Sleep Country USA holiday drive a huge success


Seattle-based Sleep Country USA collected 14,362 toys and gifts for area foster children this past holiday season – almost doubling last year’s donations.  Sleep Country distributed the items among its foster children organization partners throughout the region.  

“The success of our Foster Kids program hinges on the generosity of our community, and this holiday season, the individuals and businesses that donated more than 14k new toys and gifts set a new benchmark for our efforts,” said Terry Horsley, vice president of brand strategy for Sleep Country USA.  “We’re thrilled to be able to showcase such a significant increase in donations and our foster organization partners relayed the tremendous joy felt by foster families when they received these new toys and gifts. “   

Stoel Rives honored for client service

Stoel Rives LLP, a business law firm with offices in Vancouver and Portland, was recently named a BTI Client Service 30 law firm by The BTI Consulting Group, a leading provider of strategic research to law firms and corporate general counsel, for the second consecutive year. 

BTI praised Stoel Rives for its ability to “combine quality legal skills with the strong value clients are seeking.”

The BTI client service survey is based on the evaluation of more than 650 law firms who serve large companies by in-house counsel at Fortune 1000 and other companies. Stoel Rives was one of only eight BTI Client Service 30 firms to improve on last year’s ranking position, and one of 15 firms to receive a top 30 ranking in both 2010 and 2011.

“This is terrific recognition for our firm,” said Stoel Rives Managing Partner Bob Van Brocklin. “Client satisfaction is fundamental to our success, and we are dedicated to improving our service to clients by understanding their business objectives and providing them with the advice they need to advance these objectives. This ranking is particularly valuable because it comes from surveying the clients themselves.”

Lottery to determine recipients of available retail firework permits

The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is taking applications for at least one available retail firework permit to be selected by lottery next month.

A limited number of permits are available each year based on the county’s population. However, other permits could become available if they are not retained by current holders. Fireworks cannot be sold in the county without a permit.

Applications for the permit lottery can be obtained at the Fire Marshal’s Office at 505 N.W. 179th St., in Ridgefield, or on the Clark County website. All applications must be received by 5 p.m., January 31st.

Local nonprofit network seeks professional contributors

The Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington (NNSW) is looking for contributors for its searchable nonprofit board resource collection.

Funded by the Firstenburg Family Foundation, the nonprofit’s goal is to provide a useful collection of no-cost downloadable tools as well as some reflective pieces. Topics within the collection range from effective meeting tools and marketing, to fundraising, research and insurance basics.

To contribute, contact Jeanne Kojis at 360.936.0610.