Camas businesses come through for special auction

Community raising money to help business owner who has a daughter with brain cancer

CAMAS — They wanted to help one of their own.

They came up with an idea.

They posted the idea on social media.

Things took off from there.

“I am just so taken aback by the magnitude of the generosity,” Samantha Horner said. “Within a week, we had all of this. It’s overwhelming.”

It’s Camas.

Shops from all over Camas donated items for an auction to help the family of Mariah Corbin, a young woman who was diagnosed with brain cancer in September. Mariah’s mother, Michal, owns Camas Yoga and Co., in the heart of downtown Camas.

Samantha Horner (left) and Wendy DelBosque are among the organizers of a silent auction to help a Camas business owner, who has a daughter with brain cancer. The items up for auction are on display at Natalia’s Cafe in downtown Camas. Photo by Paul Valencia
Samantha Horner (left) and Wendy DelBosque are among the organizers of a silent auction to help a Camas business owner, who has a daughter with brain cancer. The items up for auction are on display at Natalia’s Cafe in downtown Camas. Photo by Paul Valencia

“We are coming together as a community to try to raise money that will allow Michal to focus on her daughter … instead of worrying about her business and the overhead she continues to have to pay for while she is shut down due the pandemic,” a flyer reads. “Your generous gift will make this happen.”

Dozens of items are available at the silent auction, which went live Thursday morning and concludes at 8 p.m. Sunday. Gift bags, gift certificates, rugs, mugs, clothing, paintings, books. It’s all there. To browse, go to the auction site at: https://www.32auctions.com/MariahsFundraiser

“We wanted to keep it as simple as possible,” said Wendy DelBosque, general manager of Natalia’s Cafe, which is where the items are being displayed. 

Horner, who works with her sister at nearby Cake Happy bakery, and DelBosque helped organize the auction. 

“We’re all so strapped right now. Asking for donations at this time was tricky,” DelBosque said, adding that they simply wanted a few items that people could buy as Christmas presents while helping a family in need. 

Then the businesses came through with so many donations. Some business owners gave money gifts, as well.

There are also a couple of volunteers who are working at Camas Yoga and Co., keeping the retail part of the business open, allowing Michal to stay home with Mariah. 

“The way this community comes together, it’s amazing,” DelBosque said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

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