New Local Organization Guides Life Transitions

Ron and Laura Fritz of Bend have launched their new company, Marca Via, with the mission to inspire and support families to create meaningful and impactful rite of passage events for people on the cusp of major life transitions. Meaning “mark the path” in Latin, Marca Via provides free guidebooks and online tools that help families and communities create their own unique events for a significant life transition, starting with teen coming of age events. “Helping children grow into successful, well-adjusted, and self-sufficient adults is a challenging job and perhaps the most important one a parent has,” says co-founder Ron Fritz. “Parents and families need all the parenting tools available to help their children grow into successful, independent, and resilient adults.” The company plans to create additional guides and tools to help people mark other major life transitions such as getting married, having a child, retirement, divorce, and even to help transition at the end of life.

Heroes Luncheon Increases 
Awareness of Saving Grace Programs

Saving Grace Imagine Life Without Violence held their annual Heroes Luncheon March 8 at Tetherow’s Pavilion with the theme, “What is Your Why? Everyone Has a Reason to Care.”  The luncheon is held to educate attendees about Saving Grace and to support their efforts to provide comprehensive family violence and sexual assault services throughout Central Oregon. “Our focus this year is everyone has a reason to care about domestic violence and sexual assault. We asked people to think about their reason for getting involved or their ‘why’ and we especially asked men to speak up and get involved,” said Lauren Dubose, Development Director for Saving Grace. The event not only increased awareness, but raised money to support the programs offered by the organization including a 24-hour Hot Line, emergency shelter, support groups and advocacy for children and families.

Bend Education Foundation 
Celebrates 30 Years and Trivia Bee

In 2018, the Bend Education Foundation celebrates its 30th year of service to education in Bend, La Pine and Sunriver and hosted the 13th annual Education Foundation Trivia Bee Night on March 10 at the Tower Theatre. The Trivia Bee Night was an opportunity to watch local teams compete against one another with proceeds to support classroom grants and additional supplemental education programs. The Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools is an independent, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization striving to engage minds and build bright futures for the young people in Central Oregon.