Celebrations were in order after the long-awaited Hood River vs. The Dalles football game earlier this month. The Hood River Valley Eagles bested their rivals, the Riverhawks, with a final score of 35-18. After the game, one lucky Hood River County resident drove away in a brand new 2023 Toyota Corolla from Columbia Gorge Toyota, and HRCEF and Hood River County schools announced that they raised a whopping $40,000 to support extracurricular activities in the district.
Juan R. from Odell, whose son plays for the HRV football team, purchased a $10 raffle ticket at his son’s game. His ticket purchase paid off when representatives from Columbia Gorge Toyota called his name during the drawing at halftime. We are sure that Juan’s family will enjoy attending future football games in their new car!
The Hood River County School District raised a combined $27,400 after volunteers from PTOs, sports teams, and school clubs worked hard to sell tickets in the community over the past year. Many HRVHS athletic teams sold tickets to raise money for new equipment, and the HRVHS Performing Arts department didn’t break a sweat (or a leg) while raising over $3,000 for their performances. Meanwhile, the Mid Valley Elementary School PTO and administration are excited to use their $4,500 in funding to help with efforts to purchase and install a new playground for their students.
The Hood River County Education Foundation also raised ~$12,400 for the Opportunity Fund. The HRCEF Opportunity Fund supports extracurricular activities in the Hood River County School District with a focus on our middle schools. For the past two years, the Opportunity Fund has sponsored an intramural Footsall league for Hood River and Wy’East middle school students. Previously, this fund covered medical screening and other ‘pay to play’ fees for all middle school sports.
Thank you to Columbia Gorge Toyota, all HRCSD volunteers, and everyone who purchased a raffle ticket for supporting athletics, clubs, and other activities in our schools.
Did you miss out on this year’s raffle? HRCEF, HRCSD, and Columbia Gorge Toyota will be partnering up once again to raffle off a 2024 Toyota Corolla LE. Stay tuned!