First Friday Dunk Tank

by Andy Wade —

What do you get when you combine First Friday, warm weather, a dunk tank, and great volunteers?

A fun time, lots of water, and over $600 raised to help those without housing this winter!

Pastor Jeff Mueller of Immanuel Lutheran Church had an idea – what if we got a dunk tank to raise funds for our local warming shelter? The HRWS Coalition liked the idea and Pastor Jeff ran with it – I mean flat out ran! Before our coalition could blink, Pastor Jeff had lined up the Hood River Rental Center and G Willikers Toy Shoppe as sponsors of the event. And nearly as fast, he had a list of dunkees ready to get wet for a great cause.

Providence Hospital CEO Ed Freysinger is about to get wet!

Providence Hospital CEO Ed Freysinger is about to get wet!

“I really couldn’t ask people to go in the dunk tank unless I was willing,” Pastor Jeff commented. So Jeff signed himself up along with an impressive list of Hood River “celebrities” including:

  • Kirby Neumann-Rea – Hood River News Editor
  • TEMIRA – Gorge Rec. Radio Reporter/Outdoors expert
  • Bob Francis – Hood River City Administrator
  • Neal Holste – Hood River Police Chief
  • Devon Wells – Hood River Fire Chief
  • Ed Freysinger – Providence Hospital CEO
  • Katie Crafts – C. G. Windsurfing Assoc. Exec. Director

Special thanks to our event sponsors, Hood River Rental Center and G Willikers Toy Shoppe, to our brave dunkee volunteers and support crew, to all of you who came out and donated to the cause, and to Pastor Jeff for a wonderful idea and for all the organizational effort you put in to make this event possible!

Hood River Warming Shelter

Volunteer Judee Flint collects donations and tells people about the Warming Shelter.

Katie Crafts, C. G. Windsurfing Assoc. Exec. Director, waits patiently...

Katie goes down!


 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

Pastor Jeff Mueller taunts the crowd, or at least all those Duck fans!

Pastor Jeff Mueller taunts the crowd, or at least all those Duck fans!

...but some would have none of his taunting!

That's one wet Beaver!