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Woodburn Proud hosting luau at Settlemier House Saturday


Dig out your grass skirts, leis and Hawaiian T-shirts, Woodburn, because the Settlemier House is about to host a luau.

The fundraising event is being put on by Woodburn Proud, with all proceeds going toward the nonprofit’s youth programs, which include academic enrichment and support, mentoring, recreational activities, and career and technical building skills.

In the past, Woodburn Proud has instead hosted a silent auction and banquet night at the Woodburn Health Center, but board member Eric Swenson said the group wanted to do something different this year.

“We decided to take a break from (the banquet) and just have a fun community event,” he said. “This is going to be a more reasonably priced event for people to enjoy.”

Tickets for Saturday’s event are set at $20 for an individual and $30 for couples. The price of admission includes a Hawaiian pulled pork and barbecue chicken dinner prepared by Loco Ono, a local barbecue group best-known for being perennial contenders at the Woodburn Firehouse Cook-Off.

The evening’s festivities will also include some live entertainment courtesy of the Uke-De-Dos — a local band featuring residents of The Estates Golf & Country Club — Matt Geiger and?Woodburn Rocks, a group of young musicians who specialize in classics from the ’50s through the ’80s.

A number of wines donated by local wineries will be offered during a silent auction, Swenson said.

In addition to being a fun event for the community, the luau will serve as a send-off of sorts for three of Woodburn Proud’s long-serving board members: current president Kelly Long, Cami Russell and Tana Jo Neliton.

Swenson said Long served as the group’s first president when it formed in 2008, in the wake of the bombing at West Coast Bank in Woodburn that killed two police officers and injured another and a bank employee.

The group initially sought to raise funds for those affected by the bombing and their families and remains a community-oriented organization that seeks to promote pride in Woodburn and support the city’s youth and charitable organizations.

With three board members stepping down, Swenson said the group is looking for local volunteers to take their places. He said that anyone who may be interested can contact him for more information.

The luau runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Settlemier House, 355 N. Settlemier Ave.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.woodburnproud.org or at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Swenson at 503-409-1957 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tyler Francke covers all things Woodburn. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-765-1195.