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The Grainger Foundation Supports Youth Suicide Prevention Program

Seattle, WA, January 14, 2015 – The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, has donated $25,000 to Youth Suicide Prevention Program’s curricula and curricula training.

“This grant will be used to forward the important and necessary education needed toshow our youth that suicide is not the answer and there is help for them,” said Vicki Wagner, Executive Director of Youth Suicide Prevention Program. “Acommitment to suicide prevention is necessary, and we are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.”

Youth Suicide Prevention Program is a statewide organization committed to the well-being of young people. Currently, the program includes field coordinators in King, Yakima, Spokane, Okanogan, Benton/Franklin and Clark/Cowlitz counties, the Tri-Cities, and the Tri-Counties of Stevens, Ferry, and Pend Oreille.

The donation was recommended by Wray Bjerkestrand, Gene Boyington, Erik Greeno, CurtisKing, Market Managers, and Darrell Luff, Sr. Manager, Market DC, of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Washington locations.  Grainger has been a part of the greater Seattle business community for 35 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.  “We are proud to recommend the initiatives offered by Youth Suicide Prevention Program,” said Boyington. “We understand the need for suicide prevention and our state values this program.”

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Youth Suicide Prevention Program was founded in 1995 as part of the University of Washington’s School of Nursing, and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2000.  We continue to be the only suicide prevention organization in the state with a local presence and specifically focused on youth.

For further information about Grainger, contact:

Joe Micucci, Director, Media Relations at

For further information about Youth Suicide Prevention Program, contact:

Vicki Wagner, Executive Director, at

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