By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Drive event raises nearly $6,000

A Drive One 4UR Community event hosted by Chuck Colvin Auto Center of McMinnville at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds raised nearly $6,000 for local FFA chapters.

The event enticed 295 individuals to take test drives in new Ford vehicles on the sprint kart track, and Ford donated $20 per test drive.

Gary Edwards, general manager for Colvin Ford, said, “Customers really enjoyed being able to see and drive the new Ford vehicles in a friendly ‘non-selling’ manner. We were proud of the effort everyone contributed and happy to be able to host this great event.”



A free boat inspection event, “Be Smart Be Safe,” will be hosted from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in the parking lot of Fred Meyer, 3300 Portland Road in Newberg.

Inspectors will check registration and documentation, personal flotation devices, other safety equipment and overall vessel condition. They will make sure participants are in compliance with all state and local requirements.

The event is sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary,  Yamhill County Sheriff’s Patrol, Oregon State Police and Chehalem Park and Recreation’s kayak launch. There will be patrol boats on display and inside the store will  be a fishing representative from Maurice Fishing Supplies.

For more information, phone 503-537-1350.



Atlas Décor, which opened at 334 N.E. Third St., next to Third Street Books last summer, is moving to a new location at 210 N.E. Evans St.



Applications for vendors for the annual Turkey Rama & McMinnville Cruise-In will be accepted until Monday, May 20. The event will be held in the historic downtown district on Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13.

Vendor products will be juried for content and quality. In selecting the vendors for this year’s event, organizers will be emphasizing products or activities in one or more of the following areas: products made in America, handcrafted items, those relevant to a car theme and activities that are fun.

Prices and details are available through the McMinnville Downtown Association’s website at



All Dutch Bros. Coffee locations will honor MDA Day on Friday, May 3. All proceeds from sales made that day will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The event kicks off a month of awareness about Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. It is held annually to honor the Dutch Bros. co-founder Dane Boersma, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2005 and died of it in late 2009.

All employees will be wearing the event slogan “Drink One for Dane.” Last year $174,000 was raised throughout the 198 locations.

The company has local outlets at 120 N.E. Fifth St., and 1365 N.E. Highway 99W in McMinnville and 204 W. First St. and 701 Deborah Road in Newberg. MDA is the world leader in fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease.



Christine Rontal, who has served as executive director of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation the last four years, has announced plans to step down. Rontal is expecting her second child and wants to take a year off to spend with her children.

During her tenure, the foundation raised $7.4 million. It established new highs the last two fiscal years.

It notched a new high for a gift of $500,000, up from $70,000. It hosted 15 major events and launched a broad-scale marketing program.

The foundation provides support for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Clinic network, which includes a clinic in McMinnvillle.



A local Chick-fil-A Leadercast will be held from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde.

The event is broadcast live in Atlanta and aired by simulcast to hundreds of locations worldwide. It features world-renowned leaders, including Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric; Andy Stanley, best-selling leadership author and communicator; Mike Krzyzewski, head men’s basketball coach for Duke University and Team USA; John Maxwell, best-selling author and leadership expert; Dr. Henry Cloud, best-selling author and leadership consultant; LCDR Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL and star of the 2012 movie “Act of Valor”; Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 London Olympic gold medalist in track and field; David Allen, best-selling author and productivity expert; and Condoleeza Rice, former secretary of state.

Sponsors include First Federal, A-dec, Valley View/Rock of Ages and Cascade Steel. The fee to participate is $99.

For more information, contact Haley Rogers of the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce at or 503-472-6196.



A free seminar, “Tax-free Investing: It’s Not What You Make, It’s What You Keep,” will be presented at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the McMinnville Senior Center, 2250 N.E. McDaniel Lane.

Kevin Gebhart, financial advisor with Edward Jones, will lead the session. It is designed to help participants decide if tax-free investing makes sense for them.

For more information, contact Gebhart at 503-472-0234.



The See Ya Later Foundation will benefit from 20 percent of the proceeds of those having dinner between 5 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant, 2714 S.E. Highway 99W, McMinnville. The fundraiser is part of the group’s effort to win the Biggest Turkey contest in conjunction with Turkey Rama.

For more information, contact Carmen Banke at or 503-434-1730.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters slated to run 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Ticor Title, 104 N.E. Fourth St.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday for Quinby’s Musical Services, Chehalem Youth and Family Services and Rogue Gourmet Catering at the Chehalem Valley Dance Academy, 311 E. First St.


Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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