KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – An agency in Klamath Falls that provides long-term mentors for at-risk kids is hosting their annual “Friendraise” this Thursday.
Friends of the Children has been active in the Klamath Basin since 2000.
“We are a professional mentoring organization,” said Executive Director Amanda Squibb. “We provide mentors to kiddos when they’re in kindergarten, and those mentors stick with them until they graduate from high school.”
The agency will host their annual Friendraiser this Thursday night at 5:00 pm in Mike’s Fieldhouse at the Steen Sports Complex.
More than 500 people are expected to attend, and place bids on items up for auction.
“It’s a huge deal,” Squibb said. “We rely on ‘Friendraiser’ to bring in about a third of our revenue budget on an annual basis.”
Six full-time mentors currently work with 49 kids enrolled in the program, which is looking to expand.
“We just launched out rural expansion project,” Squibb explained. “Which the first phase of that was hiring a new male mentor for the community of Chiloquin.”
Organizers are hoping to raise more than $100,000.
A limited number of tickets are still available.
You can check the Friends of the Children – Klamath Basin Facebook page for details, or call (541) 273-2022
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.