Community Foundation awards $128,900 in Discretionary Grants and $40,000 in After School Program Fund Grants

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is pleased to be able to invest $128,900 into the community through its third quarter discretionary grants cycle. The Foundation has long been a resource to Grays Harbor County nonprofit organizations by offering a quarterly discretionary grants cycle. This quarter, the Foundation awarded 13 grants that totaled $128,900 in discretionary funding. “This is the largest discretionary grants cycle, in terms of number of applications, as well breadth of organizations requesting funding,” Program Officer Cassie Lentz said. “We were pleased to see the extensiveness of programs and projects that were seeking funding, from all corners of our county and beyond.”

The organizations that were funded through this discretionary grants cycle include: Montesano Community Outreach for summer art camps, Our Aberdeen for mural restorations, Grays Harbor College for making ballet performance accessible to children, Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services for legal advice clinics in Grays Harbor County, Nonprofit Leaders Conference of Southwest WA for their 2014 conference, Artic Community Association for roof repairs, Child Care Action Council for their “Raising A Reader” program, Aberdeen Revitalization Movement for phase one of their operations, Catholic Community Services for the Grays Harbor Youth Center, Beyond Survival for the “Where We Live” program, McCleary School District for STEAM education, Northwest Justice Project for an employment opportunities legal fellowship in Grays Harbor, and Montesano School District for the field turf project at Jack Rottle field.

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation was also able to award $40,000 to four After School Programs here on the Harbor through a designated fund set up specifically for that benefit. Supported programs included: McCleary School District, Montesano Community Outreach, North Beach School District, and the YMCA of Grays Harbor for Harbor After-School program sites in Hoquiam, Elma and McCleary.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.” This is accomplished through many projects and processes that work through or in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle with applications accepted on the first business day of January, April, July and October.

Tax deductible donations may be made to:
Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550
You may find out more by checking the foundation website: www.gh-cf.org or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at: info@gh-cf.org.

Record attendance for opening day of Grays Harbor County Fair

Attendance numbers for opening day of the Grays Harbor County Fair were very positive. Total attendance for Wednesday was 11,950. That is a 2,260 increase over 2013’s Wednesday total. Manager Mike Bruner said “In fact, it appears to be the highest Wednesday attendance in GH Fair history. The closest Wednesday total on record was 10,164 from 2012.” – Mike later corrected himself, saying “We did some checking to confirm whether or not yesterday was the highest Wednesday. We confirmed that the Dirks Bently show in 2004 was on a Wednesday, and may have brought in a higher one day total. So to be safe, it would be better to say that yesterday was the highest Wednesday total in 10 years….  The 2nd highest Wednesday in Fair History.”

Davis Shows at GHC Fair

Bruner added “great weather, an expanded marketing approach and the Thomas Rhett show are likely the main contributors.”

 

 

Grays Harbor Community Foundation reaches $50 million milestone

As of July 15, 2014, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation has exceeded a threshold of $50 million in assets, through a substantial distribution from the Estate of Ann R. Weatherwax.  This now makes GHCF the sixth largest Community Foundation of the 29 in Washington State.

 

In existence for twenty years, the Foundation has been serving the Grays Harbor community through its grants and scholarships programs, assisting hundreds of local nonprofit agencies fulfill their missions and more than a thousand students attain their educational dreams.  The Foundation is working to make Grays Harbor a better place to live, by supporting efforts to improve the community, by building a “community of giving” and being a resource for local nonprofits.

 

“We are pleased to be able to continue our work in Grays Harbor in perpetuity,” said Executive Director, Jim Daly. “The exceptional growth of the Community Foundation would not be possible without strong investment returns and the continued support of our donors who believe in our community and the Foundation programs.

 

In 2014, we have chosen 332 students to receive $553,000 in scholarships for students of any age pursuing college or vocational/technical education after high school. We also expect to award at least $1.5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in Grays Harbor through our discretionary grants program, as well as our donor advised and designated grant distributions.”

 

Some of our recent grants have included support for: Hope From Horses, a riding program for physically and mentally challenged youth; the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Domestic Violence Center, and Beyond Survival; playground equipment replacement at four parks; Meals-on-Wheels, for a new delivery vehicle; two school STEM programs and two Robotics Clubs; a “Technology in the Classroom” initiative; and, funding to send every sixth grade student in Grays Harbor County to the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” in Seattle through the Gladys Phillips Cultural Tours fund, which originated with the E.K. and Lillian Bishop Foundation.

 

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.”  This is accomplished through our scholarship program and many projects and processes that work through or are in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle.

 

Tax deductible donations may be made to:

Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550

 

You may find out more by checking the foundation website:  www.gh-cf.org or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:  info@gh-cf.org.

Proposed Hospital District #2 meeting tonight in Aberdeen, and later tonight in Brady

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a debate tonight on the formation of a second public hospital district at the Rotary Log Pavillion in Aberdeen. It starts at 6, but video statements from commissioner candidates of the proposed district’s board will begin at 5:30.

