Mudd Nick Foundation Stages Successful Fundraising Event

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On September 19, 2015, the Mudd Nick Foundation, local non-profit, held its annual golf tournament and auction dinner for the 26th year. The weather cooperated, with 62 golfers enjoying the sun at the Manzanita Golf Course. That evening, over 140 supporters enjoyed a delicious dinner, followed by bidding on silent and live auction items at North County Recreation District. Co-founder Jim Mudd welcomed and thanked the guests for their ongoing support of the Mudd Nick Foundation, whose mission is to provide meaningful learning experiences to every school age child in North Tillamook County that help each achieve his or her full potential.

Mr. Mudd explained that he and wife, Lynn, recently decided to step down from day-to-day management of the Foundation in order to focus on fundraising. Both will remain active on the Board of Directors. To build on past successes, the Board elected Monica Isbell as President and Bradley Mudd as Vice President.

Ms. Isbell told the audience that the Foundation Board members recognize donors have a choice in the causes they support and thanked them for their philanthropy. She invited Pastor John Olson to give the invocation, followed by 6th grader Chloe Gingervich singing It’s a Wonderful World. To demonstrate the impact the Foundation’s work has on students, 8th grader Karissa Hadermann presented what being exposed to the Foundation’s signature Learning Experience – PX2 (Personal Power times 2) – this past May meant to her. Next, Board member Larry Schaeffer showed a video he created and produced of the Foundation’s work.

Ms. Isbell made clear that the Mudd Nick Foundation is on solid ground. The Board, Advisory Council and two program coordinators recently engaged in a strategic planning process from which a Strategic Plan was developed. The Plan provides a road map for Board action during the next three years; incorporates a robust organizational structure, processes, procedures, and controls; and articulates the Mudd Nick Foundation’s Purpose, Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles. To implement the Plan, the Board is now creating a detailed Work Plan with tasks to accomplish for each objective, with deadlines and task owners. Ms. Isbell advised the Board is also establishing a committee structure to execute the work ahead and invited attendees to volunteer to serve on a committee.

During dinner, co-founder Doug Nicholson, Jim and Brad presented golf tournament awards. Ms. Isbell invited the Mudd Nick Foundation Board, Advisory Council, and program coordinators to the stage to be recognized. She explained that every year, the Board selects one or two people whose service to the Foundation has been exemplary as Person(s) of the Year. But this year is very special because the Board decided to change the name of this award to the Jim and Lynn Mudd Service to Children Award and to name Jim and Lynn as the first recipients. The inscription on the award reads –Recognizing passion, tireless dedication and commitment to the children of North Tillamook County. No two people exemplify the meaning of this award more than Jim and Lynn. Ms. Isbell went on to report that Jim and Lynn were selected last month as regional winners of the Governor’s Volunteer Award in the Lifetime Achievement category, another well-deserved accolade.

Ms. Isbell introduced Advisory Council member, Richard Streedain, to give the keynote address. Then Jim, Doug and Brad conducted an animated live auction covering 20 packages.  “This has been our second Mudd Nick Foundation fundraiser event,” said Kathy Rulli. “My husband, Mike, and I are amazed at what this Foundation does for the county. I often talk about this organization and fundraiser event to our friends. Although we thoroughly enjoy the dinner, socialization, auction items, the testimonials are what tug our hearts, along with the love and outreach of the community. If only this was an extension of other counties in the United States; what a different nation and culture this would be.”

Over 70 volunteers donated in excess of 325 hours of their time to set up the NCRD gym, prepare and serve the food, and clean up. This does not include all the time over the past few months that Board members spent getting ready for this charity benefit. Ms. Isbell stated that “It takes a village,” not only to execute a successful fundraising event, but also to prepare a child to take his or her place in the world. “Board members were overwhelmed and humbled by the philanthropy displayed by donors to Mudd Nick Foundation” and now look forward to putting those donations to work by supplying grants to the schools and other youth organizations to deliver meaningful Learning Experiences to the deserving children of our community.

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Mudd Nick Foundation Board Member and President