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Woodstock's business assn. was one of the few in Southeast Portland to have a major merchant promotion this year

DAVID F. ASHTON - At the table outside Cloud City Ice Cream, selling raffle tickets, were students Emily Schmitz and Jillian Downing - along with OnPoint Credit Union Woodstock Branch manager Jennifer Schmitz, who is also a member of the WCBA Board. Although the weather didn't cooperate on Sunday, September 19, the Woodstock Community Business Association's (WCBA) annual business promotion, "Woodstock Gives Back", returned after taking a break last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With rain and dark clouds skittering across the sky, causing some potential business participants to withdraw, the rest set up under canopies under which to greet folks turning out for the one-day sales on Woodstock Boulevard that day, between S.E. 40th and 57th Avenues.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Ready to hula-hoop with visitors stopping by were WCBA Board Member Cydney French from Portland Family Health, along with Angie Fitzpatrick - Executive Director of Baby Blues Connection, which was the local nonprofit that French chose to support during Woodstock Gives Back this year.  "It's true, it's been difficult to get people out of 'crisis mode' to jump on board this year," acknowledged WCBA Board Member Cydney French of Portland Family Health.

"As in past years, though, 'Woodstock Gives Back' not only means sales, but also support for local nonprofit organizations," she told THE BEE. "Many of these organizations were especially affected during the pandemic, so they need more support now, than ever.

"I'm excited about this event every year, because it's such a beautiful thing for the community. It was good to see between 15 and 20 businesses participating this year, despite the ongoing pandemic," French reflected.

"Even though they're dodging the raindrops," French added, "We've seen so many happy people out and about today; it's an event that gets people out of their homes, and again able to see each other, even at a social distance, as we navigate the pandemic. Everyone's wearing masks, and we're social distancing!"

To learn more about the WCBA, which is the city-recognized business association for both the Woodstock and the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhoods, go online –

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