Etcetera - 10/14/11

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More than just football is on the agenda tonight when Walla Walla High School's Blue Devils face the Richland High School Bombers at 7:30.

The king and queen for the Wa-Hi Homecoming Court, announced Monday, will occur at halftime in Borleske Stadium.

The court consists of seniors Tianna Cummings, Emma Eskil, Moe Handcox, Andrew Hoffman, Jason Klicker, Leo Pedroza, Blake Rowley, Emily Schueller, Jenny van Dyk and Hannah Warriner.

Nominees were chosen by popular vote of all Wa-Hi students.

Spirit Court members are senior Chelsah Fulsom and juniors Konor Clark, Zach Cooper and Jami Klicker. Cheerleaders chose these students for their enthusiastic participation at football games.

In some masterful wrangling, Linda Moats and Jenny Romaine, co-chairwomen for the Ninth Annual AAUW Kitchen Tour, pulled off what they described as a "fun and financially successful day."

Altogether the fundraiser, which allowed ticket holders to tour eight beautifully remodeled kitchens in the community, netted about $8,500 for AAUW-sponsored scholarships for local and national women. Proceeds will also fund special projects in the area, Linda said in a release.

Jacobi's Cafe generously gave over its restaurant space to the women's philanthropic group to stage the start to the tour. Guide books with a map and descriptions of all the showcased kitchens were handed out to ticket holders.

Approximately 330 participants viewed Jacobi's commercial kitchen as they began the tour on Oct. 2. The cafe also provided complimentary coffee and pastries.

The homeowners who opened their homes and explained details of their diverse, innovative remodeled kitchens are Nina Conn, Judy and Ron Jamison, Ty and Diane McEuen, Diane and Jay Bronze, Dalia and Barlow Corkrum, Michelle Janning and Neal Christopherson, Doug Bickerstaff and Joanne Price.

Despite economic pressures, 42 local sponsors supported the event by advertising in the tour booklet contributing $2,120, Linda said in a release. Twenty area businesses and individuals donated items and services for three raffle baskets, which brought in $636. The winners of the baskets are Dorothy Melton of Milton-Freewater and Shannon Bergevin and Terry Morgan, both of Walla Walla.

Local florists and a nursery gifted attractive floral arrangements for each kitchen, too.

"Facilitating the Kitchen Tour is a group effort. Our homeowners provided the inspiration. Sixty AAUW members volunteered their efforts to host the homes on the tour, including 20 who work on the Kitchen Tour Committee throughout the year. Several spouses also assisted in hosting."

They've set aside Oct. 7, 2012, for the next AAUW Kitchen Tour.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at 526-8313.

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