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Bank event aims to assist hospice patients in need

Party on the Patio to feature music and flamingos

Clackamas County Bank invites residents to follow the flamingos to its big benefit of the year.

The Bank will host its eighth-annual Party on the Patio to benefit Mt. Hood Hospice from 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at the Zigzag Inn, 70162 Highway 26 in Welches.POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Auction items line tables in the lobby of Sandys Clackamas County Bank. The more than 100 items will be auctioned off at Saturdays event to benefit Mt. Hood Hospice.

The event will once again be held at the Welches landmark with The Substitutes providing music to dance to. Only one thing is different this year — the money to be donated to Mt. Hood Hospice already has a dedicated purpose.

Last year, Clackamas County Bank raised more than $14,000 for Mt. Hood Hospice to be put toward the nonprofit community-based hospice’s unfunded care.

“We have a lot of unfunded care because we have a younger population that is sometimes between insurance,” said Lindy Blaesing, executive director of Mt. Hood Hospice, adding that not all of their patients are old enough to utilize Medicare.

As a Medicare-funded facility, Mt. Hood Hospice is only given a certain amount of money per day to operate. Donations like the one from Clackamas County Bank make it easier to provide necessary care for patients.

“Because we are a local community-based hospice, we are able to do more for our families because of our local support,” Blaesing said. “Once a patient is in hospice, we’re responsible for their care. That puts a heavy burden on us to make sure we can meet the needs of all our patients.”POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Local businesses and artists donated many of the items that will appear in Saturdays silent auction.

When Clackamas County Bank began holding its Party on the Patio annual benefit concert, it was in honor of the bank’s own Randy Proctor, who died of cancer nine years ago. Not only did staff honor him with a party, but they also began donating the proceeds to Mt. Hood Hospice, as Proctor volunteered on its board for a number of years.

“He was instrumental in keeping us alive in lean times,” Blaesing said.

Clackamas County Bank President Cathy Proctor Stuchlik said they have found people are very generous when they realize 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to Mt. Hood Hospice.

“There’s hardly a family out there that’s not been touched by a terminal illness,” she said.

Saturday’s event will run with the help of volunteers from Mt. Hood Hospice and Clackamas County Bank employees and be chock full of pink flamingos in remembrance of Proctor’s fun style.

To raise more money for the nonprofit hospice, the event will feature a silent auction with more than 100 locally donated items.

Attendees should come prepared with lawn chairs and dancing shoes. Early arrival is permitted so patrons can peruse the silent auction items and purchase dinner from the Zigzag Inn.