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Oregonians Support Salem-News.com War Coverage at Eola Hills WinerySalem-News.com Staff
Salem-News.com's Tim King is heading for Iraq to cover Oregon Guard combat troops.
(RICKREALL, Ore.) - A sometimes emotional and extremely beneficial fundraiser was held today at Eola Hills Winery in Rickreall, Oregon, to support our upcoming coverage of Oregon Guard soldiers deployed in Iraq.
Sun warmed the sparking fountains at this beautiful setting across from the Polk County Fairgrounds, where a similar event was held in late 2006 to raise funds to send Salem-News.com's Tim King to Afghanistan where he covered the war while embedded with Oregon Guard troops.
They dedicated a room section of the winery to the event that was adorned in red, white and blue table settings.
The gracious support of Eola Hills came in more ways than one, as the winery's Eric Rogers and his family donated $500 toward our war coverage expenses, in addition to hosting the event. Two Polk County area Windermere Realty firms on hand pledged an additional $400.
Ticket raffles and straight donations topped $200, and that means that even without other proceeds factored in, the donations easily topped $1,100.
On hand were many veterans, ranging from Salem-News.com's Dr. Phillip Leveque of Molalla, Oregon, a WWII combat vet, (see: Medical Marijuana Doctor Q&A ) to Master Sergeant Don Weber, (see: Soviet Tank Graveyard in Afghanistan) and Major Arnold Strong, (see: Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan Opens with Many Needs) Oregon Guard soldiers that our Tim King spent time with while covering the war in Afghanistan last year.
Q. Madp of iraqwarheroes.org attended the event, snapping great pictures throughout the duration, and our Kevin Montgomery was there to grab more photos. Family members on hand included Bonnie King's parents, Alan and Marge Ehry of Dundee, Oregon. Longtime friend of the Kings, Tina Miller, was also there to help and was an organizer of the event along with Bonnie King. Margaret Strong also helped out and her problem solving skills helped time and again.
Austin King and Sean King, sons of Tim, also worked as organizers and helped with the raffle and other duties.
Another group on hand represented Adam's Rib Smoke House which is located just east of the Oregon state capitol. The family won half the raffle amount, and donated it back to our fundraising efforts to cover the war, thanks Mike and Katrina Adams, you are wonderful!
That was an extremely kind offer, and represented the spirit of this coverage that places politics aside, and concentrates on the fact that our countrymen are at war, and receiving almost no coverage from the national media, even less from local and regional media groups.
In this particular case we are talking about Oregon Guard soldiers, normally civilians we share the workplace with except for one weekend a month and two weeks every summer. Times have really changed.
We greatly appreciate the help that was provided for out efforts to get Tim King into Iraq if all goes according to plan, by the end of this month.
He will be embedded with Oregon Guard units that are serving as combat engineers, infantry security forces, a C-23 Sherpa aviation squadron, and he will also spend time with the Army's 10th Mountain Division in Kirkuk, Iraq.
One of the nicest parts about today's event beyond the gorgeous setting at Eola Hills Winery in Rickreall and the kind generosity in support of our troops, was surely the music. Two guitarists played many favorites that gave the event a special ambiance. Raw video clips from the war in Afghanistan were played on the winery's big screen TV's.
All of those who help will be credited in our war reports.
There are a number of items mentioned below that will greatly affect the success of our work in Iraq. Tim's experience of two months over the winter of 2006/07 covering the Oregon Guard in Afghanistan allows Salem-News.com to have a much clearer idea about what it takes to cover war.
Here are some of the items that will greatly assist this project:
Need: Cellular phone and calling plan (International)
X Blackberry phone(We would still need a calling plan, but one party has contacted us to say they have a first generation Blackberry, we will let you know more about this, sounds like it is covered!)
Need: Good quality digital still camera
X Helmet mounted video cameras (This need is met by the owner of a Michigan company, V.I.O.-P.O.V., that contacted Salem-News.com with a goal of providing the two required cameras. THANK YOU.)
Need: Dual core laptop computer
Need: External hard drives, flash drives and SD cards (Kevin's Driftboats is providing a 128 MB SD card)
Need: Improved body armor (Tim currently has a Salem Police SWAT vest but it does not stop the AK-47 round as the soldier's body armor does) (Rec'd: $50 toward vest)
Need: Clothing items: other things such as thermals, hiking socks, military style pants (Kevin's Driftboats is providing some clothing items and a waterproof pack)
Need: Travel Expenses: Tim will travel from New York to Kuwait with Evergreen Aviation, but round trip travel, food and lodging costs still exist from Oregon to New York
You can make a PayPal donation with your credit card at the bottom of the page
If any groups, individuals or companies would particularly like to raise Tim's safety level while in Iraq, please consider providing an upgraded ballistic type vest.
Contact Bonnie King at: firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her what you would like to do to help. Tim is the father of several boys ranging from 8 to 24 and they all appreciate the community's support in making this a safe and effective project.
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Other stories on Tim's upcoming war coverage in Iraq:
Also, Tim wants to thank all of the people who helped with his work in Afghanistan. Even if Tim can not upgrade his ballistic vest, he has one he can use in the meanwhile thanks to the Salem, Oregon Police SWAT team. He has a combat helmet from Nopp's Jewelers in Salem. They are only part of the help we received, and we have not forgotten that generosity. We hope you feel it was put to good use.
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