Events R us

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In the past month, we’ve helped clients with several events. We find them energizing. Here’s a recap:

On Sept. 29, the Willamette River Bridge was named the Whilamut Passage Bridge (pronounced WILL-a-mut). Tribal members performed a traditional song and drum circle that set the tone for the naming ceremony, while speakers offered comments on the significance of the name. In the Kalapuya language, Whilamut means “where the river ripples and runs fast.” Sonny Chickering, ODOT Region 2 manager, signed the naming proclamation with a ceremonial pen created by the tribe specifically for this event. After the signing, a red-tailed hawk flew overhead, as if validating this special moment.

That same day, ground was broken for the Fern Ridge Service Center during the annual Harvest Festival. It continues the work of the Tony Garcia Service Center by offering a variety of social services under one roof. The new facility will allow agencies to help more people with greater efficiency, and it will be closer to the post office, medical offices and bus service.

Hundreds of women turned out for the Sash & Shoe Strut at Valley River Center on Oct. 12. Those who strutted for one kilometer helped provide financial assistance to local women undergoing cancer treatment through the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute Foundation.

More than 70,000 ducks raced to the finish in the 25th anniversary of the Great Rotary Duck Race on Oct. 13. It was a true community celebration with hundreds of people watching the ducks and enjoying festivities at Alton Baker Park. Thanks to the hardworking Rotarians who sold the tickets, the sponsors who donated great prizes and businesses that also sold tickets. Together, we’re making a difference for children.

We helped several clients with sponsorships for Race for the Cure, coming up Oct. 21 at Autzen stadium. Way to go Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and PeaceHealth!

Kudos to Dandelions Flowers & Gifts for sponsoring Bras for the Cure, which invites anyone to decorate a bra. Attend the Reveal Party at Dandelions on Oct. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be complimentary wine and cheese tasting.

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Liz Cawood

Liz Cawood


Liz’s creative outlet is writing – and gardening. She’s dabbled in fabric arts and done a few oils, and even did some rock painting for “Flood the Streets with Art” last November. She’s a voracious consumer of content and enjoys the mental gymnastics of playing with ideas.