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Parade float springs into foster family fundraiser

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on August 6, 2018 4:41PM

Last changed on August 7, 2018 2:52PM

Brando, a heavy-duty rocking horse created for the DHS Child Welfare parade float, will be raffled off to benefit the organization’s foster parent and child fund.

Photo contributed by Marvin Hamilton

Brando, a heavy-duty rocking horse created for the DHS Child Welfare parade float, will be raffled off to benefit the organization’s foster parent and child fund.

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People who enjoy horsing around are encouraged to buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a rocking horse created with a heavy-duty truck spring.

Sales from tickets will benefit the Department of Human Services Child Welfare program’s foster parent and child fund. It will provide additional money that’s used for special events for local foster parents and foster kids, said Marvin Hamilton, a DHS certifier.

“I thought adults would love one of these things,” Hamilton said. “It’s very sturdy and stable. I bounced around pretty good on it during the fair parade.”

Hamilton made it with assistance from Jason Bremner, for the DHS float during the Umatilla County Fair parade. Hamilton named the creation Brando, which is painted to look like an Appaloosa.

Created with metal work and fabrication, the rocking horse is approximately 4 feet long. The spring was donated by Hagerman Inc. in Umatilla.

Raffle tickets are $5 each and can be purchased by asking for a DHS certifier at offices in Hermiston, Pendleton and Boardman. In addition, people can see Brando by stopping by the department’s fair booth this week at Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, 1705 E. Airport Road, Hermiston. Tickets also will be available for purchase in Booth 32 in EOTEC’s main building.

Brando, Hamilton said, also will make an appearance during the Main Street Cowboys Dress Up Parade, which is Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. in downtown Pendleton. The drawing will be a week after that, he said.

DHS Child Welfare, Hamilton said, is looking at hosting a winter event that offers foster families an opportunity to get out of the house and have fun. They envision providing food and bouncy houses, face painting, games and other indoor fun to help alleviate cabin fever.

For more information, contact Hamilton at 541-567-2253 or marvin.hamilton@dhsoha.state.or.us.

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08-07-18 UPDATE: The price for raffle tickets has been reduced to $5 each.



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