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Horvitz on United Way board

Peter Horvitz, president and CEO of Horvitz Newspapers, which includes the King County Journal and the Mercer Island Reporter, was elected to the 2005 United Way of King County Board of Directors last week.

``We are honored to have such an outstanding group of motivated decision-makers representing every area of our community join United Way of King County's board of directors,'' said UWKC president Jon Fine. ``United Way of King County's success throughout the years is directly attributable to the quality of directors who serve on our board.''

The nominating committee selected leaders from the private, government and nonprofit sectors based on their dedication to strengthening the community and their commitment to community problem-solving.

``United Way of King County has been fortunate over the years to have our community's top leaders and visionaries serve on our board, and this year is no exception,'' said Sandra E. Madrid, chair of United Way's nominating committee. Madrid is assistant dean at the University of Washington.

Horvitz, who has been a supporter of the UWKC for many years, said he joined the board because of his previous and current involvement with the organization.

``I'm the chair of the 2005-2006 United Way campaign, and as a result of that, I've become a board member,'' said Horvitz. ``I've done fundraising for them in the past, and I'm a big supporter of the `Safety Net.'''

The Safety Net is a community fund that targets issues in the community, such as homelessness, and seeks to fund organizations that meet important community needs.

The United Way of King County is a nonprofit organization supporting King County since 1921. Through the Community Safety Net Fund, United Way assesses needs through research to address the community's most pressing priorities, which include ending homelessness and ensuring that all children are prepared for success when entering kindergarten. An all-volunteer board of directors governs the UWKC, and several hundred other community volunteers provide direction for programs and activities.

For more information, contact www.unitedwayofkingcounty.org

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