‘Fun-dip’ SPARKS kids’ benefit for scholarships


While noshing on popcorn and talking about things they’d like to invent, children in the YMCA SPARKS after-school program raised $53.50 for the Youth Sustaining Campaign.

Concurrently, SPARKS Director Ingrid Olsen-Young enjoyed a “fun-dip” that she sprinkled on the children’s popcorn.

Being “inventors week” at the Y and the dip being a hit, SPARKS Corn was born.

The kids thought other people would enjoy their invention and sold some bring in funds for the Youth Sustaining Campaign.

“It was fun and enjoyable for all of us from my perspective and I hope that our customers really loved it. I know they were being really generous and we raised over $50,” said 9-year-old Gwen Jones.

Donors gave a total of $125,000 for last year’s Youth Sustaining Campaign, which provided more than 200 youth memberships and 1,300 program scholarships.

The 2013 goal is $155,000.

The Y hopes to serve more children in day camp, sports camps, swim lessons, and all youth programming in 2013 because of the generosity of the community.

So far, the 2013 campaign has raised about 9 percent more than in 2012.

Donations are still being accepted at the Y, online at www.wwymca.org/, at 340 S. Park St. or call 525-8863.

Garrison Middle School sixth-graders from Beth Clearman’s Explorers class caught a presentation by Seattle storyteller Kathya Alexander while on a field trip to Whitman College.

Kathya performed “With Hope and With Morning: Stories of the Civil Rights Movement” as the third installment of Whitman’s Intercultural Center Storyteller Series.

She brings heightened awareness and understanding of the Civil Rights Movement through personal narrative and self-reflection.

“Modern-day versions of the Civil Rights Movements are often limited to Martin Luther King’s speeches and assassination. But the success of the Civil Rights Movement was due to thousands of heroic acts done by ordinary people. Based on her experiences growing up in the segregated South, Alexander makes this important time in history come alive for local students,” according to the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.

Ted Keen, 80, got an English rose on his wedding day in the form of new wife Pat Trump, 88. Known as Park Plaza’s 2012 Valentine Sweethearts, the couple met at the retirement residence and have been together for 21/2 years. They wed there March 10.

About 150 people attended the ceremony and celebration, many of them residents and about 20 members of Pat’s family. The Rev. Bob Frye officiated.

Park Plaza resident Frank Besenhoffer put his skills as a pastry chef to use by decorating the couple’s three-tiered cake. Iced in white, it had accents of yellow, pink and green.

Frank enthusiastically volunteered to make this contribution as soon as he found out about the wedding.

He spent 40 years as a pastry chef in various settings including cruise ships, consulting, teaching at colleges and running his own business in Chicago.

Pat left her native England in 1945, moved to Dayton and lived there until settling at Park Plaza. While a homemaker, she rased four children.

A 40-year Walla Walla resident, Ted worked many years in maintenance at American Fine Foods and has three children.

The newlyweds are quite active in their community, said Lisa Norton in a release. They attend its socials and enjoy a variety of outings.

They often sit with and entertain new or prospective residents at meal times. When the bus isn’t running Ted willingly volunteers to transport fellow residents.

“The wedding was just lovely and the Park Plaza family is so happy for Pat and Ted,” Lisa said.

Between May and October, as long as the weather holds, the local Honour Project will fly military veterans in a 1942 PT-17 Boeing Stearman airplane, said Mark B. Small, pilot, plane owner and project creator.

Manned by AMVETS volunteers, veterans and sponsors will be served lunch the day of the event and Mark will man the controls of the open-cockpit World War II Army Air Corps trainer. The website www.amvets-wallawalla.org shows flight photos from previous years.

In 2012, Mark flew 58 veterans and is projecting increasing that number this year.

To sign up, obtain an Honour Project card from AMVETS Jonathan M.Wainwright Post 1111 or Mark. It should be filled out and submitted. Veterans and sponsors will be notified when the date has been confirmed.

Donations support the expense of the flights and other incidentals. Contributions may be made to AMVETS Post 1111, P.O. Box 2535, Walla Walla. More details are also available from Mark at 525-1869 or Don Schack with AMVETS at 386-3564.

‘This may be the most successful banquet in our 21-year history,” said Jim Sonne, Blue Mountain Pheasants Forever Chapter 258 president. “... It looks like we did very well this year.” In all, 310 people came — a number they plan to top in 2014. They gained 29 new members, too.

The event brought in $11,503 after all the bills were paid. One-hundred percent of the funds are used in the community for four new habitat projects, their scholarship program, 4-H donations and a new program for FFA.

Jim credits the contributions of Lindsey Williams, who put the banquet together, her husband Matt, who was in charge of the guns, as well as officers, members, volunteers, guests and donors, who made the conservation group’s annual fundraiser thrive. As Lindsey won’t be available for the 2014 banquet, PF is seeking another chairperson to handle the job, which includes compensation. Call 525-3550 for details.

A number of attendees told Jim they enjoyed the catered dinner and the emcee, who kept up the pace, moving things along. And Jim said, “the Walla Walla Roller Girls did a wonderful job as did the bartenders.”

Ryan Storm, a PF representative from Twin Falls, Idaho, tries to attend every banquet in Canada and the western states. He said he had the most fun at Walla Walla’s, which was the largest of the banquets.

“A lot of the people said it was more like a large party. We may have to change the title next year to the Pheasants Forever Banquet/Party. People even got up and danced. Next year we will have a dance floor.”

Among items up for auction was a black labrador puppy that brought in a record $800. Les Schwab paid for 12 guests and donated two $400 dollar certificates. Griggs raffled off six guns from the wall of guns, double last year’s number, Jim said. Guest Chris Coors “brought a record 20 people to the party and they all used the same number (bid number 163) and just added their names. That group knows how to party,” Jim added.

Chapter 258 includes Walla Walla, Touchet, Prescott, Waitsburg and Dayton in Walla Walla and Columbia counties. Pheasants Forever has more than 110,000 members in more than 600 local chapters across the United States and Canada. The national headquarters is located in St. Paul, Minn., where the organization was founded.

Find out more by attending a meeting. The group gathers on the last Wednesday of the month at The Brik. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For other details, email bmpf258@charter.net .

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.


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