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Spokane Parks Foundation receives $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation

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The Spokane Parks Foundation intends to use the funding to implement Free Swim Fridays every single week this summer The Spokane Parks Foundation intends to use the funding to implement Free Swim Fridays every single week this summer
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane Parks Foundation is receiving a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation that will support the organization's 2016 Make A Splash In A Kid's Life program. 

The grant was given as part of Walmart's Giving Tuesday events. 

“The Spokane Parks Foundation is thrilled to receive this award from the Walmart Foundation,” said Heather Beebe-Stevens, Spokane Parks Foundation executive director. “The $25,000 will allow us to expand our Make A Splash In A Kid’s Life even further, something that would simply not be possible without the Walmart Foundation’s investment in our community.”

The grant will provide 35 percent of funding needed for the Make a Splash program. The Parks Foundation will use the money to implement Free Swim Fridays every single week in the summer of 2016, compared to just one week in 2015. 

“At Walmart, we’re committed to helping our neighbors live better,” said Kyle Windhorn Walmart’s regional market manager over the Spokane-area.“ The Parks Foundation does a tremendous job connecting area citizens with our parks, and in ways that help us all gain a better appreciation of our community. On behalf of my team, congratulations on this award and we look forward to hearing about the great success of the Free Swim Fridays program.”

Since 2012, the Parks Foundation has provided 9,430 pool passes, distributed 4,793 swimsuits and funded 1,190 swim lessons.

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