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3 service agencies get grants from fair.

Byline: The Register-Guard

The Oregon Country Fair has awarded grants from its Jill Heiman Vision Fund totaling $12,000 to three Eugene-based nonprofit organizations.

The fund honors the late attorney who was instrumental in establishing the fair and in buying its 300-acre property on the Long Tom River between Veneta and Elmira. It is supported by revenue from the fair, founded in 1969 and restaged each July, and by donations from fair members.

This year's grants were:

$5,000 to ShelterCare's Homeless Prevention Project, which helps low-income families that are in imminent danger of eviction for nonpayment of rent or mortgage to stay in their homes. Last year, the project worked with 582 local families, fair General Manager Leslie Scott said.

$4,000 to FOOD for Lane County to help fund its gleaning program, which coordinates with local farmers and the community to reduce food waste, encourage self-reliance and support the initiative of limited-income families in meeting their own needs.

Gleaning is the ancient practice of harvesting or gathering leftover produce from farmers' fields. Scott said FOOD for Lane County supported four gleaning groups last year representing more than 300 families.

$3,000 to Looking Glass New Roads School to support its Recreation, Athletics, Education and Life Skills, or REAL, Program, which provides free academic and recreational activities for local homeless, low-income and at-risk young people during the summer.

Each eight-week summer session serves at least 55 local young people.

"When people purchase a fair ticket, not only are they attending a wonderful event, they are helping support the fair's philanthropic mission and programs," Scott said.
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Title Annotation:Giving: The Oregon Country Fair donates a total of $12,000 from the Jill Heiman fund.; Entertainment
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 4, 2002
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