Pamplin Media Group – COCC to Hold Annual Salmon Bake in Madras

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The event celebrates ten years of the COCC in Madras and raises funds for native scholarships

Central Oregon Community College has held its annual Salmon Bake on its Bend since the early 1970s. This year it is coming to Madras.

The event, which was originally planned for the Madras campus before the pandemic in 2020, will feature traditional salmon baking, live dancers and drummers, and local vendors.

“We are thrilled to have everyone together to celebrate again,” said Michelle Cary, COCC Native American Program Coordinator.

The event will include a free lunch with freshly cooked salmon, along with side dishes from the Three Teepee Café.

Although the lunch is free, the event serves as the primary fundraiser for the COCC’s First Nations Students‘ Union. The event funds their scholarships, which provide $500 to students involved in their final term at the COCC to celebrate their achievement.

COCC is also celebrating the 10th anniversary of the COCC Madras Campus. The event will include a silent auction and will accept donations to support the scholarship fund.

The Salmon Bake will take place on Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the COCC Madras Campus and is open to all.


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