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Fundraisers for the family grow; community bike ride set

Like many parents in Forest Grove, Maggie Pike has a connection to the Dieter-Robinson family. When her now-grown daughters were young, they met Susan Dieter-Robinson through Adventures Without Limits, a local recreation organization for children of all abilities. Pike has kept in touch with the family over the years and when she heard about the deaths of Dieter-Robinson’s daughters, she decided to take a small fundraiser she’d planned for this fall and turn it into a community event.

“People want to help so badly,” said Pike, owner of Maggie’s Buns restaurant. “But they don’t know what to do.”

After consulting with friends and the family, Pike settled on a community bike ride at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, to celebrate the lives of Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and Abigail Robinson.

Pike said the start location for the 4K Cycle of Life will be announced next week. She’s hoping to draw serious cyclists from around the region who will use the event to kick off longer rides.

Pike is rounding up bike flashers (courtesy of Tidwell Dental) and reflective tape and hopes to build on a safety theme.

Following the ride there will be free soup and buns and the chance to donate toward an upgrade of the school’s playground equipment. While the school is now used as an administraiton building, the playground still gets heavy use by neighborhood children and students at the nearby public charter school.

Pike said Susan Dieter-Robinson told her that Anna and Abby spent hours on the playground and that improving it would be a a fitting tribute to them.

Pike is asking community members to help spread the word through word-of-mouth and social media.

Those interested in helping out can contact Pike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, check out next week’s News-Times.

Other support around town:

n Holland Painting, which had been talking with the Dieter-Robinsons about painting their house next summer, is setting up a fund to do it for free, with Rodda Paint donating the paint and the Holland Painting owner donating his time. Checks to support the rest of the at-cost project can be made out to “Dieter-Robinson Home Renovation Fund” and sent to Holland Painting, 3217 Crestline Dr. Cornelius OR 97116. Work on the house started this week.

n Some Forest Grove firefighters were at the house last weekend, repairing a deck, removing a hot tub and doing some work in the basement.

n Pacific University Greek Life started a “penny wars” campaign among classes and faculty to donate to the family’s fund through Nov. 1.

n Sonrise Church will be accepting donations, which the family will donate to the charity of their choice. Call 503-640-2449.

n The Dilley Elementary Parent-Teacher Association is accepting condolence cards and donations.

n The Community Based Activity Program (CBAP) has established a Dieter-Robinson memorial fund at Wells Fargo Bank, which will go toward the Dieter-Robinson Memorial Scholarship that will be awarded next spring.

n There is also a “Dieter-Robinson” fund set up at Columbia Community Bank in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Tanasbourne and Durham.

n Izgara Middle Eastern Restaurant donated 25 percent of its profits on Friday, Oct. 25.

n HPS Pipe & Supply in Cornelius donated 10 percent of its profits Oct. 25 and 26.

n Papa Murphy’s Pizza collected donations in a jar last weekend.

n Urban Decanter donated a $5 tasting fee and 10 percent of Apolloni Vineyard bottle sales last Friday.



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