Etcetera - 06/13/11

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Current armed forces members, veterans and their families may wish to participate in Walla Walla Elks Lodge 287's popular Walla Walla Sweets baseball game party, a repeat from last summer.

Elks members will show their gratitude with a free meal featuring hot dogs, chips, soda pop, dessert, peanuts and bubble gum at the lodge, 351 E. Rose St., around 5 p.m. on July 2. The time of the meal has not been finalized.

Free tickets for reserved seating will be available for the 7 p.m. Sweets game that night, said Shelley Murphy, veterans committee chairman. Because of a limited number of tickets, participants are asked to RSVP. The seating is in the bleachers with some stairs possible, Shelley added.

Walla Wallan Anne Delaney's grandson Stephen John Delaney earned his doctorate in psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Stephen earned his master's in psychology from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles and is currently doing his residency at Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek.

His parents are native Walla Wallan Samuel W. "Sam" Jr. and Jill Delaney of Spokane. Also a psychologist, Sam's practice is in Spokane where Jill is a registered nurse in the recovery room at Northwest Orthopedics.

Sam graduated in 1962 from DeSales Catholic High School and later from the University of Washington. Stephen is also the grandson of the late Samuel Delaney.

I think long, dark, cold winter days get us ruminating about the outdoors, summer, seeing the country and raising funds for good causes.

What better way to do this than via bicycles?

Three Journey of Hope teams spend two-plus months cycling an average of 75 miles a day, beginning in San Francisco and Seattle and ending together with all teams in Washington, D.C. The event raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities.

One of the teams arrived in Walla Walla Saturday for a lunch at Walla Walla Community College. The team then had a friendship visit and dinner at Lillie Rice Center, according to an email from Matt Martyn, public relations coordinator.

The riders cover 32 different states while cycling more than 12,000 miles. From the dream of one man and the inaugural team of 21 members, they raised $20,000. The team expanded into three different routes of 35 Pi Kappa Phis and annually they raise more than $500,000, according to Pushamerica.org/journeyofhope.aspx.

The cyclists, PKP fraternity member from across the country, commit to raising at least $5,000 each on behalf of people with disabilities. Their individual efforts are combined with corporate sponsorships.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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