Leadership Skagit receives charitable grant from Swinomish

Thursday, September 05, 2019

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ANACORTES – Leadership Skagit, an EDASC program for current and emerging local leaders, received a $5,000 charitable grant from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community on Aug. 1 during an awards luncheon at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge.

Leadership Skagit Director Kathryn Bennett and tribe Enrollment Assistant and Leadership Skagit graduate Janie Beasley spoke during the awards luncheon.

“Thank you for your continued support,” Bennett said. “There is a real tradition of leadership in the tribe and that has been a part of the curriculum as well.”

The tribe has been one of the most generous and consistent donors to the Leadership Skagit program, providing annual donations since 2008.

“Support and participation from the Swinomish Tribe in not only Leadership Skagit but also EDASC activities exemplifies the economic and social importance of the Swinomish in our region,” said EDASC CEO John Sternlicht.

The tribe also hosts a Leadership Skagit Challenge Day in the fall, providing participants a better understanding of the tribe’s cultural and economic impact on Skagit County, Beasley said.

“We are a big part of the community and it’s important for people to understand what we do,” Beasley said. “When I graduated high school, we employed three people. Now we employ over 1,000 and are one of the largest employers in the county.”

The tribe pays special attention to its youth as well, with youth services, social services, daycare, addiction treatment and preschool while providing full scholarships to any tribal member attending college.

The annual awards luncheon is a way for the tribe to showcase its donation recipients. This year, it donated over $276,000 to 49 organizations.

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