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Salem Health Announces
$285,000 In Community
Partnership Grants For 2018

2018 Salem Health Community Partnership Grants

    Each year, Salem Health invests in community initiatives that improve the overall health of the community by partnering with organizations that are meeting key health and well-being needs in unique ways. The 2018 Salem Health Community Partnership Grants to be awarded total approximately $285,000.
    Grant funding encourages innovative collaboration and engagement among community organizations that share a common vision for better health and meet community health needs identified by Salem Health's volunteer Board of Trustees. Current priorities for projects include obesity prevention, tobacco and substance use cessation and promoting early childhood health.
    "These organizations have proven themselves to be committed to the health and well-being of the Mid-Willamette Valley," says Sharon Heuer, Salem Health director of community benefits.
    "We're excited to partner with them and support their worthwhile projects." The recipients of these grants are:
    * Boys and Girls Club of Marion and Polk Counties - $25,000 to support the Triple Play initiative, an initiative to encourage healthy and active lifestyles among youth.
    * Marion Polk Food Share - $25,000 to increase access to fruits, vegetables and nutrition education through innovative partnerships with communitysupported agriculture and community health clinics.
    * Isaac's Room - $41,000 to strengthen the holistic approach of IKE Quest and enable divested youth to build a foundation for greater success by establishing healthy patterns of behavior, reversing/reducing the effects of obesity and substance abuse and addiction, while enhancing physical, mental and spiritual health and wholeness.
    * Community Services Consortium - $50,000 to fund the CSC Youth and Community Garden, a new, community- based project in Independence designed to address the issue of obesity by providing experiential education opportunities to community members through gardening, nutrition education and promotion of active lifestyles.
    * Liberty House - $50,000 to establish a new and critically-needed medical evaluation service for children in Polk County who are referred to Liberty House with concerns of physical or sexual abuse or neglect.
    * Options Family Counseling - $44,418 to increase access to substance use disorder treatment in Marion and Polk counties in collaboration with Bridgeway Recovery Services. For more information on Salem Health Community Partnership Grants, please visit: partnership-grants. Salem Health offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's Mid- Willamette Valley. It comprises hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. Visit us at www.salemhealth. org; "Like" us on; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at

Salem Art Association (SAA) 19th Annual Clay Ball:
Silver Screen

    Lights! Camera! Auction! Join the Salem Art Association (SAA) for the 19th Annual Clay Ball: Silver Screen. This fabulous auction and dinner brings together 500 of Salem's most generous artists and patrons to raise money for SAA's community-enriching, non-profit programming.
    This year's theme, Silver Screen, will immerse guests in the glamour of old Hollywood. Start the night by perusing the wide array of silent auction packages while enjoying complimentary, award-winning wine from Bryn Mawr Vineyards, craft beer from
    Gilgamesh Brewing, and delicious horsd'oeuvres. The evening continues with gourmet dinner and dessert, and an exhilarating live auction featuring art by notable local artists and premiere experience packages ranging from exotic vacations to a lease of a brand new BMW from BMW of Salem. After the bidding ends, the dining area transforms into a dance floor so you can sway and dance to your heart's content.
    Your tickets, along with any purchase made in the auctions, help SAA provide arts opportunities to everyone from underserved students to established artists. Purchase tickets online at

Salem Taco Fest
2018 Vendors & Sponsors

    May will be the 4th year the Salem Taco Crawl will be taking place.
    The Salem Taco Fest 2018 includes the downtown taco crawl and a one day festival at the Reed Opera House.
    The Taco Crawl is a three day self guided walking tour of Downtown Salem's participating restaurants. Many restaurants are offering taco and tequila cocktail specials through the week from April 30-May 5. There will still be free t-shirts sponsored by Hornito's Tequila. Be responsible, drink Hornito's.
    As of right now here are 10 total registered restaurants. Taproot, Coin Jam, Victory Club, Venti's, Kraftworks, Archive, and new restaurants include: Bari, Wild Pear, Ritter's, and Chira's. There will be a schedule and menu online at
    The festival will be at the Reed Opera House's Trinitiy Ballroom located on the third floor at, 189 Liberty St NE. Similar to most festivals the plan is to have more tacos and try other Mexican treats. If you or someone you know is interested in hearing more about being a sponsor please contact Thank you to Hornitos Tequila for your continuing support.
    Salem Taco Fest. and Salem Taco Crawl are all brought to you by Cherry City Food Tours and Freddy Ruiz Jr.