Etcetera - 04/28/10

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Teachers and administrators are at risk of a drenching -- all in good run -- during Grove Elementary School's carnival from 5-7 p.m. April 30. The community is encouraged to attend the annual event, which will include a dunk tank for faculty. That feature will raise money for the school as will a train ride, duck pond, candy walk and cotton candy, and a variety of booths . Area businesses donated prizes. Carnival entrance is free, but tickets for each activity cost 25 cents each or 10 tickets for $2.50.

For more information, contact the school at 541-938-3233.

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The 2010 Evening of Elegance garnered $48,500 for programs offered through Walla Walla Community Hospice, said Laurie Klicker, marketing coordinator. The "209 guests enjoyed a festive event with wonderful food and wine at the Marcus Whitman Hotel," Laurie said.

Doug Macon ran an action-packed auction, that included a surprise visit from some of the Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls. And featured speaker Tim Meliah shared his family's personal experiences with hospice.

"The success of this major Hospice fund-raiser is a result of the contributions of 62 volunteers, 87 auction and wine donors, and all who attended as guests," Laurie said.

Photos from the evening are posted at www.wwhospice.org.

Next year's Evening of Elegance will be Feb. 12, 2011.

Walla Walla Community Hospice, at 1067 Isaacs Ave., provides compassionate care to patients in the final stages of life, and support for their loved ones and caregivers. Grief support programs are also offered at no charge to anyone in the community. Hospice serves Walla Walla, Columbia, and northeastern Umatilla counties. For more details, call 525-5561 or online, see www.wwhospice.org.

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Eastern Washington University awarded College Place residents Brooke Thompson and Danika Marquis Presidential scholarships worth $2,000 apiece for the 2010-2011 academic year.

They are given to high school students with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.8 or higher or an SAT score of 1250 or higher. Both graduated this spring from Walla Walla High School, Brooke played volleyball and Danika was involved with ASB and the yearbook. They plan to attend EWU this fall. Brooke hopes to study business administration.

Her parents are Michael Thompson and Andra Thompson of College Place, where Danika's folks, Ray and Fran Marquis, also reside.

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