For over 25 years, people associated with the Mudd Nick Foundation have celebrated the third weekend in September with a Friday dinner, 18-hole golf tournament on Saturday, and dinner and charity auction that evening. The 2014 event was a complete success in terms of surpassing the fund raising goals set by the Board of Directors and providing attendees with a satisfying, fun and inspiring experience.
The dinner on Friday for golfers and their guests was prepared by Flying Elephants Deli in Portland and hosted by the Anne and Eli Shapira Foundation, which is a generous supporter of the Mudd Nick Foundation.
Saturday, September 20th turned out to be perfect golfing weather – clear and sunny. 78 players matched skills in the 18-hole tournament on our local Manzanita Golf Course. Winners were treated to top notch prizes that night.
It was, however, the Saturday evening festivities in which the true meaning on the event became fully evident. Over 200 people packed into the North Coast Recreation District gymnasium for the dinner and charity auction. Smoked salmon and tri-tip beef were prepared by local smoker, Tom Moore and his trusty assistants, Jim Hickey, and Board members – Tim McCarty and Brad Mudd.
Attendees bid on 171 silent and live auction items valued at $36,116, which were donated by generous individuals and merchants. The live auction was moderated by Doug Nicholson, and Jim and Brad Mudd. We held a raffle for a queen-size authentic hand-made Amish quilt and 50-50 raffle, as well as sold Blinkies identifying the wearers as special donors.
Besides engaging in lively conversations, attendees were treated to a short video produced by Board member Larry Schaeffer. The film demonstrated the impact Mudd Nick Foundation-sponsored programs have on the youth in North Tillamook County. Surely tears came to the eyes of many.
It is the volunteers who made the event possible at all and proceed so smoothly. Special pals, Kim Miller and Kris Troutman prepared the appetizers and salad and organized the helpers and servers. It is remarkable that over 230 hours of labor were donated by our selfless volunteers – community members, parents, principals, teachers, and students.
The Mudd Nick Foundation is all about passion, passion for serving the children in our area. We are now approaching over $1,000,000 in donations since the Foundation’s inception, and these contributions make dreams come true for so many youngsters. When good people with a shared passion come together, great things become possible, great things become a reality.
The Board was happy to celebrate the Foundation’s success with its donors at the 2014 event. Thank you for making this event so successful and exceeding our expectations.