New fund supports Sherwood 'heroes,' families in need
To honor the lives of two Sherwood High School graduates who perished in recent years, the Bowmen Family Foundation works behind the scenes all year to stay involved in the Sherwood community by helping Bowmen families.
It's the memories of these local heroes that inspired Roger Schenk and Mark Gribble to give back to the Sherwood community in a number of ways.
"Over three years ago, one of our alumni, Jason Goodding, was killed in the line of duty in Seaside," Schenk said. "So a bunch of us got together here and wanted to take care of Amy and his two daughters and make sure they were financially OK."
Goodding was a sergeant with the Seaside Police Department.
Schenk added, "As we were going through that process, we wanted to include another member of the Bowmen family (Aaron Contreras) who lost his life in the Middle East." Contreras, who died in Iraq in 2003, was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.
"We wanted to have the foundation in their honor," Schenk said. "It's community-wide and community pride."
Describing the Bowmen Family Foundation, Schenk said, "Obviously we help families in need. We do community projects and do projects through the school district."
For instance, the foundation will help a family who is in need due to a health problem.
"We contribute to the SHARE program through the school district," Schenk said. "They do backpacks for kids who may not have nutritional needs taken care of over the weekend. The kids take the backpacks home so they and their siblings can have good food over the weekend."
People in the community can contribute money to the foundation.
"We do take donations and sponsorships throughout the year," Gribble said. "That can be done electronically via our website (bowmenfamilyfoundation.org). We take monetary donations ... and in-kind donations such as the flags that you see flying here in Old Town. Those were all donated to the foundation as part of our spearheading the project to get those up."
Gribble continued, "One of our Bowmen alumni owns a printing company here in Sherwood. He prints all of the banners for the Military Banner Program."
The Military Banner Program is an impressive array of banners lining Langer Farms Parkway to honor people from Sherwood who are on active duty in the military. Banners remain up until the service member is discharged.
"Rose Contreras, Aaron's mom, had this idea (military banners) for a number of years," Gribble said. "We just wanted to make it our way of recognizing active duty personnel here within the community of Sherwood, regardless of political affiliations or what your thoughts are on certain sides. It was our way to acknowledge and say thank you from our community."
The foundation holds the Goodding Memorial Golf Tournament each year. "It's out at Pumpkin Ridge [Golf Club in North Plains]," Schenk said. "We have 36 foursomes. We raise money for registration. We also raise money through the raffle, silent auction and live auction that occur at the golf tournament — Jason's daughters will get half of the proceeds from the golf tournament for their trust funds."
Schenk added, "The foundation also sponsors the $1,000 Jason Goodding Memorial Scholarships for graduating seniors and [past] graduates who have aspirations about being first responders or nurses."
If you are interested in connecting with the Bowmen Family Foundation, Gribble said, "We would love to have anybody and everybody participate in whatever capacity that they felt comfortable. We have our Facebook site. We have Twitter, Instagram, our website. All of our contact information is on there. They can reach out through various methods and express how they would like to participate."
Schenk and Gribble keep busy with the foundation year round.
"I just enjoy being part of the group that is able to help others," Gribble said. "I'm hopeful that my kids and the next generation, so to speak, or the next wave, are able to carry on our efforts and do things for others."
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