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Three schools and a Community Center group benefit by a credit union grand opening promotion

ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Terry Griffiths, left, one of the founders of Friends of the Woodstock Community Center, accompanies FWCC Chairperson Dawn Haecker in receiving a $3,235 check from Matt Civis, Woodstock Advantis Credit Union Manager, as part of the grand opening promotion.After a month of customers dropping plastic tokens into small blue boxes at Advantis Credit Union on Woodstock Boulevard at S.E. 43rd Avenue – the tokens were to direct charity funds, as part of the organization's grand opening in Woodstock – all one thousand tokens were finally gone, and the results were in.

In February three elementary schools – Duniway, Lewis, and Woodstock – and the Woodstock Street Art Project, and Friends of the Woodstock Community Center – were chosen by Advantis to receive the grand opening donations, dispersed according to how patrons deposited the tokens for each organization. Each token represented five dollars.

In early April, Advantis notified each of the organizations of the sums they had "earned" by the customer promotion, and the nonprofit Friends of the Woodstock Community Center was very happy to hear that 647 tokens had been deposited into their small box, meaning a donation of $3,235 dollars.

On April 10th Advantis presented a check in that amount to Dawn Haecker, Chairperson of Friends of the Woodstock Community Center, outside the community center.

Haecker remarked, "The Friends of Woodstock Community Center and the Woodstock Neighborhood Association are very grateful for this show of support from the community." The Advantis donations to the other participating organizations were: Duniway Elementary PTA, $260; Lewis Elementary PTA, $475; Woodstock Elementary PTA, $455; and the Woodstock Street Art Project $575.

Matt Civis, Woodstock Advantis Manager, commented, "At previous grand openings we would give away a trip, but this time we decided to give that money back directly to the community. We also were excited to let the community decide where the money went."

As has been reported in THE BEE, four small Portland Parks & Recreation Community Centers are threatened with closure, so if that happens to the Woodstock Community Center, FWCC will discuss sharing the money with the other organization and schools who were a part of this promotion.

If the Center stays open, the money will be used to help with custodial and miscellaneous maintenance costs that are overseen by Friends of the Woodstock Community Center in a fifteen year-old partnership agreement with Portland Parks and Recreation.

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