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7th Annual Cobra Polo Classic nears $2 million mark

Photo ID: Mary Christen and Kathleen Cavender enjoy The Cobra Polo Classic in their stylish hats

A fabulous celebration of tents, hats and champagne took place yesterday at Spokane's polo grounds, benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane. More than 1100 guests attended the celebration of tents, hats and champagne to make this event the largest charity polo event in the United States.

Final totals are still being tabulated, but early projections indicate The Cobra Polo Classic has now raised nearly $2 million dollars for Ronald McDonald House Charities Spokane in the seven years its been held.

Thanks to the amazing support of the Inland Northwest community, Ronald McDonald House of Spokane is able to provide 700 families per year a 'Home Away From Home'. Most of the families that stay at RMHC are dealing with children who are born prematurely, battling cancer, or recovering from traumatic accidents. Many do not have any forewarning and arrive at the house without personal essentials.

For more information go to their website rmhcspokane.com.

Kent Adams establishes consulting firm

J. Kent Adams, long time experienced community relations, marketing and account executive with local businesses and TV stations, has launched his own consulting firm. Kent Adams Consulting will specialize in communications, marketing, advertising and community relations. The website is KentAdamsConsulting.com, email is kent@kentadamsconsulting.com and the phone number is 509-216-0891.

Washington Trust Bank Establishes Branch Location in Pullman

Washington Trust Bank announced today that it has secured a location for its first full-service branch in Pullman, Washington. The Edison Retail Center, located at 594 SE Bishop Boulevard, will be home to the interim branch while the permanent site is being constructed. This branch location is currently being assembled and the bank has an anticipated opening date of November 1, 2011 (pending final FDIC approval). Prior to opening day, customers can work directly with the bank's officers, Steve Roberts at sroberts@watrust.com and Kyle York at kyork@watrust.com, to conduct transactions. Additionally, customers can open accounts online through the bank’s website at www.watrust.com.

Project Beauty Share knows the beauty is in the giving

Year-round Project Beauty Share collects beauty and hygiene products and distributes them through local agencies to women whose circumstances do not allow them to afford these items. In September, Project Beauty Share will host its 2nd annual Toilet Paper Drive to benefit local shelters. This year they've expanded the drive and are partnering with Tracy Jewelers who is acting as a second drop off site.

Toilet paper, while a necessity, is not available with food stamps or via any other programs. Local shelters report that toilet paper is one of their most requested, yet least-donated, items. "While clothing and food drives are common, toiletries are often forgotten," said Tracie Swanson, Development Director for Our Place Community Ministries.

But it's easy to help. Support Project Beauty Share and the TP Drive in aiding local, less-fortunate women and families by donating rolls of toilet paper on September 16 from 7:00am to 6:00pm and September 17 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Donations can be made to the Project Beauty Share main collection center at The Make-Up Studio, located at 216 North Bernard in downtown Spokane, or at our second drop off site at Tracy Jewelers, 106 N Evergreen Rd in Spokane Valley. The TP Drive will benefit Anna Ogden Hall, Our Place Community Ministries, YWCA, Hope House, Transitions, Catholic Charities of Spokane, Spokane Valley Partners, Coeur d'Alene Women's Center and Odyssey World International.
"People forget that it's the little things-toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, hair ties-that help us feel more human, more alive," said Rusty Barnett of Hope House.

For more information on the TP Drive, please contact The Make-Up Studio at 509-455-7430 or visit www.projectbeautyshare.org.

Spokane's new Zip Code is 90210

The Lilac City is getting a new zip code. Local businesses and organizations are now using the most recognized five digit number in the world, 90210, to reach customers through a powerful, easy to use and cost effective marketing platform enabling them to reach customers through SMS or text marketing.

Text marketing is based upon a business providing an incentive via their traditional marketing channels for consumers to 'opt-in' by texting a unique keyword to a 5 digit number known as a short code. In return, the consumer receives a text message containing a special offer to patronize the business. The business retains the customers' information for delivery of future offers.

Now that text messaging the #1 form of communication in the US, it makes sense for businesses to deliver their message to the one device that consumers always have with them.

For a demo, text the word howsbiz to 90210. For more information contact Wes Ward at 509-217-0076.

HFNTV announces new wine segment with Nectar's Josh Wade

Hispanic Food Network TV's 'In the Kitchen' program announces a new partnership with Mike Gonzalez, KXLY evening anchor, and Josh Wade, Nectar Tasting Room. "Wine and food are a perfect pairing," says Gonzalez, "and Josh was the most logical choice for the evolution of the show." Wade will be developing and hosting a regular weekly Northwest wine segment featuring wineries, vineyards, and wine events across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and parts of Canada. Josh has developed a strong following through his blog, drinknectar.com and the businesses Nectar Tasting Room and Spokane Wine Magazine.

In the Kitchen airs Saturday morning on KXLY in the Spokane area and regional affiliates in Tri-Cities, Yakima, and Alberta, Canada. For more information contact dwightf@hfntv.com or a mikeg@hfntv.com. The websites are www.drinknectar.com and www.hfntv.com.

