Mini-golf event to raise funds for military families

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Sweet Putt

417 Wellington Ave., Walla Walla

— The veterans organization that helped with the return and procession for the late 1st Lt. Mathew Fazzari last month will be the focus of a fundraising event at The Sweet Putt.

Walla Walla's miniature golf operation will focus its "Awareness Wednesday" efforts this week on the Patriot Guard's charitable wing, Help on the Home Front.

The organization provides financial and in-kind gifts to veterans, active military and families of active military.

On Wednesday, a portion of proceeds from The Sweet Putt, 417 Wellington Ave., will be donated back to Help on the Home Front, said Juli Dunn, one of the business's owners. The funds will help provide support to local military in the area.

The Sweet Putt will run 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday. For more details, call 876-4949.

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Reininger Winery

5858 W. U.S. Highway 12, Walla Walla

Reininger Winery has raised more than $1,100 for a family care fund to help those in need through Family Medical Center.

The Walla Walla winery has contributed $5 for every bottle of its 2008 Mr. Owl's Red sold during the months of May and June. The donation was to be presented Monday to Family Medical Center, said clinic Manager Seth Whitmer.

A little back story on the wine: Reininger created Mr. Owl's Red in 2002 in honor of its first official and one of its most valued employees, Raul Morfin.

Morfin is assistant winemaker and cellarmaster and has been with Reininger for 15 years. When the Reininger children were young they misunderstood the pronunciation of "Raul" and thought it was "Mr. Owl." Thus the name of the wine.

Reininger owners offered Morfin the chance to choose a charity for proceeds from the sales. He recommended Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and Walla Walla Family Medical Center.

The establishment of a "FamilyCare Fund" through the proceeds will help assist travel expenses for families needing specialized medical care. No other funds are otherwise available for that purpose.

Those who would like to contribute can send their donations to Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Attn: Glenn Cassidy, 307 S. 12th Ave., Ste. B, Yakima, WA 98902. Note the "FamilyCare Fund" in the memo box of the check.

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State representatives from the community's 16th legislative district have been honored as "guardians" of small business.

State Reps. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, and Terry Nealey, R-Dayton, earned Guardian of Small Business awards from the National Federation of Independent Business, an organization that represents small businesses across the state and country.

Awards for the two, as well as for Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, were presented during the first week of July.

The award is given to legislators with a pro-small-business voting record during the session.

"It's easy to say you support small business, but it is a far different thing to actually vote with small business when faced with pressure from Big Labor, Big Business and other advocates of Big Government," saidNFIB/Washington State Director Patrick Connor in a release.

Legislators are scored on 10 votes taken in the House of Representatives and Senate. A small-business voting record of 80 percent or greater on those bills or amendments earns Guardian status. Walsh and Nealey both had a 100 percent voting record. Incidentally, so did Sen. Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla.

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