Community Bank's change will benefit area communities


Community Bank's annual Change for Charity Drive will make a more than $15,000 difference in local communities.

More than $15,700 has been collected at Community Bank branches since Nov. 1, the company announced Tuesday. That's $4,000 more than was collected last year.

Community Bank matched 50 cents for every $1 collected. Money collected at each branch goes to charities selected by the respective branch managers. For Walla Walla, that means $5,832 for United Way of Walla Walla. In Milton-Freewater, $444 has been raised for the City Light and Power Assistance Program. For the second year, the city of Milton-Freewater has agreed to match that amount, said Community Bank Marketing Coordinator Leah Johnson.

Joseph, Ore.,-based Community Bank donated an extra $1,000 to the charities in the region where the most donations were collected.

The bank's branches are divided into two regions. The winner was the region that includes Hermiston, Heppner, Pendleton, Milton-Freewater, Walla Walla and Clarkston. Branches in that region collected $5,080. The remaining branches -- Joseph, Enterprise, Wallowa, Elgin, Union, La Grande and Baker City -- collected $4,741.


The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce has selected the second $100 prize-winnner in its "Keep It Home For the Holidays" campaign.

Angie Alden of Walla Walla was the winner of last week's $100 drawing, part of a three-week initiative intended to promote local shopping. Over the last two Fridays the Chamber has conducted a drawing intended to reward those who shop at member stores.

The prize money drawings are the organization's "way of saying thanks for being loyal to your community, and is also a way to advocate for our Chamber members," said Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer David Woolson in an announcement Tuesday.

One more drawing will take place Friday. Anyone who calls on a Chamber-member business can participate by bringing in a receipt or business card from their visit into the Chamber office, 29 E. Sumach St.

The receipt or card should include their own contact information. No purchase is necessary to participate.

Rules are available on the Chamber's website, as is the list of Chamber members: For more details call 525-0850.


If you've already purchased your discount ticket to Ski Bluewood through the YMCA, you may want to thank the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The organization was the initiator of the fundraising program and facilitated the partnership between the owners of Ski Bluewood, Mike and Travis Stephenson, and Walla Walla's YMCA, 340 S. Park St., said Betsy Hadden, the Chamber's director of member services.

The promotion is designed to promote family time by bringing people together on the slopes. The Y of the Greater Tri-Cities is also included.

The YMCA, 340 S. Park St., will sell discounted lift tickets. Adult tickets will be $32 plus tax. Students with ID cards will pay $29 plus tax.

Tickets for senior citizens and children will be $25 plus tax. Savings range from $8 to $10.

Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit Youth Development Programs and Youth Scholarship funds at the respective YMCAs. For more information on the tickets call 525-8863 or stop in at the Y.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at or 526-8321.


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