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For Immediate Release


September 30, 2005


Yamhill, Oregon


Boomer Band to play Yamhill County benefit dance Oct 29th for fire victims


Today the Boomer Band announced its official support in the Darang family benefit by offering their services of its large 8 piece 50s Rock-n-Roll Band that will play several hours at a Countywide dance in support of a fund raising effort sponsored by the Yamhill Chamber of Commerce.  Boomer Band member Tina Crawford was contacted by Joanne Pitfido of the YC Chamber and in turn contacted all the band members on short notice and got all additional 7 members to do the show as a 100% benefit for the Darang family. Michael LeClair drummer and booking agent for the Boomer Band said, were always up to help in our community, especially when its for a great family cause.


Also contacted by Tina Crawford was D.Y.S. Concert Sound who does sound for the Boomer Band at most of their events.  Not to be out done, D.Y.S. has also jumped on the benefit wagon by offering their complete sound system to back the event and the band during their dance at no charge.  Robert Davis of D.Y.S. Sound said, we live and work in this community and we always support our own.



Karen Darang still remains in critical condition in the Oregon Burn Center at Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Her two youngest children, 4-year-old Manuel and 7-year-old Ashley, have been released from the hospital after undergoing treatment. Their paternal grandmother, 69-year-old Barbara Ann Darang, died in the fire. Driven back by heat and flames, rescuers could not reach her in time. Pat Darang, Karen's husband, escaped from the double-wide manufactured home without injuries. So did 11-year-old Sandra Darang and 13-year-old Veronica Martinez, who attend Yamhill Elementary School with their sister Ashley.


Yamhill-Carlton School Superintendent Steve Chiovaro said school personnel will keep in touch with the family and other relatives to provide support. Ediger said YGS is accepting cash donations in behalf of the family.

Checks may be made out to Yamhill Grade School with a notation that the donation is for the Darang family or, simple, "fire victims." Checks may be sent to the school, at 310 E. Main St., Yamhill, OR 97148.


An additional fund to help the Darangs has been established at First Federal. Donations may be made in the Darang Family Trust name by going by any First Federal branch and make a deposit or by sending checks to: Darang Family Trust C/O First Federal, 335 W. Madison, Carlton, OR 97111.


The 50s dance will be held at the YGS Gym on October 29, 2005 located at, 310 E. Main St., Yamhill, Oregon.  Doors open at 6:00pm and the dance (costume optional) will start at 7:00pm and band plays until 10:00pm. A donation for the event is paid at the door. For further information and links to this event, go to the Boomer Band web site at www.boomerband.com or call M. LeClair at 503-852-7079.






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