Veranda Beach homeowners raise $20K for Oroville Elementary

Veranda Beach Fundraiser

People gathered at Veranda Beach Resort for the homeowners association’s “Starry Night Gala” which featured live and silent auctions. The event raised more than $20,000 for the Oroville Elementary School. Submitted Photo

OROVILLE – The Veranda Beach Homeowners Association raised more than $20,000 during their inaugural “Starry Night Gala” under an actual star filled Aug. 18 night.

“This was a tremendous event,” said Jim Hammond, resort president.

After months of planning a sold-out crowd gathered for a fun filled evening highlighted by silent and live auctions of more than 50 items, say event organizers.

“We’re super excited about it, it was super generous of the homeowners association,” said Steve Quick, Superintendent of the Oroville School District. “We’re working closely with them to make sure the money goes to areas where it is needed.”

Students of the Oroville Elementary School can look forward to new playground equipment, as well as new computerized learning tools such as iPads, apps and software for their special education department, according to the homeowners association.

Elementary School Principal

Oroville Elementary Principal Joan Hoehn

Elementary School Principal Joan Hoehn attended and is thrilled with the success of the event and says she looks forward to seeing the smiles on the children’s faces as they enjoy their new playground and learning tools.

” I am grateful to the Veranda Beach Home Owners, and other people from the community, for their generous donations to the Oroville Elementary School and I want to thank everyone for all the time and energy that they put into making this event happen,” said Principal Hoehn.

“The event itself was wonderful. The students at Oroville Elementary will enjoy hours upon hours of fun on their new playground equipment and on the new computer applications. I am so excited to have received this outstanding donation for the school,” Hoehn added.

The Veranda Beach Homeowners Association would like to thank all of the residents of Oroville who attended the event or so generously donated auction items making the evening such a success.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.