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In One Ear: Paying it forward: Skål!

Prize winner donates $1,000 to new Scandinavian park
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 10, 2018 12:01AM

“Gerry Swenson and I have been representing the Swedes at meetings for the Scandinavian monument planning here in Astoria,” Terry Arnall of Astor Lodge No. 215, Vasa Order, wrote. Gerry is “Swedish by marriage.”

“Gerry told me she won the $1,000 raffle prize at the Astoria Scandinavian Mid-Simmer Festival this year,” Terry added, “and she is donating the prize to the Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association for the planned Scandinavian Heritage Park. Wow! That’s nice of her!”

The park’s architectural and engineering fees have already been covered, so now they’re fundraising for the actual construction. Details are online at

“I wanted to share the money with the Scandinavian community,” Gerry explained, “and the best way to do that was to pass it on to the Scandinavian Park project.”


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