A Special Thank You to Those Investing in our Future!

A Special Thank You to Those Investing in our Future!

Community Report Article February 2019

A $3 million private fundraising campaign is underway to retire debt for the Extension Education Center project. Naming rights are available as an opportunity for individuals, businesses, and organizations to be associated with the project or to honor someone associated with the legacy of Extension in the county and our programs. Today we recognize the following early contributors to the Clackamas Extension Education Center:

• J. Frank Schmidt Family Charitable Foundation—naming rights for Outdoor Education Pavilion ($100,000).

• Clackamas Chapter of Master Gardener Association—naming rights for Gray and Noreen Thompson Master Gardener Public Clinic ($50,000).

• Ilene and Monte Waldorf—naming rights for East Entry façade and main access for building honoring Clyde and Norma Ramsay and utilizing logs from their tree farm ($10,000).

• RSG Forest Products—donating framing wood for Extension Education Center and Pavilion. In addition, nearly 20 other contributions and pledges have been already made to the project totaling approximately $235,000.

We sincerely appreciate this support!

For more information on the fundraising effort and naming opportunities available, email Mike Bondi: michael.bondi@oregonstate.edu

Outdoor Education Pavillion

The Extension Education Center complex will include an Outdoor Education Pavilion sponsored with a generous gift provided by the J. Frank Schmidt Family Charitable Foundation, Boring.  J. Frank Schmidt and Son Co. is one of the largest shade tree nurseries in the U.S. and started as a family business in the county more than 70 years ago.  In addition, the Schmidt’s are providing all of the shade trees that will be used for landscaping in the Extension Education Center area.

Master Gardener Clinic

The Gray and Noreen Thompson Master Gardener Public Clinic will be staffed by Extension volunteers daily to serve the community with their gardening and home landscape questions.  The Clackamas Chapter of the Master Gardeners Association is naming the clinic after the founder of Oregon’s Master Gardener program, Gray Thompson, who launch the program here in Clackamas County in 1976.  Gray’s wife, Noreen, was an active Master Gardener in her retirement years, too. 

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