Tri-Cities trails behind Spokane for Windermere Foundation donation

Tri-City Herald Staff WriterMarch 27, 2014 

— More Tri-Citians need to vote on Facebook so seven Tri-City charities can receive $37,000 as part of the Windermere Foundation Charity Challenge.

The Tri-Cities is trailing just behind Spokane for votes as of Thursday.

Pasco’s Community Action Connections, also called CAC, had 30.7 percent of votes cast, while Family Promise of Spokane had 33.7 percent.

Votes can be cast daily from now through April 4.

The Pasco nonprofit is a finalist for $25,000 that is being offered as part of the foundation’s celebration of its 25th anniversary. The Pasco charity is competing with four other charities from Wenatchee, Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Helena for the $25,000. Whoever gets the most votes will receive the dough.

The Pasco nonprofit used to be called the Benton Franklin Community Action Committee, and its former name is what is listed on the Facebook voting.

The Kennewick franchise Windermere Real Estate/Tri-Cities is donating $12,000 from its own coffers to the seven local charities, no matter what happens in the challenge, said Dave Retter, owner and broker. The other six charities are Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery of Kennewick, Kennewick teen homeless shelter My Friends Place, Richland’s Elijah Family Homes transitional housing program, the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission, Therapeutic Innovations and Recovery — which runs a Kennewick day shelter called Ken and Teresa’s Place — and the Tri-Cities Diaper Bank.

If the Community Action Connections wins, they have decided to donate $5,000 of the $25,000 to the other six local charities the Kennewick Windermere nominated, he said. When the $12,000 from Kennewick Windermere is included, each of those charities would receive $2,833.

To vote, go to www.facebook.com/windermererealestatetricities and click on the Charity Challenge. Or vote at www.windermeretricities.com.

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