Councilmembers Fagan, Salvatori, Allen co-chair "Building Dreams - Bright Futures for our Kids"

Effort benefits Spokane's youth and community centers

Mike Fagan, City Council, District 1, 509.625.6224

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 1:22 p.m.

“Building Dreams – Bright Futures for Our Kids,” an exciting and diverse fundraising drive to support the sustainability of Spokane’s youth and community centers, will host a kickoff breakfast February 5 at the West Central Community Center.

Building Dreams, formerly known as “Playhouse Project Spokane,” benefits youth programs at the West Central Community Center, Peaceful Valley Community Center and Northeast Youth Center. The effort will culminate with an auction of home structures created by local builders on May 10 at the Spokane Convention Center. Last year’s event raised $48,344 for youth programs.

Building Dreams has been re-branded this year to include new opportunities for building sponsors to demonstrate their creativity. Last year's playhouse theme will expand to include items such as dog houses, patio furniture, gazebos, grape arbors, pergolas, room remodels, outdoor decks, community library boxes, backyard jungle gyms, doll houses, and greenhouses.

Councilmembers Mike Fagan, Steve Salvatori and Mike Allen, who co-chair Building Dreams, expect the additional categories will increase the funds raised to serve our community's at-risk youth. Money raised pays for programs and services that promote education, recreation and positive life choices as a deterrent and alternative to dangerous behaviors.

Sponsors to date include: Avista, CH2M Hill, Fox 28, Kalispel Tribe, Rosauers Supermarkets, Spokane Home Builders Association, The Spokesman-Review, Sterling Bank, Zak! Designs.