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The newly-formed Crooked River Foundation Board held a dinner fundraiser during CRR week, and raised $112,200

RAMONA MCCALLISTER - From left: Big smiles from 2019 Crook County Pioneer Queen, Lois Craddock and Crystal Moore Madison, current Crook County Pioneer Queen. As of June 2022, the Crooked River Roundup now has a foundation.

The 501(c)(3), the Crooked River Roundup Foundation, has a six-member board, with Susie Pape as president and Mike McLane as vice president. Steve Holliday and Pape took a breath to sit down and explain the foundation beginnings and purpose and the recent fundraiser that was about to take place that evening.

"This has gone so fast," emphasized Holliday of the approval and momentum of the new foundation. "But things are falling into place."

He added that they just received their final IRS approval for their 501(c)(3). The foundation board held their first dinner fundraiser on Wednesday evening, June 22, on the Crook County Courthouse lawn. They wanted to sell 16 tables, but without advertising the event, they sold 20.

"There is a desire for this," Holliday concluded of the community support.

RAMONA MCCALLISTER - From left: Vicki Sumner, Steve Holliday, Secretary for CRR Foundation Board, and Marv Sumner, 2022 CRR Grand Marshall. The first annual fundraiser was a success, with a good time had by all. It was sponsored by The Pape Group, Stahancyk, Kent and Hook, P.C. and Kendall Auto Group.

"We were really pleased with it," exclaimed Pape of the event.

The Moss Brothers Band performed, and the event was catered by Tate & Tate Catering out of Redmond and Tony's BBQ in Prineville. In addition, there was whisky tasting by Cascade Distillery out of Sisters, beer provided by Wild Ride Brewing and water by Big Foot Beverage. The Crook County FFA helped to serve meals, complete with big smiles all-around.

The pioneer queens, past and present, attended the event and were appreciative of the recognition. Pape emphasized that they were excited to invite and recognize the pioneer queens at the fundraiser dinner. Of the nine, eight were in attendance. Attendees included reigning queen, Crystal Moore Madison as well as Earlene Ervin, Jean Edwards, Betty Tweedt, Donna Demaris, Blanche Harper, Frannie Bristow, Mary Albert and Lois Craddock. Unable to attend was past queen, Emerine Noble.

"They were the people, and their mothers were people, who really built this area and it is nice to recognize them," commented Pape. "I had two great-grandmothers who were pioneer queens."

RAMONA MCCALLISTER - From front left: Oregon Governor candidate, Betsy Johnson and Jody Stahancyk. Middle: Susie Pape, President of the CRR Foudnation Board. In the back are attendees of the dinner/fundriaser.The Crooked River Roundup Foundation Board members were all beaming with the success of the first event, including board members Pape; McLane; Steve Holliday, Secretary; Gail Hayes Davis, Executive Vice President; Wes Pierce, Treasurer; and Dr. Sara Johnson, Education Advocate.

The event also was attended by independent candidate for Oregon Governor, Betsy Johnson. Crook County Commissioners Jerry Brummer and Brian Barney and Judge Seth Crawford were also in attendance. Pape indicated that there was not only a great deal of local support and attendance, but there were folks from Sisters, Bend, Redmond, Tumalo, Portland and Salem.

There was also a paddle auction towards the end of the evening, which raised a whopping $112,200.

Holliday explained how the current foundation began, which has been in the works for a couple of years.

"Susie was pounding on the table, 'We need a Foundation,'" smiled Holliday with a hint of mirth as he recollected the urgency to begin the foundation.

Holliday helped to lead the charge and indicated that the CRR Foundation board was formed because they saw the need to become more philanthropic in what they do (the CRR), and in making sure that they can give more back to the community that has got them to their 75th anniversary.

Pape said that there has not been an efficient way to help with FFA youth who have achieved status with their animals at the state or regional level but lacked the funds to compete.

RAMONA MCCALLISTER - FFA students provide service with a smile to Attendees at the CRR Foundation dinner on Wednesday, June 22."We didn't really have a way to do that efficiently, but now we do."

Holliday expanded on the fact that the rodeo had to take it out of their rodeo budget before, and this foundation will make it possible for the rodeo to focus on rodeo and the foundation can do the fundraisers, such as the gala held each year.

"This way, they won't have to be raising funds to put on the rodeo and do a gala. We will be able to step in and make some of those things work."

Rodeos are 501(c)(5), and if a donor contributes to a rodeo, it would be considered a sponsorship or advertising. In addition, if a donor contributes to a 501(c)(5), their contribution is not tax-deductible as a charitable contribution. The 501(c)(5) and 501(c)(3) are both exempt organizations from paying corporate income taxes, however.

Holliday pointed out they recently did an event called Cowboys and Kids at the Crook County School District grade schools, which was held just prior to Memorial Day. Members from the CRR Foundation came into the schools and taught about rodeo, the Cowboy Way of making good choices and character choices.

"Something clicked there, and they liked it," Holliday continued.

The CRR Foundation board is hoping to make it a regular event.

"There is a need to be wholesome, and kids get it," said Pape of the Cowboys and Kids event.

Holliday added that there is something about cowboys that people love — and kids especially.

"Bringing to the forefront that ranching, farming and rodeo have been here for a long time, and it is still relevant. This is just our way of making sure that we move that along as the community grows — that that culture is not lost," he concluded.

They pointed out that being part of a big city does not mean one has to give up the Western heritage.

RAMONA MCCALLISTER - 2022 CRR Queen, Olivia Kerr, left, and CRR Director, Linda Smith flash a big smile at the CRR Foundation dinner.Pape and Holliday indicated that there are many ways to support this foundation and further the goal of keeping the Crooked River Roundup heritage alive. There will be many opportunities to help and contribute, including in-kind donations, donating talent or time, or monetary contributions.

"There are all kinds of ways that you can help and not actually sit on the board and go to monthly meetings. You can do lots of other things," added Pape.

The Crooked River Roundup Foundation Board

Susie Pape, president

Steve Holliday, secretary

Gail Hayes Davis, executive vice president

Mike McLane, vice president

Wes Pierce, treasurer

Sara Johnson, education advocate

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