Fledgling recreation program nets $1,000 donation
Local volunteer group Friends of Fairview has pitched in $1,000 to help support the fledgling East County Recreation Program.
The money was generated at Fairview on the Green, an annual festival held this year on Saturday, Aug. 19.
"(Fairview on the Green) is a labor of love for our group," Friends of Fairview President Darren Riordan explained in a press announcement. "We feel strongly that local festivals are the cornerstones of communities, and they bring neighbors together in a fun and safe manner where everyone can play."
"We feel this is reflected in the program's mission and want to see them succeed," he continued.
Riordan, who also serves on the board of directors for the East County Historical Organization, presented the donation to the rec program's steering committee on Monday, Oct. 2, at Fairview City Hall.
The East County Recreation Program offers low-cost opportunities for children across East Multnomah County to stay active and exercise their creative muscles. This fall, the program is offering classes in hip hop dance, painting and printmaking, and children's beginning and intermediate piano and ballet.
The new funding was well received by Katherine Ashford, a former Portland State University fellow who was hired to direct the program earlier this year.
"This is an amazing step in our mission to make culturally responsive enrichment activities available for all children and youth, regardless of financial limitations," she said. "This is a testament to the wonderful partnerships we have built with community stakeholders, and we are deeply grateful for their support."
The donation is one of several planned by Friends of Fairview and the historical organization for 2017.
Riordan said both groups would also donate $400 to the Reynolds High School boys varsity soccer team to pay for team shirts and an end-of-season awards banquet.
For more information or to sign up, visit www.fairvieworegon.gov/ecr. Scholarships are also available.
Other sponsors of this year's Friends of Fairview event include AllWood Recyclers, the city of Fairview, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Dirt & Aggregate Interchange, Five Star Storage, Leathers Enterprises Inc, Morasch Meats, Portland General Electric, Quality Diesel Parts, Twelve Mile Disposal Service, Wichita's Puff's Pub and several individuals.