Valley Record awards $5,000 in community grants

SNOQUALMIE VALLEY - The Snoqualmie Valley Record Charitable Fund awarded $5,000 to local organizations in 2004. The fund is part of the H.R.H. Family Foundation.

Harry R. Horvitz, who died in 1992, was a respected newspaper publisher, businessman and community leader. In 1956, Horvitz became the publisher of The Journal and The News Journal in Lorain and Mansfield, Ohio. The two newspapers had been owned since the 1920s by his father, S. A. Horvitz.

Subsequent to his father's death in 1956, the family's media holdings expanded to include The News Herald (Lake County, Ohio), The Times Reporter (Tuscarawas County, Ohio), The Times Record (Troy, N.Y.) and cable television systems within Ohio and Virginia.

In 1987 and 1988, those media properties, along with other family real estate and construction interests in Ohio and Florida, were sold. In 1988, the H.R.H. Family Foundation, an Ohio nonprofit corporation, was established by the family of Harry Horvitz to help people and organizations accomplish worthwhile goals.

In 1994, the Horvitz family re-entered the newspaper business and now owns and operates nine newspapers in the Seattle area, including the Snoqualmie Valley Record.

In 1995, the trustees of the foundation determined it would be appropriate to establish funds to benefit charitable activities in the communities served by the family newspapers.

This year the Snoqualmie Valley Record awarded funds to the following Valley organizations: Bellevue Boys and Girls Club (for Mount Si Junior Football) - $1,000; Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation - $1,500; Mama's Hands House of Hope - $1,250; Intuitive Learning Systems Inc. (North Bend Unity Theatre) - $500; Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater - $750.

The grants are awarded annually.

* For information on grants, call the Valley Record at (425) 888-2311.

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