Etcetera - 11/02/12


Members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church will host a fundraiser to benefit students who are pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited college, vocational institute or university, said Ann Schmitt in a release.

The seventh annual St. Paul's Scholarship Auction will be from 4:30-7 p.m. Sunday at 323 Catherine St., offering food, wine and cider.

Among silent auction bid items are a variety of wines; an airplane ride; two days at a Cannon Beach hotel; a stay at the Empress Hotel via round trip aboard the Victoria Clipper from Seattle to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, and back; baked goods; holiday baskets; retro and mid-20th century collectibles and furniture; handmade articles; lessons; art objects; and more.

Admission is $10 per adult or free for those 18 and younger. Proceeds help students with the soaring costs of college

Since 2007, event proceeds have funded 32 scholarships for 15 St. Paul's high school seniors. The St. Paul's students receive a $500 scholarship annually for up to five years, as long they maintain a 2.25 GPA.

Sandi Blackaby said the idea of scholarships came up as parishioners talked about how to support students of St. Paul's and how best to stay in contact with them after graduation from high school. Further exploration of ways to raise scholarship money resulted in the birth of the silent auction.

Students from the church attend schools far and wide, Ann said, from Walla Walla Community College to Bates College in Maine.

One scholarship recipient said the program is "the source of my success. I am so blessed to have such a body of people tracking and supporting me with no question that I would make it through school despite all those times when I was not so sure myself."

Employees of the Walla Walla County Relay For Life County For A Cure team will host a breakfast fundraiser from 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee's, said organizer Mary Haasch in a release.

The feed will feature unlimited pancakes, link sausage and a beverage for $7. The team will be keeping $5 from each ticket redeemed to donate to the American Cancer Society.

Team members will greet, serve and bus tables for the two hours. American Cancer Society dollars come back to the community in the form of support of the Cancer Resource Center, located in the Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center. For more details, contact Mary at 529-0541 or Dena Schueler at 520-8345.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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