Eugene teen hosts Creating Memories pie fundraiser

Maddie Bazer, a junior at Sheldon High School in Eugene, spent Friday through Sunday selling pies at Red Rooster Cafe for Creating Memories Foundation of Wallowa County.

A teen from Eugene played a key role in the most recent fundraiser for Creating Memories Foundation of Wallowa County.

Maddie Bazer, a junior at Sheldon High School in Eugene, spent Friday through Sunday selling pies at Red Rooster Cafe.

The pies were provided by Willamette Valley Pie Co. and included apple, cherry, pumpkin and others.

From her station inside the restaurant, Bazer sold either whole pies for $17 or slices for $3. Most of the pies were gone by noon on Saturday, she said.

Maddie first learned of the organization through foundation board member Veronica Russell. Like most high school students, Maddie needed to fulfill a specific number of volunteer hours during the school year.

The two plan a second event to raise awareness of Creating Memories in Albany later this month.

Proceeds from the pie sale will be used to finish and maintain cabins that have been utilized for families with special needs children or adults looking for a safe environment to have a relaxing trip to Wallowa County.

Creating Memories leases the former Boy Scouts Camp at Wallowa Lake. The founder of the organization, Ken Coreson, has been taking children hunting and fishing all of his adult life.

Coreson said his army of volunteers work day in and day out to give people with disabilities memories that will last a lifetime and be passed on from generation to generation.

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