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Fundraiser set for Oct. 14 for Gates Schoolhouse

Upward Bound officials are hosting a fundraiser for the Gates Schoolhouse 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the school, 40151 Gates School Road.

The event marks the centennial of the schoolhouse, which was built in 1923 and survived the 2020 wildfires. The school is part of Upward Bound’s camp that hosts programs for people with special needs.

Tickets cost $35 and are available at The evening includes dinner, drinks, a drawing, auction, live bluegrass music and a live radio play.

Upward Bound officials have raised $261,000 and need to raise about $80,000 more to enable them to complete a $340,000 roof and portico restoration effort. Once restoration is completed the building would be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Upward Bound was working on schoolhouse restoration and the national registry in 2020 when the wildfires hit. The schoolhouse itself survived, although two program buildings and two storage buildings were lost.

For information on the restoration and the centennial celebration call Diane Turnbull at 503-487-0164 or email her at [email protected].

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