Nonprofit’s dinner raises more than $13,000 for its projects - Etcetera - 10/29/13


An update on the success of the Blue Mountain Heart to Heart Dinner for Friends with Friends came by way of the fall Heartbeat newsletter.

Altogether, more than 80 people attended 16 different parties in August. “After all the delicious food was eaten, and donations counted, BMH2H received more than $13,000.”

Hosts gave all kinds of parties, from barbecues to catered dinners to raise funds for the nonprofit. In addition to the hosts and guests who participated, gratitude was extended to Judah Pira and the fundraising committee that shepherded the event.

Also contributing to the cause were Welcome Table Farm, which supplied free vegetables to the cooks; Colville Street Patisserie for “very deep discounts on desserts”; Walla Walla Vintners for wine; and Park Plaza for donating a dinner for a party’s hosts and their guests.

BMH2H kicked off the Generous Hearts Society for donors who give more than $200 per year. Among other perks, GHS members will be invited to a thank-you event in December.

The organization is gearing up to supply Thanksgiving food baskets to clients, the newsletter reported. “Sharing a special holiday meal is such an important and stabilizing moment in our clients’ lives.”

BMH2H works with Blue Mountain Action Council, which donates much of the food distributed on Thanksgiving week.

Donated items are also needed from the community to round out the baskets, such as pies, dinner rolls and fresh vegetables.

“Even a gift card to a local supermarket can help us meet our goal of a full holiday meal for every client. And thank you again to the Junior Club of Walla Walla, who handled all of our pies last year. We are so grateful for our caring community.”

To find out more about making donations or volunteering, call 529-4744. BMH2H’s mailing address is P.O. Box 40, Walla Walla WA 99362. For additional details, contact Executive Director Everett Maroon at

In this column on Oct. 8 I ran a watercolor painting by Alfred Dunn that originally appeared in Ford Times magazine in 1956. It showed a U-B paper carrier on a bridge downtown overlooking the Mill Creek channel with two kids below waving to the carrier.

The very idea of kids playing in the creek sparked discussions about the safety of said kids and I subsequently discovered it’s not the place to hang out these days unless one has appropriate, official clearance from the city and county. I also wondered if any readers had romped in the concrete section in the 1950s.

I got my answer from Walla Wallan Margaret Cornelison Hoglund, who grew up in town in the mid-century.

“We played in the channel a lot,” she said, qualifying that it was during low-water times in the summer.

“We’d wade, catch minnows, splash up and down the creek and balance on the baffles.

“When the water was higher the sloped edges of the creek bed were slippery with algae, so we had to walk closer to the walls, which limited activities,” Margaret recalled.

Living on Boyer Avenue, near the Roosevelt Street bridge, she and playmates climbed down from the yard next to it where apartments are now situated, or at Wildwood Park.

“I don’t remember there being fences then. I didn’t ride a bike in the channel. (That) would have been tough for a little 10-year-old girl like me to get a bike down those walls, but it sure would have been possible to go upstream a way where the walls weren’t so high, and certainly doable by bigger kids. Seems like a perfectly normal thing to have happened,” she said.

“Even though things like that sound horrifying to today’s parents, we sure had a lot more fun than kids seem to now, with all their organized activities. We had the Mill Creek channel, (The Natatorium) for swimming, dancing and the outdoor trampoline center — which I’m sure would now be considered too risky for our litigious society — miles of country roads to bike around — and lots of freedom. Great memories!”

Former Walla Walla resident Carrie Swift, now of Richland, has been honored as Diabetes Care and Education Diabetes Educator of the Year.

DCE is a dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Carrie received the honor on Oct. 20 at the Academy’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Houston, Texas.

A registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, Carrie is employed at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland.

She moved to Walla Walla with parents Jack and Natalie Fredrickson in 1976, attended Garrison Middle School and graduated in 1982 from Walla Walla High School. She earned a bachelor’s in food science and human nutrition from Washington State University in 1987.

She and husband Neil Swift have a 14-year-old daughter, Erin. They most recently lived in Walla Walla from 2004-2010, Carrie said.

Carrie’s family is deeply rooted here. Her great-grandmother helped raise money to build the bandstand in City Park (now Pioneer Park) when it was constructed in the early 1900s.

Her sister and brother-in-law, Tensie and Mike Lovejoy, live in Walla Walla with daughter Taya. Her brother, Mike Fredrickson, is a port commissioner.

The Swifts still spend a lot of time here and have a condo at Village Way.

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


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