Beyond Pink's 2nd annual Designer Bra Fashion Show and 'fun' raiser!

October is national breast health month and Beyond Pink is an event to raise funds for women who could not otherwise afford a certified breast thermogram. This tool in early breast disease detection is not often covered by insurance. It acts as an early warning system and can see breast disease before a lump has formed. Women who want to take a pro-active role in their breast health now have the ability to monitor it and avoid giving a tumor a chance to form. Thermography is safe, non-invasive, and radiation free.

The Beyond Pink designer bra fashion show and fundraiser will be held at the Masonic Center in downtown Spokane on October 7th from 5-9 pm. There will be vendors, a silent auction, appetizers, and a no host bar. The fun starts at 5pm, fashion show and live auction start at 7pm. The show and auction will be emceed by KXLY's Mark Peterson.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase tickets go to www.BeyondPink.net. Or email Charlie Brewer at charlie7104@hotmail.com. Tickets are $35 for the event.

Spencer T. Shelman joins Asset Planning & Management

Spencer T. Shelman has joined Asset Planning & Management, Inc. as a Securities Analyst and Portfolio Manager for the firm. Shelman holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and was previously with another local investment management firm.

Asset Planning & Management, Inc. is a fee-only financial planning and management firm founded in 1997.

Carrington College Open House September 15

Carrington College Spokane will hold an open house on Sept. 15 for prospective and current students, their family and friends, and the local business community to explore careers in health care fields. Prospective students will have the opportunity to interact with professionals in the field as well as current students and attend a program demonstration by the program director. Campus tours will highlight the hands-on classrooms and labs that are essential for training and externship opportunities. Representatives from the enrollment services and financial aid departments will be on hand for questions regarding the application process.

Two sessions starting at 11 am and 6 pm, lasting approximately 90 minutes, will focus on in-demand careers in dental assisting, health care administration, massage therapy, medical assisting, medical billing and coding, medical office management, medical radiography, pharmacy technology and veterinary assisting.

InCyte Pathology Announces Expansion of Its Oncology Diagnostic Services

InCyte Pathology welcomes hematopathologist, Ayumi I. Corn, M.D., to its growing cancer diagnostic division. InCyte Pathology's hematopathologists work closely with area oncologists to decide the best treatment for patients with diseases of the blood, bone marrow and lymph nodes.

Prior to joining InCyte Pathology, Dr. Corn was a hematopathologist at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, OK. She recently moved to the Spokane area with her husband and three children and will begin working at InCyte Pathology in early October. Dr. Corn is board certified in hematology, anatomic and clinical pathology. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

Restaurant Association to hold Texas Hold 'em Tournament

The Washington Restaurant Association - Spokane Chapter will hold a Texas Hold 'em poker tournament Sunday, Sept. 18th at Northern Quest Resort & Casino (Pend Oreille Pavilion-Family Entrance). Registration (tutorial for beginners at this time, too) is at 3:30 pm. Play begins at 4 pm and the cards fly! The cost is $50 per player ticket (must register in advance). Cash payout for top 4 to 5 players.

Enjoy Poker, Raffle, Food & Drinks. Proceeds will benefit Feed Spokane, a restaurant food rescue program, and student scholarships for Inland Northwest Culinary Academy.

For more information and tickets call 509-467-7744 or email Donna Ticker at donna@WRAhome.com.

Coffee for Kids' Cancer Day Friday Sept 16

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest is hosting its annual 'Coffee for Kids' Cancer Day' this Friday, September 16th.

The ACCOI is teaming up with local coffee shops in the Inland Northwest to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer. They will be accepting donations and proceeds from coffee shops around town and are actively recruiting more shops to participate. This year, they announce a renewed partnership with Shotsy's Coffee and the addition of Handcrafted Espresso in Liberty Lake.

Shotsy's Coffee, located at 3515 N. Sullivan Road and 507 S. Pines Road will be donating 100% of proceeds from the day's coffee sales to the organization and Handcrafted Espresso, located at 23403 E. Mission is committed to donating $1.00 from every cup purchased to the cause.

You can support this year's campaign by visiting Shotsy's Coffee and Handcrafted Espresso. You can help increase awareness of the event by inviting your friends to attend. Visit the online event invitation on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=253744017990913

TASTE Cafe #1 Fan Contest

TASTE Cafe and Gourmet To Go is on the search for their number one fan. Beginning Monday, September 12, fans are asked to submit a picture, video or any creative art showing their love for TASTE to info@tastecafespokane.com with the subject 'TASTE #1 FAN.' Submissions will be accepted until Friday, September 30, with the announcement of the winner soon following. TASTE staff will review all submissions, and the piece that best shows love for TASTE will be selected as the winner. The winner will receive one free TASTE cookie of his/her choice per business day for a year. The winner of this contest must be physically present to receive cookie. If winner forgoes a day(s), he/she will not be reimbursed for that day(s). Monetary value of cookie cannot be received and/or applied to other TASTE items. By entering the contest, all participants give TASTE permission to use his/her submission content, including videos, photos any other creative work. For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/tastecafespokane.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew. "
French Bishop Francis DeSales

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