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KeyBank employees Joanne Temple, Carol Claiborn and Lorraine Knott help plant and weed at the Idaho Botanical Garden May 22. Photo courtesy of KeyBank.

KeyBank participates in statewide community service

More than 150 KeyBank employees in Idaho volunteered during the company’s 23rd annual Neighbors Make the Difference Day May 22.

In Boise, employees helped the Idaho Botanical Garden plant and weed, bagged carrots at the Idaho Foodbank, sorted clothing and housewares donations at the Easter Seals Goodwill warehouse, and sorted bottles and assembled wind chimes at Usful Glassworks. In Nampa, they helped the Boise Rescue Mission with cleaning and landscaping. In Caldwell, they cleaned windows at the Caldwell Train Depot. In Emmett, they helped the Emmett senior Citizens Center with various projects.

In Twin Falls, volunteers painted a gym at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Magic Valley. In Heyburn, they planted flowers for the City of Heyburn. In American Falls, they helped Hillcrest Elementary School prepare for summer.

In Idaho Falls, employees stained a fence and deck around the Aspen Park Apartments for Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership. In Pocatello, they helped clean up rental apartment grounds for Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency. In Blackfoot, they helped paint and clean Donald D. Stalker Elementary School. In Rexburg, they sorted and helped in the Family Crisis Center thrift store. In Ashton, they helped with a spring cleanup project at Upper Mesa Falls. In Driggs, they cleaned and helped care for animals at the Teton Valley Community Animal Shelter.

Firebird Raceway donates to Boys & Girls Clubs

Scott New and Ellanor New, of Firebird Raceway in Eagle, presented a check for $3,171 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County.

The funds came from photo opportunities with a re-creation of “Tow Mater,” a character from the Disney/Pixar movie “Cars” and Rusty Wrecker Fundraising. The photo ops took place at the 41st Annual Boise Roadster Show in conjunction with the New Crew, which organizes drag racing events at Firebird Raceway.

The funds help the Boys & Girls Clubs provide youth development programs for nearly 4,000 children.

Members of the Craig Stein Beverage Group present the Idaho Foodbank with a check for $75,000, which has been pledged over five years. Photo courtesy of the Idaho Foodbank.

Beverage group pledges $75,000 to Idaho Foodbank

Craig Stein Beverage Group has pledged $75,000 over five years to support the Idaho Foodbank’s nutrition services and programs.

The money will help fund the backpack weekend feeding program, the mobile pantry, the school pantry, Cooking Matters and the Picnic in the Park summer feeding program in the Boise area.

Craig Stein Beverage Group also pledged $75,000 to the Clark County Food Bank in Vancouver, Wash., where the company also has business operations.

Blue Cross grants to fight childhood obesity

The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health has awarded $100,000 in grants to programs directed at reducing Idaho’s childhood obesity levels.

The foundation considered applications from Idaho-based organizations and gave special consideration to community-based programs targeting low-income children. Six organizations were awarded grants.

Central District Health Department received $20,000 for its Complete Streets Program, which helps people identify and access automobile transportation alternatives.

Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation received $23,655 for its Active Neighborhood Kids Club, which includes summer programs to help children reach recommended physical activity levels.

Nurture, of Ketchum, received $20,000 for its elementary school nutrition and wellness program, promoting health and wellness to children and their parents.

Sugar-Salem Community Coalition received $25,000 for Fitness Highway, which will provide a fitness trail with eight exercise stations for local children.

Donnelly Elementary School and Wilder School District each received $5,000 to build gardens and greenhouses that will serve as community gardens.

Andrea Hathorn (left) and Neil Ault (right), of D.L. Evans Bank, present a $500 check to Bea Black, CEO of the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Photo courtesy of D.L. Evans Bank.

D.L. Evans Bank donates to WCA

D.L. Evans Bank donated $500 to the Women’s and Children’s alliance at the Healing Begins with Hope fundraising breakfast. More than 400 people attended the fundraiser on May 9, and D.L. Evans supported the WCA by sponsoring two tables of 10 people.

Hispanic Business Association awards scholarships

The Hispanic Business Association has awarded $16,000 in scholarships to southwestern Idaho students.

The HBA has awarded $280,000 in scholarships to 248 students since 1993. Funding comes from corporate donations and the annual Richard G. Cortez Jalapeno Open Golf Tournament. The 2013 tournament is Aug. 2 at Falcon Crest Golf Club.

The 2013 HBA Richard G. Cortez Scholarship provides $1,250 to college/university students and $750 to high school students.

College/university recipients are Maritza Ambriz, studying radiologic science at Boise State University; Victor Araiza, studying liberal arts at College of Western Idaho; Said Barrero, studying accounting and finance at Boise State; Alejandra Garcia, studying pre dental hygiene at Boise State; Diana Gomez Romero, studying biology at College of Idaho; Christian Guerrero, studying chemistry and applied math at Boise State; Gerardo Juarez-Gil, studying finance and marketing at Boise State; Gerardo Rodriquez-Orellana, studying biomedical engineering at University of Utah; and Brenda Vasquez, studying pharmacy at Boise State.

High school recipients are Azucena Camargo Reyes and Rubi Mendivil, who plan to attend Boise State; Elena Perez, Yadira Zuniga and Jacqueline Zuniga, who plan to attend University of Idaho; and Virginia Ixta, who has not yet decided on a college or university.

Holland & Hart partner Pam Howland (right) walked with her family in the 2013 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes. Photo courtesy of Holland & Hart.

Holland & Hart raises funds for diabetes research

Holland & Hart was a corporate sponsor of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Holland & Hart Partners Pam Howland and Mary York led “Team Kennedy & Jack” in the walk and raised more than $6,000 for the foundation. Howland and York were also co-chairwomen for the walk, which raised more than $145,000.

Funds will support research to improve the lives of people living with Type 1 diabetes and to find a cure.

CapEd awards teacher grants

The Idaho CapEd Foundation awarded eight grants to Idaho teachers in April.

Diana Sargent, of Aberdeen High School, received $750 for her Balancing the Equation program. Alan Thornsberry, of Timberline High School, received $750 for his Drop Weight for the Wolfpack program. Briana Livingston, of Hagerman High School, received $750 for her Locos por Libros: Crazy for Books program. Erika Velasco, of Reed Elementary, received 750 for her Multicultural Children’s Day Celebration. Gretchen Smith, of Prospect Elementary, received $745.45 for her Explorations in Math, Science and Technology program. Tina Roehr, of Meridian District Alternative Libraries, received $743 for her LittleBits for Creative Constructions program. Paul Woodworth, of Middleton High School, received $730 for his Reading in Spanish Program. Linda McMillin, of Parma High School, received $750 for her Four Seasons Mural.

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