Saluting Lynette Perry, the Herald’s own Easter Bunny
Saturday marked the 20th-annual Baker City Herald Easter Egg Hunt. It’s an event that draws hundreds of local children each year to gather free eggs and toys in Geiser-Pollman Park.
But it almost disappeared in 1995.
That year the Baker City Jaycees, who had been the organizer of the annual event, disbanded. It looked as though the Easter Egg Hunt would not go on, for lack of a sponsor.
But Lynette Perry, the Baker City Herald’s advertising manager, couldn’t stand the thought of an Easter in Baker City without a community Easter Egg Hunt.
She decided that with the help of the community and some promotion from the Herald that she would organize the event. The April 17, 1995, Baker City Herald pages celebrate the success of the event with pictures and thank you messages to sponsors and volunteers from the community.
And so the stage was set for the event for the next 19 years. Lynette has very nearly single-handedly organized the event ever since. She has had a great deal of help with donations from the community, including generous businesses, service groups and from volunteers who have stuffed eggs, cleaned up the park and herded stampedes of egg-hunters. The Baker City Herald, of course, has supported the effort as well.
But mostly the credit for the Baker City Community Easter Egg Hunt each year goes to Lynette.
On this, the Monday after the 20th Baker City Herald Easter Egg Hunt, I’d like to recognize the sponsors, donors, service groups and volunteers who work to make the event so successful for our children every year. But I would particularly like to thank Lynette for rescuing and continuing to organize the Easter Egg Hunt.
Thank you, Easter Bunny.
Kari Borgen is the publisher of the Baker City Herald.