Philanthropy Spotlight: June 2017

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Posted by Theresa Tanner on June 23, 2017, 6 a.m.

The Go Red For Women luncheon on Feb. 22 at the Spokane Convention Center united supporters for a day of empowerment, education and fundraising to fight heart disease and stroke. The event featured keynote speaker Joey Traywick – an educator, nurse and exercise physiologist who delivered a heart-healthy message of encouragement –  and raised $150,000 for the American Heart Association. 

Left: Women keynote speaker Joey Traywick as “Wellvis.” Right: Go Red For Women Luncheon Chair Elaine Couture with the previous chairs Helen Andrus and Peg Currie. Photos by Paul Morgan Photography.

A collaborative effort of the West Central Community Center and Northeast Youth Center, this year’s Building Dreams—Bright Futures for Our Kids brought local people and resources together to raise the most money in event history to support critical programs at area community and youth centers. The event at the Lincoln Center included a meal and silent and live auctions, and recognized Tom Johnson, President and CEO of STCU, for his commitment to local youth and our community. 

Building Dreams

Left: Ruth Ann and Tom Johnson. Right: Staff and guests of event sponsor ITRON. Photos by Heather Stokes Photography.

The third annual Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame recognized local individuals, both living and historic, for their contributions to the city on May 2. The breakfast banquet at the Davenport Hotel raised funds to support the business and entrepreneurial services at Spokane Public Library. 

From left: Award winners Betsy Cowles, Rich Haldey, Jim Sheehan, Tom Armitage, Paul Redmond, Dr. George Schneider, Moritz Kundig and David Dutton. Photo by Sean Girard.

In each issue of Platinum, we highlight local benefits for charity in the Spokane community. If you know of a local organization hosting a gala that you would like to see featured in Platinum, please email us with event information (inclusion is subject to space).