Archive for the ‘Fundraising’ Category

Birthday Fundraising
September 16, 2011

While I was gone on my vacation last month, two of my co-workers raised $260! 

Julie Ryan, Families First/New Parent Services’ supervisor, is part of a Birthday Club with friends who celebrate each other’s birthdays.  She asked that all gifts this year be donated to The Next Door.  Karen Enns, Families First/New Parent Services’ director, also asked that her friends and family donate to NDI as a gift to her on her birthday.

Not only do these women devote their lives to helping children and families, but they also devoted their birthday gifts to it too.  To me, this goes beyond dedication.  Here are the beautiful smiling faces of my co-workers.


I’m in awe of the Oregonian’s “Season of Sharing”
February 18, 2011

Kristin Reese, program manager of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge, just came into my office and said, “Oh my God! I can’t believe it!”  She’d just gotten off the phone with The Oregonian newspaper.  Back in November 2010, they included a story about one of our BBBS Little Sisters in their “Season of Sharing” edition.  View my blog post for the link to that story.  

In December, The Oregonian sent us a check for $5,000 and today they informed us that they will be sending another check for $6,000!

The generosity of the people of Oregon really astounds me.  Someone read the article on the Little Sister and her single father and donated a used pick-up truck to them so they wouldn’t have to walk everywhere.  The “Season of Sharing” proceeds then went to pay for snow tires for the truck, groceries and other necessities and a private tutor for the Little Sister so she can catch up on her school work.

As I said, I’m in awe of the “Season of Sharing”, and here at The Next Door, we really do feel as if it’s always a season of sharing.

Those Generous Kiteboarders
January 27, 2011

Employees of The Next Door celebrate KB4C--Tonia, KB4C Coordinator, is kneeling in the front row

Right after the beginning of the new year, Tonia Farman came to The Next Door to present Nuestra Comunidad Sana with a check.

She and all the volunteers of Kiteboarding 4 Cancer work so incredibly hard to put on the event every year.  We are blessed to be one of the recipients of their hard earned donations for our breast cancer outreach program through Nuestra Comunidad Sana.  This year, the atheletes in the two-day event raised over $43,000 which was then matched by the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

One of the great things about the event this year was that NCS was able to donate some time in a kitemaking tent for kids and also encourage local Latinos to come visit.  For some, it was the first time they’d ever seen kiteboarding.  We also arranged for a local family to sell Mexican food at the event, as part of our microenterprise program.  All in all, a perfect opportunity to share!

Thank you, Tonia, athletes, KB4C and John Wayne Cancer Foundation for everything!

Greater Tuna
November 24, 2010

Huh?  What is Greater Tuna?  When my co-worker and theater director extraordinaire, Lynda Dallman, told me that she was going to direct “Greater Tuna” as a benefit for The Next Door’s Capital Campaign, that was my first question.  Turns out, Greater Tuna is the name of a very funny play about small town Texas. 

Tickets to the show cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and children (play is suitable for children 12 and older).  It is being performed at the brand new Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center in Odell.  Tickets are available at Waucoma Bookstore for:

  • Friday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 27 at 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, Nov 27 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, Dec 3 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, Dec 4 at 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, Dec 4 at 7:30 pm

All proceeds go to The Next Door and the Hood River Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.  Great causes!  So, be sure to go and laugh for us.  It’s a great way to work off some of those Thanksgiving dinner calories.  I’ll be there on Dec 4th in the evening to welcome everyone.  Can’t wait!

The Next Door’s 2011 Calendar available now!
November 22, 2010

Just one of the beautiful photos in our newest calendar

It’s hard to believe that 2010 has almost gone by.  I know this because The Next Door has another calendar for sale!  Gary Fields, a local photographer, has once again outdone himself.  His photos of bodies of water throughout the Gorge are spectacular.

The “Waterways of the Columbia Gorge” 2011 calendar to benefit The Next Door is available now for $10 (makes a great gift!).  It can be purchased at the following locations:

  1. NDI office in Hood River: 212 2nd Street
  2. NDI office in The Dalles: 1005 W. 6th Street
  3. Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River
  4. Rosauers in Hood River

We are very grateful to our sponsors for helping to offset the cost of printing:

  • Colt Listing Service
  • Gary McGee & Co., CPA
  • Hood River Construction Co.
  • Hood River Dental
  • Hood River Rotary
  • Insitu
  • JD Fulwiler & Co. Insurance
  • Kirchhofer Financial
  • Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital
  • Strategic Planning & Insurance
  • Soroptimist International of Hood River
  • Waste Connections Inc.

It’s a “Season of Sharing” once again!
November 16, 2010

This year, The Oregonian has again chosen one of The Next Door’s programs to highlight in its “Season of Sharing” special feature. 

