Words of gratitude from many community sources

“On behalf of the Columbia Gorge Young Life Committee I want to thank all of the people who made the Father/Daughter Dance a huge success,” writes Jeanine Jacobson.

“First of all, thank you to each dad who made it a priority to have a special and fun time with his daughter. That is what made it a success.Thank you to the Hood River News and especially to Julie Raefield-Gobbo for the stupendous news coverage. Thank you to KIHR for the on-air announcements. Thank you to Young Life High Schoolers who worked tirelessly to help set up before the event; helped during the event and helped clean up afterward. Thanks to The Crazy Pepper for providing food for the workers. More thanks to the Elks Club for providing the space for the event; Debbie Francis for designing the beautiful promotional materials; Print-It for printing them; Shortt Supply for selling tickets; Billie Jean Olmsted and team for the delicious and beautiful desserts; Pam and Nick Bielemeier for portraits; Brittany Moore and Cheramy Rovianek for the lovely decorations and Nate Ohlson for teaching the dances. If I have forgotten anyone I apologize. Blessing to all of you.”


Thank you, Hood River community, for your continued support of the Emergency Voucher Program,” writes Rev. Anna Carmichael of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

“The program assists individual in times of crisis with food, gas and lodging vouchers. We work in conjunction with local businesses, Providence Hospital, the Warming Shelter, Salvation Army, churches and others. The program is funded through grants and donations.

“On Tuesday, Feb. 12, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church invited the community to their Mardi Gras dinner in support of the Emergency Voucher Program. Together we raised almost $400!

“Many thanks to local chef Mark Whitehead for the delicious dinner. If you weren’t able to attend the dinner, but would like to make a contribution to this program, please contact St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.”


“The support is greatly appreciated,” writes Christina McGhee of the Parkdale Elementary PTO.

“I am happily overwhelmed by the support of local businesses! Along with other Parkdale Elementary School PTO members, I have spent the last few weeks seeking donations for our March 8 carnival and fundraising raffle. Nearly every business we contacted donated.

“I know businesses are constantly asked to contribute to fundraising events. This makes their contribution even more impressive. Thank you, Hood River Valley businesses, for caring about kids and helping to support education enrichment programs.”

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