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In brief: Chamber award nominees named

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced the nominees for several awards that will be handed out during the Gem of the Valley gala set for Jan. 22 at the Mirabeau Park Hotel.

The nominees for small business of the year are: Independent Wealth Connections, Safeguard Business Systems, Clark’s Tire and Automotive. Medium size business of the year: ALSC Architects, Pheasant Hill Inn and Suites, Baker Construction. Large business of the year: Valley Hospital and Medical Center, Greenstone Corp., Banner Bank. Nonprofit organization of the year: American Red Cross, Spokane Valley Partners, Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels.

The nominees for chamber member volunteer of the year are: Mike Dalessi of Presentation Solutions; Luke Cayer, retired; and Dick Behm of Behm’s Creamery. The nominees for the community caring award are John Guarisco of MDI Marketing, Debbie and Dave Quinn of Walls that Talk and Marcy and Richard Thomas of My Really Cool Business.

The gala begins at 6 p.m. and includes a silent auction, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $45. Call (509) 924-4994 for reservations.

Dump Hunger food drive planned

SPOKANE – Western States Equipment, Albertsons, Les Schwab Tire Centers and Second Harvest Food Bank will hold a Dump Hunger food collection campaign through Feb. 7 to help those in need.

On Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a 730 CAT Haul truck will be at the Albertsons at 13606 E. 32nd Ave., ready to be filled with nonperishable food items. On Jan. 22, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Jan. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the truck will be at the Albertsons at Trent and Argonne. A full truck is equivalent to 225,000 pounds of food.

Collection bins will also be placed at all Spokane Western States, Albertsons and Les Schwab locations through Feb. 7.

For more information, call (509) 532-3901.