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Jane Cook wins competition by raising largest donation total

The Fort Vancouver National Trust has reported that Saturday’s Dancing with the Local Stars raised $170,000. The net proceeds will support the Trust’s programs at the Fort Vancouver National Site.

The September 7th dance competition at the Hilton Vancouver was attended by nearly 400people. Nine local “stars” were partnered with Arthur Murray Dance Studio instructors and taught dance routines. The community was encouraged to “vote” for their favorite dancer with their dollars both online and at the event. The dancer who raised the most money was declared the winner.

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Congratulations to our Sustainer of the Trust Membership Drive winners: Duane and Peggy Lansverk! Duane and Peggy, long-time supporters of the Trust, recently upgraded their membership to the Sustainer of the Trust level to enter in for our drawing for two (2) Alaska Airlines tickets to anywhere Alaska flies, with no restrictions!

Community leader, Ed Lynch, challenged the Trust to raise $50,000 in three months to fund vital community programming and aviation programs! If we met this goal by July 31, 2013, he would match each dollar raised, up to $50,000. 

Sustainers of the Trust can provide support at levels of $50, $20, or $10 a month with a minimum commitment of 12 months. 

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The Fort Vancouver National Trust is excited to present nine local community leaders who will take the stage at Dancing with the Local Stars, a fundraiser for the Trust, on September 7th at 5 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, located at 301 West 6th Street, Vancouver.

2013 Dancing with the Local Stars Participants:

  • Rob Cloke, Personal Trainer, NW Personal Training
  • Jane Cook, Social Media Strategist
  • Linda Glover, Executive Director, Gifts for Our Community/Divine Consign
  • Amit Gosalia, Audiologist and President/Owner, Audiology Clinic, Inc.
  • Bart Hansen, Vancouver City Council Member
  • Jim Mains, Consultant, Community Connector, and Owner, Main Distinction
  • Dellan Redjou, Owner, Smokey’s Pizza
  • Robert Stewart, Investment Advisor, Columbia Credit Union
  • Shannon A. Walker, Executive Director of Labor & Marketing at Sunrise Dental and President of the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council

Each dancer has been paired with a professional dance instructor from Arthur Murray Dance Studio and has been working hard to learn a 90 second routine. The stars have also been hard at work fundraising through events and private donations since April. The star who raises the most money will be crowned the 2013 champion, so the community is encouraged to “vote” with their dollars for their favorite dancer. Donations are accepted online at; by mailing a check to the Trust; or by donating at the event.

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The City of Vancouver will be hosting Clark County’s first open street event on Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 11am to 4pm.  People of all walks of life, organizations and businesses are encouraged to take to the streets, have some active fun and meet your neighbors.  Sunday Streets Alive, presented by Kaiser Permanente, will open up a series of streets for the community to walk, bicycle, skate, run, dance, play games, and more. There will also be six activity areas along the route that will have food, vendors, entertainment, and activities for the whole family.

This year’s event will be on the west side of Vancouver and features a 4.2 mile route that will take you through downtown, past Fort Vancouver and Officer’s Row, up to Clark College and Marshall Center, over to Uptown Village and John Ball Park, and then back downtown. Participants can hop onto the route at any spot along the way and enjoy this free event. The city is currently looking for volunteers to help make Sunday Streets Alive a huge success. For details about activities, vendors, and to get involved, visit and

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This year we will be commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Independence Day at Fort Vancouver, which has become a beloved community event. This celebration of our nation’s independence is the largest such event in the city of Vancouver and has more than 30,000 attendees.

Our event features a patriotic parade, a great entertainment line-up on the main stage featuring popular regional musicians, a heritage stage, activities and games for children, and, of course, a phenomenal fireworks show.  Most importantly, this is an event that the community values as its own and helps to sustain by volunteering. As a nonprofit we are sensitive to making the event affordable for all who want to attend and, while recruiting over 300 volunteers each year is a major undertaking, it enables the Trust to make the event possible.

Over time, the celebration has evolved from a one-day party centered around a large single music performance stage, culminating with a fireworks show, to a family-focused event with an array of activities for all ages to celebrate our Nation’s Independence. We believe it has become an iconic event due to its focus on community, so come celebrate with us as we hit the half-century mark.

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It is estimated that in the next 15 – 24 months there will be a need for up to 22,500 workers in aviation and aerospace field. This number reflects the first wave of retirees in the aviation industry that totals 82,500. It is essential that we have trained people to fill these aviation-based positions. The Fort Vancouver National Trust is aspiring to fill this need by offering aviation summer camp sessions at Pearson Field for ages 8 through 17. The fast-paced aviation camp is held in one-week sessions that teach students all about the world of aviation and flight.

The curriculum will include the basics of aeronautics, which encompasses the four forces of flight, the three axes of flight, and Bernoulli’s principle. Students will spend time learning to fly using interactive flight simulator computers and programming. This will prepare them for the opportunity to try co-piloting and maneuvering a real airplane. In addition, students will be introduced to aero-modeling and will learn the skills necessary to build and take home proven flyers. Field trips include visits to an Academy of Model Aeronautics sanctioned field where they will fly radio-control airplanes, via the buddy-box system, with certified flight instructors. New to this year is a segment on model rocketry where students will build and launch a rocket.

