Northwest NEWS

August 23, 1999

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A gift that will keep on giving

replica check raffle tickets
From left to right, at the Sno-Valley Seniors annual picnic last week, Joe Wolf, Senior Center director; Jan Knutson, President and CEO of Senior Services of Seattle-King County; Chris Loutsis, President of the Sno-Valley Seniors Board; and Bill Hollowell, Vice President of the Sno-Valley Seniors Board and attorney for Paul Simburger, hold a replica of a check for $10,000, which was willed to the Sno-Valley Senior Center by Mr. Simburger. Longtime Sno-Valley Senior Center member Marguerite Ensley (seated) sells raffle tickets to benefit the Center at the annual picnic last week. Standing, from left, are Isabel Jones, Tolt Historical Society President; Ray Burhen, Duvall Historical Society member; and Judy Hart, aide to King County Council Chair Louise Miller.
Staff photos by Lisa Allen.

by Lisa Allen, Valley View Editor

   CARNATION--Paul Simburger never visited the Sno-Valley Senior Center during his lifetime, but what he bequeathed to the Center when he died last February will leave a lasting impact.

   Mr. Simburger was 83 when he passed away at his home on Lake Joy. Friends said that when he made out his will, he wanted part of his assets to benefit the community.

   He left $10,000 to the Senior Center and $5,000 to the Valley Recreation Association, the focus of which is to build a swimming pool and recreation center in the Valley.

   The gift to the Sno-Valley Seniors was noted during the annual Center picnic held last week at Loutsis Lake.

   "While he didn't visit the Center, he had friends who were members," said Center spokesperson Marge Qualls. "It's a wonderful gift. We have no plans yet on what we will do with it, but there are many special needs that we will be considering."

   Qualls said that besides costs on the Center building, there are program needs. "We are looking at all of those and will try to use the money in a way that will help us in the long term," she said. "This is probably the largest gift we have had yet."