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Mt. Hood Chamber event gives to community

Of the funds made from the Bite of Mt. Hood, 68 percent was given back


At the Mt. Hood Area Chamber of Commerce meeting on the morning of Tuesday, July 1, board members presented community organizations with cuts of the proceeds from the chamber’s Bite of Mt. Hood Fundraiser.

The Bite of Mt. Hood took place on Saturday, April 12, at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches. Festivities included food prepared by local restaurants and caterers and a silent and oral auction.

Since the event’s start in 2010, the total funds raised have increased by 79 percent. In contrast to the $6,782.28 made the first year, the 2014 Bite of Mt. Hood yielded $32,923.

Chamber members also reported that the event’s attendance has increased to five times the original amount and the number of volunteers has increased from 25 to 75.

Of the net proceeds made at the event, 68 percent went back into the community.

At the meeting on July 1, checks were handed out to local organizations including Welches School, Mt. Hood Lions Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp, Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Hoodland Fire Volunteer Support Group, Hoodland Emergency Action Response Team, Clackamas County Women’s Services, Mt. Hood Hospice, Friends of the Hoodland Library, and the Hoodland Senior Center.

In addition, more than 1,600 items of canned and non-perishable food was purchased from Grocery Outlet in Sandy with money collected during the Bite of Mt. Hood. The food was donated to the Neighborhood Missions Food Pantry, which provides for families in east Clackamas County.

Donated goods included 23 packages of spaghetti, 114 cans of tuna fish, 48 cans of cream of mushroom soup, 60 cans of sweet peas and 360 servings of hot cocoa.

The 2015 Bite of Mt. Hood is scheduled for Saturday, April 11.

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