Trios Foundation honors local philanthropists, awards scholarships

The Trios Foundation announced its 2014-15 scholarship recipients and honored three local philanthropists at its Annual Meeting Breakfast held Feb. 12 at the Kennewick Red Lion.

Rene Norman and Lois and Norm Mix were recognized before an audience of nearly 300 in attendance. Norman received the Jim Mokler 2013 Outstanding Leadership Award for her life-long commitment to helping community members and animals in need. Mr. and Mrs. Mix received the 2013 Caring Heart Awards for making hundreds of hand-crafted gifts for patients at Trios Health over the past five years.

At the breakfast meeting, the Foundation also awarded four scholarships for local students pursuing degrees related to healthcare.

Two scholarship awards were given for $2,000 each to Teresa Robinson and Shwe Zin. Robinson is a registered nurse in the Trios Family Birthing Center; she will pursue a master’s of science in nursing from Gonzaga University (online) with a focus on health system leadership. Zin is a Southridge Highschool graduate who will attend the University of Washington next fall; she will be working toward a degree in medicine with a focus on pediatrics.

Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 were awarded to Samantha Beck and Ashley Peterson. Beck, a senior at Richland High School plans to study chemistry with the goal of becoming a pharmacist. Peterson attends Kamiakin High School; upon graduation she will attend the University of Portland where she plans to pursue nursing and anesthesia.

“Hometown Heroes”—649 individuals and businesses—were also recognized at the breakfast for their leadership in giving, exemplified by cumulative donations of $1,000 or more to the Trios Foundation. In 2013, the Hometown Heroes Program had 62 new or upgraded donors (increased level of giving).

Attendees were also updated on the Trios Foundation 2013 fundraising results. The organization reported that a check for $398,570 was presented to the board of commissioners for Kennewick Public Hospital District, representing 2013’s fundraising total. The funds paid for pediatric sleeper beds; infusion chairs; three free mammogram screenings for more than 150 underinsured or uninsured women; a heel scanner (bone density test) for community events; and video game consoles for Pediatrics. Funds were also allocated to support the oncology/hematology patient support fund; scholarship awards; musical healing program; and Good Samaritan Program.