Unique Gateway holiday get-together benefits youth group

Hold an ice cream social in December? Why not? See how Gateway area business people celebrated the holidays at this event …

On the menu at this holiday party was ice cream: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream ‚Äì and everything needed to make delicious sundaes.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Guests and members of the Gateway Area Business Association held their holiday celebration on December 8 at St. Therese Parish’s social hall ‚Äì with an out-of-the-ordinary menu: Ice cream.

It was served up by crewmembers of the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream store in downtown Portland, operated by New Avenues for Youth.

Kim Cottrell, in the New Avenues for Youth program since July, says the he’s learned to be a stronger, more self-reliant individual from it.

Enterprise manager for New Avenues for Youth, Fred Krug, told the group, “For every $1,000 we raise, we can train another individual.” They’ve trained 80 people through their Ben & Jerry’s store so far, he said.

The social event attracted community members, neighborhood leaders, and business people.

The GABA Holiday Event in photos

GABA member Frank Ryan sings a medley of holiday carols and tunes.

Portland Police Bureau’s Gateway NRT Officer, Michael Gallagher, thanks the group for their support, and passes the hat for a needy family in the area. Gallagher also showed images from GABA events.

Parkrose Public Schools board chair Katie Larsell, and superintendent of David Douglas Schools Barbara Rommel, present a memento of appreciation to Parkrose Schools Superintendent, Michael Taylor, who says he plans to retire at the end of the school year.

Meet GABA members
On January 11, come to JJ North’s Buffet, 10520 NE Halsey St. starting at 11:30 a.m. and meet with these fine business folks. Reservations are NOT needed. For more information, go to www.gabanet.com.

¬© 2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News

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