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Thursday, October 29, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Ellen Robey, who led fight to save Davenport Hotel, dies at 81

Robey, who died on May 12 at age 81, was a prolific volunteer for more than four decades, helping lead numerous community groups while working as the business manager for a local architecture firm. Friends and colleagues describe her as a tenacious advocate for the arts and historic preservation, a talented consensus builder who never sought the spotlight.

Then and Now: The Early Birds Breakfast Club

During the Depression, nine business leaders sent out invitations to start a new club where businessmen could network and do public service, not unlike today’s Rotary or Kiwanis. The meetings would take place at breakfast, so it would be called The Early Birds Breakfast Club. For more than 35 years, the club played an important civic and social role in Spokane.

Then and Now: The Davenport Hotel

Twenty-year-old Llewelllyn “Louis” Marks Davenport arrived in Spokane in March of 1889 and helped manage his uncle’s restaurant. When most of the town burned down later that year, Davenport opened his own restaurant in a series of locations before building a two-story brick restaurant at the corner of Sprague Avenue and Post Street in 1900.

Family’s miracle: Winning No. 1 prize at Christmas Tree Elegance

Vladislav and Svetlana Khashchuk won the Tree No. 1 package with $4,500 cash at Christmas Tree Elegance, just a month after launching a GoFundMe to help pay for diabetes treatments for two of their four children. Two sons have Type 1 diabetes, including their youngest child recently diagnosed, and the parents hope to pay for new stem cell treatments after learning about some positive results.

Christmas Tree Elegance set up

The trees for Christmas Tree Elegance are being set up at the Davenport Hotel and River Park Square. The fundraiser for the Spokane Symphony Associates sells raffle tickets that attendees drop into boxes beside their favorite trees and drawings will be held for the winners of each tree. Each tree display has gifts, accessories, gift certificates or cash totalling approximatelty $5000 or more.