W H I D B E Y I S L A N D
July 14, 2001
Whidbey News-Times Oak Harbor, Washington
Staff photos / Ken George
Don't try to tell the Etzell family from Greenbank
that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. Playhouse raffle winners,
Island Employment Services, donated a playhouse to the family of six.
The employment service won the playhouse in the Oak Harbor
Chamber of Commerce raffle.
The little house was constructed and donated by
Yonkman Construction for the raffle. Crammed into the
tiny house above, the happy group includes from left, Ben Etzell 5,
Mira Thomas, director of vocational rehabilitation
with Island Employment Services, Lucas Etzell 4, Kristy Etzell, Marisa, 4
Mike Etzell and 11-month-old Nicholas. The winning raffle ticket
was bought from Toni Korschwar, director of Toddler Learning Center.
At right, top above, Scott and
Gregg Yonkman of Yonkman Construction
and Yonkman employee Stu Grovdahl interact with the Etzell children
during the Friday ceremony in which the playhouse was donated
to the family. The houses were raffled off on July 4 to raise funds
for the chamber and nonprofit Toddler Learning Center, an Oak Harbor
early intervention program for children up to age 3 with learning
disabilities. Funds raised were divided equally between the two.
The chamber plans to use its share to purchase a new reader board
for its visitors' center on Highway 20.
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