December 16, 2019
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AWB to present check to Children's Hospital during radiothon Tuesday

Several members of the AWB events team will be in Seattle on Tuesday for the Seattle Children's Hospital "One Big Heart" radiothon.

AWB will be presenting $2,500, which is being donated in honor of the attendees of the 2019 AWB Evening of Excellence. This year, rather than give gifts to each attendee, AWB offered to donate the money that would have been spent on those gifts. Evening of Excellence attendees voted on which charity would receive the funds, and the overwhelming choice was Seattle Children's Hospital.

AWB's staff will be presenting the contribution as a Miracle Match donation at the radiothon this Tuesday. People who phone in immediately after the 10 a.m. Miracle Match donation is announced will have all of their donations matched by AWB's funds, making it a round $5,000 donation with the match.

Tune in to one of these six radio stations: 106.1 KISS FM, 95.7 The Jet, 96.5 JACK-FM, 102.5 KZOK, Sports Radio KJR 950 AM and KUBE 93.3 on Tuesday starting at 6 a.m. for the 13-hour One Big Heart for Seattle Children's Radiothon. Listen for AWB's part of the event at 10 a.m.

Donate to the One Big Heart radiothon here.

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Spreading Christmas Joy
Holiday Kids Tree

Sharing the Spirit of the Season Across Our State

By AWB President Kris Johnson

As the state's business and manufacturing association, AWB is proud to lead a number of statewide efforts. Perhaps the most heartwarming is our job each December to coordinate the decorations and lighting of the state's holiday tree. Those decorations are always bundled up after the new year and donated to a local children's hospital.

Washington employers have donated a total of $438,000 to the Holiday Kids' Tree project over the last three decades. Just before the annual tree-lighting ceremony, we give bags of toys and checks to representatives from rural fire districts who distribute the food and toys to families in need. This year we were able to spread holiday cheer to families across the state, from Camano Island to Chelan and Walla Walla.

And speaking of trees, your state Capitol this year was filled with the greenery of a 34-foot noble fir, donated by Weyerhaeuser from its Vail Tree Farm near Rainier.

The tree was harvested from a small area that is being cleared to make room for a series of wind turbines at the new Skookumchuck Wind Farm. This 38-turbine project, a partnership between Puget Sound Energy, Weyerhaeuser, TransAlta and RES, will generate 137 megawatts of power -- enough to power 48,000 homes. That will be a gift for generations to come...

Read the full guest column in The (Centralia) Chronicle