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    Despite funding concerns, music and arts nonprofits tap into creativity
      The screeching of the saw can be heard all the way down the hall. Upon entering the workshop, the amount of colorful wooden creations hanging from the ceiling and displayed on shelves overwhelms the s
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  • About the Peirone Prize
  • About the Peirone Prize

      Welcome to our 13th annual Give Guide and our fourth Peirone Prize awards. The Peirone name (pronounced “Purr-ohn”) is dear to The Inlander ” Joe and Alice Peirone were my grandparents, an
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  • Peirone Prize Winner — Keirsten Hess
  • Peirone Prize Winner — Keirsten Hess

    A military mother dedicates her life to serving those who served
      As several white-haired veterans file into the dining room, Keirsten Hess kneels to greet each one, crouching down beside their wheelchairs to offer hugs and whisper warm welcomes into their ears.
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  • Peirone Prize Winner — Keith Kelley
  • Peirone Prize Winner — Keith Kelley

    How one man is working to improve West Central, from education to business
      They call the kids “dreamers.” They’re a class of seventh graders from Lidgerwood Elementary, selected by nonprofit Reach for the Future when they were in second grade to receive col
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  • Peirone Prize Winner — Virla Spencer
  • Peirone Prize Winner — Virla Spencer

    Virla Spencer is so effective in her work because she’s lived the struggle
      When Virla Spencer visited district court on work business one day this summer, a woman she didn’t recognize reached through the clerk’s window and grabbed her arm. “I love you
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  • Still Sequestered
  • Still Sequestered

    The sequester has disappeared from headlines, but it’s still very much a reality for people served by local nonprofits
      In a Southern drawl, homeowner Richard Tennant reels off the long list of medical travails that put him on disability. “It’s pretty complex,” Tennant says. “Thirteen stents, had
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  • Voices for the Voiceless
  • Voices for the Voiceless

    Local advocates fight for the rights of people with developmental disabilities
      Ask Greg Terhaar anything about Western civilization ” the Peloponnesian Wars, the Congress of Vienna, both Roosevelt presidencies ” and he will fill you in, passionately and articulately, on all the
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  • Give Smarter
  • Give Smarter

      If you had a dollar for every charity that wants your donation, you’d be rich ” but still not rich enough to support them all. So how do you choose? With reports about lavish CEO pay and warning
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  • Heart of the Matter
  • Heart of the Matter

    The Kladar kids are living proof that age doesn't matter, at least when it comes to making a difference
      Birthdays are a big deal when you’re a kid. The cake and the party are nice, but presents are usually the locus of excitement. So when Emily Kladar looks you in the eyes and, with a smile, says
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  • Korrine Kreilkamp
  • Korrine Kreilkamp

    Fed up with her government job, one Coeur d'Alene woman decided to devote herself to fighting hunger and building sustainable agriculture.
  • Booking Agents
  • Booking Agents

    Almost 100,000 free books later, Page Ahead is still bringing new readers into the plot.
      Michael Metters used to want to be an actor. That’s what he went to college for. But, as is the case with so many would-be-actors, that didn’t work out. So now’s he’s a self-em
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  • About the Peirone Prize

      Earlier this year, I wrote a cover story about my own grandfather, Joe Peirone. It was our family’s story and the story of Peirone Produce, but it seemed to take on a universal quality a lot of
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  • Taylor Weech
  • Taylor Weech

    It’s easy to complain that there’s nothing to do in Spokane. Taylor Weech is actually doing something about it.
      Growing up in Spokane can be a drag. Ask anybody who did. Ask 20-year-old Taylor Weech, who was raised on the South Hill and went to Lewis and Clark High School. Sure, it’s cool when you&rsqu
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  • Ben Stuckart
  • Ben Stuckart

    Ben Stuckart left his job, cut his salary by 25 percent and now leads the fight against Spokane’s daunting dropout rate.
      Ben Stuckart is a professional asker. He has to be. Because the more people he asks for help — help in the form of checks with lots of zeros on them — the better off the entire city will be, he says.
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  • Emily Paulson
  • Emily Paulson

    Emily Paulson can feed 200 people for 15 bucks. So what have you done lately?
      Stylish blonde hair, dangly earrings, form-fitting pedal pushers, precarious heels. One night a week, I’d heard, she tends bar at the Satellite. An upper arm sports a ‘40s-style pin-up girl tattoo. She’s a former Lilac City Roller Girl, too: “One year,” she says proudly, “I won Hematoma of the Year.”
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  • Service with a Smile
  • Service with a Smile

    Two local businesses that dish up a lot more than just a good meal.
      Restaurant owners have enough to worry about. Are the forks clean? Is that fish fresh? Is my staff happy? Am I going to make money this month? It’s a high-stress, high-turnover business. But many restaurants (and other businesses) in Spokane master these details enough to ask the bigger questions, too: Am I supporting my fellow businesses? Am I giving back to my community? Am I making a difference?
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  • Novel Giving
  • Novel Giving

    Give it up for these new groups giving back to the community.
      From providing make-up to the disadvantaged to making wishes come true for seniors to building community through art, these newly active charities are changing lives in novel ways.
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