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Inaugural event of its kind boosts service projects with $600, draws people to downtown businesses

COURTESY PHOTO: OC LIONS CLUB - Lori Hundhausen was the winner of a tree decorated at the World HeARTs Fair Trade shop in Oregon City.COURTESY PHOTO: OC LIONS CLUB - Lorie Griffith, a member of the West Linn Historical Society, helps Oregon City Commissioner Rocky Smith decorate his tree at his Haunted Oregon City shop downtown.  Oregon City Lions Club raised approximately $600 from a raffle drawing of decorated trees earlier this month.

OC Lions Club President Rae Gordon plans for this to be the inaugural event of its kind.

"We will have more locations next year, and this will be one of our signature events," Gordon said. "The community really came together to make this happen. From the chamber and downtown association helping to promote it, donated trees and supplies to the business owners and employees staying late to decorate. We hope to make this an annual event that not only provides funds for our service projects but brings new customers and cheer to our small business doors."

OC Lions service projects include health screenings at schools where they donate hearing aids and reading glasses to students in need. Seven trees were donated by Clackamas County-based Rutz Family Farms, and the Oregon City businesses were responsible for decorating the trees. COURTESY PHOTO: OC LIONS CLUB - With help from Sheryl Hall, Lions Club President Rae Gordon decorated a live potted tree with birdseed packets to display at her antique booth in downtown Oregon City.COURTESY PHOTO: OC LIONS CLUB - Seven trees were donated by Clackamas County-based Rutz Family Farms to help raise funding for children's reading glasses.

"We did this not only as a fundraising activity but as a way to get people out and about and into small local businesses," Gordon said."We set it up so that people would go to the stores to view and also go to pick up, allowing businesses more opportunity to gain new customers."

Participating businesses included Mary Rose Boutique, Trails End Saloon, Oregon City Antiques, World HeARTS Fair Trade, Haunted Oregon City, Soulflags Art Lit Community Center and Acadia NW, a state-certified center providing alcohol and drug treatment.

"Thank you to everybody who entered the first Oh! Christmas Tree Drawing," Gordon said. "We will be doing this as an annual event. If you would like to be on the committee to help make it even more successful, please let me know."

Lions will also be needing volunteers to help run the McLoughin neighborhood sale this summer. For more information, visit oclionsclub.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..COURTESY PHOTO: OC LIONS CLUB - Mary Rose Boutique in downtown Oregon City decorated a tree to help raise money for the Lions Club.


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