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Carving For Kids raises $16,000!

Carving For Kids Raises $16,000 for MountainStar

Webfoot Painting held its sixth annual Carving For Kids event to benefit MountainStar Family Relief Nursery on Saturday, October 24 at Newport Avenue Market in Bend. This year Gavin Hepp and Travis Ulrich, co-owners of Webfoot, set a lofty goal to raise $15,000 in support of MountainStar’s mission to prevent child abuse, which would best last year’s record of $12,000 raised.

Through their diligent efforts to carve and sell over 200 pumpkins in three days, the Webfoot Painting crew raised more than $16,000!

MountainStar is incredibly grateful for all the effort and enthusiasm put in to Carving For Kids. Executive Director Tim Rusk said, “It is amazing to see a local business commit so strongly to supporting community causes. We’re so glad the Webfoot team keeps building on this terrific event, raising more and more funds for our programs!”

Community members enjoyed searching for unique pre-carved pumpkins, as well as carving their own jack-o-lanterns. Businesses who pre-ordered custom logo pumpkins picked those up and are now displaying them all around Bend. Look for them on the counters of these local businesses:

• Aperion
• Backporch Coffee Roasters
• BasX
• Bend Furniture and Design
• Bend Painting
• Bleu Bite Catering
• Circa Interior
• Cuppa Yo
• Denfeld - Miller Paint
• Dogs Allowed Cannon Beach
• Dutch Brothers
• Fincham Financial
• Great Northern Windows
• Greg Welch
• Harcourts The Garner Group Real Estate
• Human Bean
• Kirby Nagelhout Construction
• Knife River
• Miller Ferrari WM
• Montgomery Builders
• Mountain View Heating
• Neil Kelly Remodeling
• Newport Market
• Norman Building and Design
• NW Quality Roofing
• Parrilla Grill
• Peak Performance Physical Therapy of Redmond
• Pediatric Dental Associates
• Press Pros
• Provisions 124 (Cannon Beach)
• Ronald McDonald House Charities
• Robberson Ford
• Sherwin Williams
• Skyline Dental
• Sleep Inn
• Spa W
• Springtime Landscaping
• Struble Orthodontics
• Sullivan Dental
• Summers Flooring
• Summit Bank
• Sunwest Builders
• Therapeutic Associates
• Thump Coffee
• Tobolski Watkins Engineering, Inc.
• Wells Fargo
• Windermere

A BIG thank you goes out to:
• Webfoot Painting staff for volunteering their time to harvest, load, carve, and prepare 200+ pumpkins for the event!
• Central Oregon Pumpkin Co. for donating all the gourds!
• Musicians Rob Fincham, Yvonne Ramage, and Kevin & Debbie Tanski for providing live music!
• Volunteer carvers – who are really becoming experts after 6 years!
• Newport Avenue Market for providing the perfect corner venue!

If you drove by Newport Market on Saturday the 24th – a week before Halloween – you probably saw us out waving and selling pumpkins galore! This year you may have recognized Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and friends. Come join in the fun next year!

About MountainStar Family Relief Nursery
MountainStar Family Relief Nursery’s mission is to prevent child abuse by working with families living in crisis in Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook counties. The households served have an average of 18 risk factors for child abuse and neglect, including poverty, homelessness, mental health issues, domestic violence, and substance abuse. MountainStar provides crisis intervention and nationally-accredited therapeutic classes for babies and toddlers, as well as other services aimed at strengthening these vulnerable families. Young children represent half of the victims of child abuse in Oregon and need someone to intervene on their behalf when they are at such a critical stage of development. Relief Nurseries have documented success in reducing family risk factors for child abuse and neglect, improving family functioning and self-sufficiency, and reducing foster care utilization. For more information about MountainStar or to learn how to get involved, please visit www.mtstar.org or call (541) 322-6820.

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