Local business kudos, 10/18/13

Haggen Inc. has initiated its “School Bucks” program, where the company makes donations to grade schools chosen by shoppers with Haggen cards who purchase items marked with a School Bucks logo. More information is online.

The company also announced it has wrapped up its recent “Best of the Northwest” prize contest, where 300 customers won more than $75,000 worth of prizes, including restaurant gift certificates, vacation packages and a Toyota Prius won by a shopper at the Woodinville TOP Food & Drug store.

Lydia Place, a Bellingham-based nonprofit organization that supports homeless families, has received a $15,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation. The grant application was facilitated with support by Scott Richardson, owner of the local Allstate Agency State Street Insurance in Bellingham, and a former Lydia Place board member.

Snapper Shuler Kenner Insurance in Bellingham and Lynden has announced several employee achievements. Tom Dorr recently received his Accredited Advisor in Insurance certification, awarded by the Insurance Institute of America. Dorr joined the company in 2012 as a producer. Jamie Baer, who joined the company’s medical department in June, has received a license in Life, Medical & Disability benefits. Rod Starkenberg has been recognized by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors for five consecutive years of active affiliation within the organization.

Tony’s Coffee in Bellingham won first place in the America’s Best Espresso Competition, a head-to-head competition between 32 coffee roasters held in Seattle in early October. Tony’s won using its signature Ganesha Espresso. The company also recently collaborated with Bellingham-based Hand Crank Films to produce a short promotional video that can be viewed here.

Western Washington University has been awarded a three-year, $294,948 grant for the prevention of campus suicides from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Michael Sledge, assistant dean of students at WWU, will be the project director and will work with a team of professionals throughout the university and the community, including students, staff and faculty.

Project activities will directly address cultural issues that create barriers to prevention, initiate new activities, evaluate and assess efforts to make adjustments as needed to fit the needs of Western students and their families, and lay the groundwork for sustainability of suicide prevention activities in the future.

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