Blake Akari of Cherished Moments Photography shot the winning image that garnered a Elks National Foundation-sponsored national contest award for Walla Walla Elks Lodge 287.
The contest highlighted programs that lodges have participated in to invest in their communities. The local lodge received the Building Community Award for its February 2013 Father-Daughter Ball.
The lodge used a grant from the Elks National Foundation to reach out to the community. They encouraged fathers to attend with their daughters.
“Children and adults alike had a great time and the dance floor was packed all night as evidenced by the winning photograph,” said lodge member Greg Heimgartner.
The lodge was featured on the national Elks website and will receive a digital camera and a copy of the photo, impressed on a large canvas for display.
The Elks National Foundation is the charitable arm of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. It helps members build stronger communities through programs that support youths, honor veterans and meet needs in areas where Elks live and work, Greg said. For more details contact Keith Burghardt at 522-9996 or Lacey Quiggle at 200-624-5411.
DeSales Catholic High School senior Ashton Montgomery received a $1,000 scholarship from Noon Rotary Club of Walla Walla on April 11.
Ashton has been extremely active with the school, said Rotarian Linda Hardy in a release. She’s a three-year veteran of the golf team, serving as captain and making it to state conference.
She was volleyball captain and was instrumental in DeSales’ playing in the conference championship. Ashton has been a captain of the cheerleader squad and worked with Girls’ League Service Club, among extracurricular activities.
“Ashton and her mom, Jill Montgomery, sustained a heartrending episode when Asthon’s father, Scott Montgomery, passed away about two years ago. Ashton has a formidable will and although her dad’s death was devastating, she, like so many of us, picked up the pieces and (went) on,” Linda said
Ashton plans to enroll at Eastern Washington University and may pursue the dental hygiene program.
The Walla Walla Community College Worker Retraining program and Walla Walla High School Honor Society held a Walk a Mile for a Veteran fundraiser and free barbecue.
The event brought in $3,000 and had more than 400 participants, emailed Kelly Joe Snell, Worker Retraining manager.
Local businesses donated to the event based on the number of participants, and more donations were taken at the event. The proceeds will fund a new scholarship at WWCC for veterans who have exhausted their benefits. Tyson Foods kicked in 80 pounds of ground beef, and two cases of apples came from Broetje Orchards.
It was quite a feast as WWCC culinary arts students prepared, cooked and served all the food.
Those with the WWCC Worker Retraining Program expect to host the fundraiser yearly with community partners. For more details, contact Kelly at 524-5141 or email@example.com.
Lucas Fazzari, son of Greg and Susan Fazzari of Walla Walla, received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., with the incoming Class of 2017, Susan said in a release.
“The application to West Point is an arduous process requiring demonstration of excellence in academics, athletic ability, and leadership qualities,” she said.
More than 15,500 applicants nationwide competed this year for a mere 1,100 appointments. Candidates must have a congressional nomination from their district. Luke’s principal nomination came from Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
An athlete, Luke has participated in varsity football, basketball, baseball and track and has been a member of Knowledge Bowl, National Honor Society and drama at DeSales Catholic High School. He was elected as a class or ASB leader each year, participated in school and community service projects and received numerous academic and leadership awards, Susan said.
Lucas maintains a 3.968 GPA while carrying several Advanced Placement courses and is set to graduate from DeSales on June 1.
On behalf of the president of the United States, Bob Gregson of Spokane, West Point Class of 1964, will present Lucas with his appointment at 1 p.m. May 28 during the DeSales awards ceremony.
The prospective members of the Class of 2017 will report to West Point for the first time on July 1.
The U.S. Military Academy is a four-year co-educational federal undergraduate liberal arts college 50 miles north of New York City.
Founded in 1802 as America’s first college of engineering, it consistently ranks as one of the top colleges in the nation. Its mission remains constant: to educate, train and inspire cadets for careers of professional service to the Army and the nation.
For more information, see www.westpoint.edu.
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