The Suburbanites: 55 Years of Giving

The Spokane area is lucky to have a wonderful tradition of service groups and social clubs

working hard to support local nonprofits and make a positive impact in our community. The Suburbanites is one such group that has been raising money for local charities for over 50 years - beginning in 1959 sponsoring the Children’s Home Society. Made up of mostly Spokane Valley women, the Suburbanites hold yearly fundraising events, donating the proceeds to charities in Spokane Valley and North Idaho. They are specifically focused on organizations that help children. The Suburbanites have been a major donor to SPF’s Make A Splash in A Kid’s Life program for four years and we greatly appreciate their support and enthusiasm for helping area children have an active summer in our pools!

I recently sat down with the Suburbanites at their monthly meeting to get to know the ladies and thank them for contributing to Make A Splash. This is a warm, welcoming group of women who clearly have a passion for giving to the community and who have fun while doing it. As plans for their next fundraiser, a card party and luncheon on Oct. 6, took shape there was plenty of jokes and camaraderie between the close-knit group. When asked what her favorite event has been over the years, Suburbanites’ president Joanne Boyer told me that every event was memorable – they always have great participation! Many thanks to the Suburbanites from the Spokane Parks Foundation for their support and community leadership!

The Suburbanite’s Upcoming 2014/2015 Events

Oct 6, 2014: Card Party and Salad Social at Opportunity Presbyterian Church

Dec 9, 2014: Christmas Party at the Spokane Club

May 4, 2014: Spring Garden Party and Style Show at the Mirabeau Park Hotel

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The Spokane Parks Foundation is an efficiently managed 501(c)(3) corporation, licensed in Washington state.  We strive to maximize donor dollars by charging an administrative fee of 10% or less from every gift to support our mission, administrative overhead and growth.  We fully honor restricted and unrestricted gifts from all donors, and we equally appreciate gifts both large and small. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution. 

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