With a nod to the movie 'Pay it Forward,' 26 Sherwood residents were given $60 in March and told to make the best of it by raising money for a charitable organization or needy individual.
In the end, 22 finished their mission - called the McCabe Money Grow - collecting a grand total of almost $20,000 by doing everything from selling Rice Krispies treats to auctioning off a lamp on eBay.
'I'm just so amazed at what you guys did in a challenging economy,' an emotional Leslie McCabe, co-owner of McCabe Real Estate Group, said during a reception for the challengers on Oct. 6.
'There were no rules,' said McCabe, who put up the initial funding. 'Just grow the money.'
And most did just that.
Among those were local photographer Diana Sell who raised $1,649 to help a fellow photographer, Darci VandenHoek, with her efforts to adopt two siblings from Uganda.
'When the challenge came to me, the first thing I wanted to do was help Darci,' said Sell, who partnered with three other photographers and a videographer to set up shop in Stella Olsen Park on Aug. 6 for a day-long portrait event. Customers ranged from members of a bachelorette party to a couple celebrating 50 years of marriage.
In all, the shooters photographed about 16 sessions with all the checks turned over directly to the adoption agency.
Meanwhile Leanna Knutson of Innovations in Management created a website, DOUCWhatIC.net, where she featured realistic/impressionistic photos, charging $60 a month for businesses to advertise on the site. Knutson used her graphic design skills to make the photographed items look unique.
'I took a picture of a chair pad,' she said. However, on her website the pad looks like a piece of art.
So far, Knutson has raised $620, earmarked to benefit the annual McCabe Egg Hunt.
Krisanna Clark, a member of the Sherwood City Council, created a traveling grocery bag game that raised money for Helping Hands, the local food bank. Clark purchased 10 insulated shopping bags, filled them with Costco muffins and placed them on 10 different door steps asking them in turn for donations.
'Each day (recipients) were to pass it on to someone else,' she said.
In addition, one person added five more grocery bags. The 15 bags circulated for two weeks, collecting almost $300 with a grand total of $600 expected if all the bags are collected.
Clark said she chose Helping Hands because her late husband Dell helped out with the annual Give n' Gobble, a Thanksgiving Day run where proceeds benefit the food bank.
Meanwhile, Heidi Jentzsch hosted a car wash to raise money for the Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund, a nonprofit charity that assists families of fallen police officers. The July 30 event raised $815 during a six-hour period with the help of police officers, children, friends and others.
The event had special significance because her husband, Corey Jentzsch, has worked as a full-time Sherwood police officer for 14 years.
Here's a few of the other projects Sherwood residents undertook:
- Aurora Taylor, a Sherwood High School teacher raised $2,200. She and her students sold 'LOVE Bowmen' bracelets and hosted a powder puff football game. Money raised was donated to the Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund for Japan.
- Paul and Hayley Lindsley, a father and daughter team, collected $390 through 'petography,' photographing people with their pets. They gave proceeds to the Oregon Humane Society.
- Liam Jaussi, a 6-year-old brain cancer survivor, raised $2,900. He created business cards to fundraise for Dornbecher Children's Hospital/Liam's $6 Club. His club also has an upcoming race where a portion of the money will benefit Dornbecher's Pediatric Neurosurgery.
- Clair Johnson, a sixth-grader, made 'cake pops' and raised $364.52. She donated the money to the Northwest Children's Outreach and to West Hills Christian School.
- Kevin Bates, owner of Symposium Coffee, made a Micro Kiva loan investment to a coffee bean farmer in Peru so the farmer could buy fertilizer for his coffee bean crop.
- Holly Lawrence, walked dogs and hosted dog spas, raising $250 for the Oregon Humane Society.
- Nate Montgomery, a Sherwood High School senior, raised $1,000 by selling baked brownies and Rice Krispies treats, supplying a donation can with each batch. He then passed on the can, telling the next recipient to make a treat and pass it on. The can went to more than 50 homes. Donations went to the Center for Neurological Research and Development at the University of Washington.
- Rhea Bishop, a print and web designer, made $1,000 by making 'vegetarian lunches to go.' She donated $500 to the Chelsea Hicks Foundation and $500 to Dustin Hughes, a Sherwood resident battling brain cancer.