Mt. Hood Chapter Raises Funds to Help Teens in Foster Care

Event raises over $700; generous participants donate 213 gift cards.

12/11/2018

Mt. Hood Chapter board members pose for a photo. From left to right: Tiffany Pillars (outgoing president), Mark Gonzalez (board member), Mary Vasquez (board member), Shelan Stritzke (outgoing secretary), Sarah Buck (incoming chapter president), Jamie Koster (outgoing board member), Karina Perez (outgoing treasurer), Amber Hollingsworth (board member).

Mt. Hood Chapter board members pose for a photo. From left to right: Tiffany Pillars, Mark Gonzalez, Mary Vasquez, Shelan Stritzke, Sarah Buck, Jamie Koster, Karina Perez, and Amber Hollingsworth.

The Mt. Hood Chapter’s annual Bob Burns Turkey Shoot event brought together about 200 credit union professionals to Clackamas, Oregon, on Nov. 8 to discuss exciting chapter updates and raise awareness of a local community organization.

“This event is a long-standing tradition and one that many look forward to all year long,” said Mt. Hood Chapter President Tiffany Pillars. “The elements of community and coming together for a greater good appeal to credit unions – it’s in our DNA!”

This year the chapter partnered with Embrace Oregon to shed light on the Oregon foster care system and its annual campaign, Tens for Teens, an initiative to collect a $10 gift card for every teen within the Oregon foster care system – many who would otherwise not receive a gift for Christmas, Pillars said.

With 792 teens in foster care in Oregon’s Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties alone, the need is great. The Mt. Hood Chapter set a goal of collecting one hundred $10 gift cards. At the event, Embrace Oregon Executive Director Brooke Gray delivered a moving presentation and shared an inspiring video for the night’s attendees.

By the end of the evening, “We were thrilled to have collected 213 gift cards along with $700, which was given to Embrace Oregon to help them achieve their goal,” said Pillars.

The event concluded with chapter announcements regarding retiring board members, new recruits, and the upcoming merger between the Mt. Hood Chapter and the Northwest Chapter slated for 2019.

“Every year this event is a success, simply because we’re looking to meet a need within our community and we’re passionate about making a difference,” Pillars said.