News Director for Jodesha Broadcasting Dave Haviland will be moderating, and on the proponents side we’ll have Dr. Ed Brewster president of Grays Harbor College, Lisa Smith with Imperium Renewables, Patrick Wadsworth from the GH Democrats and Dr. Anna Marie Wong. On the opponent-side we’ll have Aberdeen councilman Alan Richrod, Local Republican Jim Walsh, Claudia Woodward -Rice, and John Farra.

Hospital Administrators will be on hand to answer questions until around 6:30 when a couple will head out to a second meeting hosted by Fire District #2 on the topic that is being held at Station 32 in Brady tonight at 7.

The hospital district, and it’s board members, are on the primary election ballots – which you should have received by now, with votes being tallied on Aug. 5th.

The Vote

The Grays Harbor County Elections Department reports that the Commissioners on your ballot with the most votes from their district will become the new district’s Commissioners for the next 6 years. There will be no vote to determine commissioners in the November General election – regardless of the number of candidates in the district.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation awards $68,779 in Discretionary Grants in 2nd quarter

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is pleased to be able to invest $68,779 into the community through its second quarter discretionary grants cycle. The Foundation has been a resource to Grays Harbor County non-profits by offering a quarterly discretionary grants cycle, and this quarter, the Foundation awarded nine grant awards for discretionary funding. “Offering an online Grant Application process, we believe, has made our program more accessible to organizations around Grays Harbor” Program Officer Cassie Lentz said, “It is important to the Community Foundation that we be open to funding requests from small and large organizations, there are so many great projects out there that are worthwhile investments.”

 

The organizations that were funded through this discretionary grants cycle include:

  • Bobcat Music Boosters for Marching Equipment
  • Elma Band Boosters for Marching Percussion Instruments
  • Habitat for Humanity for 2014-15 Build Projects
  • Hoquiam School District for the Summer CubMobile program
  • Leadership Grays Harbor on behalf of Beyond Survival for Wheels for Beyond Survival
  • Montesano Bulldog Band Boosters for Bulldog Instrument Acquisition Project
  • Ocosta School District for Summer Fun for Wildcats
  • South Beach Christian Outreach for Food Voucher Assistance
  • Washington Nonprofits for Grays Harbor Capacity Building

 

Three of the grant awards to Bobcat Music Boosters, Elma Band Boosters and Montesano Bulldog Band Boosters were supported by a Donor Advised Fund held at the Grays Harbor Community Foundation: the Don and Vera McCaw Family Fund. The purpose of the fund is to support music in Grays Harbor and the donor felt that these three projects would allow continued and unrestricted access to students throughout the county.

 

Dr. Dave Westby, chair of the Grants Committee noted the variety of projects requesting assistance “There is incredible diversity in our community, there is not a  lack of organizations tackling the problems they see in their own backyard. We are pleased to be able to support their efforts in making this county a better place.”

 

Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.”  This is accomplished through many projects and processes that work through or in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle with applications accepted on the first business day of January, April, July and October.

 

Tax deductible donations may be made to:

Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550

You may find out more by checking the foundation website:  www.gh-cf.org or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:  info@gh-cf.org.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation Announces Scholarships

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation announced the selection of the 2014 Scholarship winners earlier this month.  This year the Community Foundation received 387 applications and awarded 334 scholarships and renewals totaling over $535,000.

All scholarship winners, their families, school principals, counselors, and donors are invited to an Awards Breakfast at the Simpson Plaza in Hoquiam, Wednesday, May 28th at 8:00 a.m.  A continental breakfast will be served and the scholarship recipients, donors, and Board members are encouraged to meet each other. The students will receive certificates of award during a brief ceremony.

Cassie Lentz, Program Officer, says:  “This year was full of exciting milestones for our Scholarship Program. The percentage of students who successfully renewed their Scholarship awards was the highest it has ever been.  We also were excited to be able to offer seven new Scholarships in 2014: the Ardine Lewis Memorial Scholarship, the American Veteran’s Home Association Scholarship, Dr. John F. and Ella Mae Daly Memorial Scholarship, Edd and Annie Hodges Memorial Scholarship, Lou Messmer Scholarship, North River CommunityScholarships, andthe Scott Weatherwax University of Puget Sound Memorial Scholarship.  Our community has been extremely generous and it is because of them that our Scholarship program has continued to address the need of funding a quality education for those in our community.”

Rich Vroman, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee said, “We are proud of the growth our donors have allowed us to experience, this year that growth was exponential. We continue to receive new support from donors in all interest areas and are proud that our Scholarships cover a wide range of college, university and vocational technical support for students pursuing all types of careers.”

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit with a mission:  “To improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.”  This is accomplished by many projects and processes, and by working through or supporting other non-profit organizations.

If you would like to learn more about the scholarship program or other programs, information is available on the Foundation website:  www.gh-cf.org, or you may contact:  Cassie Lentz at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:  info@gh-cf.org.  The address is:  Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, 705 J Street, Hoquiam, WA 98550.

