In 2019 Lake Oswego Hunt held their largest fundraising event in recent history called "Raise the Roof." For a first-time event, it was an amazing success, raising enough funds to replace the barn roof to keep horses and humans safe.
With the start of 2020, Lake Oswego Hunt planned to build on the success of 2019 to help the club usher in a new era for the historic equestrian center. Unfortunately, as we all know, 2020 hasn't gone as anyone planned.
With COVID-19 shutting everything down in the spring, followed by the wildfires this summer, Lake Oswego Hunt, like every organization, has been challenged financially.
What was originally planned for October, "Raise the Roof" has gone virtual and is now happening this Thursday, December 3, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
They are inviting the entire community to this virtual fundraiser, with the hope that your generosity will help to preserve one of Lake Oswego's historic community treasures.
"We're asking people to invest in this property and this organization, and it has a lot of meaning to a lot of people," said Kerry Griffin, LOH board president. "This is a really special place physically, and it's really special in the lives of a lot of community members."
This year's "Raise the Roof" virtual event will feature online bidding for auction items, a live paddle raise, and an equestrian exhibition.
Bidding is now open at www.lakeoswegohunt.com. Some of the items available include stays at Gearhart, Rockaway and Skamania Lodge, one week at equestrian camp, Lakewood Theater tickets and a Timber & Thorns ticket package.
No tickets are required but you do need to register in advance by going to their website.
All revenue will go toward important infrastructure projects to preserve the historic property and buildings.
About Lake Oswego Hunt
Occupying an expansive 19 acres on Iron Mountain Boulevard, the Hunt Club has been a community staple since the land was donated by Paul Murphy — owner of the far more expansive Ladd Estate — in 1936.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Lake Oswego Hunt has been serving the community as a meeting place and event venue for over 75 years.
The barn features the first open truss arena in the Northwest, and is still considered one of the largest of its kind in the western United States.
For more information go to www.lakeoswegohunt.com.
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