Etcetera - 12/21/10

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Many Walla Walla Valley residents have rallied around the Mari and Efrain Meza family after their daughter Malani died in a fire that also destroyed their home and possessions. Their daughter Genesis, 5, is still recovering from serious burns inflicted on her by the blaze. She is undergoing painful skin grafts and must go to Portland for her ongoing care.

Many fundraisers have been held to help the Mezas cope with their losses. One such benefit involves the raffling off of a red 1999 Volkswagen Bug, provided by Abajian Motors. The business on Wilbur Avenue detailed the car for free and displayed it in a showroom during the recent bad weather. Doug Luttrell donated his labor for minor mechanical work on the vehicle.

The 500 raffle tickets are selling well at $10 dollars each, said Jasper Winn, one of the raffle organizers. Many local church youth groups have helped sell the tickets, which are also available at Oregon First Community Credit Union, 151 S. Columbia St., Milton-Freewater, or call 541-938-2929. The raffle will be concluded by Christmas with the proceeds going to benefit the Meza family.

"I am just so humbled by the generosity of Scott Abajian, Gary Hanson and Doug Luttrell. They've just been so generous with their time, finances and efforts," Jasper said in a release. He added that some people are buying tickets for others who don't have transportation in the hope one of those folks would win the car. For details, call Jasper at 541-938-6481.

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Members of the Walla Walla High School Future Farmers of America Chapter on Dec. 8 hosted the District Six Sales and Service contest.

Southeastern Washington schools, including Garfield-Palouse, Colfax, Rosalia, Pomeroy, Asotin, Waitsburg, Pullman, St. John-Endicott and Clarkston participated in the contest.

Jessica Johnson, Wa-Hi agriculture business course teacher and FFA advisor, coordinated the event.

The three part competition is a qualifier for state competition later in the school year, reported the Dec. 10 online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.

Students compete in sales, take a written test and complete a practicum focusing on customer relations, prospecting for new sales leads and order taking.

Jessica said having the competition is a perfect opportunity for the Wa-Hi program.

"The students are excited to show off our school and program. It is a great way to get people to our campus and let them see what a great program we have in Walla Walla."

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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