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Shopko launches Facebook contest to award $10,000 to worthy charity

Spokane's Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery is among the possible winners in a contest started by national retailer Shopko.

Called “Choose the Charity,” the contest will run through March 12 and allows Facebook users to cast votes for a favorite charity. The winning charity will receive a $10,000 donation, organizers said.

Shopko's Facebook page is www.facebook.com/shopko. The winner will be announced on March 13.

In addition to Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, other eligible charities on the Facebook page ballot are:

  • The Children's Center (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • House of Hope (Green Bay, Wisc.)
  • One World Community Health Centers (Omaha, Neb.)
  • St. Marcus School (Milwaukee, Wisc.)

Those were selected, a Shopko press release said, based on high quality of services that they provide, the strong support that they enjoy in their communities, and  track records of proven results.

Exchange Club seeking donations and sponsors for crab feed benefit

The Exchange Club of Downtown Spokane  is seeking donations and contributions for this year's 45th Annual Crab Feed and Auction, set for Dec. 2.

With less than eight weeks to go, the event sponsors are seeking donations and support for the benefit event, which raises money for three area child abuse prevention agencies.  

Additional corporate sponsors are also being sought.

The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Children’s Home Society of Washington and SCAN share the proceeds.

This year's auction and dinner will start at  5:30 p.m. at CenterPlace, at 2426 N. Discovery Place in Spokane Valley. 

Sponsors this year include Universal Funding, SCAFCO, Itron Inc., D.A. Davidson & Co., Allprint,  and Luigi’s. 

Corporate tables and individual tickets can be purchased from www.dsxc.org. Additional info at this link.

For information on donations, call  Meri Berberet at 509-226-2448 or Dianne LaValley at 509-747-2058. Or email crabfeed@dsxc.org.

Nursery, Food Bank get $1,000 from STCU

The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and Second Harvest Food Bank will each receive $1,000 from Spokane Teachers Credit Union.

The two charities outpolled 126 others who were nominated at the Greater Spokane Incorporated annual meeting Wednesday.

Attendees named the charity they wanted funded by STCU, which put “Who do you love” nomination cards at every place setting.

STCU spokeswoman Breanne O’Doherty said 582 cards were filled out, and 128 charities nominated.