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Grace Center's loss will be nursing's gain

Cheri Babb, the executive director and registered nurse at Grace Center for Adult Day Services for 25 years, has resigned to return to her first passion, nursing. Her wise and cheerful leadership will be missed.

The board members and staff thank her for her vision and dedication in creating and leading Grace Center programs to maintain or improve the physical and mental abilities of the seniors and adults with disabilities in our community. Cheri's dream and professional drive built Grace Center into the first certified adult day program in Oregon.

Hundreds of participants and caregivers have benefited from the center's social stimulation, activities and resources.

Cheri carefully selected a skilled and compassionate staff while encouraging other adult day services in the state. We wish her well in her future endeavors. She has left us well prepared to continue serving the elderly and disabled in our community.

Karen Smith, Melanie Marshall and Betty McCauley , Grace Center Board

Plumbing company's generosity got job done

The construction class at Corvallis High School thanks Kevin Albin.

Kevin, with the help of his employees at Albin's Plumbing, volunteered their time to completely plumb the class's house. The class found out they could not do the work themselves without proper licensure, so Albin's Plumbing saved us by doing the work. Without Albin's Plumbing volunteering its time, the class would not have been able to complete the house within the budget.

Rob Duvall, Industrial arts teacher, Corvallis High School

Performers gave huge boost to United Way

United Way says a big "Thank you" to The BA452 project team, LAUGH OUT LOUD members Nathan Storms, Whitnie Ray, Josh Fritchey, Grace Sansom, Erik Kanestrom and Lisa Shannon.

Efforts such as this, organized and implemented by volunteers, are a huge boost for United Way. Nearly 300 eager comedy fans packed the lower section of Milam Auditorium, and our new friends raised a net of almost $1,700 for United Way in combined ticket sales and contributions.

All proceeds will go toward United Way's Community Impact Fund, addressing the most important needs here in Benton County.

We'd also like to recognize generous sponsorships from R3 Engraving, Red Bull, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express, OSU and others. Every good word, volunteered minute and dollars raised helps towards a better community. Thank you to all the students, sponsors and supporters.

Dawson Officer, Campaign Director, United Way of Benton & Lincoln Counties

Many helped by giving to Furniture Share

Benton Furniture Share thanks everyone who contributed to our "Beds for Kids" and "Christmas Giving Tree" campaigns. Our supporters in Linn and Benton counties enabled us to provide gifts and beds to more than 100 children and families over the holidays.

We received many cards from families who were extremely grateful and humbled from the generosity provided to them. We also received drawings from children of themselves sleeping in a bed, expressing their happiness. The smiles, happy faces and tears of joy that we saw could not have been possible without the generous donations received from all who participated in these very worthwhile campaigns. Special thanks to Eric and Bonnie Helpenstell, whose generosity was greatly appreciated.

For more information on our client services, see www.bfs.peak.org or call 541-754-9511.

Michelle Maddux, Benton Furniture Share

Wildcat Park volunteers are cool contributors

Thanks to all the volunteers who braved the winter weather to work on the Wildcat Park landscaping project. The gravel paths, planting beds and grass were installed over several weekends and add to the play area as well as making the park more attractive.

Thanks also to Mid-Valley Gravel for the generous donation of gravel for the paths, to the Ninth Street Starbucks for coffee to get the workers going on the cold mornings and to the volunteers who supplied food to keep the workers happy.

Future projects at the park will include more picnic table and benches, trash receptacles and plants.

We hope everyone will continue to enjoy Wildcat Park.

Lori Hendrick and Nason McCullough, Wildcat Park Committee

Heartland fundraiser raised $42K for pets

Wine & Whiskers Unmask Your Heart was an outstanding success! A million thanks to all our volunteers, committee members, sponsors, community partners, guests and staff members. With their help, Wine & Whiskers raised more than $42,000!

Funds raised will help care for special-needs animals, reunite pets and their families, support humane education, support spay and neutering of all adopted animals and care for homeless animals waiting for forever homes.

It was an evening filled with delicious food, tasty wine and wonderful people having a great time! What better way to celebrate and support the important work Heartland Humane Society does for local animals and community members? Again, thank you to those who were a part of our event; your generosity and support make our success possible!

Anna Lopez, Heartland Humane Society, Corvallis

Palestinian culture event a success

The Palestine Action Group would like to thank the community of Corvallis and surrounding areas for the success of our Celebration of Palestinian Culture event on Feb. 7.

Thank you to everyone who came. We had a great turnout! We raised more than $1,800 for the Middle Eastern Children's Alliance for humanitarian relief for Gaza. It was above and beyond our expectations.

We would like to thank the cooks who so generously volunteered their time and effort; the performers for sharing their art, and the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center for letting us use their beautiful space.

Again, a sincere thanks to the audience: You were respectful, understanding and kind. We were so touched to find that after witnessing tragic events, we are not powerless, but can come together as a community to help others.

Lia Shrewsbury, The Palestine Action Group, Corvallis

CPR day a success for Boys & Girls Club

Feb. 21 was an especially heart-filled day for the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis.

We would like to thank Todd Washington, the owner of CPR-Works, for providing three free CPR classes on "CPR Day" as a benefit for the club.

More than 40 participants became certified in adult and infant CPR. Washington volunteered his time to provide the training and taking donations on behalf of the club instead of charging a fee for the class.

We also thank all who participated in the training and made a donation to the club. All proceeds from the event will be used to provide programming in a safe, positive place for our local youth.

Helen Higgins, Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis

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