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Springfield Rotary Event Funds Gateways School Tiny House Project

Published: October 26, 2016

Springfield, OR — The Eugene, Cascades & Coast region is rich with festivals and events that delight visitors and locals throughout the year. Nearly all of these events partner with civic and community organizations to create opportunities for the enhancement of programs that serve residents year-round. 

The Springfield Rotary Club's McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival is celebrating its 5th anniversary on November 4 & 5. Overseen by the Springfield Rotary Club, this successful celebration of our region's craft beer and cider industry will direct this year's proceeds to the Willamalane Foundation and will award $20,000 to Gateways High School for its, “Tiny House Project for Springfield Families in Transition.” 

This exciting project will provide needed transitional housing for Springfield families, but that's not all!  The project will utilize students at the Gateways High School Active Physics and STEM Class as they learn about the design, engineering, and construction of a tiny house. The students will design the house through their coursework and will construct the house in partnership with volunteers from the Springfield Rotary Club. This will be the first tiny house shelter in the Eugene-Springfield area that will be large enough to house a family with children. When the house is complete, it will be donated to Catholic Community Services of Lane County so they can host a homeless family to live in it while the family works to secure more permanent housing. The house will become a part of the “G Street OASIS” project that provides comprehensive services to support families transitioning out of homelessness. 

Jonathan Light, Career Pathways Coordinator for the Springfield School District, noted that "the tiny house project is an ideal opportunity for our Gateways' students to learn valuable career and technical skills, as well as allowing them the opportunity to give back to our community.  We couldn't be more thrilled that the Springfield Rotary Club has chosen to fund this project."

Holly Ellingson, a teacher at Gateways High School, will lead the project with assistance from Alex Daniell of Backyard Bungalows. Gateways High School was one of eleven applicants for the Springfield Rotary Club’s 2017 Signature Project. 

Support the McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival and the Gateways High School Tiny House Project by attending the festival on November 4 & 5!

What:    Beer & Cider Tasting, Live Entertainment & Food Vendors 
 Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation (250 S. 32nd Street)
When:   November 4, 2016 (5 p.m. - 11 p.m.) & November 5, 2016  (noon - 11 p.m.)
Cost:     $15  

Duck Fans:  Watch November 5 game on screens throughout the venue.
Children: Children are free and may attend between noon - 5 p.m. Saturday. Zany Zoo     Pets, Face Painting, Puppets and Balloons!

For information on the Gateway's Tiny House Project, contact Dan Hurley at 541.968.1699.

For information on the Career Pathways Program, contact Jonathon Light at 541.579.6797 or

For information on the Oasis project, contact Tom Mulhern, Executive Director Catholic Community Services, at or 541.345.3628 ext. 318.

For Festival Information, contact Rae LaMarche, 541.343.1036.


Author: Andy Vobora

Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations, Travel Lane County
541.501.9398 | 541.743.8770

Travel Lane County markets and promotes the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a destination for travel, conventions, sports, meetings and events. It serves as a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending, which pumped more than $783 million into Lane County, Oregon's economy in 2019.