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Fundraising goal in sight for Christmas Fund

Garco Construction gives a big boost

Garco Construction has donated $30,000 to the Christmas Fund – a gift made in gratitude, according to the Spokane company’s leaders.

Along with work for private clients, the company completed a number of public projects in 2010, including projects for Spokane Public Schools and city and county governments.

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to serve the Spokane area and would like to give back to the community that has supported us,” wrote President James Welsh and Vice Presidents Clancy Welsh and Hollis Barnett.

Garco’s donation includes $5,080 in direct contributions from employees.

Garco’s gift helped propel the Christmas Fund to $465,489.94, closer to its $500,000 goal. The fund pays the bills at the Christmas Bureau, which this year distributed Christmas gifts and food vouchers for more than 35,000 people, including more than 17,000 children. The bureau is a group effort by The Spokesman-Review, Catholic Charities Spokane and the Volunteers of America.

Donations must be received by the newspaper by Tuesday to be counted in this year’s fund. PayPal donations should be made by Sunday.

More new donations

Consolidated Billing Services Inc., of Spokane, gave $6,000 instead of buying gifts for clients. President and CEO Bill Ulrich encouraged other businesses to do the same, writing: “While I greatly appreciate each and every client, I hope they will agree that this money is put to a better use through this charitable contribution. In the current economic climate, programs that support the less fortunate need community support.”

An anonymous donor from Spokane gave $5,000. “I have so many blessings to be thankful for,” she wrote. “I’m honored to be able to help make Christmas a little happier for those less fortunate.”

An anonymous couple from Spokane gave $2,000.

Anonymous donors from Spokane gave $600.

Diane and Einar Larson and family, of Almira, Wash., gave $550.

An anonymous donor from Spokane gave $500 “in memory of mother and grandmother Harriet Allen.”

William and Nancy Henry, of Spokane, gave $300 in memory of their parents, Bo and Mary Henry and Robert and Marian Heglar.

Pauline Moore, of Spokane, gave $250.

Spokane residents who gave $200: Linda Martin; two separate anonymous couples; and R. Bedford. Virginia Schneidmiller, of St. John, Wash., gave $200, as did Ed and Diana Honodel, of Otis Orchards.

Spokane residents who gave $100: Martin Lund; Tammy and Larry Reid, “with memories of our parents, who taught us to share”; two separate anonymous donors; Hans and Gladys Johnson; Brent and Janine Carlson; Rhea Dow; Don and Ellie; Mike and Merridy McChesney, in memory of their dads, Bill McChesney and Fred Schreck; and Frank and Sondra Cook.

Spokane residents Randy and Mary Huggins gave $100 in memory of Mary’s mother, Audrey Pfitzner, “who was always giving of herself and to those in need,” and in memory of Charles and Virginia Huggins, “whose love of Christmas and friends will be carried on.” Spokane Valley resident D.N. Fitzgerald gave $100 “in loving memory of Shirley and many friends who have passed on.” An anonymous donor from Airway Heights gave $100 and wrote: “Thank you all for this tremendous effort year after year!”

Karen Harrington, of Spokane, gave $75 in memory of her parents.

Spokane residents who gave $50: Kenneth and Linda Leyde; Nancy Stone; and an anonymous couple.

Also giving $50: Spokane Valley residents John and Jody Beck, in memory of Gerry Beck; A.V. Hastings, of Deer Park; and Melissa Murphy.

Peter and Janet Grossman, of Spokane, gave $35, as did Daunita Higgins, of Newport.

Toni Sampson, of Spokane, gave $30. Patrick and Laurie Thiel, of Spokane Valley, also gave $30.

Bonnie and Harry Larrison, of Spokane, gave $25 in memory of Levi Larrison and Tiffani Lewis, “loved and missed by their families and friends.” Amanda, Dillon and Casey gave $25 in honor of Vonnie Belle. An anonymous couple from Cheney also gave $25.

Bob Hedlund gave $20, as did Paul and Lanette Scott, of Spokane Valley.

Kevin Gruetzner gave $17.18 via PayPal.

An anonymous donor gave $6.



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