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Donor Stories

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

  • Bob Hogfoss
    Bob Hogfoss has a long history of loving the Columbia Gorge. One of his earliest memories is of Celilo Falls, when he was just 5 years old.
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  • Rick Ray and Anne Phillipsborn
    When Rick Ray first became a Friends member in 1982, he could never have imagined that it was just the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship.
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  • Susan Brickey: Leaving a Legacy and Living it Now
    After the initial excitement of retirement wears off, it's common for people to feel a sense of loss. Many new retirees, especially those coming out of big careers, struggle with an unsettling feeling of disconnect and a lack of purpose.
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  • Michele Weir
    Michele moved to Portland from the Midwest in 2007 and experienced the Gorge for the first time. Her very first hike was to Angel's Rest back when it wasn't crowded at all. She fell in love with...
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  • Robert and Normandie Holmes
    When the Holmes decided they wanted to make a legacy gift to Friends, they didn't deliberate quickly. It came as a part of a process whereby they wanted to find an organization...
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  • Ed Cleary
    Ed Cleary agrees with all of us that not being able to be in the Gorge is really hard. Staying home and staying safe is nowhere near as much fun as being out in the Gorge capturing photos of...
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  • Linda Besant and Martha Goetsch
    A shared love of the Columbia Gorge is one of many things that unite Linda Besant and Martha Goetsch.
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  • Norman Yeon’s Bequest Transforms Friends of the Columbia Gorge
    For Norman Yeon, the Columbia Gorge was imbedded deep into his DNA. His father, John Baptiste Yeon, was successful business man...
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  • Nancy Russell’s Bequest Funds Future Land Purchases
    As the founder of Friend of the Columbia Gorge and the person most responsible for the creation of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area...
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  • Russ Jolley's Bequest Helps Educate the Public
    Like Nancy Russell, Russ adopted a near lifetime devotion to the Columbia Gorge and when a newspaper reporter once asked Russ...
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  • Nick and Kay Dodge's Bequest is Helping Gorge Towns to Trails
    Nick and Kay were longtime members of Friends of the Columbia Gorge and avid outdoor enthusiasts.
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  • Tom Holman’s Bequest Ensures the Future of Friends
    Tom lived nearly a century (99 years) as an Oregonian through and through. His father was one of the founders of the Mazamas climbing organization...
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  • Ed Caswell’s Bequest Strengthens Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust
    Ed was the owner of a travel agency and during his adventurous lifetime he explored beautiful places in every corner of the world.
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  • Ruth Allen's Bequest Helps Friends Grow
    Prior to her death, no one at Friends of the Columbia Gorge knew Ruth Allen, but her bequest left a signature, indelible mark on the organization.
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  • A Unique and Extensive Understanding of the Columbia Gorge
    Bob Hogfoss has a long history of loving the Columbia Gorge. One of his earliest memories is of Celilo Falls, when he was just 5 years...
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  • Talented photographer makes her mark on the Gorge
    When Colleen Wright won the grand prize in Friends' 2018 photo contest, what seemed to set her apart from previous contest winners was the fact that she...
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  • Creating a Legacy
    Lydie Boyer, a Gorge resident and longtime supporter of Friends shared with us why she loves the Gorge and why she felt compelled to name Friends in her...
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  • Honoring the Gorge and a Family Legacy
    When Mary Dickson started a charitable gift annuity with Friends, she was drawn in large part to the practical benefits - easy to set up, tax benefits...
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  • Preserving the Gorge while looking to the Long-term
    Peter Frothingham and his wife ElVida Walrod, have made their "little bit of heaven" in Odell, OR their base for giving back to the community they...
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  • Margie Kircher
    In 2014 Margie Kircher received a letter saying there would be large-scale fracking on the farm her family had owned for three generations. "At first I actually...
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  • David Pollock
    David Pollock's love for the Gorge seems almost inevitable. His godfather Aubrey Watzek was close friends with Portland architect and Gorge conservationist...
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  • Mel Hinton
    Mel Hinton's reverence for the outdoors comes from a unique perspective. After graduating from Oregon State University, Mel became a Navy pilot then, after...
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  • Katie Barker
    Elizabeth "Katie" Barker's family has deep ties to the Columbia Gorge's agricultural and industrial history. Her great grandfather started a paper mill in Camas...
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