December 2016 Around Town 1

Buy A Tree. Change a Life.

Father’s House, located at 61690 SE Pettigrew, Bend, is participating in the national BUY A TREE. CHANGE A LIFE Christmas tree program, beginning Friday, November 25. The local church is one of 38 sites across the country where funds raised through selling Christmas trees go to help children locally and around the world. Specific funds will go to support the PACE Children’s Home in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

BUY A TREE. CHANGE A LIFE works in partnership with People for Care & Learning to help children around the world and locally. The program began in 2012 when a Homestead, Florida family raised funds to adopt a child from Ethiopia. Over $200,000 has been raised since then though the 501(c)3 non-profit organization called ForHope.Us. BUY A TREE. CHANGE A LIFE engages the community and community leaders in a way not possible through typical church events.

Bend Venture Conference Awards over $3.9 million

The 13th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC), hosted by Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), awarded $3,918,000 in investments and cash prizes to ten companies October 13 – 14. The amount sets a new record for Oregon angel conferences. BendBroadband Business, Business Oregon, BVC LLC, Cascade Angels, Craft3, Elevate Capital, Office of the State Treasurer, Oregon Angel Fund, Oregon BEST, Oregon Community Foundation, and Trigen Investments supported the conference, held at Downtown Bend’s iconic Tower Theatre.

“The goal of this conference is to bring together investors and companies in the hopes that through the process some magic will occur and companies will get discovered and funded,” said Brian Vierra, Venture Catalyst for EDCO.

Twelve winners took home checks in four different categories; Growth Stage Competition, Social Impact Competition, Early Stage Competition, Venture Out Competition. The BVC’s biggest winner was Allie Magyar of Hubb, who walked away with four checks totaling $2,515,000. Hubb is a SaaS platform for event management based out of Vancouver, Washington.

The BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. More than 500 attendees, six funds, 32 prominent investors, and 90 companies participated in this year’s conference.

Bend Park and Recreation District Receives National Award

The Bend Park and Recreation District (BPRD) received a “Facility or Park Design Award” by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for its role in the riverside parks corridor improvements. The BPRD was one of six agency award winners at the 2016 NRPA Annual Conference in St. Louis on October 6. The yearly NRPA National Awards are presented to American agencies and individuals for their efforts in the field of parks and recreation.

“This award is shared with members of our community, because without their input about priorities for parks and recreation, the river development would not be what it is today,” says Don Horton, executive director, Bend Park and Recreation District.

The District’s involvement included five key areas. They acquired 43.7 acres for the completion of the Riverbend, Farewell Bend, Miller’s Landing and McKay parks. The 31-mile Deschutes River Trail was completed through their negotiating easements for it. They conducted extensive pubic outreach and collaborated with private property homeowners. Lastly, the award honored the BPRD’s design and construction of the four parks, the trail and the Bend Whitewater Park. The District invested a total of $18.7 million in the river corridor project.

Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association Stewardship Project

The Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) partnered with the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council (UDWC) for a watershed stewardship service project on the Deschutes River during their annual conference in Bend. The project sought to improve the vegetation and encourage the use of designated paths to the river, such as beach access at Farewell Bend Park. PNCWA provided funds to purchase the plant material and hire labor to improve the riparian area of the Deschutes River near the Bill Healy Bridge.

2016 was the fifth year of the combined conference and stewardship service project. The service project aligns with the UDWC’s mission and the PNCWA’s efforts to improve water resources in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

High Desert Food and Farm Alliance Donates 9,236 Pounds of Food

The High Desert Food and Farm Alliance’s (HDFFA) Grow and Give program recently finished up their summer growing season by donating over 9,000 pounds of local produce to NeighborImpact and the 43 food pantries that they service. The bounty—which exceeded their 8,000 pound goal—was the culmination of a year’s worth of Grow and Give events. The Madras, Redmond, NW Crossing and Downtown Bend farmers markets each hosted the program all summer. Local non-profit Seed to Table planted, grew and harvested over a ton of produce, while Juniper Jungle hosted 40 volunteers to glean over 4,000 pound of corn and potatoes.

“Fresh, local food donations allow our partner agencies and the clients they serve, access to a greater assortment of produce that might not be otherwise available through current food purchasing means,” says NeighborImpact Food Bank Manager Carly Sanders.

The HDFFA is a 501(c)3 non-profit serving Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties. The organization’s mission is “to support a community-based food system in Central Oregon by increasing access to fresh healthy food, supporting sustainable farm land use and fostering relationships among farmers and consumers.”

Bob Boyd Receives the Bend Westlund Memorial Award

Local historian Bob Boyd received the Ben Westlund Memorial Award from the Deschutes Cultural Coalition of the Oregon Cultural Trust October 12 at a ceremony hosted by the High Desert Museum. Boyd received $1,000 to allocate to the cultural organization of his choice. He awarded the funds to the acquisitions program at the Deschutes Historical Museum.

“Ben was a passionate advocate for support of our arts and culture assets in Oregon and believed that all people deserve access to cultural programs and the fundamental benefits they provide,” says Deschutes Cultural Coalition Co-Chair Cate O’Hagan. “Bob Boyd embodies that spirit in his historic preservation and curatorial work in this region.”

The award was established in 2012 in honor of former Oregon legislator and state treasurer Ben Westlund who helped create the Oregon Cultural Trust in 2001.

Three Local Breweries Medal at the Great American Beer Festival

Three Central Oregon breweries edged out over 800 other North American breweries to win awards at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival October 5 – 7. Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters won gold in the brown porter category for their FivePine Chocolate Porter. Bend-based 10 Barrel Brewing Co. won gold in the American-style stout category for their P2P (Power to the People). And, Sunriver Brewing Co.’s Rippin won silver in the American-style strong pale ale category. In all, 21 Oregon breweries medaled at the Denver, Colorado festival, including the three from Central Oregon.

The festival, founded in 1982, is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition. The Professional Judge Panel awards gold, silver or bronze medals that are recognized around the world as symbols of brewing excellence.