Rivermark Cooks Up a Tasty Fundraiser with ‘Dough for Doernbecher’

It’s fun to decorate holiday cookies, especially when it’s for a good cause.

What do you get when you mix 40,000 pounds of cookie batter with 500 festive families, 100 volunteers, four colors of frosting and one jolly old elf (and his wife)?

You get a whole lot of dough for Doernbecher!

Now in its 31st year, the “Dough for Doernbecher” partnership between Rivermark Community Credit Union and Safeway has raised more than $500,000 for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, combining online and in-person cookie dough sales with a baking-and-decorating party at the Safeway Bread Plant in Clackamas.

Tickets for this year’s holiday gathering are sold out, but it’s not too late to order five-pound bags of Sugar Cookie ($7) or Chocolate Chip Cookie ($9) dough. Orders are being taken now at every Rivermark branch, by phone at 503.626.6600 or online at www.rivermarkcu.org/dough_for_doernbecher.html. You can also FAX orders to Rivermark by using the form you’ll find here.

It’s also not too late to help bag dough on Saturday, Dec. 7, or to volunteer in the Snack Shack and Frosting Station at the holiday party on Sunday, Dec. 8. For more information on those opportunities, contact Stephanie Strimling, Rivermark’s operations project manager, at SStrimling@rivermarkcu.org.

“Dough for Doernbecher is an amazing event,” Strimling says, “and until you’ve gone at least once, there really is no way to describe it. And because everything — including the volunteer time — is donated, ALL proceeds go to Doernbecher.”

 Volunteers have spent months soliciting donations for enough ingredients to make 40,000 pounds of cookie dough. On Dec. 7, Safeway workers will arrive at the bread plant before dawn to mix those ingredients together, and then Rivermark volunteers will begin scooping, weighing, bagging, twist-tying and crating.

More than 100 Rivermark employees, board members, supervisory committee members and their families participate, Strimling says, and many return the next day for the baking-and-decorating party. (Some of those employees have been volunteering for more than a decade; check out this video to learn why.)

Registration for the Sunday gathering starts in mid-November, and Strimling says tickets generally sell out in two days. For $35, families get a table reservation, 10 pounds of sugar-cookie dough and frosting. Safeway volunteers take pans of unbaked cookies to their ovens, families — many dressed in holiday garb and armed with aprons, rolling pins, cookie cutters and tubs full of decorations — pick up their baked cookies 10 minutes later. And then the real fun begins.

Rivermark volunteers scoop four colors of frosting from big buckets onto trays. They serve hot dogs and pizza from the Snack Shack. There’s a cookie-decorating contest for kids, and everyone can get their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus (for a $1 donation).  

Strimling says Rivermark expects to pre-sell about 3,000 bags of dough, which can be picked up at all Rivermark branches and two Safeway locations on Monday, Dec. 9, or Tuesday, Dec. 10. Bags can also be delivered throughout the Portland metro area for a $10 charge.

Extra bags of dough will be available for purchase on both days, Strimling says, and any leftover bags will be donated to local shelters.


Questions? Contact Gary Stein: 503.350.2216, gstein@nwcua.org.

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