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Online fund for Mohammadi tops $100,000; Friends of Library disburses $25,000 in grants; Concert will benefit fight against blood cancers

Online fund for Mohammadi tops $100,000

As Mohammad Fawad Mohammadi heals from a crushed leg, broken hips and a fractured back at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, his co-workers at Palisades Market in Lake Oswego are continuing to raise money to support their injured colleague.

A GoFundMe account established at bit.ly/FawadsFund to help pay Mohammadi's medical expenses topped $100,000 this week, thanks to donations from more than 1,700 individuals. An additional $10,000 was raised through a fundraiser at the market's checkstands.

Mohammadi was injured earlier this month at the Oregon coast in a bizarre hit-and-run accident that resulted in a 16-count indictment against the driver of the other vehicle, Perry G. Nicolopolous, 68, of Puyallup, Wash. The charges, including attempted murder, include prosecutors' assertion that the crime was motivated by bias.

Nicolopolous is being held on $1 million bail in Lincoln County Jail, where he awaits an April 30 court date.

Meanwhile, Mohammadi has undergone several surgeries, including one to amputate his right leg six inches below the knee. Infection of that wound prevents doctors from moving on to Mohammadi's other injuries until it heals properly.

Friends of Library disburses $25,000 in grants

Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library announced this week that it has approved $25,000 in grants for a variety of programs at the library.

Each year, the Friends group approves $50,000 in grants to the library, with half disbursed in September and the rest in March. V'Anne Didzun, chairwoman of the organization's wish-list committee, says the latest round will support a wide range of musical, educational and cultural programs for library patrons of all ages.

The largest grant — $10,150 — will cover spring and summer events at the library, including summer reading clubs for adults, children and teens. Other offerings include music programs for babies, dance and movement classes for toddlers and STEAM programs (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) for elementary and middle-school students.

In addition, the grants include:

-- $6,240 to replace fiction and nonfiction books damaged by frequent use;

-- $3,600 for daytime Second Wednesday performing arts programs, including dance, music, literary presentations, theater and more;

-- $2,000 for refreshments at the library's various events;

-- $1,100 for the Tuesday-night music series;

-- $1,000 for the Third Tuesday author series; and

-- $910 for the Cultural Pass program, which allows library cardholders to reserve free passes at attractions throughout the metro area.

Concert will benefit fight against blood cancers

Portland singers Merideth Kaye Clark and Susannah Mars will perform the hits of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland next week at a Lake Oswego fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The benefit concert, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April, 5, will be hosted by businesswoman Kirsten Leonard at The Foundry at Oswego Pointe (320 Oswego Pointe Drive in Lake Oswego). Leonard is one of 14 candidates competing in the nonprofit organization's annual Man and Woman of the Year contest, which aims to raise funds for the fight against blood cancers.

Tickets ($25-$200) are available online at www.tinyurl.com/LLSConcert, with all proceeds benefitting LLS. For more on Leonard's Woman of the Year campaign, go to www.pages.mwoy.org/oswim/oswim18/kleonard.

— The Review

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