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By Amy Fendley The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation has announced 13 charitable organizations will receive this year’s second round of funding grants. The most recent grants are in addition to the single largest donation ever made in the Sea to Sky Corridor, the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation’s recent contribution of $400,000 to the Interfaith Chapel and Meeting Place for a day-care facility. The newest recipients are: the Squamish Emergency Program Society for search and rescue communication equipment; Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting the wish of an ill Squamish teen; the Squamish Food Bank Society; Whistler Community Services for the food bank; Signal Hill Elementary for a lunch program; Pemberton Public Library; Whistler Museum and Archives Society for fire-proof storage units and an artefact accessioning computer program; KidSport Whistler; the Kid’s Help Foundation for the Kid’s Help Line; Howe Sound Women’s Centre for Pearl’s Place Transition House; Outward Bound Western Canada, Pemberton base, for the Women of Courage program; and the Mount Currie Multiplex Facility, for a community hall, wellness clinic and day-care facility. The organizations will receive their funding before the end of the year. Twice every year for the past six years, and a million dollars later, the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation has supported opportunities along the Sea to Sky Corridor through monetary grants to charitable organizations. Applications which are considered for funding are determined by whether or not they will directly benefit the residents of the corridor. "We receive many applications and it’s difficult to go through them all," said Corinne Allison, acting executive director for the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation. "We like to help fund organizations that benefit the kids, even if they’re not in the corridor." The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation’s budget is determined by three major fund-raising engines. In September, the Husky Oil Mixed Golf Classic at Big Sky and February’s BC Tel Mobility Winter Classic on Blackcomb. Those events are now combined with proceeds from the sales of Founders Passes. The Founders Pass program raised $210,000 in this its first year. Programs considered for funding must be in the areas of health, human services, education, recreation, the arts, culture, and the environment. The next funding application period is from April 1 to April 30, 1999.

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