Oregon motorcyclist to stop at Dutch Bros. locales in fundraiser

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An Oregon motorcyclist will begin his 162-hour journey to every Dutch Bros. Coffee location Thursday.

Salem motorcyclist Paul Peloquin is on a mission to raise money for Shelly's House, a transitional home in Salem for women recently released from prison.

His venture -- dubbed "Dutch Treat" -- will begin in Colorado Springs en route to Grants Pass, Ore., where Dutch Bros. is headquartered.

Those interested can follow his itinerary at www.twowheelsfortransition.org . Donations are accepted there. Anyone who spots him along the journey is encouraged to take a picture and post in on the Dutch Bros. Facebook page.

The end of the ride is expected next Wednesday.

Dutch Bros. was founded in 1992 in Southern Oregon by brothers Dane and Travis Boersma. The Walla Walla Dutch Bros., located on Ninth Avenue, is owned by Dave Beamer.

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Operators of the Power House Theatre have tapped a former winery operator as the new director of marketing for the performing arts organization.

Denise Slattery will lead marketing for the productions at the newly opened theater at Sixth Avenue and Rose Street.

"Her leadership, keen marketing skills and deep knowledge of the arts in our region is a perfect match for what we have in store," said Harry Hosey, managing member of Power House Theatre LLC, in an announcement.

Hosey, Dennis Ledford of Coldwell Banker First Realtors and Mark Anderson of the Walla Walla Foundry are partners in the renovation of the 120-year-old powerhouse. The building has been transformed into a 340-seat theater inspired by William Shakespeare's Blackfriars Theatre.

Opened last month, Power House Theatre offers state-of-the-art lighting and sound as an intimate setting for Shakespeare's plays and other productions.

In her new role, Slattery will market the productions, including August's "Swansong," a play about Shakespeare written by Whitman College graduate and Broadway star Patrick Page; a mid-October production of "Forever Blonde," the life story of Marilyn Monroe; and an early December performance of "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote.

Slattery came to Walla Walla in 2004 to study winemaking. A 2006 graduate of the Enology amp; Viticulture Center, she launched Trio Vintners with husband Steve Michener. They sold the winery last January to focus on other opportunities.

Slattery, an adjunct instructor at Walla Walla Community College who serves on the board of Carnegie Art Center and the Picture Lady Program, had a marketing career in California before moving to Walla Walla.

She managed marketing from the early startup days for San-Francisco-based underwear and lifestyle brand Joe Boxer Corp. After 14 years with the company she was senior vice president of marketing when it sold.

She became chief marketing officer at Ofoto, a digital photo website that was acquired by Eastman Kodak. In Walla Walla, she led marketing for online startup AmericanWinery.com .

For more information on Power House Theatre or online ticketing, visit www.shakespearewallawalla.org or call 509-742-0739.

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

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