The Schroeder family in Bend Oregon has won two consecutive drawings for Pyromania glass floats (http://www.pyromaniaglass.com) conducted at the Great Oregon Beach Cleanup “Zone 8″ headquarters in Waldport, at the Historic Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center.
Last October 11th, Carolyn, Max, and Sara Schroeder ventured to the coast from their home in Bend to participate in the Fall Great Oregon Beach Cleanup at Waldport (one of 14 “zones” for the biannual event) as part of a 98-member volunteer clean up crew that gathered 1,900 pounds of beach trash in the Waldport area that day.
The Waldport Chamber raffles a Pyromania float every week as part of its year round “Cleanest Beach on the Coast” campaign. In addition to the weekly Tuesday drawings by Waldport Chamber glass float coordinator, Bob Whitson, the Waldport Chamber donated an extra Pyromania glass float to raffle for each of the two Beach Cleanup Saturdays.
At the end of the day, Bob Whitson stirred up the big container of raffle tickets and drew Max Schroeder’s name from the bunch. He wrapped and mailed the float off to Bend with a gracious congratulations and thank you note.
On Saturday, March 27th 2004, the Schroeder family registered at the Historic Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center for the Spring Great Oregon Beach Cleanup. As we explained the special glass float raffle, they introduced themselves to us as the previous fall winners. We were happy to meet them and were amazed at their dedication.
That afternoon, Bob Whitson stirred the tickets and asked Park Ranger Mike Rivers to reach in and select one. We were incredibly surprised to see the Bend address and were nearly sure this was the same family we had met that morning, and who had won the previous fall.
That evening, Bob Whitson happened to meet the Schroeders in Grand Central Pizza having their dinner, and everyone realized the Schroeder family had, incredibly, won again! This time, it was daughter Sara whose ticket was drawn!
Thanks and congratulations to the Schroeder family! Hopefully, we’ll see you back here in the Fall (September 18th) for another chance at winning a float and an opportunity to help maintain the “Cleanest Beach on the Coast!”
Originally, Japanese glass fishing net floats were one of the ultimate beachcomber finds along our shores. Some still do arrive on westerly winds, especially in spring. Modern, colorful glass floats have rewarded beachcombers and beach clean up volunteers since the “Millennium floats” were produced here on the Oregon Coast in 1997.
A local glass artist, Bryan Duncan sponsored the placement of his floats on the beaches for beachcombers from 2000 through part of 2002. A weekly raffle tradition began which rewarded volunteers who brought in a bag full of Waldport area beach trash with a raffle ticket for the weekly raffle for a glass float. Local individuals, businesses, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Waldport Chamber of Commerce sponsored the cost of the glass floats for the event until 2003.
In June of 2003, the Waldport Chamber of Commerce began sponsoring the Pyromania floats, and they are currently committed to continuing the program through June of 2004. Oregon State Parks sponsors the additional disposal fees for the year round collection of beach trash and the postage to mail the floats to out of town winners like the Schroeders of Bend.