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The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington raised $213,385 at the annual Friends of the Free Clinic Holiday Ball Saturday, December 7 at the Heathman Hotel. In addition to revenues from over 215 tickets sold, funds were raised throughout the gala evening with the auctioning of two wine walls, a paddle raise, and a jewelry raffle.
The Free Clinic offers medical, dental, vision and specialty care services, provided by more than 600 volunteer professionals. The Free Clinic is completely funded by the local community and all donations stay in Southwest Washington.
The Holiday Ball was presented by PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and emceed by Mark Mathias, owner of Beaches Restaurant. Kaiser Permanente and Legacy Health System were dinner sponsors. For more information, visit www.freeclinics.org.
The Washington State University Vancouver Professional Sales Program held its annual Sales Competition last month. Two WSU Vancouver students advanced to a national competition and four advanced to a regional competition. At the WSU Vancouver Sales competition, 22 students competed by performing sales presentation role-plays. Thirty-eight sales and sales management professionals representing 25 area companies served as buyers and judges for the role-plays. The top two winners of the competition were Christina Price, a senior studying marketing, and Narges Khademisaysan, a senior studying business administration. Both will advance to represent WSU Vancouver at the National Collegiate Sales Competition in Kennesaw, Ga. in March 2014. Both also won Herman Miller Aeron chairs donated by Workplace Resource of Oregon.
The Clark Public Utilities commission has voted to approve annual budgets for the electric, generating and water systems. The combined operating budget for the electric and generating systems for 2014 is $367.5 million, $1.3 million less than 2013 due to a projected decrease in power supply costs. Power supply remains the large majority of the budget at 69.6 percent ($253.6 million) and the Operating and Maintenance budget is 13.2 percent at $48.5 million. The remainder is comprised of taxes, debt service, rate funded capital and conservation funding. Commissioners also approved $16.4 million for the 2014 water system budget, compared to $14.6 in 2013. The $1.8 million increase reflects state grant funding for further development of the utility’s Paradise Point well field. Rate increases are not currently required to fund the approved utility budgets.