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Children run on the track at Star Elementary, built with a donation from St. Luke’s Health System. Photo courtesy of St. Luke’s.

Children run on the track at Star Elementary, built with a donation from St. Luke’s Health System. Photo courtesy of St. Luke’s.

St. Luke’s pays for track at elementary school

St. Luke’s Health System provided more than $26,000 for a new, quarter-mile track at Star Elementary School, according to a news release.

The track was completed this summer. While it is located at the elementary school, it is available for use by the entire Star community.

Idaho Dental Foundation awards grants

The Idaho Dental Foundation, affiliated with the Idaho State Dental Association, has awarded grants to the Snake River Community Clinic and Dirne Health Centers, according to a news release.

The Snake River Community Safety Net Dental Clinic, in Lewiston, has nearly 300 patients. The clinic’s patients are uninsured and demonstrate financial need and oral health care needs. The clinic historically has provided extractions for painful or infected teeth, but the IDF grant money will help it also provide preventive care and oral health education.

The Dirne Health Center, in Coeur d’Alene, will use its IDF grant money for veteran vouchers. The vouchers help homeless and disadvantaged veterans get dental care at offices throughout the area. Dr. Justin Rader, a former U.S. Army officer, provides the initial exam, and veterans with limited financial resources get the vouchers for follow-up care.

Dustin Simpson (center), of Baldapalooza, stands onstage with Push2Play, one of the bands who played during the fundraiser. Band members are Randy Pinder and Ted Mason on guitar (left), Gentry Myler on drums, Levi Maliwauiki on keyboard, and Jeff Crouch on guitar (right). Photo by Fabiana Huffaker.

Dustin Simpson (center), of Baldapalooza, stands onstage with Push2Play, one of the bands that played during the fundraiser. Band members are Randy Pinder and Ted Mason on guitar (left), Gentry Myler on drums, Levi Maliwauiki on keyboard, and Jeff Crouch on guitar (right). Photo by Fabiana Huffaker.

Baldapalooza raises money for St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital

The musical fundraiser Baldapalooza raised nearly $15,000 for St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, Baldapalooza spokeswoman Lonni Leavitt-Barker said in an email.

Lightning and winds forced organizers of the Sept. 14 event at Merrill Park in Eagle to improvise, with musicians and attendees crowding into the VIP pavilion to watch the performances on a makeshift stage, Leavitt-Barker said in the email.

Several businesses sponsored the event, including Tom Scott Toyota, The McAlvain Companies, Stein Distributing Company, The Beer Guys, Rice, Budget Blinds, Sam Smith Orthodontics, Kaleidoscope Pediatric Therapy, Maliwauiki Graphic Designs, Belle Consulting, Eagle Acupuncture, TitleOne, Camille Beckman, Stryker Orthopaedics, Leavitt Group of Boise, Coca-Cola, Mimi Marie Boutique, BOE, Live Well Network, 94.9FM The River, The Hilton Garden Inn Boise/Eagle, Shock Top, Bud Light, Idacorp Employee Community Funds, Seiniger Law Offices, Creatively Simple Web Design, Art 623, Flynn’s Saddle Shop, 107.1FM KHITS, Fox 9 and ABC 6.

Costa Vida donated catering for a thank-you performance Sept. 13 for Baldapalooza volunteers and sponsors and also donated 10 percent of the money made during a fundraising night in August and while selling food at the Sept. 14 event, Leavitt-Barker said.

The money Baldapalooza raised will go toward a Hall of Heroes at the St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital’s cancer unit, which will share the stories of children with cancer, and create a “meal fund” for the parents of children who are in the hospital for extended periods.

Volunteers from ConAgra, Idaho Central Credit Union and other companies build backpacks Sept. 19 at the Idaho Foodbank. Photo courtesy of the Foodbank.

Volunteers from ConAgra, Idaho Central Credit Union and other companies build backpacks Sept. 19 at the Idaho Foodbank. Photo courtesy of the Foodbank.

Volunteers assemble backpacks for Idaho Foodbank

Nine groups totaling 216 volunteers assembled 9,000 backpacks for the Idaho Foodbank’s Backpack Program Sept. 19, according to a news release.

The program provides food for 2,100 Idaho children at risk of hunger during weekends. The packs weigh about 6 pounds and have enough easy-to-prepare food for two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners and two snacks.

The Foodbank purchases food for the program, and the backpacks must be assembled by hand. The groups that volunteered Sept. 19 included Hewlett-Packard, CenturyLink, ConAgra, Idaho Central Credit Union, Sigma Chi fraternity, Wood Financial, Community Partnerships of Idaho, Healthwell Ventures, and Holland & Hart.

Partnerships help BPD earn community policing recognition

The International Association of Chiefs of Police named the Boise Police Department the No. 1 community policing agency among cities with populations between 100,001 and 250,000, according to a news release.

The honor is partially due to the work of the Organized Retail Crime Interdiction Team, the release stated. Through strategic partnerships with retailers including Albertsons, Fred Meyer, Home Depot and Wal-Mart, the department implemented a theft-prevention strategy that other law enforcement agencies are now using as a model. The team has helped reduce retail loss by 41 percent in Boise, compared to national rates, according to the release.

Zions Bank employees Ben Lewis, Ben Chaney, Schott Thompson, Emily Romero, Lori Hilton, Tricia Flynn and Jackie Houchin helped fold and box clothing donations Sept. for the Idaho Youth Ranch. Photo by Nicola McIntosh.

Zions Bank employees Ben Lewis, Ben Chaney, Scott Thompson, Emily Romero, Lori Hilton, Tricia Flynn and Jackie Houchin helped fold and box clothing donations Sept. 12 for the Idaho Youth Ranch. Photo by Nicola McIntosh.

Zions Bank employees volunteer throughout September

Zions Bank employees in Idaho and Utah volunteered throughout September in honor of the United Way’s Day of Caring, according to a news release.

The activities included folding and boxing clothing donations Sept. 12 at the Idaho Youth Ranch Nagel Center in Boise and assembling 1,620 backpacks in Pocatello Sept. 11 for the Idaho Foodbank’s backpack program.

Fred Meyer raises more than $16,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs

Fred Meyer customers and employees raised $16,631.77 between Feb. 3 and May 25 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County, according to a news release.

Customers put spare change in coin boxes at Fred Meyer check stands, and employees added their quarterly donations to The Fred Meyer Fund to those coin box donations. The fund distributes the coin box money to community organizations. Each quarter’s donations go toward a different area of giving: Q1 to youth development, Q2 to military family support, Q3 to cancer research and awareness, and Q4 to hunger reduction.

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