The Lilac Bloomsday Association presents the 40th running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run.

  • Sunday, May 1, 2016
  • 12 Kilometers (7.46 miles)
  • Spokane, Washington

Bloomsday Charity


The Salvation Army of Spokane--Bloomsday Official Charity 2016

The Salvation Army of Spokane is honored to be Bloomsday’s 2016 Official Charity, marking our 125th year in Spokane at the same time Bloomsday celebrates 40 years in our region. Just like Bloomsday, the Salvation Army strives to positively impact Spokane through programs and services that make our community stronger.

What we do

The Spokane Salvation Army serves more than 40,000 individuals each year by helping homeless and other families in crisis, providing food for the hungry and offering educational and social service programs to the most vulnerable people in our community. At particular risk is the growing number of homeless families, children from unstable households and families facing hunger. Our programs are designed to work with individuals and families to promote stability, help families rebuild their lives and live independently, and to foster the self-respect and dignity of all people served.   

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Primary Services

Housing Services: Family Emergency Shelter – an 18 unit, studio size emergency facility for homeless families with children. Transitional Housing Shelter – a 30 unit, three bedroom apartment facility for larger homeless families with children and for families who need more on-site resources available to them. Both facilities help families move to self-sufficiency and permanent housing by helping people develop the right set of tools to reintegrate into the community.

Community Services: Providing a comprehensive food bank and resource services such as life skills classes, computer lab, essential needs assistance and foster child visitation services. The Salvation Army operates the largest food bank outlet in Spokane County, serving more than 1,600 families per month.

Youth Programs: Sally’s House, an emergency foster care receiving facility for children ages 2 to 12 who are removed from their homes by Child Protective Services or local police due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or criminal activity. The Nurturing Center provides foster care visitation services and education and support services for families struggling to overcome challenging family dynamics. The Link Youth after school program offers educational support, music and arts education, and physical and social growth activities for at-risk youth living on the Salvation Army campus or in the neighboring community. 

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How can you help the Salvation Army?

  • Donate when you register for Bloomsday
  • Donate at the expo and/or buy a commemorative 40th anniversary Bloomsday/125 anniversary Salvation Army t shirt
  • Volunteer for a program on the Salvation Army campus or for one of our fund raising events
  • Attend one of our events –  Annual Golf Tournament in June, Celebrate the Season premier fundraising luncheon at the Davenport Hotel in December

How your donation helps the Salvation Army   

It is key to the Salvation Army that vulnerable people in the community know there is a safe place for children facing abuse or neglect, a place for families to go when times are tough, food is not on the table or a when family is at risk of losing their home. Our programs benefit greatly from donations from people in the community like you. For example, you can help children staying at Sally’s House feel welcome and safe in a time of crisis. Or you can help people living in our Emergency Family Shelter and Transitional Housing programs become self-sufficient and move into permanent housing. And the need for our Food Bank has increased dramatically in recent years, support from Bloomsday runners will help us fill the shelves with food to continue helping families facing hunger. Any donation will help and be greatly appreciated! For more information please contact Dan Curley at 509-329-2732 or or visit our website

Thank you for taking part in Bloomsday and for supporting the Salvation Army of Spokane –Bloomsday’s 2016 Official Charity!

More on Bloomsday's Support of Non-Profit Work:


Bloomsday's support of the Northeast Community Center this year is part of an overall commitment to non-profit organizations and programs that benefit the community. Over the years, organizations given Official Bloomsday Charity designation (and funding from donations from Bloomsday participants) have included Friends of the Centennial Trail, Team Parkinson & Parkinson's Regional Center of Spokane, Eastern Washington Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Cancer Patient Care, YMCA/YWCA Capital Campaign, SNAP, Hospice of Spokane, Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center.

The Lilac Bloomsday Association is itself a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission "To promote national and international sports competition and fitness education for the civic betterment, social improvement, and physical well-being of the general public." Among the programs Bloomsday supports as part of this mission is the 10-week Fit For Bloomsday run-jog-walk program that is implemented each year in about 70 elementary schools, with over 7,000 kids participating. Bloomsday also sponsors the All City Elementary Cross Country Meet each fall, where nearly 1,000 children compete. And Bloomsday also sponsors travel each year for 30 of the region's top cross country runners to compete in the Foot Locker West Regional Cross Country Championships in southern California.

In addition, Bloomsday supports nearly 20 non-profits every year by giving them donated booth space in the Trade Show (and paying for setup of those booths). So whether producing an event that encourages health and wellness, supporting youth fitness activities, or giving a boost to other non-profit organizations, Bloomsday remains committed to playing an active role in the life of the Greater Spokane community.