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The Lumsden family attends Chandlers’ Father’s Day Man Brunch, which supported the Women’s and Children’s Alliance June 16. Photo courtesy of WCA.

Chandlers supports WCA through Father’s Day Man Brunch

Chandlers served 300 eggs and five prime ribs June 16 at its Father’s Day Man Brunch, proceeds from which benefited the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.

In an email, WCA communications manager Chris Campbell said live music was provided by Ben Burdick, Mike Rosenthal and the duo of Chuck Smith and Bill Courtial, who were joined by a special guest, state Rep. Cherie Buckner-Webb. Food vendors donated much of the food that was served, Campbell said, and employees of Chandlers donated their time to prepare and serve the meal.

Smith’s pledges $1 million to children’s hospital

Smith’s Food & Drug Stores has pledged a donation of $1 million to Primary Children’s Medical Center Foundation, according to a news release.

Smith’s raised money for the hospital through its annual philanthropic campaign, in which 56 Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Nevada stores participated. Fundraising efforts included quilt auctions, parking-lot carnivals, yard sales, a motorcycle rally, a golf tournament and change-collection boxes that netted about $125,000.

Kevin Miller, morning host for KIDO Radio in Boise, broadcasts his show from the Canyon County Animal Shelter. Photo courtesy of Peak Broadcasting.

Boise radio host raises awareness for Canyon County Animal Shelter

Kevin Miller, morning host for KIDO Radio in Boise, broadcast his morning shows from inside a dog kennel at the Canyon County Animal Shelter from June 1 to 7 to help raise awareness about pet adoptions and the shelter’s participation in the fourth annual Rachael Ray ASPCA $100,000 Challenge.

During Miller’s stay, more than 260 animals were adopted from the shelter, more than three times the number adopted during last year’s event, Miller said in an email. More than 1,000 pounds of wet cat food was donated to the shelter.

The Rachael Ray ASPCA $100,000 Challenge is a nationwide competition among 50 shelters to break their own records at saving animals’ lives. The grand prize winner will receive $100,000.

Mountain America Credit Union donates children’s birthday kits

Employees of Mountain America Credit Union at 10440 W. Ustick Road provided 10 birthday cake kits to The Salvation Army food pantry, according to a news release. Credit union employee Erin Ferguson heard the kits were needed and rallied her co-workers to provide the donation. The food pantry gives the kits to families with children during the children’s birthday months.

Scentsy employees and consultants gather with Special Olympics athletes and fans June 5 to celebrate Scentsy’s donation of $123,325 to Special Olympics International. Photo courtesy of Scentsy.

Scentsy makes donation to the Special Olympics

The Scentsy Family Foundation has donated $123,325 to Special Olympics International, according to a news release.

Scentsy Fragrance raised the money through sales of a wax warmer commemorating the Special Olympics. About 375 Scentsy employees, Scentsy consultants and Special Olympics athletes and fans visited Scentsy’s new campus June 5 to celebrate the donation.

Dutch Bros. raises money for Women’s and Children’s Alliance

Dutch Bros. Coffee Boise raised $4,500 for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance June 14 during the opening of its coffee stand at 1181 N. Milwaukee St., according to a Dutch Bros. news release.

Dutch Bros. offered any medium drink for $1 and donated all proceeds to the WCA.

Idaho Foodbank employees cheer the donation by Kendall Ford of Meridian of a 2013 Ford Escape to the Idaho Foodbank. Photo courtesy of the Idaho Foodbank.

Kendall Ford donates vehicle to Idaho Foodbank

Kendall Ford of Meridian has donated a 2013 Ford Escape to the Idaho Foodbank.

The vehicle will help the Idaho Foodbank transport supplies and lunches to projects such as its summer feeding program, “Picnic in the Park,” which provides lunches to Boise and Meridian children who receive free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. The Idaho Foodbank expects to deliver 60,000 lunches this summer at 24 sites, according to a news release.

Reliable transportation is critical for the Idaho Foodbank, which covers 75,000 square miles in Idaho and provides food to more than 200 partner pantries, kitchens, senior centers and shelters.

Dave Carollo, Hillcrest golf pro; Marty Pearson; Jim Cross, Lyle Pearson Company general manager; and Ted Hampson, Mercedes-Benz sales manager, present a check to Robyn Parsons-Paffendorf, donor services and events director for Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County. Photo courtesy of Lyle Pearson Company.

Golf tournament raises funds for Boys & Girls Clubs

The annual Lyle Pearson/Mercedes-Benz Golf Tournament at Hillcrest Country Club June 1 raised funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County.

On June 12, representatives from Lyle Pearson Company presented the Boys & Girls Clubs with a check for $9,000, according to a news release.

Partnership offers free summer bus service in Nampa, Caldwell

A partnership including Valley Regional Transit, Brown Bus Company in Nampa, Caldwell Transportation Company and the YMCA is providing free transportation in Nampa and Caldwell this summer, according to a news release.

The partnership, called GoRide Community Link, is managed by Valley Regional Transit. It provides two bus routes, one primarily serving Nampa, and the other making stops in Caldwell. Both routes connect to several ValleyRide bus routes. The routes operate Monday through Friday with three trips a day in the early morning, at noon and in the late afternoon. There are no age restrictions for riders. More information is available at

Brown Bus Company and Caldwell Transportation are providing yellow school buses for the program. The companies also provide after-school bus transportation to the YMCA during the school year.

Cushman & Wakefield Commerce Partner and Branch Manager LeAnn Hume (holding check, at left) and Cushman & Wakefield employees present Women’s Business Center Manager Sheila Spangler (center, behind check) and business development specialist Karen Appelgren (right, behind check) with a check for $750. Photo courtesy of the Women’s Business Center.

Real estate firm makes donation to Idaho Women’s Business Center

Cushman & Wakefield Commerce Real Estate Solutions donated $750 to the Idaho Women’s Business Center May 29, according to a WBC news release.

The WBC is funded partially through a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, and must match a portion of the grant through cash and in-kind donations.

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