The Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation's eighth annual fundraiser, Columbia Invitational Golf Tournament and "An Evening in Old St. Andrews" dinner and auction, was held May 11 at the Astoria Golf & Country Club.

Astoria Mayor Willis Van Dusen took the spotlight when he hit a hole-in-one on the 17th hole on the golf course, winning a new $34,000, 2007 Suzuki XL7 from Vince Williams Suzuki in Warrenton.

There was good weather for the 135 golfers and camaraderie during the evening for the 310 guests who attended the dinner and auction event. The events raised more than $234,500 in support of Columbia Memorial Hospital, exceeding the previous record by 13 percent.

Dan Van Dusen was honored for 18 years of service.

Skip Hauke, executive director of the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce, was the auction reader, and along with state Sen. Betsy Johnson, led the Fund-a-Need portion of the auction to encouraged support of the Foundation's new project, a digital mammography system.

There were many auction highlights including: The Best of Live Raffle was won by David Dickson, who chose a trip to Hawaii, and The Crab Feast Adventure for 20, donated by Mike and Tami Aho and Terry and Stephanie Miller, that had a market value of $600 and went for $3,500.


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