Royle Johnson and Bonique Hollinrake promote a Santiam Fire Memorial that will be at the Oregon State Fair. (Mary Louise VanNatta - Special to Salem Reporter)

One day before Oregon's outdoor mask mandate went into place, Green Acres Landscape invited contractors, who donated time and materials to construct a community building for Detroit, to an outdoor social at their nursery on Gaffin Road.

At the Aug. 26 event, contributors had a chance to meet, relax, and be appreciated for their progress on the community building that was once a high school gym.

Coalition founder Nick Harville attended.  He mentioned that 98% of the project work to date has been constructed with donated materials and labor.

Frosti and Sam Adams from Newberg drove out to participate.  As part of NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction), Frosti helped coordinate a shed build on the property.

Bonique Hollinrake, project manager at Green Acres, and Royle Johnson of Royal Media encouraged guests to vote on their preferred design for a Santiam Fire Memorial. It will be placed at the State Fairgrounds.  

Commissioners Danielle Bethel and Colm Willis came by to thank the contractors.  Jeff Morgan and Hunter Newton from 1430 KYKN came out to do a live remote.

Everyone enjoyed food from various food trucks, including Dos Bigote, served by Ernesto Cruz and Reyli Rodriguez. The band, Roundhouse performed delighting the guests with music from almost every genre. 

Jeff Morgan and Hunter Newton interview Rob Kansky of Green Acres Landscape for 1430 KYKN. (Mary Louise VanNatta - Special to Salem Reporter)

Ernesto Cruz and Reyli Rodriguez serve food to guests at the Santiam Rebuild Coalition Event. (Mary Louise VanNatta - Special to Salem Reporter)

Candy Page and Commissioner Danielle Bethel attend the Santiam Rebuild Coalition event. (Mary Louise VanNatta - Special to Salem Reporter)

Frosti and Sam Adams attend the Santiam Rebuild Coalition event. (Mary Louise VanNatta - Special to Salem Reporter)

Contractors can find the volunteer/supply donation form on www.SantiamRebuildCoalition.org. To make cash or other contributions, visit www.DetroitLakeFoundation.org.

About the Santiam Rebuild Coalition: After fires devastated the Santiam Canyon, generous members of the building community pledged to help. The Santiam Rebuild Coalition is a group of licensed and insured construction industry members who have committed materials and labor to fast-track a community building for Detroit.

Mary Louise VanNatta is a Salem public relations professional, writing regularly for Salem Reporter.  

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