Etcetera - 02/13/12

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Children's Home Society of Washington will present its 11th annual SweetHearts for Kids luncheon Wednesday.

Proceeds from the event will benefit children and families throughout the region through CHSW, which offers vital services to members of the Walla Walla community.

It will be at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St., from noon-1 p.m.; the silent auction begins at 11 a.m. and the banquet doors open at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $40 per person. Tickets may be purchased by calling Debi Allessio, foundation manager, at 509-529-2130.

Marleen Ramsey, vice president of instruction, academic education and transitional studies at Walla Walla Community College, will give the keynote address. Mark Higgins, Walla Walla Public Schools communications director, will serve as emcee.

More than 1,250 children and families in Walla Walla were helped through early learning, counseling, family support and mentoring programs last year. For more information, visit www.childrenshomesociety.org.

Felix Fletcher coached football from 1947-1970 at Walla Walla High School with a record of 162 wins, 45 losses and 10 ties

A physical education teacher and athletic director for more than 20 years, Felix's Blue Devils teams had seven seasons with only one loss and were undefeated in 1952, 1956 and 1963.

In the legendary coach's honor, former Walla Walla Athletic Director Bill Bieloh organized the creation of the Fletcher Team Room and Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame. The Fletcher Team Room is on the second floor of Wa-Hi's main gym. It was designed as "a place to honor the past and help today's athletes excel through team meetings and film study sessions," according to the online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.

Now Bill wants to help modernize the space to meet today's needs after 20 years of use and ever-changing technology.

He has reached out to alumni contacts, including former Wa-Hi star athlete Mike Murr, to help fund the $35,000 renovation. Coaches and student-athletes can use the room to prepare for games and special events.

Upgrades funded by alumni donations include a 60" video screen, new chairs for film reviewing sessions and new tables for note taking and electronic equipment.

Original Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame plaques have been returned to the Fletcher Team Room and replicas will be featured in the main gym lobby.

"Felix Fletcher was our mentor. He taught all of us so much about the psychology of coaching and the importance of maintaining athletic traditions and history. We want to pass on his passion for the game to today's coaches and athletes," Bill said.

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

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