Allegaerts donate alabaster sculpture

<p>“Bliss,” a sculpture by artist Terry Thornsley.</p>

SEASIDE — Warrenton residents Burr and Sally Allegaert donated an alabaster sculpture to the Providence Seaside Hospital Foundation in memory of former hospital administrator, Ron Swanson, who died in 2000.

“Bliss,” a sculpture of a California seal by artist Terry Thornsley, was sculpted out of a single piece of California alabaster. The couple purchased the sculpture 23 years ago, when they lived in Southern California.

“We are very pleased to donate this art piece to the foundation in memory of Ron,” said Burr Allegaert. “After moving to the Oregon Coast in 1994, we got involved in the

Providence Seaside Hospital Foundation, and I was the chairman for five or six years. That’s how I got to know Ron Swanson – he was a real joy to work with.”

“We are very moved by the donation of this lovely piece of artwork,” said Michael Blauer, chief executive of Providence Seaside Hospital.

“Now everyone who visits the hospital will be able to enjoy its beauty.”

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