Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce and Judy's Party award grants to senior center

Mount Angel Senior Center receives grants

The Mount Angel Senior Center has received grants from Judy's Party and the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce.

The grants will be used to purchase a much-needed refrigerator for food storage and the food bank.

Started three years ago as a way to honor the late Judy Schmidt for her dedication to her community, Judy's Party is staged by the Silverton Chamber of Commerce and other nonprofit organizations. An advocate for many nonprofit organizations and the director of volunteer and community services for Silverton Health, Schmidt died Oct. 1, 2014. To honor her memory and to inspire others to volunteer, her friends and family started the annual event. Last year, guests spent an evening of dancing, enjoying tasty local food and bidding on auction items, raising $12,320 to donate to local nonprofits. The funds are donated back to local nonprofit organizations.

"The Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce believes in giving back to the community and the senior center benefits our entire area," Pete Wall, chamber president, said in a press release. "The refrigerator holds food bank perishables. It is also used for perishables that are donated by local residents from their garden. The garden produce is offered free to everyone in the community. The Mount Angel chamber is pleased to be able to provide assistance to the senior center."

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