Clackamas County Bank presented check to Mt. Hood Hospice staff on July 26 after month-long campaign

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN  - All proceeds of the month-long fundraiser go toward Mt. Hood Hospices Pet Peace of Mind, We Honor Veterans and Indigent Fund programs.For the month of June, Clackamas County Bank used its community clout to garner financial support for Mt. Hood Hospice. The Sandy-based financial institution kicked off its campaign on June 1, in lieu of its usual annual event — Party on the Patio — to raise funds for the nonprofit hospice organization.

This year, though the party was postponed, the bank accepted outright donations as well as hosted a raffle to benefit Mt. Hood Hospice and offer donors the chance to win a Blackstone 2 Burner Gas Grill, Ukiah Note portable fire pit with Bluetooth Speaker (courtesy of Burns Feed Store) or a $500 White's Country Meats gift certificate. They also sold dahlia bulbs to ensure they'd meet their goal of raising $10,000.

From the month-long campaign, former longtime Clackamas County Bank President Cathy Stuchlik and Marketing Specialist Brian York were able to present hospice President Rhonda Franke and hospice staff with a check for $19,267.74 on Tuesday, July 26.

"Without Party on the Patio, this is one of the better years (of fundraising for Mt. Hood Hospice," York explained. The bank has raised money for the hospice since 2014, bringing in around $35,7000 for the nonprofit care providers with the 2019 Party on the Patio event.

"We're just humbled at the generosity of the community and by the continued support of Clackamas County Bank," said Jolie Phanton, hospice community outreach and volunteer coordinator. "We couldn't do this without them."

All proceeds go toward Mt. Hood Hospice's Pet Peace of Mind, We Honor Veterans and Indigent Fund programs. The Pet Peace of Mind fund helps cover costs of caring for the pets of those in need of hospice care; the Indigent Fund ensures that no person in need of hospice care goes without regardless of ability to pay and the We Honor Veterans program provides care to those who've served regardless of financial means while also offering acts of gratitude.

"We've all seen the struggles that a person goes through with a terminal illness and how hard it is to keep their life together for their families, their homes, their jobs and even their pets," said Stuchlik. "Mt. Hood Hospice is there to provide the support and caring needed."

Though the bank's month-long fundraiser is over, you can still donate to Mt. Hood Hospice online or by sending a check to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, Oregon 97055 or delivering a donation to the office at 39085 Pioneer Blvd., Suite 1018, Sandy, Oregon 97055.

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