Etcetera - 09/24/10

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Dayton residents Brenda and Charles Lowe will host a bingo fundraiser at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Aerie on Main Street in Dayton to benefit daughter Julie Glasby and her critically ill daughter Hailey Pipari.

Julie and significant other Andy Pipari of Baltimore, Md., live about a hour away from Johns Hopkins Hospital where Hailey is being cared for. The infant was born July 8, at 28 weeks. She weighed 1.4 pounds at birth.

"She is going through a lot right now. She's still in critical condition," Brenda said. "Her parents are having a heck of a time. Julie had to quit her job and Andy has to work as it's their only income. It costs Julie $11 a day to park her vehicle to see the baby, and it adds up," she said. Brenda has been unsuccessful in obtaining financial aid for the parents, thus the fundraiser.

Julie graduated in about 1988 from Dayton High School

Hailey has undergone several surgeries, but her blood platelets aren't cooperating. She had about 5 inches of small intestine taken out, but the incision hasn't been closed yet and doctors found another infection, Brenda said. It's been quite stressful for everyone.

"I am just about at wit's end. It's just not being able to get help for the kids. I've been a taxpayer all these years and can't find help for them. For more information, contact Brenda at 509-520-2039.

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Blue Mountain Pheasants Forever Chapter 258 reported its first golf tournament fundraiser was a "huge success, thanks to George Gillette, manager of Milton-Freewater Municipal Golf Course, and Mike Davis, chapter co-vice president.

About 50 golfers turned out for the event. The Aug. 26 newsletter reports that 100 percent of the $800 in proceeds will be used for future habitat, 4-H and other projects for young people.

The group's second annual youth hunt for ages 10-15 will be Saturday and Sunday. A license and hunter safety course is required.

The group released 150 birds last year and nearly all participants got their limit. To sign up, call Gene Weinmaster, youth chair, at 529-4692; or Jim Sonne, president, at 525-3550.

During the past two years, this group has distributed 50-pounds sacks of food-plot seed to farmers in the Walla Walla, Dixie, Prescott, Waitsburg and Dayton areas.

The group also planted more than 1,000 native trees and shrubs along the Walla Walla River, west of Touchet, which helps filter out excess fertilizer from field runoff. They're always looking for new areas to plant. Contact Jim at 525-3550 for more details.

BMPF is now online at www.bmpf258.org, which includes two to three e-mails monthly. For more information, e-mail jimsonne@aol.com.

Membership is $35 per year and can be sent to PF Chapter 258, 1109 Ruth St., Walla Walla WA 99362.

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