Etcetera - 04/04/11

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Junior Club of Walla Walla is readying for its second annual Bunco fundraiser.

The first bunco event in 2010 was so successful, the women's service group raised enough proceeds to fund two scholarships for deserving local women.

This year, the bunco event will be April 15 at St. Francis Parish Hall, 722 W. Alder St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and play will begin at 7 p.m.

A variety of prizes are in the offing from sponsors such as Sleight of Hand Cellars, Coffee Cravings , L'Ecole No 41, Mannina Cellars, The Green Lantern, Wildhorse Casino, Sun Rental, Walla Walla Community College and others, said club member Colby Burke.

Tickets are $20 per person, which includes a glass of wine or other beverage and a selection of cheeses and desserts.

Raffles and door prizes will be included, along with wine sold by the glass for attendees.

Tickets are for sale by active Junior Club members, at Salumiere Cesario, 20 N. Second Ave., or by calling Marla Capra at 509-526-0383.

In addition to providing scholarships, Junior Club also serves the needs of several local non-profit organizations such as Blue Mountain Humane Society, Art Walla, Blue Mountain Chapter Red Cross, Walla Walla Community Hospice and Herring House.

Among her many accomplishments the late Sen. Jeannette Hayner from Walla Walla was instrumental in creating TVW, the Washington State Public Affairs TV network.

She and other leaders who founded TVW wanted to provide coverage of the state capitol in the vein of C-SPAN at the national level, so as to give citizens unbiased, unfiltered access to state government deliberations.

Jeannette was Senate majority leader representing the 16th Legislative District. She served as TVW's first board chair, after it was founded in 1993.

In 2006 TVW moved into its new media center at 1058 Capitol Way S., Olympia.

The new site was named the Jeannette C. Hayner Media Center in her honor.

U-B reader Pam Ray forwarded a link to a video TVW created in Jeannette's memory following her death at 91 on Nov. 26, 2010, at tinyurl.com/4r2ozc5.

Using archival photos of Jeannette's service in the state Senate, TVW President Greg Lane gives a tribute to Jeannette for her contributions.

She and her family are credited with playing a leading role in the construction of the new studio headquarters, which was completed in 2006.

Politicians of both parties complimented her knack to work with folks, no matter their party affiliation.

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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