Four Way Community Foundation Holds Gala Dinner

by | Nov 19, 2019 | Nonprofit

Four Way Community Foundation Holds Gala Dinner.
Linda Hugle, winner of 2019 Distinguished Service Award, donates $10,000 gift to Exchange for Change.
Ross Roe is awarded $1000 posthumous honor to symphony and scholarship.
Justice Adrienne Nelson spoke about the enrichments of diversity.

Grants Pass, Ore., November 7, 2019— The Four Way Community Foundation held its 2019 Community Spirit Celebration at Evergreen Federal Bank’s Bear Hotel November 7th. The night’s major honor, the thirteenth annual Louis F. Schultz, Jr. Distinguished Service Award, went to Wimer resident Linda Hugle, in recognition of her decades of commitment to local initiatives.

Hugle served as Principal of Illinois Valley and North Valley High Schools and as Three Rivers School District Director of Special Education. She has worked extensively with Women’s Crisis Support Team, Academic Masters Foundation, the Josephine County Cultural Coalition, and most recently was a leader in the creation of Exchange for Change, a rural-urban discovery trip for teens. In donating the $10,000 award to the new group, Hugle thanked her colleagues in community efforts for making this “bucket-list” project a reality. Exchange for Change brings together students from both rural and urban Oregon and introduces them to each other’s ways of life in Selma and in Portland. North Valley High School students Ashley Bell and Eden Campbell spoke about the program’s profound impact on their lives.

The sold out event included the presentation of a Lifetime of Service Award given posthumously to beloved local businessman Ross Roe, with a $500 check to Roe’s passion, the Rogue Valley Symphony, as well as a $500 scholarship to be awarded in his name to an RCC student.

Oregon Supreme Court Associate Justice Adrienne Nelson gave a keynote address entitled: Looking Beyond Our Differences: Building a Better Community by Seeing the Humanity in Each of Us.

Music was provided by the Grants Pass High School Chamber Orchestra. Students from the Hidden Valley High School Culinary Arts Program and College Dreams assisted with meal service.

For more information contact Executive Director Kate Dwyer, 474-9774, or by email at [email protected].

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