Women Business Owners Raise Funds for Molalla Fire Victims Online

Three women business owners who grew up on Molalla are raising money online for the victims of wildfires raging around their hometown, totalling nearly $3,000 so far.

Angelyn Lauderback.

Angelyn Lauderback, a photographer who now lives in Portland and owns Angie Grace Photography, has a sister and nephews in Molalla who were forced to evacuate this week.

She has been holding a raffle on her Facebook page with the prize of a professional photo shoot. The raffle has reportedly raised more than $1,700 in just two days.

Gigi Rascon.

Gigi Rascon, a lash technician at Ellie May’s Beauty Bar in Canby. Rascon lives in Mount Angel now, but her parents still live in Molalla and were forced to evacuate.

She and several other self-employed beauticians at the salon came together to offer another raffle with a full beauty package, which has already raised more than $515.

Whitney Dyke.

Finally, Whitney Dyke, of PNW Beautiful Finishes in Salem, is also doing her part for her hometown.

“It was the best place to be raised in,” she said of Molalla. “A small little community where everybody came together. Go to the corner market store for a soda or candy. It’s a beautiful community and just so devastating to see what the fires have done. It breaks my heart!”

She is offering one of her hand-painted and refurbished furniture items.

“This time is very difficult for everyone as many have been affected by these fires! It’s absolutely devastating,” Dyke said. “My best friend lost her beautiful home and had no time to grab anything. Many families have lost.”

The campaign has raised over $225 so far.

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