Western Extravaganza gives back

Lakeview basketball head coach Randy Lampman presents the three seniors Axel Hernandez, l-r Kaden Greenfield and Jace Brazeal with signed basketballs from the team during their banquet on Friday, March 8.

The Village’s banquet room was near full capacity for the Lake County Youth Mentor Program’s annual Western Extravaganza on Saturday, March 9. 

Mentor Program Dir., LeAnn Davis and Program Coordinator Briana McClain opened up with recognizing the Mentor Program Board, the crew at The Village and everyone who contributed or donated to the live and silent auctions, while also recognizing former Program Coordinator Isabel Herrera for getting several of the items together before she left.

Dinner for the evening was BBQ Chicken and Prime Rib with cheesy potatoes, beans, salad, rolls and a plethora of desserts. Dinner for the evening was cooked by Sage Taylor and served by the Peer mentors at Lakeview High School. 

Before the main event kicked off, Mentor Darwin Johnson spoke a few words about his time as a mentor and what the program has meant to him. He encouraged anyone who isn’t a mentor to consider being one, as a way to give back and help out the youth in the community. 

The peer mentors, a new program formed at the beginning of the school year and is made up of 15 juniors and seniors and they go down to A.D. Hay and do various activities with the students at breakfast time. Four times a year, they do a special activity. In December, the peer-mentoring group made Christmas ornaments with the elementary school students. Members of the group: Susanna Gray, Kaley Schneider and Maizie Langum performed a play titled “The Mentor Club helps a troubled super hero” that Gray wrote that featured Schneider playing a super hero and Langum and Gray telling Schneider about the Mentor Program and helping her solve her problems and at the end the super hero flies away happily thanks to the help of the Mentor Club members.

The Silent and Live Auction closed out the evening, with several people coming away winners. Some silent auction winners included: Lakeview Les Schwab the high bid on a 30 inch TV, Rob Sharpe a “date night” package that included dinner for two at Julia’s on 395 and two tickets to the Alger Theater and Jamie Davis a two night stay at the Wee House and tickets to the Oregon zoo. 

There were eight live auction items on the evening, that also featured KORV 93.5 FM “The Goose” and the Voice of Honker Sports Roger Singleton as the auctioneer. Sharpe was high bidder of a flight donated by local pilot Bruce Webbon and a BB Gun donated by Briana McClain, while Mark Albertson took home a wine basket and glasses donated by Linda Pilot, and a wooden table donated by Bunny West. The highest bid of the evening was a rock donation courtesy of Pardue Construction that went to Anita Spence for $155. A necklace donated by the Golden Gem went to Marcie Wade, while Briana McClain was high bidder on a spring sign donated by Taylor Hileman. Mark and Tonia Albertson were the winners of a wooden table donated by Lakeview Reclaimed Lumber. 

For more information, contact Mentor Program Dir. LeAnn Davis at 541-947-4880.

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