Letters to the Editor: March 2018

Thanks to mayor for supporting kids

Last summer mayors from across Oregon gathered in Lebanon for the Annual Mayor’s Conference.  The conference, attended by a few hundred, included events at Boulder Falls Event Center and the Mayors on Main Street event planned and presented by the Lebanon Downtown Association.

A tradition of the Mayor’s Conference is an annual silent auction, where items donated by attendees are sold and the hosting Mayor has the opportunity to select a local charity that will benefit from a portion of the funds.  Lebanon’s Mayor Paul Aziz selected the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam, and as a result the organization recently received a check $1,671 from the Oregon Association of Mayors.

This isn’t the first time that Mayor Aziz has directed resources to support the organization and the children it serves.  He has directed collections from the Cascade Christmas Lights, the annual light show which he personally presents, to the Club, and acts as an advocate for the organization on continual basis.

The staff and children at the Boys & Girls Club are very appreciative of the support.  $1,671 translates to 600 free meals for local children – now that really makes a difference!

Kris Latimer
Executive Director
Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam

Local support for CARDV dinner

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence’s first fund-raiser in Linn County, Feast in February, such a success.

The pizza and lasagna dinner was hosted by River Center Church in Lebanon, and the delicious food was provided by Jacopetti’s Catering and Schmizza Public House. The event would not have been possible without other generous sponsors, including Central Willamette Community Credit Union, Samaritan Health Services, Linn-Co Federal Credit Union, Pacific Power, Xtreme Grafx, KGAL/KSHO Radio, U & D Nursery, and  Special Occasions.

Special thanks to Linn County Commissioner Will Tucker for acting as master of ceremonies and to the volunteer planning team who made it all happen. All proceeds benefit CARDV services for survivors.

Crystal Kelley
Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence