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Help schools at Grape Escape

It's time to celebrate the harvest season, and help-out our schools.

The White Salmon Valley Education Foundation (WSVEF) is gearing up for the 2011 Gorge Grape Escape, and hoping the public will come out for the fun.

The annual soiree will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Best Western Hood River Inn. For the price of admission, attendees will enjoy an evening of fine wines, fine food, and silent and live auctions.

All proceeds go to help out the students of the White Salmon Valley School District.

"Our community members who have turned out in past years have shown such amazing support for our school children," said WSVEF Board President Sue Davis. "We expect this year to be no different, and are excited about the evening we have set up."

Items on the auction block include getaways to Grand Teton, Bend, and Bodega Bay, Calif. If sports are more your thing, how about a whitewater kayaking trip with international record holder Tao Berman? There will be sailing, skiing, and kiting adventures up for grabs, as well.

Attendees will also have the chance to bid on unique works of art. Local Artist Barbara Murphy is working with children from Whitson Elementary to create a stunning landscape featuring Mt. Adams. The children's art fetched an astounding $6,000 at last year's event. Works by well-known Gorge artist Peggy Ohlson and other artists will also be available.

Northwest wines from vintners like Syncline, Domaine Pouillon and Cascade Cliffs Vineyard and Winery will be poured, and promise to complement the fine food served at the sit-down dinner.

Tickets are $45 per person, and available on-line at

The WSVEF is a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the quality of public education within the community by creating a stable source of supplemental funding for curriculum enhancement and investment in teachers. Since its inception in 2006, the WSVEF has funded some three dozen programs in the White Salmon Valley school district, with grants totaling more than $250,000.

For more information, or to make a donation, visit or call 493-1175.


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