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The Kathy Blago EndowmentKathy Blago

It's a story of joy and loss and generosity in the form of a bequest from an EFS member.

EFS is one lucky organization. For a good number of years we've been able to bring top contra dance bands and callers from all over the country, without worrying even when dance admissions rarely covered the costs.

So how did this happen? It's a story of joy and loss and generosity in the form of a bequest from an EFS member. To some of us she's a vivid memory. But newer members may never have heard of Kathy Blago--joyfully enthusiastic contra dancer, EFS from its beginning to her death in August, 2003.

Kathy's interests ranged widely. Besides contra dancing, she taught swimming anywhere there was deep enough water and someone who wanted to learn. She had a degree from Oregon Technical Institute and worked as a technical writer. She was an original member of a round-singing group that still meets. A women's group spun off from the round singers, and with these friends Kathy organized friendship quilt projects, where each person would contribute a block to a quilt that might become a gift for a new baby, for someone who was moving away, or for a birthday. Girl Scouting held a place in her heart. She participated in international folk dancing back before contra came to Eugene.

She was an enthusiastic, sometimes wild and muscular contra dancer. But in 1998, already debilitated by vasculitis, she suffered a stroke. She used a wheel chair after that, and among her care givers and visitors were EFS friends. After her death, EFS was surprised and touched to learn of her gift.

The board takes a pro-active approach to managing and safeguarding this resource which with care and reasonable luck can support and underpin EFS projects for years to come.

Story by Linda Danielson

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The quilt square with carrot is the middle of the right hand row, next to friend Merle Korn.Kathy dressed as a carrot/Growers Market shopper for Halloween a couple years before the quilt project.  One of the quilters made a square featuring a carrot with a purse, as a tribute to the Growers Market connection, not knowing of Kathy’s costume.
On the beach with friend Shelby, 1994With friend Mary Anne, 1994

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