Events Saddle Up and Celebrate!

There will be line dancing lessons, live auction, prime rib buffet and fun for the entire family when Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation launches its “Saddle Up and Celebrate!” scholarship fundraiser April 25 during Northwest Cherry Festival.

“The foundation awarded approximately $135,000 in scholarships in 2018-19, and our goal is to increase this amount every year as we help students achieve their educational and career goals,” said Stephanie Hoppe, CGCC Foundation’s executive director. “We’re privileged to join the Northwest Cherry Festival line-up with this inaugural event, and we cordially invite everyone to help us celebrate our college’s mission of building dreams and transforming lives.”

“Saddle Up and Celebrate!” is Thursday, April 25, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Ft. Dalles Readiness Center on The Dalles Campus of Columbia Gorge Community College. The buffet dinner features music and dancing by “The Wasco Bros.,” line dancing lessons with Don Slusher, prime rib dinner, and live auction featuring auctioneer David Griffith.

Price at the door is $40 or $35 one week or more in advance.

The evening begins with line dancing lessons from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by dinner, music and dancing, auction at 7 p.m., then more dancing and music starting at 7:30 p.m. “Saddle Up and Celebrate” concludes by 9:30 p.m.

The event is part of a full roster of Northwest Cherry Festival, which celebrates its 40th season in 2019. The complete schedule for Northwest Cherry Festival is on The Dalles Area Chamber’s calendar at

For details on “Saddle Up and Celebrate!” and to order tickets, please email *protected email* or call (541) 506-6113.

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