In recognition of National Cancer Survivor Month, the Tri-Cities Cancer Center will be hosting a day of education and inspiration for cancer survivors and those who support them on Saturday, June 15th, 2019 from 9am to 3:30pm. The event will be held at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center.
The theme for this year’s event is Hope Grows Here! and will include breakout sessions from experts in a variety of fields including nutrition, physical therapy and financial planning. We will also be joined by Dr. Julie Gralow, who is a nationally recognized medical oncologist, researcher, author and educator at the University of Washington who will be our keynote speaker. Lunch will be provided.
For more information or to register, please visit tccancer.org/hgh or call (509) 737-3450.
Who Should Attend: Patients, survivors, caregivers, friends, families and healthcare professionals
When: Saturday, June 15th, 2019 | 9am Check-in | 9:30am – 3:30pm
Where: Tri-Cities Cancer Center, 7350 W. Deschutes Avenue, Kennewick
Ben Franklin Transit (BFT) will begin offering reduced summer fare programs for K-12* students to stay connected this summer, starting June 1. BFT will also offer a seasonal route that will run to and from The REACH Museum at the West end of Columbia Park.
BFT is offering two reduced, seasonal youth bus fares, including a Summer Youth Pass that gives students in grades K-12 unlimited rides June 1 through August 31 for $25, and a Dollar Day Pass for all youth boarding BFT buses to ride throughout the Tri-Cities for an entire day for only $1. Community members can learn more and purchase Summer Youth Passes at www.bft.org/Summer. The three-month Summer Youth Passes may also be purchased at any BFT ticket outlet location, also listed on the program webpage.
The new summer route will be an hourly seasonal route that originates at Three Rivers Transit Center and runs to The REACH Museum from about 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, from June 17 to August 24.
*Children 5 and under always ride free on BFT buses.
Mid-Columbia Libraries’ West Richland Branch is the first of the library system’s 12 branches to offer curbside pickup. The newly remodeled branch reopened April 27 and has offered the service since May 1.
Customers who place holds online or by phone can park in the designated curbside pickup area to the west of the building, located at 3803 W. Van Giesen, and call the phone number on the sign posted at the parking stall. A staff member will collect held library items and deliver them to customers waiting outside.
“It’s just one more way we provide excellent customer service at the new West Richland library,” says Branch Manager Tom Moak. “We’re always looking for ways to enhance the library customer experience and jumped at this opportunity to pioneer this service for Mid-Columbia Libraries.”
The service is available during regular branch hours, Monday through Friday from 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm. For more information visit the branch web page at midcolumbialibraries.org/branch/west-richland.
The Masquerade Senior Prom is a fun-filled event for seniors who are 55-years and older living in the community. This event is a masquerade-themed prom night, specially designed for senior citizens. The event will be held at the Red Lion Richland Hanford House on Thursday, June 20, 2019, from 2 – 5 pm. There will be wonderful music, appetizer buffet, photo booth, and door prizes.
Tickets are $8 for singles and $15 for couples. People can purchase tickets over the phone by calling (509) 837-1676 or by going online to: https://heartlinkshospice.ejoinme.org/seniorprom. Space is very limited and reservations are required. All proceeds from the Masquerade Senior Prom will benefit Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care. All proceeds will stay local and support children and adults facing a life-limiting illness.
This event is presented by Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care and made possible by the generous sponsorships of JEA Senior Living, Home Instead Senior Care, Family Resource Home Care, Platinum Entertainment, Hillcrest Memorial Center, and Fieldstone Communities. Table sponsors include Sunset Gardens, Columbia Basin Hearing Center, Affinity at Southridge, Home Care Solutions, Hawthorne Court, Windermere, Sun Terrace Prosser, and Critical Nurse Staffing. We have very few table sponsorship opportunities remaining, for more information please call 509-837-1676.
Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care began serving the community in 1978. Heartlinks is an independent, nonprofit hospice providing quality care to individuals and their families, who are facing a life-threatening illness. To learn more about the organization and how you might become involved, visit us online: www.heartlinkshospice.org.
Legends Casino Hotel funded $490,000 in grants to aid nonprofit organizations through the Yakama Cares program while the Community Impact Fund awarded more than $548,000 to benefit the law enforcement, fire and health care needs of the community. Combined, the two funds affected 220 organizations throughout counties in Central Washington including Yakima, Benton, Kittitas, and Klickitat.
Yakama Cares, an annual event, donates funds to create positive impacts in the communities we serve, and it is funded through the Charitable Contribution fund. Non-profit organizations submit their applications annually between January 1 and March 31.
The committee for the Charitable Contribution fund received 508 applications to evaluate for the 2019 distribution. The applications undergo multiple rounds of cuts before the final selection. The committee bases part of their selection on the areas of need in the community, and as in years past, those areas included programs dedicated to education, youth, elders, health, fire, law enforcement, animals and food. Over 60% of the funded applications will assist nonprofit organizations with education or youth related needs including technology, books, music program requirements, as well as classroom and extracurricular supplies.
The organizations receiving a distribution comprise many communities ranging from Goldendale and Glenwood to Mattawa and Pasco to Cle Elum. Grants awarded in 2019 range from $1,000 to $14,000 per recipient including acquiring a trained cadaver dog for Yakima County, supporting the vets and dog program in Eltopia, and supplies for a culinary workforce program for disabled in Tri-Cities.
The Community Impact Fund seeks to aid larger projects that benefit the community as a whole. This fund is administered by an independent committee including representatives of Toppenish or Wapato, Yakima, the state gaming commission, the Yakama gaming commission and Yakama Tribal Council. For 2019, $482,204 has been designated for Yakima County Sheriff, Yakima County Fire Protection District #5, Pahto Public Passage, Yakama Nation Public Safety, Astria Toppenish Hospital, Yakima County Department of Correction, Yakama Nation Corrections, and City of Toppenish Fire Department.
Legends Casino Hotel is Your Place to Play. The Casino includes nearly 1,500 slot machines, 18 table games including craps and roulette, a poker room, Keno, a buffet restaurant, and gift shop. It is located just minutes off 1-82 and exit 50, one mile west of Toppenish. For more information: 1-877-7-COME-11 or www.legendscasino.com. Legends Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.
Sponsor opportunities for businesses/individuals who want to give back to our local law enforcement community.
LEO marriages have an extra layer of stress that most of us don’t have to deal with. The initiative is simply a way to recognize a local officer and then treat them and their spouse to a magical date night where they can just relax over a nice dinner they might not otherwise have. TC Black will handle the transportation for the night, and then another contributor will donate a $100 gift of dinner at an upscale eatery. The giveaway is currently being implemented via Facebook on a monthly basis. Members of the community nominate a local LEO and say why they’re awesome, and the winner is selected within a week of the post! The focus is on officers/deputies who are out on patrol, putting their lives on the line to serve our community.
We will recognize businesses that contribute to this initiative, however we want the driving motivation to be one of gratitude, not advertising. It’s a way to give back without expecting much in return. We hope that you’ll join us in this endeavor so we can continue to bless our men and women in blue for the foreseeable future! Here’s what a previous winner had to say:
“The day to day balance between my family and career can be quite precarious, especially with the environment presented in my field. I can honestly say that the experience my wife and I had with TC Black gave us a much needed respite and provided an opportunity to reinvigorate our intimacy.” --Deputy JP Benitez, BCSO
For more information please contact David McClain, owner of TC Black at email@example.com or 509.378.8689.
Email your press release and a photo to Austin Regimbal, Marketing & Communications Director. Press releases are posted in their entirety. This is a free benefit for members of the Tri-City Regional Chamber.