Tips sought in Aberdeen shooting that sends one to hospital, one to jail

Aberdeen police investigated a shooting this morning that sent one to the hospital, Police Captain John Green tells us at about 3 this morning they responded to reports of 4 to 5 people fighting at the Travel Lure Hotel on Wishkah Street. Arriving officers found evidence of a weapon being fired at the scene.
Green said a 37 year old Taholah male was located in a room and appeared to have gun shot wounds. The Aberdeen Fire Department treated and then transported the victim to the GH Community Hospital.

A Cosmopolis Officer that responded found a 17 year old Aberdeen man with a a concealed semi-automatic handgun, he was arrested on a bench warrant and taken to the Aberdeen Police Department. The handgun was seized.

Officers described three other men of interest as about 17 to 21 years of age, possibly Hispanic or Native American, described as wearing all black jackets, shorts, and baseball style hats.
They apparently fled right after the victim was shot, in a 1996 to 1999 Honda Accord with dark tinted windows and alloy wheels.

Aberdeen Detectives were called out and are continuing to process the scene, Wishkah Street in front of the Travel Lure was closed until about 7:00 A.M.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Aberdeen Police Department at 533-3180 or the tip line at 538-4450.

Hoquiam and Aberdeen celebrate two “Firsts” this week

The planets have aligned this month and shoppers can enjoy two firsts in a row, beginning with First Thursdays in Hoquiam tonight, then First Fridays in Aberdeen tomorrow.

Today and tomorrow participating businesses will stay open late, from 5-8 p.m. with specials, local art, and family fun.

Hoquiam First Thursday May

Participating businesses in Hoquiam include:

7th Street Theatre – wine tasting with GH Wine Sellars, and artist Carrie Larson will be on hand with her letterpress
8th St Ale House – free chips and salsa
Bodacious Beauty’s – Birthday party with cake and prizes
Bonell Photography
GHUnders – Grays Harbor UndersLDComfort
Gray’s General Store – Erik Pederson will display his artwork and Karin Beard will present her lovely jewelry creations. Jennifer will have special treats from Cookies & Milk.
Hanger’s
Harbor Art Guild : Some members of the ukulele band will be playing for your listening pleasure!
McHugh’s Furniture
Polson Museum – 5:15 and 7:00 at the 7th Street Theatre for behind-the-scenes tour of the theatre with a walking tour of the urban renewal project in between.
Simply Said Flowers
Simpson Avenue Grill
Sitka Yoga Studio & Juice Bar
Swanson’s Foods – free samples

 

Aberdeen First Friday May

In Aberdeen on Friday, visit participating businesses staying open late to host local artists and their work.

Join the FREE Downtown Historical Tour at 7:00pm departing from GH Wine Sellars, 206 S. Broadway. This month’s tour takes you inside and to the top of the historical Becker Building.

With some participating locations for this event including:

Wiitamaki Jewelry Store
Artist: TBD

Eternal Love Tattoos
Artist: TBD

Pirate’s Treasure
Artist: TBD

CaKecaKes Gourmet Treats
Artist: TBD

Moo Moo Oink Oink Cluk Cluk
Offering a pastrami melt basket special, $8.99

GH Wine Sellars
Mention you are there for First Friday and receive 10% off of your purchase!
Featured artist: TBD

Quilt Harbor
Featuring Elizabeth McElliot. Elizabeth McElliot is the former owner of Quilt Harbor and will be joining in Quilt Harbor’s 10th anniversary celebration. Stop by to join the celebration!

Harbor Shoes
Featured artist: Noel Kricker

Past and Present Mercantile
Featured artist, DiAnna Malone, photography/thought cards

Flowers by Pollen
Featuring a variety of local vendors including hand painted messenger bags, cards, and stationary along with quilting, paintings, etc. In addition to beautiful flower arrangements, Flowers by Pollen offers of a variety of gift and home decor items. Stop by and check it out!

 

Aberdeen Police seek man who assaulted another with food tray

Aberdeen Police are seeking a man that apparently assaulted another man with a wooden food tray Friday afternoon. Police Captain John Green tells us at about 2:34 P.M. Aberdeen Officers responded to the 100 block of South Michigan Street on the report of an assault of a 57 year old male who lived at the residence. The responding officers were advised that the victim had stopped breathing and dispatch was conducting phone CPR with a person at the residence. The victim responded to the CPR and began breathing on his own.

Investigating officers discovered that the victim was assaulted by a male subject who allegedly hit him repeatedly on the head with a wood food tray. The Aberdeen Fire Department responded. They treated and then transported the victim to GH Community Hospital.

The suspect was identified and is being sought by police.

David Quigg – Support formation of Grays Harbor Public Hospital District No. 2

Part 1

Part 2

 

The GH Public Hospital District II Steering Committee will be holding it’s first series of Community Forums over the next two weeks!

Please attend to learn more and ask questions.

Monday April 21st – 6:30 to 7:30pm
Montesano City Hall

Tuesday April 22nd – 6:30 to 7:30pm
Hoquiam High School Student Center

Wednesday, April 23rd – 6:30 to 7:30pm
Aberdeen High School Commons

Friday, April 25th – 12:00 noon to 1pm
Grays Harbor Community Hospital – Conference Room C

Monday, April 28th – 6:30 to 7:30pm
North Beach High School Commons