Last year, a family involved with Families First Healthy Start program in The Dalles was helped tremendously by generous Oregonian readers who donated more than $5000 and many products to the family.

This year it’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge that is showcased.  And, a family that is in need of so many things–a single father and his daughter, whose Big Sister has been a true friend.

You can read the story on the website of the Oregonian’s Season of Sharing.

Thank you, Oregonian!

One Man’s Trash…
November 9, 2010

is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ treasure!  This past weekend, Beneventi’s in Bingen and Carl of Canyon Market in Klickitat hosted their 5th Annual Garage Sale in White Salmon, Washington.  The generous donations of goods by dozens of local people and the bargain hunting by community residents helped raise $3,000 that will go directly to helping support Big Brothers Big Sisters’ matches.

We are grateful for the help of volunteers: BBBS Advisory Board Members, Don Benton and Adrian Chaton, BBBS employees Monte Dickinson, Kristin Reese and Beth McCollough, Big Sister Laurel Roos and her Little Yareli and dedicated volunteer Bonnie Benton.

And, of course, what would we do without the Beneventi Family?  Besides this garage sale, they host a delicious Lasagna Feed every winter and then sponsor a team for BBBS’ Bowl for Kids Sake every March.  I was happy to see them as Grand Marshalls in the Huckleberry Festival Parade in Bingen in September, celebrated for their incredible generosity.

Here is Lynne Bertschi of the Beneventi family, helping with the garage sale that benefits BBBS

Sledgehammers and Generosity
November 5, 2010

Sometimes I love thinking up the titles to my blog posts!   The Next Door hosted a Capital Campaign Breakfast and Groundbreaking this morning.  We had 80 people attend to eat a wonderful breakfast from D’Lish Delivered (owned by NDI Board Member, Michele Sliwa) and listen to some stories about what The Next Door has meant to people with whom we work.  I was nearly brought to tears a few times hearing the stories from young mothers, Latino leaders and a devoted Big Brother.

NDI's Board Chairman, Kelly Beard

After the stories, Kelly Beard, our Chairman of the Board, asked people to donate money for our new building.  People were so generous!  I’m forever thankful to live in such a community.

Then, we went over to our new building at 965 Tucker Road for the official groundbreaking.  Since there is a building there already, we had sledgehammers and got to help demolish a wall!

Kelly and Glenn Taylor, long time member of NDI's Facilities Committee, helping to demolish a wall

Renovation construction should begin in the next few weeks, and boy, am I excited!

Dressing Up and Getting Fit
September 28, 2010

I want to tell you about two other FUN fundraisers for programs of The Next Door.  One has already happened, but it’s too good not to share.  In August, volunteers hosted an Adult Prom as a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters.  It was a great evening of music, dancing and dressing up that raised over $1,200 for BBBS.

Our great BBBS Advisory Board Members, Bob and Don. Bob really got into the dressing up and Don commented, "I can only stay to take tickets, one of my favorite jobs!"

Emma was one of the fabulous organizers of the event.

Coming up on October 2 is a benefit for Klahre House, as part of the 4e collaborative that I wrote about before.  CrossFit Hood River and Second Wind Sports is organizing The Gorge Challenge, an obstacle course style challenge that includes a Beginner (1 hour) and Advanced Course (2 hours).  Some events that can be expected will be: Carrying heavy/awkward implements such as empty kegs, Flipping/running through tires, Pushing weighted sleds, Climbing over walls, Digging/filling holes, Carrying another person. The advanced category will include movements with barbells, handstands, running, jumping, and some optional swimming events.  I’m sure to get some good photos from this fundraiser!

Music for a cause
August 4, 2010

This outdoor setting for the benefit concert is beautiful!

Last weekend, the Gorge Sustainability Collaborative hosted the first of two summer concerts.  This one was outside Springhouse Cellars and I heard it was amazing.  I really wanted to go but so did my husband.  Since we were too late to get a sitter, I let him go.  Wasn’t that nice of me?  He said the bands he heard were great.

According to the concert’s flyer, “the Gorge e4 Collaborative [is] the convergence of 5 organizations working to cultivate the long term sustainability of the Gorge–Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute, Columbia Gorge Earth Center, Gorge Grown Food Network, Hood River Valley Residents’ Committee and Klahre House, a program of The Next Door.

That’s quite a line up of impressive organizations and we’re proud to be a part.  The students at the Klahre House, under the guidance of School Administrator Kieran Connolly, are engaged in a series of projects that help foster sustainability.  Last year, I blogged about their garden and earlier this year, their work restoring a popular trail.

The Collaborative has another concert planned for August 31 at the Klickitat Canyon Winery in Lyle.  Another gorgeous location to hear music for a great cause.