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To fully serve the community, the Mid-county Memo offers this section to showcase upcoming special events, celebrations of milestones in our readers' lives, those seemingly small accomplishments that often do not receive the recognition they deserve, and everyday events that should be shared with friends and neighbors.

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SnowCap knits together safety net for area poor
Debbi Blanchard, Unitus Community Credit Union Mall 205 branch manager, enjoys the annual SnowCap Valentine Dinner and Auction with her husband, James. Blanchard began her volunteer service for SnowCap as a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls youth group.
The eighth annual Valentine Dinner and Auction fundraiser for SnowCap Community Charities started on an optimistic note when the auctioneer announced that the event's volunteer wait staff from Old Chicago Restaurants would donate its gratuities to the cause.

“Their donation really set the tone for the evening,” said Judy Alley, SnowCap executive director, who reported the Feb. 13 fundraiser netted $60,000. Alley called the new level of community support, “extraordinary, particularly given the current economic constraints.” More than $18,500 was raised to aid families needing assistance with heating bills. Alley said SnowCap is experiencing “the greatest need we've ever seen in our community. These challenging times bring out the best in our thoughtful and caring supporters.”

The event was a sellout, with more than 300 guests attending the buffet dinner and the silent and oral auction. Alley credited the event success to “great sponsors and the wonderful people of East County.”

Funds raised will be used to continue SnowCap programs for needy families and individuals, including food boxes distributed at the Rockwood office, delivery of food boxes to elderly and shut-ins, summertime community garden plots, children's clothes closet, English language instruction and other advocacy services.

Alley said plans will begin right away for next year's event. “We have a lot more work to do as demand continues to increase.”

SnowCap is a philanthropic organization created more than 40 years ago to provide food, clothing, advocacy and other services to the poor in a large part of east Portland, Gresham, Wood Village and Troutdale.

Adventist school seeks sales and growth
Adventist Academy is seeking improvements, and the sale of land to adjacent Adventist Medical Center to finance it. Principal Gale Crosby and consultant Theresa Paulson of Group MacKenzie told the Gateway Urban Renewal Public Advisory Committee last month that they are seeking to sell land for a skilled nursing center and medical office building. The proceeds would allow them to build a new performing arts center and gym as well as to address 50 years of delayed maintenance.

Girl Scout, honor student selected as Teen of the Month

Reynolds High senior Allison Rae Dazey was named February Gateway Elks Teenager of the Month. Proud parents Brian and Deborah Dazey share the moment with her.
Allison Rae Dazey, a Reynolds High senior, is the February Gateway Elks Teenager of the Month.

Dazey is the president of the Reynolds chapter of the National Honor Society. She carries a 4.27 GPA and ranks first in her class. She is on the yearbook staff, active in the history club and Students Against Destructive Decisions, is on the varsity swim team, captains the water polo team and is a violinist in the Reynolds orchestra.

Dazey serves as a camp counselor at Girl Scouts Oxbow Day Camp and has earned a silver award for community service. Her list of volunteer activities includes the Portland Marathon, Race for the Cure, SnowCap Community Charities, Knights of Columbus breakfasts, St. Therese Parish soup kitchen and organizing a statewide National Honor Society blood drive. For her efforts she has earned an Extra Mile Community Service Award and Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award.
Other honors include winning an Odd Fellows and Rebekahs United Nation Essay contest, a We the People competition based on knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, and an Executive Women International Scholarship.

Dazey, the daughter of Brian and Deborah Dazey, has applied for admission to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. After completing her undergraduate studies, she plans to go on to law school and would like to someday become a judge.

The Gateway Elks Lodge seeks applications for Teenager of the Month from juniors or seniors at Parkrose, David Douglas, Madison, Portland Christian and Marshall high schools as well as Portland Adventist Academy. One winner is selected each month during the school year. For more information about this program or the Elks in general, please contact the Gateway Elks Lodge at 503-255-6535 or visit

Local high schools announce Rose Court finalists
Saturday morning, Feb. 6, 125 princess hopefuls arrived at the Lloyd Center eager to state their case as to why they should be considered for the 2010 Rose Festival Court program. Each student gave a one-minute speech and answered two questions from a panel of volunteer judges made up of community members.

The David Douglas finalists are Mackenzie Busby, Chelsea Kopacz, Natalia Mosailova, Kaitlyn Swyers and Selena Zou.

Madison will be represented by finalists Lindsay Patino, Katherine Pagh, Allycia Shackelford, Taylor Smithey and Lindsay Sterkson.

Finalists selected from Parkrose are Bryanna Phillips, Rebecca Read, Yian Seuchao, Molly Voorhees and Belinda Washington.

Final selections will be made at each school this month.

82nd fence nears completion
Shelli Romero, a spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Transportation, said a proposed pedestrian barrier on Northeast 82nd Avenue between Wasco and Jonesmore streets, now under construction, should be complete by early March. The controversial barrier, opposed by the Montavilla Neighborhood Association but championed by the Madison South Neighborhood Association and others, is intended to discourage transit riders switching between buses and MAX light rail from jaywalking across 82nd, disrupting traffic and endangering themselves. As part of the effort, TriMet intends to move its southbound bus stop farther south and its northbound stop farther north to bring them closer to the signal at the intersection.
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