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Salvation Army Set To Hand Out 5,000 Backpacks

Thousands of Spokane children are counting on The Salvation Army's Backpacks For Kids Campaign to provide them the basic essentials to head back to school with the tools they need to succeed. The Salvation Army's annual Backpacks For Kids Distribution & Resource Fair is Thursday, August 21st. Doors open at 9am and will close at 6pm. Backpacks are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

The need for basic school supplies is so great that it has increased dramatically over the past five years. The Salvation Army handed out 4,174 backpacks filled with supplies in 2013. This year, the organization anticipates handing out up to 5,000 backpacks with supplies required by the school district. All backpacks are separated by gender and grade level.

The Resource Fair is also free and open to the public. Vendors will be offering free dental care items, financial education tools, free ID cards for children, and more. The Resource Fair is sponsored by United Healthcare. This all will be held at the Salvation Army Community Center, 222 E Indiana Avenue. Bring photo ID of parent, ID for child (Medical ID card, etc) and Proof of Address.

NAWBO Nabs New Leader

The Inland Northwest chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) announces its new President, Melissa Murphy.

Murphy has been a member of NAWBO for two years. The three-year term of service associated with Murphy's new position includes one year as president-elect, one year as president, and one year as outgoing president. This structure provides support and continuity to the organization and its members.

Murphy is the owner and designated broker of Prime Real Estate Group, a real estate brokerage that has served the Inland Northwest community for almost three years. During her tenure as a top agent at Prime, Murphy has listed and sold more than 500 properties throughout Spokane, ranging from high-end estates to raw land and investment property throughout Spokane county.

A Spokane native, Murphy earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Gonzaga University in political science and business. In addition to her service to NAWBO, she serves on the boards of Women Helping Women Fund, YWCA, and Habitat for Humanity.

NAWBO is headquartered in the Washington, DC area and is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all types of businesses. The Inland Northwest chapter is the largest member organization of its kind in the country, serving Washington, Oregon, and Portland.

Windermere Foundation to host giant garage sale to benefit Boots and Socks

The Windermere Foundation is hosting a GIANT one-day only garage sale this Saturday, August 23rd from 8am to 5pm at 2810 W Prairie (between Atlas and Ramsey) in Hayden. All proceeds benefit North Idaho's local Boots and Socks Program to help needy children with a warm pair of boot and socks for the winter season. To date, the local Windermere Foundation has donated almost 10,000 boots and socks to Kootenai County children. Shop for furniture, home decor, clothing, collectibles, tools, toys, home appliances, antiques, artwork, fitness equipment and so much more.

Call Alison at Windermere Coeur d'Alene Real Estate for more information or to donate items, 208-661-9626.

NAC Architecture Announces Leadership Progression

NAC Architecture's next step in its leadership progression plan positions Dana Harbaugh, AIA as President and CEO of NAC and Bruce Blackmer, FAIA as Chairman of the Board. Dana continues his leadership role on a diverse mix of projects such as Rockwood Retirement Community's Summit Tower, Montana State University's Student Housing Expansion and North Central High School's STEM Addition.

During Blackmer's 11 years as CEO, NAC's organizational structure was redesigned, offices were added in California and Colorado, and the firm rose to Architect Magazine's Top 50 firms in the United States. These leadership role transitions further demonstrate NAC Architecture's commitment to continuity and the teamwork needed to deliver national talent through professionals within the local communities we serve from a network of offices in the western United States. NAC Architecture creates innovative environments for learning, healing and human development.

With origins in 1960, NAC Architecture serves clients from offices in Seattle and Spokane, Los Angeles and Denver. The website is nacarchitecture.com.

Salvation Army 2014 Making Spokane Better Awards

The 2014 Making Spokane Better Awards Nominations are open and will close this Friday, August 22nd. Nominate someone you know who is making a difference in our community in the following categories:

Exceptional Large Business; Exceptional Small-Medium Business; Best Non-Profit; Community Involvement; Best of Show Award; Citizen of the Year Award; Volunteer of the Year Award; Media Award; Business Person of the Year Award; Club Award; Newcomer Award. This is a great event and a great way to recognize those in the Spokane area that are Making Spokane Better.

The 2014 Making Spokane Better Awards recognizes individuals, companies, organizations and foundations who are Making Spokane Better. All applicants will be judged on the following: Acts of Service, Volunteerism, Economic Impact, Community Impact, Leadership, and Partnership with The Salvation Army. Nominations will be done on a community wide basis, in which anyone can nominate or apply online or by mail.

The nomination form is online at www.makingspokanebetter.org/spokane/making-spokane-better-master/#nominations.

Grocery Outlet to open in Spokane Valley

Grocery Outlet, already with four stores in the Spokane Coeur d'Alene area is planning to open a fifth store at 12115 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley next month in a former Rite Aid location. The new 22,000 square foot store will be staffed with as many as 30 employees.

Opening is set for Thursday, September 18 with a grand opening Saturday, September 20. Other Grocery outlet locations are 1617 W. 3rd Avenue, 4210 E. Sprague Avenue, 7810 N. Division Street, and 410 West Neider in Coeur d'Alene. The website is groceryoutlet.com.

Suzanne Sutton-Metzger joins bankcda Board of Directors

bankcda recently announced that Suzanne Sutton-Metzger has joined its Board of Directors.

Ms. Sutton-Metzger is a partner in RR Chatters & Co., PLLC. Co-owner as of July 2, 2013 and performs advisory services in the areas of business valuation, exit planning, litigation support, and all types of tax services to businesses, trusts, non-profits and individuals.

Sutton-Metzger graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Washington University in 2001 with B.A. in Business Administration, Professional Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Valuation Analyst.

HSSA Announces $235,950 'Access to Health Care' Annual Grant Competition

The Health Sciences & Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County announced that it has opened a new annual grant competition to organizations that provide innovative health service delivery and increase access to health care to at risk populations.

The HSSA RFP #10-2014 - Access to Health Care grant will award up to $235,950 for one or more grants that durably increase the efficiency of health service delivery and increases access to health care for at risk populations in Spokane County.

HSSA's other strategic initiative is to increase local health sciences research and the infrastructure that supports it, and designates 75 percent of its revenues for that purpose. In the latter case, HSSA announced in 2013 that its three research grants were open year-round for proposals at any time. HSSA has invested $5.4 million to date in health science research grants.

Together with its Access to Care grants, the organization estimates that it has created a total of 469 jobs and $52 million in total economic activity. This includes approximately $13.6 million in extramural grant funding to Spokane. More information about all HSSA grants may be found at www.hssaspokane.org.

Cole's Fine Foods opens offering gluten free products

Jeanine Smith has opened Cole's Fine foods at 521 E Holland, Suite 20, and you're invited to stop in for samples of their gluten free foods made entirely by this family owned and operated business. They will have a grand opening event this Saturday.

Jeanine Smith is an entrepreneur who has created a source for creative and delicious foods that not only appeal to those who are gluten intolerant, but those who enjoy delicious foods; such as baked goods, cheese balls, terrific granola, pizzas, and more. In the near future, Cole's Fine Foods will be available at local retailers like Huckleberry's and others.

The website is colesfinefoods.com and the phone number is 509-413-1739.

Save the Date - Beyond Pink Fundraiser is October 10!

This year's Beyond Pink Fundraising event will be held on October 10 at the Spokane Convention Center starting at 5pm. Along with the designer bra fashion show, there will be a silent auction, great food and wine.

This year's bras are each part of a themed package to be auctioned throughout the evening. This year, an exclusive VIP after party event is for everyone who makes a donation that evening and will be at Nectar Tasting Room.

To date, Beyond Pink has helped over 300 local women in the battle against breast disease due to early detection with thermography. Tickets for the event are $50 and can be purchased in advance at BeyondPink.net. 100% of net proceeds will go towards funding for women who cannot afford thermography.

Gleason Fest this Saturday

This Saturday, August 23 is Gleason Fest, an indie music festival, held outdoors at Division and Main in downtown Spokane. Gleason Fest is an annual grassroots, indie music festival, benefitting Team Gleason. Team Gleason is inspired by Spokane native, Steve Gleason, who played college football at Washington State and went on to play in the NFL for Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints. In 2011, Steve was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Steve started Team Gleason and both he and his foundation are deeply committed to helping people with ALS live productive, inspired lives by providing access to life-affirming events and assistive technology until a cure is found.

All proceeds of Gleason Fest will provide life-improving technology and services to those afflicted with ALS and create global awareness for the disease.

General admission tickets are $20, available through Ticketswest.com. For more information, visit www.gleasonfest.org.

Beauty and the Vine August 21 at Nectar

Attention ladies! Nectar Tasting Room has organized a night out on the town just for you. Beauty and the Vine is Thursday, August 21 from 6-9pm. This free event is sponsored by Dr. Stiller's Linea Cosmetic Surgery and will be a night of beauty, health tips, and of course, wine. Enjoy discounted Botox and Juvederm treatments, chair massages from Sicilia Chiropractic, brow waxes from Sharmaine Nichole Beauty & Barber, and more. Bring a 'wish list' item for Because There Is Hope - Faye's House and receive a free paraffin dip. For a full list of services, 'wish list items' and to pre-register for Botox or Juvederm, visit drinknectar.com or call 509-869-1572.

The Lincoln Center Receives 2014 Best Businesses of Spokane Award

The Lincoln Center has been selected for the 2014 Best Businesses of Spokane Award in the Event Centers category by the Best Businesses of Spokane Award Program.

Each year, the Best Businesses of Spokane Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community.

The Best Businesses of Spokane Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Spokane area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

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