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Event celebrates COCC's ten years in Madras and raises money for Native scholarships

COURTESY COCC - COCC salmon bake

Central Oregon Community College has hosted their annual salmon bake on its Bend since the early 1970s. This year, it's coming to Madras.

The event, which was originally planned for the Madras campus before the pandemic in 2020, will feature a traditional salmon bake, live dancers and drummers and local vendors.

"We're excited to have everyone together to celebrate again," said Michelle Cary, COCC's Native American Program Coordinator.

The event will feature a free lunch with fresh cooked salmon, as well as sides from the Three Teepee Café.

While the lunch is free, the event serves as the main fundraiser for COCC's First Nation student union. The event funds their scholarships, which offer $500 to involved students in their final term at COCC to celebrate their achievement.

COCC also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the COCC Madras campus. The event will feature a silent auction and will be accepting donations to support the scholarship fund.

The salmon bake will be held Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the COCC Madras campus and is open to all.


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