Local volunteers take donations for BMD festival

Youth volunteers (from left) Kelly Cameron, Mikayla Carr, Nathan Warren and Rori Mann took donations for BMD in Coiner Park on Sunday.

Bohemia Mining Days (BMD) staff and volunteers turned out in Coiner Park last week during what would have been the festival’s 61st celebration to take donations from the community.

“We’re out here raising money for Bohemia Mining Days,” said Cottage Grove High School student volunteer Mikayla Carr. “Because of COVID-19, we can’t do it this year, so we’re making money for next year.”

Public health officials have prohibited large gatherings due to the spread of the novel coronavirus and financial uncertainty among businesses led the BMD Board of Directors to cancel the event this year.

The unexpected cancellation has forced the organization to find other revenue sources for next year’s event.

From July 16–19, festival supporters had a chance to drop by Coiner Park and donate to the cause.

Youth volunteers set up in front of a “Bohemia City” façade near along Main Street, waving signs and accepting cash donations while other volunteers elsewhere in the park sold collectible gold coins and distributed BMD keepsake buttons to donors.

“We are delighted with the turnout of the community for our 60-year-old organization,” said BMD Festival Coordinator Cindy Weeldreyer. “We’ve had people of all ages that have volunteered to raise this money.”

On Sunday, one 14-year-old girl who  said she had been coming to BMD her whole life persuaded her mom to drop by and give a donation.

One man who had been coming for 40 years left another generous amount, said Weeldreyer.

Last week’s fundraiser netted a total of $1,667.44 for the organization.

“We are very pleased with and grateful for the financial support our community gave us in the four days our board members and community volunteers staffed our donation table during what would’ve been the 61st Annual Bohemia Mining Days celebration,” said BMD President Don Williams.

While the fundraiser is over for now, other fundraisers are likely to come as the organization seeks more revenue for the festival’s 2021 celebration.

“We really hope conditions are different and we can come back strong next year,” said Weeldreyer.

Donors can mail a check or money order payable to BMD and send it to P.O. Box 1297, Cottage Grove, Ore., 97424.

To make a credit card payment, call the festival office at 541-942-5064.


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