Fundraiser honors banker's late brother
Eleven years after her brother, Randy Proctor, passed away after a long battle with cancer, Cathy Proctor-Stuchlik is still celebrating his life and inviting others to the party.
"My brother loved to have a good time, and friends and family were very important to him," says Stuchlik, president of Clackamas County Bank. "He would be completely in his element (at this event)."
The bank will host its 10th-annual Party on the Patio event at the Zigzag Inn, 70162 Highway 26, from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, June 24.
The evening is set to include live music by The Substitutes, a rock 'n roll band from Prineville, a raffle to win a Green Mountain grill and $500 gift certificate for White's Country meats, and a silent auction.
The event is also B.Y.O.L.C. — "bring your own lawn chair" — and food can be purchased from the hotel restaurant.
Auction items are said to include fused glass artwork made by Stuchlik herself as well as jewelry, paintings by Welches watercolor artist Caryn Tilton, certificates for car detailing, handmade bird feeders, metal yard art and much more.
Through the years, many of Proctor's old friends have made an appearance at the party, and Stuchlik hopes to see some familiar faces again this year.
"He was 6-feet, 3-inches tall, wore big cowboy boots and had a handlebar mustache," Stuchlik details fondly. "He was very well-liked."
All proceeds from the raffle, auction and ticket sales will go to benefit Mt. Hood Hospice in Sandy. The facility was the first community-based hospice in Oregon to be Medicare certified, and Proctor served on its board for years.
When the event started, the original benefactor was the American Cancer Society, but three years ago, Stuchlik explains, the bank "decided to bring (its efforts) home to Sandy."
Last year, Party on the Patio raised more than $20,000 for the care facility.
"(Randy) has always been a part of Mt. Hood Hospice — a part of our fabric," Lindy Blaesing, executive director of Mt. Hood Hospice, says. "He was instrumental in keeping us alive before we applied for Medicare. "Because of these funds, we are able to provide a caregiver relief fund. We pay for the caregiver when (families) need us the most."