Etcetera - 06/27/11

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Providence St. Mary Foundation will host a charity golf classic July 7 at the Walla Walla Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament will go to patients and families in need. Details for registration are at www.smmc.com or call 522-5910.

Fresh-caught salmon will be cooked over an open fire in an authentic coastal Indian manner when Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club hosts its 21st Rotary Salmon Bake.

It will be from 4-7:30 p.m. July 16 at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Community Center, off Orchard Street.

Some details regarding the fish and a vegetable are still being finalized, but so far the menu will also include a potato, coleslaw, water and soda, said president-elect David Hull. Beer and wine can be purchased separately.

The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Proceeds will be applied to Rotary's high school scholarships and youth activities in the Walla Walla Valley.

Rotarian Bruce Johnson was in charge of this fundraiser for years. He uses a cooking technique in which the salmon is butterflied open and suspended in long wood stakes over a bed of coals. He has returned to Walla Walla after living in Florida for a few years and so the well-regarded benefit is off and running again, David said.

Tickets are available through Noon Rotary members, or contact David at 509-520-1143.

Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vt., named Garrett Leahy its 2011 recipient of the SMC Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience.

Students who demonstrate commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement receive recognition.

A student at DeSales Catholic School in Walla Walla and a Milton-Freewater resident, Garrett receive a copy of "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers," (HarperCollins 2000) by Loung Ung. She graduated in 1993 from Saint Michael's College and has become an acclaimed author. Her autobiographical account is told from a child's perspective. She survived captivity during the genocidal Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. Her memoir is about a family's survival and the development of her ongoing crusade for a landmine-free world.

Saint Michael's was founded on the belief that serving others is part of its Catholic tradition and through this award honors those who demonstrate the true spirit of volunteerism.

Garrett and other award recipients across the country are high school juniors who are National Honor Society inductees or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization. They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities.

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

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