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Katrina Relief Local groups add opportunities for relief

September 14, 2005

Want to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the flood disaster in New Orleans the Gulf Coast? These local groups are conducting fund-raisers:

Stonehedge Gardens in Hood River will host a New Orleans-themed benefit for the American Red Cross, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. One hundred percent of the $25 admission fee will be donated to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Several local bands will be playing jazz and zydeco classics on the main wedding patio. The dinner will feature spiced pecan vinaigrette salad, red beans and rice, gumbo, blackened catfish, cornbread, pecan pie and hickory coffee. Contact Mike Caldwell at (541) 386-3940.

(www.stonehedgegardens.com)

Curves in Hood River has set up an account for the Red Cross and Salvation Army, and will match up to $500 of its members’ donations, said Julie Cantrell, owner. Meanwhile, Curves International owner Gary Heavin will also match up to $1,000 donated locally. Bring checks to the Hood River Curves, on the Heights, payable to The Gary and Diane Heavin Community Fund. Curves will accept donations through October, but gifts are encouraged as soon as possible.

Windermere/Glenn Taylor Real Estate is holding a donation drive at its offices in Hood River (504 Cascade), The Dalles (312 E. Third St.), Bingen-White Salmon (900 W. Steuben), as well as in Stevenson, Goldendale, and Maupin. Through Sept. 23, bring new or gently used clothing to any of the Windermere locations, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hood River News begins “Goals for the Gulf,” a fund-raiser done in association with the athletes of Hood River Valley, Horizon, and Cascade Locks high schools. Please see page A10 for details.

Project Pencil returns: Hood River County School District superintendent Pat Evenson-Brady last week announced the renewal of Project Pencil. Students, staff and parents will collect money for school supplies for homeless students and school staff who are trying to establish new classrooms away from New Orleans. Hood River Schools enacted Project Pencil in 2003 for National Guard soldiers deployed to give to Iraqi school children.

Evenson-Brady has asked principals to save space in their schools to collect donated supplies and to gather donated money. Project Pencil will run through the first week in October.

Students are also being encouraged to write notes to children victimized by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Displaced students need backpacks filled with pencils/pens, paper, construction paper, scissors, calculators, etc.

Displaced teachers need pencils/pens, paper, storybooks, resource books, lesson plans and other items.

“We know that both displaced students and displaced school staff need help and supplies to get settled into new schools,” Evenson-Brady said.

Sears Holding Corporation is donating $500,000 worth of goods and money for the Katrina Relief Effort, announced Daryn Fogle of Hood River Sears.

The national company will also match dollar for dollar, up to $500,000, in cash for the American Red Cross Katrina Disaster Relief Fund. Sears of Hood River will accept cash, check, and credit card donations for as little as $1 towards this fund. Sears will be accepting donations from Sept. 3-30.

Lyle Lions will hold a hurricane relief breakfast on Sept. 17, 7 to 10:30 a.m., at the club on Highway 14 in Lyle, Wash. On the menu, for $5 per person, are Darla’s homemade biscuits and gravy, ham and eggs, pancakes, coffee, and juice. Donations will go to Northwest Medical Teams and American Red Cross.

Providence Health System in Oregon, including Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, is holding an employee, staff and volunteer fund-raising drive with matching donations to help hurricane victims in the Gulf Coast.

To help respond to the dire needs, Providence Health System in Oregon will receive donations from employees, physicians, staff and volunteers at each major facility in Oregon. Providence will then match all employee donations. The combined funds will be sent to Catholic Charities USA, which is working on the scene of the disaster.

The community may also donate to Catholic Charities USA, by bringing cash or checks to the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital cashier’s office.

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