The contributions raised at the Mudd Nick Foundation fundraising golf tournament and auction dinner on September 19 will fund a myriad of learning experiences for school age children in North Tillamook County.
These experiences are designed to help the children reach their full potentials and teach them the fundamentals of good citizenship by encouraging responsibility for their actions, respecting themselves and others, maintaining high integrity, behaving in socially acceptable ways, and expanding their life experiences, minds and curiosities.
In 1993, the organization made its initial grants to sponsor summer art camps and build the skate ramp next to North County Recreation District (NCRD). Both projects continue to serve local youth. Today the Foundation annually supports over 50 types learning experiences requested by teachers other community youth leaders. All activities are free to children and their families.
Parent Kristine Hayes said, “Over the past 15 years I have had the pleasure of witnessing hundreds of children’s lives changed because of the Mudd Nick Foundation, lives that were enriched with new experiences, broadened by exposures to new places, and deepened by introductions they most like would have missed without it.”
Describing the events of the weekend, recently elected Board president Monica Isbell emphasized donations of time as well as money. Over 70 volunteers spent more than 325 hours managing the golf tournament, then setting up, serving and cleaning up after dinner for 140 guests at the NCRD gym, which doesn’t include the countless hours board members spent planning the event over the past few months. Many volunteers are teachers, community youth leaders, and parents whose students and children benefit from Mudd Nick learning experiences.
Kathy Rulli, a donor attending her second Mudd Nick Foundation charity dinner, said “My husband and I are amazed at what the Mudd Nick Foundation does for north Tillamook County. I often talk about it to our friends. Testimonials from children at the dinner tug our hearts, along with the love and outreach of the community.”
During the dinner, Isbell explained that every year the Board chooses one or two people whose service to the Foundation has been exemplary as Person(s) of the Year.
The Board decided to change the name of the award this year to the Jim and Lynn Mudd Service to Children Award and selected Jim and Lynn as the first recipients. The inscription on the award reads – recognizing passion, tireless dedication and commitment to the children of North Tillamook County.
The Mudd Nick Foundation is a local, not-for-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. To learn more about its mission and work, or to donate time or money, visit muddnickfoundation.com/.