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LO Teen and Youth Program holding couch fundraiser

The couches at Teen Lounge have provided outstanding service over the years.

That’s why they now must be replaced. The couches have been used for countless discussions and have simply been worn out. Now, the LO Teen Scene is holding a fundraiser to raise $1,800 to purchase two new couches. The idea is to have the replacement couches ready by the holiday season.

To facilitate this, the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department has switched its registration system to Active, a format that allows fundraising campaigns similar to Kickstarter.

“We’ve had thousands of kids in here,” said Cydny Fletcher, Teen and Youth Program coordinator for the City of Lake Oswego. “It’s amazing they’ve lasted so long. We get 40 to 60 kids in here every day.”

Along with the website, Fletcher’s teens are working hard to raise money for the project by urging their parents to donate; others are giving their snack money.

Fletcher noted the lounge itself has a convenient way to select a donation level — the pictures of cats that hang in the lounge. There is a Kitten Sponsor level ($5), a Cat Sponsor level ($10) and the Tiger Sponsor, the top level. Those donating $100 will receive a painting of their favorite pet by talented artist Emily Liu, who happens to be Fletcher’s assistant director.

The fundraising drive will conclude at the end of this month.

To make a donation online, go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec/teen-lounge-couch-fund-we-need-your-help.

— Cliff Newell

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