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First-ever fishing derby benefits Green Beret, Navy SEAL Foundations

The Lake Oswego branches of Guild Mortgage Co. sponsored the first-everl Black & Gold Cast n’ Blast fishing derby, dinner and auction on July 26, raising $25,000 for the Green Beret Foundation and the Navy SEAL Foundation.

The Green Beret Foundation supports the special needs of wounded, ill and injured members of the elite U.S. Army Special Forces. The Navy SEAL Foundation is dedicated to serving the critical needs of active duty operations, veterans and their families.

The invitation-only event included Guild employees, business partners, clients and members of the community and began with a guided catch-and-release sturgeon fishing derby off the Oregon Coast at Astoria, followed by skeet shooting, a barbecue dinner, live auction and blackjack tournament at nearby Camp Rilea. Employees participated from the Lake Oswego, Astoria, Clackamas, Bend and Wilsonville Guild branches.

“At Guild, we are dedicated to serving the communities where we live and work,” Katie Soy, district marketing specialist for Guild Mortgage’s Lake Oswego area branches, said. “The sponsorship seemed like a wonderful opportunity to get involved locally while supporting two important causes.”

“This is our first year sponsoring the Cast n’ Blast,” Soy said. “We are very impressed with how the participation of our employees, business partners and communities raised more than expected and we look forward to doubling event attendance in 2014.”

The Lake Oswego branches have scheduled the second Cast n’ Blast for July 25, 2014, and Soy said they will open the event to the public in hopes of raising more money for the two foundations.

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