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Club donates to CASA

The Dalles Wahtonka High School Key Club was recently awarded a 2013 Tradition of Compassion Award for Outstanding Community Service Organization by the Mid Columbia Health Foundation.

As part of this award, they choose a local charity to receive an additional donation from the foundation.

After considering many worthy organizations, they selected Columbia Gorge CASA, a local non-profit that trains and supports volunteers to advocate for children in foster care. CASA stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocates,” which are appointed by local judges to ensure that kids do not languish in the local foster care system and to make sure they get the services and support they need as they go through this traumatic experience.

“Columbia Gorge CASA is so appreciative of the donation and even more impressed by the community awareness and involvement demonstrated by these high school students,” said Susan Ericson, CASA’s executive director

The Dalles Wahtonka High School Key Club is a program of The Dalles Kiwanis Club. Key Clubs are the largest high school service organization in the world and empower their members to lead and serve by cultivating leadership skills, developing friendships, and performing community service. For more information about the Key Club or CASA, visit their websites at: or


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