Coast Guard members help raise $3300 for orphaned Warrenton, Ore., teen

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River LogoASTORIA, Ore. — Members of Coast Guard Sector Columbia River worked with the community of Warrenton, Ore., to raise $3300 for an orphaned boy during a charity dinner and auction Saturday.

The charity event was held for at the Warrenton Community Center for 14-year-old Nikolas McMackin who lost his mother in a houseboat fire at the Warrenton docks April 22.

Eight members from Sector Columbia River helped to setup tables, prepare food and emcee the event, which was attended by approximately 150 people. The event was organized by Meka Whitsett, a friend of the family and fellow Warrenton resident, with help from the Non-Profit Deep Sea Fisherman’s Fund.

“I was ecstatic to see that the fund raiser was much larger in scale and result than I anticipated it would be,” said Ensign Jacob Marks, Vessel Boarding and Security Team Supervisor at Sector Columbia River. “Seeing the incredible community support for this young man makes us proud to be a part of and serve in the Warrenton Community.”

The Coast Guard members involved with the event are: Ensign Jacob Marks and wife Lacey, Maritime Enforcement Specialists Robert Grigsby, Travis Scheider, Javier Serrano, Chuck Lewter and Brandon Koomer, Boatswain’s Mate First Class Keith Bouchard and Lt. j.g. Joe Miller.

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