Local businesswomen raise funds for fire victims
With multiple wildfires destroying homes in the rural areas of Molalla, several area businesswomen who have connections to the city are holding raffle fundraisers to help those affected.
The businesswomen are Angelyn Lauderback, owner of Angie Grace Photography in Portland; Gigi Rascon, a lash technician at Ellie May's Beauty Bar in Canby along with peers Bri Gurnett, Michelle Tankersley and Renae Diaz; and Whitney Dyke, owner of PNW Beautiful Finishes in Keizer.
For $5 per raffle ticket, people can both donate to fire victims and have a chance at a professional photo shoot, multiple treatments at the beauty bar or a refinished piece of furniture.
A portion of the funds will go directly to two families in the Molalla area who lost their homes, and the remainder will go to local organizations to benefit wildfire victims, such as Foothills Community Church and the American Red Cross.
"There are so many other generous people like these women donating their time and resources to help right now, and it gives the rest of us hope," said Krystalyn Salyer, Lauderback's sister, who is helping spread awareness about the fundraisers.
Photo shoot raffle
Lauderback is offering one professional photo shoot with award-winning angiegracephotography.com, a $375 value. The contest runs through Saturday, Sept. 19.
To enter, send your donation via Venmo to @angelyn_salyer or reach out to Angelyn Lauderback on Facebook to arrange payment through Zelle or Paypal.
The cause is close to Lauderback's heart since she grew up in Molalla. She also has family members who still live there and were forced to evacuate due to the fires.
"Molalla is and always will be my hometown, and like so many others, I carry such special memories of growing up there surrounded by the beautiful forests and rivers," Lauderback said. "Although I don't live in town anymore, my sister and nephews and many close friends still do, and I wanted to do anything I could to find a tangible way to support families affected by the fire."
As of Tuesday, Sept. 15, she had already raised $2,225.
"I had no expectations but have been overwhelmed at the outpouring of love and support from those who have donated or shared about the fundraiser," Lauderback said. "It has been incredible to see so many people come together during this uncertain time, and I couldn't be more proud of Molalla and the people who make it the community that it is."
Beauty package raffle
Rascon and her peers are offering a $330 prize that includes a free full set of lash extensions, brow wax and tint, haircut, scalp massage and treatment and a 60-minute custom facial treatment. This contest also goes through Saturday, Sept. 19.
To enter, send your donation via Venmo to @gigi-rascon.
Like Lauderback, Molalla is Rascon's hometown. Her parents still live in the city and had to evacuate their home.
Rascon and the other self-employed women at Ellie May's had raised $735 as of Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Custom furniture raffle
Dyke, of PNW Beautiful Finishes, puts life into old furniture. She is offering a refinished buffet valued at $375 as the prize for her raffle.
As of Tuesday, Sept. 15, Dyke had raised $459 toward the cause.
Dyke said she wants to help "in every way [she] can" because her best friend's family of seven lost their home in the fires along with all of their belongings as they had no time to gather their things before evacuating.
"Let's all come together and help each other," Dyke said.
Other ways to give
For those interested in donating funds outside the raffles, Foothills Community Church in Molalla has established a Fire Relief Assistance Fund that will be used to assist those impacted by the fires. All funds will go to victims.
To donate, visit foothillsonline.com/online-giving/, mail a check to Foothills Church, P.O. Box 797, Molalla, OR 97038 with the memo "Fire Relief Assistance" or drop a check through the mail slot at 215 E. Main St. in Molalla.
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