In Appreciation (Oct. 27)

2012-10-27T05:30:00Z In Appreciation (Oct. 27) Albany Democrat Herald
October 27, 2012 5:30 am

‘It’s a Guy Thing’

On behalf of Pacific University and Lebanon Community Schools, we would like to express our deep appreciation for the generosity of the local businesses and organizations that supported through cash and in-kind contributions the recent “It’s a Guy Thing” program.

SELCO Community Credit Union, Wilbur-Ellis, Rhodes-Warden Insurance Agency, Oregon Dairy Council, Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, and Corvallis Fred Meyer: Thank you all for your support and faith in this new program.

This event enabled 37 boys — sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders — from Lacomb, Pioneer, Hamilton Creek and Seven Oak Middle School in Lebanon to spend a day on OSU’s magnificent campus for a taste of college life.

The boys experienced the glorious space of the Memorial Union, played football and soccer in the quad, toured the incredible Dixon Recreation Center, visited Reser Stadium and enjoyed checking out the bookstore. They also learned about life in college from Pacific University undergraduate and graduate students with varying academic and extracurricular interests, and hailing from such far-flung areas as Aiea, Hawaii; Lockport, N.Y.; Antioch, Calif.; Florence, N.J.; and Kapolei, Hawaii. They talked, played, dined and joked with these college students, who all did a wonderful job of listening to the boys, talking with them and encouraging them to make good choices and plan for bright futures.

Additionally, the boys genuinely enjoyed and valued the opportunity to talk in focused discussion groups with college students, not teachers or administrators, about some of the issues and challenges specific to their experience as boys transitioning from childhood to adolescence. The groups were fun and educative, and modeled a useful and healthy approach to working through life challenges.

The purpose of this program was to provide a space for and about boys, to focus on their unique needs and experiences and raise awareness about exciting and empowering opportunities to grow up strong and capable of building successful lives and careers.

As one boy commented about the day: “It was fantastic and awesome, and we weren’t treated like little kids … it’s like we were free.” Again, thanks to our sponsors, as well as to the Pacific students who volunteered their time, parents who encouraged their sons to participate, and OSU staff who shared their facilities. It was an incredible day and investment in local youth.

Brian O’Driscoll, Pacific University

Jordon Ford, Seven Oak Middle School

Craig Nelson, Pioneer School

Sweet Home Walk for the Cause

The fourth annual Sweet Home Walk for the Cause on Saturday, Oct. 13, was a great success.

Thanks to the sponsors and the hard work of many in the community, $2,700 was forwarded to Soroptimist International of Albany for women in Linn County in need of mammograms and breast cancer assistance.

Thank you to The Point Restaurant & Lounge for gift cards; Safeway and Sweet Home Thriftway for the refreshments for the walkers; space for “donation/coffee cozie jars” at Curves for Women, Chic Drink, Erin Ward, Periwinkle Provisions, Steelhead Strength & Business, Sunshine Espresso, and The Point Restaurant & Lounge; Smart Style Salon and Tell & Sell for the ads. Most of all, thank you to all for saying yes with a smile on your faces when asked for your help.

A special thanks goes to CMA for serving coffee; Lebanon Prayer Warriors who collected donations for the walk; Sportsman’s Holiday Court and the Sweet Home Kiwanis who helped at the event; The Investments for the National Anthem; Young Marines for the presentation of the colors; Pastor Bryan Hayes of the Harvest Christian Center for the invocation; guest speakers Bill and Cathi Alden; and Chief Robert Burford acting as master of ceremonies.

A huge thank you also goes to those who came out on a “rainy looking” Saturday morning to walk with families and friends and who donated so the fight to beat this disease can continue.

Wendy Younger, chairman

Sweet Home Satellite Walk for the Cause Committee

Family of Homer Miller

The family of Homer Miller would like to express our thanks to all of those who supported us through the recent difficult times.

Juanita Miller and family


Linn Benton Food Share

Linn Benton Food Share and our 74 nonprofit member agencies would like to thank Restoration Professionals & Consultants and Allstar Construction for sponsoring the Annual Fall Benefit and choosing Linn Benton Food Share to be the recipient of the “All Food-Share Arts & Crafts Benefit” event that was at the Heritage Mall.

With the record number of families in our area who are depending on our services in order to feed their families, your contribution is greatly appreciated. Your generous donation will touch the lives of many low-income families, which include seniors and children. Your hard work and dedication in helping those less fortunate in our community is commendable.

We would also like to thank the artists and patrons who made this event a success.

Susan James

Gleaning and volunteer programs coordinator, Linn Benton Food Share

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