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Gordon Jackson has a thing for quotes. Quotes about media, quotes about travel, quotes about career advice and politics, his collection includes several thousand 3-by-5 study cards and more than 100 books full of famous and not so famous quotes. What makes a good quote?
It’s been 30 years, but Bill Bialkowsky’s eyes still fill as he recalled reading the coroner’s report. “Fractured skull. Cigarette burns. Pulled hair,” he cleared his throat. “She died a very agonizing, slow, painful death at the hands of her parents.” “She” was 2-year-old Vanessa Behan, and her death prompted Bialkowsky to found a safe haven for children at risk.
When Spokane businessman James W. Crow died last year, he left a million-dollar legacy that will help thousands of children. It was a quiet act of generosity from a man whose character was forged by struggles during the Great Depression, valor during World War II, and an inventive mind that translated into financial success. His vision loss later in life did not dampen his enthusiasm.
The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery in Spokane says it’s in desperate need of diapers and baby formula to distribute to low-income families.
Dina Patrick is one of the unsung heroes of Our Kids: Our Business. She’s responsible for letting everyone know the where, when and who of the hundreds of events, programs, meetings and displays, from when planning for the monthlong campaign starts in September through wrap-up in May.