The Trust’s new Pearson Field Education Center, at the epicenter of air operations on Pearson Field, is especially geared to teach aviation. This integrated environment comes complete with airplanes, aero-modeling tables, projection screen and aero-flight simulators. The instructors have real world experience in the fields of teaching and aviation and will prepare students for the world of flight.

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The Fort Vancouver National Trust is excited to announce that the 2013 Dancing with the Local Stars will kick-off on April 30! Due to its popularity, this year the Trust has extended the number of dancers from eight to ten community members. The dancers include City councilman, Bart Hansen; social media strategist, Jane Cook; owner of Main Distinction, consultant and co-host of the Vancouver Side, Jim Mains; owner of Smokey’s Pizza, Dellan Redjou; president of the SW Washington Labor Council, Shannon A. Walker; administrator of the Congregation Kol Ami synagogue, Amy Horn; executive director of Gifts for Our Community/Divine Consign, Linda Glover; audiologist, Amit Gosalia; personal trainer at NW Personal Training, Rob Cloke; and investment advisor for Columbia Credit Union, Robert Stewart. Each dancer has been paired with a dance instructor and will receive complimentary dance lessons from Arthur Murray Dance Studios. The star who raises the most money is declared the winner, thus the community is encouraged to “vote” with their dollars for their favorite dancer. Last year’s champion was Ed Barnes, chair of IBEW 48, who raised over $25,000. Donations are accepted online, by mailing a check to the Trust, or by donating at the event.

Not only has the event made changes in the number of dancers this year, but it also debuts at its new venue: the Vancouver Hilton, made possible through the Hilton’s Community Event program. Come support your favorite dancer on September 7! As the largest fundraising event for the Fort Vancouver National Trust, Dancing with the Local Stars raises approximately $115,000 annually to fund vital educational and celebrate freedom programs at the Fort Vancouver National Site.

The Hilton is located at 301 West 6th Street, Vancouver, Washington. The event is from 6 to 11 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.

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The Trust’s $16 million campaign to acquire and renovate the Academy building, and develop its seven acres of grounds, has created tremendous interest and excitement. In addition to support from our community, contributions have been made by donors from Alaska to California with an understanding of the significance of this property as key to Vancouver’s economic development; to preserve the region’s most historic and iconic structure; in recognition of the magnitude of Mother Joseph’s contributions to Washington State and the entire Northwest; because of a personal or spiritual connection to the site; or all of the above.

Among the groups that have embraced this campaign, we have been pleased to connect with Academy alumni, who are reaching out to their former classmates. Additionally, Providence Health and Systems, founded through the work of Mother Joseph and her fellow Sisters of Providence, have launched a campaign among their nearly 70,000 staff members.

Although we have been heartened by such response, there is real urgency in meeting our goal due to our unusually short timeframe. In order to guarantee the property so that the Trust could proceed with our effort, the Hidden brothers, who have been great stewards of the Academy for over 43-years, have generously agreed to keep the property off the market. We have through March 2013 to execute the purchase of $10.6 million. This is in addition to the Hiddens’ willingness to reduce their asking price for the Academy and its prime downtown location by $2.3 million because they are pleased that the Trust will continue to preserve and honor the legacy of this site. The balance of our campaign goal is to fund major building upgrades.

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The Academy front entrance

It’s difficult to imagine the Vancouver skyline without the Academy cupola, and what it represents. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Academy is an iconic symbol of Vancouver’s heritage. The building once known as Providence Academy is still regarded as a cornerstone of the Providence Healthcare System’s mission.

The Academy was built in 1873 by Mother Joseph, a Sister of Providence in the Catholic Church. Mother Joseph was a woman of extraordinary compassion, creativity, skill, vision and deep faith who traveled to the West with the aim of filling the unmet needs of people on the frontier. She arrived in Vancouver, Washington from Montreal, Canada in 1856, along with four other sisters to establish an order in the Northwest. Under Mother Joseph’s leadership, more than 30 hospitals, schools and homes were opened for orphans, the elderly and the sick in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and southern British Columbia.

The Academy, Mother Joseph, and the Sisters of Providence are inexorably tied to the Fort Vancouver National Site and the city of Vancouver. Accordingly, the preservation of the Academy is of paramount importance as part of the Fort Vancouver story and its place in Northwest history.

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There are times when an exceptional opportunity arises for an organization that not only contributes significantly to its mission, but also provides tremendous community benefit. The Trust's agreement with the Hidden brothers to acquire the Academy is clearly such a circumstance.

There is no more important historic structure in the region, if not the Northwest, and the connection between the Fort Vancouver National Site, Mother Joseph and the Academy is deeply intertwined. Accordingly, while our campaign to raise $16 million in a year for the acquisition and restoration of the Academy is ambitious, the importance of the undertaking is undeniable.

With the Trust's extensive experience in managing, restoring and preserving the historic buildings on Officers Row and in the West Barracks, we are uniquely suited to incorporate the Academy in our operations. Based on the Trust's record of sustainable property management and development, we know that the Academy's future will be well secured.

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