On learning of the Vern and Ella Worthington bequest, Ocean Beach Education Foundation President Jeff Chabot said, “OBEF would like to thank the Worthington Family for their generous donation. The money will be used to help provide the students of Ocean Beach School District with enhanced educational opportunities that otherwise might be out of reach.”
“It is good news to know the funds are arriving soon,” said President Ken Osborne and Vice President Nansen Malin of the Sea Resources Foundation in a joint statement. “We will be investing in endowments to secure the future of the hatchery — but also in revamping the hatchery with upgrades so we can raise fish again.
”In fact, we have been working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to do a needs assessment and also planning to increase community involvement as we bring the hatchery up to the standards of salmon raising today. The Sea Resources, Inc. Board of Directors are committed to seeing the necessary changes happen.”
Both organizations had received earlier notification that the bequests were in the works, although no final amount had yet been named. Checks for $475,000 were issued to each organization on Friday, May 11, according to estate representative Steven Kolb.
Founded by retired Adm. Jack Williams three decades ago, the education foundation provides supplemental funding for a variety of student-related needs in Ocean Beach School District. It also was a main beneficiary of a large bequest from Peninsula heroine Verna Oller. Sea Resources once also had a strong local educational component, training high school students about salmon rearing and habitat restoration. One of the oldest salmon hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest, the Chinook facility has been making plans to resume more active operations.
Local foundations acknowledge generous bequests