Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) will host its annual celebration on Feb. 12, at 5 p.m.
This was rescheduled from the January date.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Rd. in Hood River.
The keynote speaker will be Stan Horack, Mid-Columbia Habitat for Humanity. He will speak on the topic: Habitat's Approach to Loving Our Neighbors.
GEM will present the 2011 Inspired Service and Action Award to Bruce Holmson in celebration of his many years of service to the community. Holmson has made a Christmas celebration possible for hundreds of families in the Gorge through his leadership in the Community Christmas Project.
In addition, GEM, whose leadership was instrumental in establishing FISH, Habitat for Humanity, and the Warming Shelter, and who provides ongoing support to these missions, will honor volunteers who have served their communities through these organizations in the past year.
GEM is an interfaith association of churches and other communities of faith that works to build community across lines of race and ethnicity in the Columbia Gorge through service, public policy, advocacy, and education on the pressing social and economic issues of our time.