Record awards $5,000 to local nonprofits

SNOQUALMIE - The Snoqualmie Valley Record Charitable Fund has awarded $5,000 to local nonprofit organizations this year.

The fund was established in 1995 by the trustees of the Harry R. Horvitz Family Foundation to benefit the communities served by newspapers owned by the Horvitz family, including the Snoqualmie Valley Record.

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 in Lorain, Ohio, and The News Journal in Mansfield, Ohio.

Subsequent to his death in 1956, the family's media holdings expanded to include numerous papers in New York and Ohio, and cable television systems within Ohio and Virginia.

Today his son, Peter Horvitz, oversees operations of eight newspapers serving the Puget Sound area including the King County Journal, the Peninsula Daily News, the Bothell/Kenmore Reporter and the Snoqualmie Valley Record.

This year's grant winners are:

* Sno-Valley Senior Center - $750 was awarded to the organization to help maintain vans and purchase gasoline and utilities. More than 800 senior citizens benefit from the wide range of services available at the center.

* Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater and Family Park - $750 was awarded to help fund future productions and ensure the popular drama program continues to entertain the Valley.

* Snoqualmie Valley Youth HUB - $1,250 was awarded to help the program continue to serve local youth in fifth- through eighth-grades. The HUB program is entering its ninth year in the Valley providing activities for youth year-round, including summer sports camps.

* Sno-Valley Wildcat Junior Football - $825 was awarded to assist in providing underprivileged students with scholarships to participate in the program.

* Mount Si Senior Center - $1,325 was awarded to assists the center in establishing a thrift store to serve the Upper Snoqualmie Valley and, at the same time, provide funding for other programs at the center.

* Chief Kanim Middle School's Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) - $100 was awarded to assist in funding the purchase of a portable heart defibrillator.

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