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When Portland Parks gave up paying for the summer park program in Brooklyn, residents stepped up

RITA A. LEONARD - A February 22 Gala to be held here, at Sacred Hearts new Fellowship Hall, will support the efforts of  Friends of Brooklyn Park to keep the neighborhood Summer Youth Program going. "Friends of Brooklyn Park" is planning an annual Gala to support the park's Summer Youth Program. The dinner and live entertainment will be held Saturday, February 22, 5:30-9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church's new Fellowship Hall. The address is 3850 S.E. 11th Avenue.

Melaney Dittler and Caroline Dunn, the main organizers of the Gala, tell THE BEE that the evening will include a festive dinner for adults, with alcoholic drinks from local suppliers available for purchase, and live music and entertainment. They add that this Gala will be more affordable than their first such event – and is "an opportunity to enjoy dinner and fellowship, while supporting the 2020 Summer Youth Program at Brooklyn Park."

The ticket prices are set at $30, in hopes of attracting more neighbors this year, while making the evening more accessible to the entire community. Dittler revealed, "We'll also have a raffle, a silent auction, and a dessert auction; and we'll accept any donations to the cause."

Longtime Summer Program Director Craig Montag will be present to talk about his years at the park, and the future of the summer program, now that PP&R support for it has ended and the neighborhood is attempting to keep it going with local funding.

For more information, go online – www.friendsofbrooklynpark.org


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