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Mustang drawing will aid children

Residents of Wasco and Hood River counties have the opportunity to win a classic car, help prevent child abuse and minimize the trauma to young victims.

Tickets for the raffle of a 1997 Mustang coupe are being sold for $20 each and are available at Cody Olsen Insurance in Wasco, Fun Country in The Dalles and Short Supply in Hood River.

Proceeds will go to the Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Center, which is set up in Hood River, but serves the Mid-Columbia region.

The center was founded as a nonprofit organization in 2009 by a group of community members and law enforcement officials with a vision to create a child-friendly environment where young victims of abuse could be taken care of. The goal was to have a place where children could disclose abuse to authorities in privacy and safety and find help starting the healing process.

Prior to the opening of the center, children were interviewed at police stations or the child welfare office. Medical exams had to be done in the hospital or child abuse facilities in Portland or La Grande, which caused the victims additional trauma.

Larry Chance, who grew up in The Dalles and now lives in Hood River, contributed the Mustang that needs some body and interior work, but still runs well. His wife, Michelle, works at the center and their goal is to sell 500 tickets by the Fourth of July drawing.

He said the Mustang will be driven in Hood River’s parade for Independence Day and shown at a location in The Dalles, if one becomes available.

For more information about the drawing, call Larry Chance at 541-806-0542 or the center at 541-386-2960.


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