Camas Educational Foundation is seeking airline miles for its annual auction

Miles with meaning

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Fourth-grade students at Dorothy Fox Elementary School had the opportunity to learn about the famous "Voyage of Discovery" through an Oregon Museum of Science and Industry interactive outreach workshop. It included hands-on stations exploring cartography, taxonomy, anthropology, astronomy and botany. It was made available through a grant from the Camas Educational Foundation.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Camas Educational Foundation. To celebrate, board members have named the annual auction, “Soaring with CEF: Our 15 year Journey,” and are asking community members to donate unused airline miles.

“The idea came from the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” said Mandy Huth, CEF president. “They have a great message about donating miles or tickets to children. Since this year’s auction is based on a journey, I thought this was a good approach to ask our community to support the children in this manner.”

The non-profit foundation is hoping the dinner and auction will raise $100,000, which will go to support academic enrichment programs for students in the Camas School District. Last year’s event raised more than $85,000.

“CEF has given almost $1 million to the Camas School District, let’s continue to invest in our community,” Huth said. “Every mile donated helps fund our community’s education. The miles will be used for funding a journey for our annual auction.”

Donations of miles are tax deductible.

Tying in with the “journey” theme, the auction and dinner will take place at Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver on Saturday, Nov. 17.

“We have moved back to a more formal mentality, creating a date night experience, with a four-course, sit-down meal,” Huth said.

To make reservations for the event, visit or call 335-3000.