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SnowCap hits new mark at auction


“Sold out” and “successful” are the two terms used to describe the fifth annual Valentine’s dinner and auction that SnowCap Community Charities relies upon as its major fundraiser.

Girls that are just having fun at the fifth annual SnowCap Valentine Dinner and Auction held last month are, from left, Bridget Stallsworth, Traci Chambers and Jane Coppedge. The annual event raised almost $50,000 for the Mid-county community charity.
This year’s event, held at the Sheraton Airport Hotel, drew 300 attendees and raised more than $48,000 — $4,000 more than the pervious year, but slightly shy of the goal of $50,000.

“There is nothing wrong with a 10 percent increase,” said Judy Alley, SnowCap executive director. “I am sure we will achieve our $50,000 goal next year.”

Funds raised at this function and others we conduct throughout the year help in a most meaningful way. The entire SnowCap community should be thanked for their support,” she continued.

Included in the $48,000 this year was $15,000 earmarked to help pay energy bills for low-income families. The number includes a $5,000 matching pledge from Pacific Power and a $2,500 matching pledge from Portland General Electric.

Planning for the 2008 event is already underway. Chair of the past two dinner auctions was Carlene Weldon, a Gresham city employee and SnowCap board member. Under her direction, the event raised more than $93,000.

SnowCap is a nonprofit, faith-based volunteer organization that provides food, clothing, energy assistance, English language instruction and other advocacy services for low-income individuals and families in several Multnomah County communities, including Parkrose, Gresham, Fairview, Wood Village and Troutdale. Last year SnowCap distributed 23,000 food boxes to families in need, including shut-ins; clothing for 7,000 children; school supplies for more than 2,400 youngsters; and winter heating help for more than 300 families. SnowCap volunteers provided more than one million pounds of food to hungry people.
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