Regatta Run Canceled, Family Encourages Virtual Participation

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Like so many plans and events that have been put on hold due to the pandemic, the Regatta Run has been canceled this year. This run has been the main fundraiser for the Cpl. Matthew Lembke Memorial Scholarship fund. It began in 2009, the same year Matt died from injuries he sustained while on foot patrol in Afghanistan. The scholarship has been a great way for us to honor Matt and his sacrifice, and to award and assist several college bound Seniors from Tualatin High School each year.

Cpl. Matthew Lembke.
Cpl. Matthew Lembke.

Due to the outstanding support of the community and our generous sponsors, we have been able to award a total of $219,500 in scholarship money to 85 Seniors from TuHS who graduated between 2010 to 2020.

Although we are unable to hold “Matt’s Run” this year, we are encouraging folks to still participate by running or walking sometime on or around Oct. 17. If you have a shirt from a previous Regatta Run, please wear it and share a picture on the Regatta Run Facebook page. The Lembke family is inviting anyone interested to join them for an unofficial, socially distancing, fun run or walk along the usual course starting at Tualatin Community Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.

We are still planning to award scholarship money to TuHS Seniors next spring. Scholarship applications will be available after the 1st of the year. If you are interested in donating to the scholarship fund, checks can be made out to TSO (Timberwolf Support Organization). Please note the Lembke Scholarship on the memo line and mail your check to Claudia Lembke, 20288 SW 70th Ave, Tualatin, OR 97062.