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Buddy Walk Success launches Sammy’s Place

by Laura Swanson

To the sounds of the Tsunami Drummers, over 100 participants took to the streets of Seaside on September 19th to celebrate and educate about Downs syndrome and special needs.


Sammy’s Place, the sponsor of this year’s Buddy Walk, a working/living environment envisioned for special needs adults and families, is now ready to find that “perfect place” to locate in North Tillamook County.

“We exceeded our goal, raising over $38,000,” said Sammy’s Place board member Julie Chick.  “Now we have money in the bank and we are actively looking for a location with some acreage, existing buildings or not, but now the dream is really becoming a reality.”

By the numbers, here’s a recap of Sammy’s Place/Buddy Walk fundraising efforts:

•CrowdRise donations – 450 donors $66 avgerage — $30,019

•CrowdRise pre-registrations – 100 individuals — $882

•Donations/raffle/registration at Buddy Walk — $1,500

•Sponsors donations CrowdRise fundraiser — $5,600

TOTAL CASH DONATIONS-                     $38,001

“This is the whoopee number!” said board member Vicki Chase.

In-kind donations totaled $2,707, and the total for donated gifts for raffle/prizes valued at $3,245.

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