Become an Agent of Opportunity at the next Grape Escape!

The Foundation’s annual fundraising event will be held Saturday, October 7th at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. Participants will navigate intriguing games of chance for an opportunity at amazing prizes, uncover fine food and regional wines, and try to secure top live auction items, all in a bid to provide increased opportunities in education.

Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $60 per person or $110 per couple, and can be purchased at www.the-gorge-grape-escape.com. All proceeds benefit the WSVEF and our local schools.


Thanks for Piggin’ Out for Schools with us!

On behalf of the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation, we would like to give a huge “thank you” to all the people and the sponsors who participated and made possible the “Piggin’ Out for Schools” end of summer celebration.  In the end, the super fun Saturday evening of eating, drinking, and dancing in the park raised over $7,000 for local schools, and reminded us all what an amazing community we get to call “home”.

We were thrilled when Christiaan Ersamus of Henni’s recently came to us, pitched the idea, and said he’d like to donate his time and services to throw the event.  He even closed the restaurant the night of, to encourage people to come!  A planning committee including Christiaan, Lloyd Dekay, Jeremy Denny, Kirsten Dennis, and Jill Vacek quickly came together and gave hours of time to make it happen.

The generosity of local businesses in donating ALL the food and beer cannot be beat!  Thank you Henni’s, Harvest Market, McCoy Holliston and Everybody’s!

A slew of other businesses and people supplied goods, services, money, and plain ol’ hard work including:  Chips Bar & Grill, Rapid Ready Mix, Matt Riley, Bishops Sanitation, Republic Services, Feast, Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon Baking Co., Inn of the White Salmon, Matt Hansen, Kirsten Dennis, Paul Hickman, Insitu, Community Partners, The Mt. Adams Chamber, the Methodist Church, Tiffany Denny, Fred Simonson, Rhonda Gill and kids, and the CHS Football and Cheerleading Teams.

And we’re so appreciative of the time, energy, and efforts of the dozens of volunteers who worked the event, set it up, and cleaned it up!

Finally, thank you to ALL the amazing people of our community who showed up to have fun, hang out, and come together for a shared love and cause:  our schools, teachers and students.  White Salmon, you’re the best!!!