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Seaside woman honored at Blazers game
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 1, 2017 12:01AM

Recently Dave Nelson, who loves the Trail Blazers, was checking out their website, and came across their contest page, where the “Crown Royal Live Generously Fan Contest” caught his eye (

“I was curious, and opened it to see what it was about. It was to nominate someone who gives generously in our community. Immediately, Coral Cook’s name came to mind.” With good reason — she volunteers her time for several local organizations.

On Nov. 17, Dave received a voicemail saying Coral’s nomination had been selected, and that she would be honored at Saturday’s game versus the Sacramento Kings. “Of course, in my telling her about this, she was in total shock, and thought it was a joke,” Dave recalled. Which isn’t all that surprising, considering, as he admitted, “I can be known as a prankster.” A mutual friend who was with her when Dave called with the news thought Coral was going to pass out.

Coral and her daughter, Brandi, received two lower level tickets to the game, and participated in the T-shirt exchange — they each received an autographed shirt from a player (Coral, Noah Vonleh, and Brandi, Maurice Harkless). “Later, Public Address Announcer Mark Mason read my submission about Coral,” Dave added, “and she was presented with a gift pack from the Blazers and Crown Royal.” Coral and Brandi were also featured on the Jumbotron; they are pictured with Blaze the Trail Cat, the Trail Blazers mascot.

“I’m not one to like all that to happen,” Coral said, “but it sure was fun. They included my daughter, and I was just tickled to death.”


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