‘Get Outside for Education’ fundraiser Aug. 27 at Waterfront

The Hood River County Education Foundation (HRCEF) hosts Get Outside for Education at Waterfront Park on Aug. 27 from 1-6 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or $20 for five family members.

The Zorb, a “Human Hamster Ball” large enough for a child or an adult to get inside and roll the ball around, will be the chief event and include an inflatable course for the “Zorbers.” Other games will include a slack line, mini-golf, and a dry-land obstacle course, among others, with prizes for the participants, from 1-4 p.m.

Then, from 4-6 p.m., it’s music from Tsoko Marimba and Moe Dixon. Solstice and pFriem will offer food and beverages for sale.

Get Outside for Education (#GO4E) is sponsored by Doug’s Sports and Merrell sports shoes and gear as a benefit for the Hood River County Education Foundation. Doug’s Sports will donate 20 percent of all Merrell product sales on Aug. 27 to the HRCEF, and all of the proceeds from the event will also go to the foundation.

HRCEF manages over $1 million in dedicated funds donated by individuals and businesses. Annually, HRCEF awards over $50,000 in college scholarships to Hood River Valley High School graduating seniors, and to HRVHS graduates who are sophomores, juniors and seniors in college.

In addition, $20,000 in teaching grants are awarded annually to Hood River County School District staff for innovative teaching ideas that cannot be funded within the regular school budgets.

The HRCEF Opportunity Campaign is now seeking funding to assure that all middle school students are able to participate in fee-based sports and activities. With continuing school budget cuts requiring “Pay-to-Play” for middle school sports, as many families cannot afford the costs.

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