Doug Campbell brought Warren Miller back to town on Nov. 26, but the local skiers and boardheads weren’t the only beneficiaries.
For the third straight year, Hood River Middle School reaped the rewards of Doug’s Sports’ annual screening of the ski-movie icon’s latest production.
This year’s showing of “Storm” in the HRMS auditorium brought in nearly $2,000 — $1,982 to be exact — and attracted 542 people. Both figures were up from last year ($1,642 and 460 people), and way up since Campbell first began showing Miller’s movies at HRMS in 2000.
“We had to open the balcony for the first time this year,” the Doug’s Sports owner said. “We didn’t have a choice.
“I think that showing it right before Thanksgiving got a lot more people to come who may not have otherwise been able to come.”
The partnership between Doug’s Sports and HRMS has netted nearly $5,000 the past three years, and there’s every reason to believe that number will continue to grow.
“The idea of this partnership is that the entire community will benefit for years to come,” said HRMS principal Bob Dais. “Our goal is to give something back to the community, and so far, the results have been very positive.”
This year’s funds will go toward an on-stage control panel for lighting and other general improvements to the auditorium. The funds from the past two years have gone toward restoring the projection room, replacing the movie screen and repairing the lights in the upper and lower foyers.
“When you think about it, the whole Mid Columbia benefits from improvements like this,” Campbell said, referring to the auditorium’s use for a wide range of events such as Lions Follies, the Nutcracker and community concerts.
Joining Doug’s Sports in helping promote the showing of “Storm” were KIHR 105.5 and KMCQ 104.5 radio stations, and Ray Schultens Motors.
Donating prizes to the cause were local businesses such as Mt. Hood Meadows, Shred Alert and Da Kine, plus notable brands such as Salomon, Gravis and Boeri.