Inez Neal Recognized as Volunteer of the Year

by: Jim Willhight

Inez Neal being presented Spirit of Pastor Bailey Award for Albany Helping Hands Volunteer of the Year at the April 2019 Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction.

Inez Neal being presented Spirit of Pastor Bailey Award for Albany Helping Hands Volunteer of the Year at the April 2019 Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction.

This year’s Spirit of Pastor Bailey Award was awarded to Inez Neal a long-time volunteer at the Thrift Store. 

She was presented the award in front of a crowd of over 400 at the ninth annual Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction.

 The event was the biggest ever raising well over $100,000.

The auction is the primary fundraiser each year for Shelter and Kitchen Operations.  

Paul Schultz auctioneered, and John Kollaer was M/C of the dinner at the Linn County Expo Center.

Special Thank You to our Sponsors

A special thank you to our generous Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction sponsors and donors who include but are not limited to Coastal, Dahled Up Construction, Frank & Linda Morris, Jim and Phyllis Richards, Chad Davis Construction, Cadwell Realty Group, John & Jane Donovan, Santiam Christian, Chris & Kathy Erickson, Linn Benton Tractor, Harts Nursery, Valley Christian Center, Eads Broadcasting (KGAL/KSHO), BiCoastal Media, JTI Supply, Vic's Roofing & Construction, OFD Foods LLC, Ticor Title, Burcham Metal, The Conser Group, Mennonite Village, Jim & Marilee Sapp, Will Tucker, Steele’s Insurance Services, Jenks Hatchery, Gray Farms, Northwoods Management, Stutzman Services, Central Willamette Community CU, Bob Anderson, Holistic Housing, Oxford House, Les Schwab, Love Inc. of Linn County, Mennonite Village Foundation, The Java Network, Gods Gear, Emerson & Linda Smoker, Three Lakes RV Storage, Carpet One, South Willamette Valley Oregon Honor Flights, Albany Hearing Center, Academy Mortgage, Valley View Farming, Davis Glass, Birky Farms, Chris Scariano and Fisher Funeral Home.

 Also, thank you to the generous auction participants and the hard-working volunteers. 

The 10th Annual Dinner Auction is slated for Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at the Linn Co. Expo Center.