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Students exchange grounds work at Camp Colton for dance/fundraiser venue to raise funds for Portis family

According to Dana Chamberlin, Camp Colton's community outreach coordinator, approximately 30 members of Colton High School's leadership class and their adviser, Nik Mason, did some landscape work in exchange for the camp's lodge as the venue for the school's Winter Formal held on Feb. 8.

Chamberlin said Camp Colton owners, Laurence and Shir Ly Grisanti, have a passion for the camp and its preservation and are delighted to work with the CHS leadership students with invasive plant removal in exchange for the use of the camp's venue for the upcoming formal dance.

"We are doing an ivy pull in three areas in exchange for the use of the lodge for Winter Formal," Mason said. "The leadership class puts on the dance and uses it as a fundraiser for a cause important to them. Doing this work keeps more money raised from the event for the cause."

PMG PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - CHS leadership class and adviser Nik Mason pull ivy at Camp Colton for use of the lodge for winter formal.

This year, the family of Alisa Anjolie Portis was chosen to receive the funds.

On Oct. 17, 2019, Portis was involved in a rollover motor vehicle accident. She was life-flighted to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) where she was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, numerous brain bleeds, contusions, a large hematoma on the left side of her head and a fractured skull on the right side.

Brain injuries take time to heal as well as a great deal of rehab, relearning and of course a lot of money. The leadership class chose the recent CHS graduate to receive money raised not only at the dance but from a coin drive.

"It is important to our leadership class to raise money to help someone in our community," said junior Viktoria Hanson.

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