric system in the theater building as one step in bringing enhanced information opportunities to the residents of this area and contributing to the cultural and economic vitality of the region,” said Paul Kimmell, regional business manager for Avista.
 
“The New Ritz Theater is an important part of our community, and the installation of new digital technology with capability for satellite down links will give area residents many more options for entertainment and educational opportunities,” said John Rankin, president of the Ritzville Downtown Development Association.
 
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
$1,000
211 Info
Douglas County, Ore.
Support for operating 211 health and human services information system.
$1,500
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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