Kudos to Relay for Life

To the editor:

The recent Newberg Relay for Life was an overwhelming success. This letter will illustrate the strong community support for Relay in Newberg and the greater Yamhill County area, and hopefully encourage those who have been watching from the proverbial sidelines to make this the year to get involved too.

Relay for Life Newberg is an annual fundraising and community awareness event to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society. It is indeed a community effort and it is great to see that, like Special Olympics, the community stands firmly behind the relay.

We especially want to thank the Chehalem Garden Club for again furnishing our serenity garden with many beautiful potted plants, which were then offered for sale on the second day of the relay at bargain prices. Dundee Garden Art furnished benches and a variety of beautiful statuary for the grounds. This, plus some beautiful hanging plants, special lighting and artistic metal and glass birdbaths from our neighbors Matt and Cristie Ross, made this the nicest serenity garden ever.

Our survivor dinner was cooked and served by Becky Cropper and the River Street Church of God, while the dinner itself was hosted by Newberg Christian Church. For this we offer special thanks to Becky and her crew, as well as Andy Heisler, Jim Hirte, David Case, Debbie Groat and Tina Senz of NCC.

Comments about the relay, including the survivor’s dinner or other survivor events, can be sent to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’d love to speak more with any potential donors and volunteers and we will help you connect with as large or small of a task as you want.

Dan and Debbie Carpenter, committee co-chairpersons

Shelter fundraiser

To the editor:

Most local residents are aware that the Newberg Animal Shelter was recently built. However, what many people do not realize is that the shelter is far from finished. Because I am looking toward a career in working with animals, I have chosen to raise awareness about the unfinished state of the shelter and fundraise to help them for my senior project.

My goal is to simply furnish “one room at a time,” beginning with the grooming room. I have sent letters to 25 local businesses asking for monetary donations. Now I am asking for help to spread the word and continue raising funds from pet lovers everywhere.

As part of my plan to raise public awareness I am working with my mentor, Cathy Martin, to expand the Old Fashioned Festival dog show contest, which is held at the Renne Field tennis courts on July 25 in conjunction with the children’s parade. I have added additional contest categories and local pet businesses and supporters have stepped up to offer free dog services and prizes.

Please stop by the dog show if you can to support this worthy cause or, if you prefer, donate directly to the Newberg Animal Shelter Friends in my name. Check out the Old Fashioned Festival and Newberg Animal Shelter Friends pages on Facebook for more details.

I thank you in advance for your support of my project.

Levi Nave, Newberg

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