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TLF Spring Update

We live in a wonderful community. Many individuals and organizations are working together to care especially for the young and the old.

The Key Pen News has put together a lot of information to help us all – Go to: for a full listing.

The Longbranch Foundation has created a centralized system to accept donations for Key Peninsula nonprofit organizations coming to the aid of the KP community during the coronavirus pandemic. If you choose to donate through The Longbranch Foundation, you may select the organization(s) you would like to support by using PayPal, filling out a donation form and mailing a check, clicking through to the nonprofit directly, or by contacting the Foundation.

*Please note: The newly passed CARES Act allows you to deduct up to $300 in charitable donations even if you use the standard deduction.

As you may know, the Super Sale has been postponed until June 13. Kelly Hettinger and her committee have been busy collecting items, wonderful items, some of which are for sale now.

Higher Education Don Berger and his committee have recently completed their review of applications from high school student for scholarships. They are awarding two academic and one vocational education scholarship. In addition, three students in college who received scholarships from us in the past submitted reviews and will receive scholarships to continue their education. Each scholarship is $1,500, for a total of $9,000 to be awarded this year. Thank you to all of you who have supported our Auction and Celebrate Campaigns, the source of funding for these scholarships.

Student Programs Jan Prichard and her committee have been working closely with Evergreen and have contributed $1,300 to feed needy families. Thank you again to all of you who have supported our Auction and Celebrate Campaigns, the source of funding for Student Programs.

The Longbranch Sign was built by the community to welcome travelers to Longbranch. A recognition plaque was recently installed to thank the community, and those special people who contributed time, effort and materials to its installation.

Thank you!


The Longbranch Foundation Scholarship Committee has recommended the renewal of the scholarships of three outstanding students who continue to excel in the pursuit of their studies. One of those students is Mikayla Hoover, who has married and changed her name to Maniatopoulos. Her application follows:


Hello Don and the Longbranch Improvement Club Scholarship Committee,

I am writing to share with you the progress that I’ve made since our last correspondence as well as request a renewal for the scholarship that you have graciously given me. I will be finishing my Senior year at Washington State University in the fall semester in my pursuit of a bachelor’s in Accounting and French for the Professions. You will be pleased to hear that I hold a 3.88 GPA for both of my majors and with WSU in general. After graduation, I hope to use my degrees as a Certified Public Accountant at a Moss Adams accounting firm. My aspirations hopefully will take me to a Partner position within the firm or include transitioning to industry where I will work for a nonprofit.

Throughout the past year, I’ve been enjoying my work as an Accounting intern with the University of Idaho Foundation. I was able to participate in our audit last summer and was given a lead position on a few of the workpapers that were submitted to our auditing firm. In addition, I’ve been able to apply my knowledge from classes through working on and completing our 990 and 990T tax forms as well as working on the tax returns for a few of the many trusts we hold. In our last correspondence, I mentioned that I was participating in the selection process for Summer Leadership programs with a few of the major accounting firms in the pacific northwest. As an update, I was selected for three programs, Moss Adams, KPMG, and BDO, of which all three offered me summer internship opportunities for the upcoming summer. Each summer leadership experience was unique and provided an opportunity to build my existing business knowledge and networking skills while also giving me a chance to explore each firm’s culture and determine which office would provide the best fit for my personality and career goals.

That said, I am happy to announce that I have chosen to intern with Moss Adams in Spokane and have the potential to be offered a full-time position at the end of the summer. All the skills that I’ve learned both in the classroom and out, have helped me become a stronger, hard-working individual and a well-equipped professional. With graduation around the corner, I’m grateful for the support and assistance that I’ve received throughout this stage of my student and professional career and am excited to explore the new opportunities being offered to me as I finish up my studies. I look to hearing from you and I hope that you are proud of the things I have accomplished with your help. Thank you so much for your time and generosity.

Sincerely, Mikayla Maniatopoulos

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