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Media cooperative lauds participants at awards dinner Thursday night, May 3

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - MetroEast Community Media thrives thanks to the 250 volunteers who are connected to the nonprofit organization. MetroEast Community Media wouldn't be able to thrive without the hard work of hundreds of volunteers who put on their own programs and support the production of countless others.

So, following a yearly tradition, the nonprofit organization dedicated to the field of media production and digital literacy brought everyone together for the 2018 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.

"MetroEast is a giant family, so this is an opportunity to say thank you," said CEO Martin Jones. "We can bring together this unique group of people who come from different backgrounds."

The appreciation event was held Thursday evening, May 3, at Cedarville Lodge, 3800 W. Powell Loop. The event featured food prepared by Chef J.P. and Southern Grill Catering, awards, MetroEast T-shirts, sneak peeks of new workshops and events, a photo booth and much more.

The volunteers bring their creativity to MetroEast, allowing it to run more than 5,000 hours of original programming each year covering different community niches.

There are 250 volunteers connected with the group, ranging in age from 8 to 80. They come to MetroEast's studios at 829 N.E. Eighth St. from all across the region, many participants from places such as Battleground, Wash., Hillsboro, Portland and Sandy.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - MetroEast Community Media CEO Martin Jones thanked everyone for their hard work during the 2018 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. MetroEast offer access to a $1 million facility for a $50 yearly membership fee, letting anyone who joins share their vision on cable-access TV and other audio-viusual platforms.

Volunteers have gone on to be professionals in the field of media and the film industry. The nonprofit organization also has training courses and classes, and hosts events in Rockwood aimed at promoting digital literacy.

"This night is dedicated to all of you," Jones said. "Now more than ever places like MetroEast need to thrive, so thank you to all of our volunteers for helping us do that."

Volunteer awards

During the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, MetroEast recognized some of the most deserving. They included:

Rookie of the Year: Dajour McKinley

Volunteer of the Year: Glen Dyer

Youth Focus Awards: Jordan Ribbon, Chris Mendoza, Zac Meyer, Joshua Christiansen, Jalen Patel, Rayawnie Paris, Raiyasha Paris, Noelia Arellano, Jacelle Spillette, Guilermo Granados

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