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Cd’A COVID-19 Relief Fund receives more than $52,000 in donations

by DEVIN WEEKS
Staff Writer | May 30, 2020 1:00 AM

The Coeur d'Alene COVID-19 Relief Fund announced donations of $50,000 from the Mica Bay Property Owners Association and $2,600 from the Dutch Bros Foundation.

The money from the Mica Bay Property Owners Association comes from a nearly 20-year-old $500,000 settlement following environmental damage to the bay. The funds have been used in efforts to remediate damage, but with about $200,000 left, association members are working to distribute funds back into the community.

"I’m delighted, specifically, that the money is being allocated by the Coeur d'Alene COVID-19 Relief Fund because they’re doing a good job to make sure it gets to the people who most need it," said Mica Bay Property Owners Association President Roye Ely.

The Dutch Bros gift is part of a larger $1 million commitment made by the Dutch Bros Foundation to assist organizations in its seven operating states. Partnering with United Way allowed the donation to make an immediate impact in areas hit hardest by COVID-19.

“We know how fortunate we are to be in a position to support our friends, families and communities,” said Katie Hutchinson, vice president of philanthropy at Dutch Bros Coffee.

The Coeur d'Alene COVID-19 Relief Fund is a collaboration of United Way of North Idaho, the city of Coeur d’Alene, Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, Panhandle Health District, CDAIDE, St. Vincent de Paul, Coeur d'Alene School District and Orchard Ridge Senior Living.

"The generosity of our community is like no other," said Heidi Rogers, board chair of the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce.