Etcetera - 07/30/10

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The seventh annual Sean Vandenberg Memorial Ride on July 11 made a little more than $3,000, which will grant wishes to seriously ill or injured children in the Walla Walla Valley through Children's Wishes and Dreams. Proceeds will also grant an annual scholarship to a Touchet High School graduate.

"We had a great day and had a large crowd. We like to keep it fun and not too big, usually attracting between 50-100 people, and this year was no exception," said Peggie Vandenberg, ride organizer and president of Children's wishes and Dreams. Along with a barbecue, there was a raffle where everyone got at least one prize, she said.

"Not only did we have lots of motorcycles, but we had a couple of Volkswagen Beetles, mini-vans and domestic autos. A great time was had by all and we are already beginning to plan next year's event, which will take place toward the end of June," Peggie said.

Everyone in attendance received a kickstand pad for their motorcycle and a memorial patch to sew to their jackets. The annual ride is in memory of Peggie and Tom Vandenberg's son, Sean, who died of cancer in 2001. He loved motorcycles and received one through a local wish-granting organization in 1993.

Donations may be made to the Sean Vandenberg Memorial Ride, through Peggie, P.O. Box 76, Touchet, WA 99360. To be included on a mailing list for next year's ride , e-mail peggiev@pocketinet.com.

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Former Lions Club Zone Chairman Scott Williams installed new officers for Walla Walla Valley Lioness Club at a dinner meeting in Meriam House recently.

Frances Roth is in her second year as president, assisted by Neva Gould as vice president. Veva Hepler is again secretary after a hiatus of several years and Shareen Knowles will fill the treasurer's position. Sandi Conley and Ginger Burnett will share the job of Tail Twister. Phyllis Whidden was voted Lioness of the Year.

Karen Ruiz was selected as this year's scholarship recipient. She was chosen from nine wonderfully qualified applicants, Veva reported. Karen is National Honor Society member and holds a 3.78 GPA. Active in her church, she sings in its choir and teaches Sunday School. She plans to enroll in the nursing program at Walla Walla Community College.

Lioness Club members honored Karen at the annual picnic in Fort Walla Walla Park, where she accompanied by parents Alfredo and Hortensia Ruiz, sister Joslyne Ruiz and friend Zenia Zambrano.

The group's annual White Cane Day collection effort brought in more than $450, which was considered a success in today's economy.

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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