Charitable fundraiser persists through storm
Molalla businesses, community groups and school clubs hold fundraisers throughout Share the Love, a once-per-year event to benefit families in crisis. This year, when the historic ice storm hit the area, one fundraiser fought the odds and still took place, thanks to a BBQ food truck business out of Vancouver.
Under adviser Diana Steach, Molalla High's Key Club had planned a bingo BBQ night to raise funds for Share the Love. They reached out to a new food truck from Vancouver, RJ's Smokehouse and BBQ Joint, which agreed to not only participate but to donate 100% of the profits.
When the night of the event came, Feb. 12, so did the ice storm. The bingo portion of the event was postponed to Feb. 20, but RJ's owners, Jason and Alta Hertz, agreed to deliver their meals Feb. 12 as promised.
"They have gone above and beyond for our cause that isn't even in their community," Steach said, "and I believe they need a shout-out."
The Hertzes had to leave their food trailer behind in Vancouver due to the icy conditions, but they packed up their hot pots and generators and drove slowly to fulfill their commitment, according to Steach. After the event, they drove back to Vancouver to set up their smokers for the next day's orders and drove back to Molalla Saturday morning for the second round of orders.
"They were real troupers," Steach said.
Events like this one will benefit this year's Share the Love recipients: the Marshall, Robles and Laplante families, who are struggling due to medical conditions and the 2020 wildfires.
And there will be a few extra days to get those dollars in, as the Share the Love closing assembly has moved to 6 p.m. March 1, online at the MHS Leadership YouTube channel.
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