More than 260 supporters of MountainStar Family Relief Nursery joined us at the Broken Top Club for the annual Birdies 4 Babies fundraiser and together raised an incredible $278,000 for Central Oregon families and children. This was an increase of more than $100,000 from 2016 and far surpassed MountainStar's goal for the event. The event also helped the Gloria Lopez- Davis Infant Program Endowment break the $100,000 mark. The endowment will be an important source of funds for many years to come and will help keep Central Oregon children safe far into the future. Generous contributors were joined by hundreds of businesses and sponsors who donated gifts for our auction and covered event costs. We would like to extend a special thanks to Pahlisch Homes for their STAR Event sponsorship. Pahlisch has been a great friend to MountainStar and Birdies 4 Babies for many years now and they have been helped grow this event into what it is today.
Thank you to Co-Chairs Virginia de Kat and Kathy Murch, as well as the planning committee: Carole Frazier, Maureen Swaney, Robin Bailey, Stephanie Merritt, Joyce Norman, and Steven Jacobson. We would like to offer a special thank you to committee member Shelly Hummel. Shelly was an unbelievable asset to the committee throughout event planning and during the event. Our team is indebted for her service to the families we serve. Auctioneer Tim Leahy was instrumental in the success of Birdies 4 Babies. His professionalism, expertise, and friendly demeanor were invaluable. Judy Heck reprised her fairy godmother role and did a fabulous job as the emcee.
We would like to recognize our amazing Birdies 4 Babies sponsors, including:
Pahlisch Homes - STAR Event Sponsor
Old Spaghetti Factory - Golf Sponsor
Broken Top Club - Venue Sponsor
Sip Sponsor - Vidon Winery and Oregon Spirit Distillers
Beer Sponsor - Deschutes Brewery
Wine Sponsor - Owen Roe
Dessert Sponsor - Keller Williams Realty
The Swiss Embassy, The Swanton Family Foundation, First Interstate Bank, St Charles Health Systems, and the Deschutes Board of County Commissioners
About Birdies 4 Babies
During the summer of 2005, the Birdies 4 Babies golfing fundraiser was started by six good friends of MountainStar Family Relief Nursery. Following the "Birdie Club" and "2 Club" tradition that rewards birdies with a dollar or two paid to the golfer, these avid golfers agreed to collect their birdie money and donate it to MountainStar. Adopting the name “Birdies 4 Babies”, $500 "birdie” dollars were given to MountainStar at the end of the golfing season. Over the years, both amateur and professional golfers in Central Oregon have become involved with Birdies 4 Babies. Today Birdies 4 Babies funds are donated to MountainStar in a variety of ways, including contributions of birdie dollars and tournament winnings, the sale of gently used golf balls and proceeds from an annual B4B golf tournament. Since its inception, over $500,000 has been raised, with all the funds directly supporting MountainStar’s programs. According to Kathy Murch, former Board Chair of MountainStar and a Birdies 4 Babies volunteer, “Birdies 4 Babies works well because it’s such a simple concept, and the golf course provides a terrific venue for advocates of MountainStar to talk about the imperative role it plays in our community.”
Thank you to the Crosswater Community, particularly Kim Rogers, Andi Northcote, Diana Hall, Teresa Schneider, and Valerie Britton for all have you done and continue to do for the babies!
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