In celebration of a successful fall sports season, Hermiston/Pendleton Special Olympics Local Program #510 recently gathered for an awards banquet.

The Dec. 2 event, held at The Arc Building in Hermiston, featured an awards ceremony. Hermiston VFW Post #4750 presented the colors and led the pledge of allegiance.

In addition to bowling and swimming athletes, special guests included several members of the Hermiston Police Department and the Hermiston High School Key Club. Both groups provided assistance during the Regional Bowling Competition, held Nov. 8 at Desert Lanes Family Fun Center in Hermiston. With assistance from the special guests, head bowling coach Doris Boatright presented awards, including medals to Jillian Smalley (gold), MaryAnn Wright (silver) and Shirley Fell (bronze).

Also, results from the Fall Bowlathon were announced and the top three fundraisers were presented with prizes. First place honors went to Smalley, followed by Michael Downing and David Andrews. With more than 80 athletes participating in fall sports, the group was able to raise over $5,000 for the local program, said communications manager Kristi Smalley.

The gathering featured a spaghetti dinner served by volunteers from The Gems and Gents Cheer Program. The group also presented a short demonstration of their cheerleading and dancing skills.

The winter sports season, which includes basketball and powerlifting, begins the week of Jan. 6. For more information, call Angela Schneider at 541-314-0166.

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