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Education foundation dinner cruises with nautical theme

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on January 24, 2018 5:11PM

Gift baskets and other items are displayed for auction during the 2016 Hermiston Education Foundation Beach & Beef Fundraiser. This year’s event is Feb. 3 at the Hermiston Community Center.

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Gift baskets and other items are displayed for auction during the 2016 Hermiston Education Foundation Beach & Beef Fundraiser. This year’s event is Feb. 3 at the Hermiston Community Center.

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The community is invited to “Come Sail Away With Us” during the Hermiston Education Foundation’s annual Beach & Beef Fundraiser.

In its ninth year, the event features a cruise ship theme. Although it’s not required, foundation treasurer Tori Espinosa said people are invited to have fun and be creative in dressing up.

Be sure to grab a boarding pass for the Feb. 3 event, which is being held at the Hermiston Community Center, 415 S. Highway 395. The doors open at 5 p.m., offering guests an opportunity to bid on silent auction items and mingle with others. The dinner, which includes all-you-can-eat crab and steak kabobs, starts at 5:45 p.m. The live auction kicks off at 7 p.m. In addition, there will be a no-host bar.

Live entertainment will be provided by the Hermiston High School jazz band. In addition, all hands will be on deck as student groups assist with serving, acting as runners during the auction and other tasks, Espinosa said. The event provides an opportunity for performing community service hours, she said. “We really want to stay true to supporting the students and helping them in all ways,” Espinosa said. “Also, we like to have the students because we feel they are very responsible.”

A separate entity from the Hermiston School District, the nonprofit foundation awards grants to district staff for projects or equipment to enhance the educational experience of students. Since 2003, they have disbursed $300,000 in grant awards that help support such activities as attending conferences or going on educational field trips, providing supplies for drama performances and purchasing musical instruments, technology equipment or special curriculum. In addition, this past spring the foundation awarded $2,500 scholarships to six graduating seniors.

Tickets are $35 each. They are available in advance at the Hermiston School District office, 305 S.W. 11th St.; the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, located at Cornerstone Plaza, 1055 S. Highway 395, Suite 111; and at www.squareup.com/store/hef. If available, tickets will be sold at the door.

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539



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