Each week we recognize those people and organizations in the community deserving of public praise for the good things they do to make the North Coast a better place to live, and also those who should be called out for their actions.
This week’s Shoutouts go to:
• The many thousands of workers on the North Coast who each day create, distribute and provide goods and services that make the region a better place to live. Many often go unrecognized as they go about their jobs and don’t receive the recognition they deserve for their hard work. As Labor Day approaches, we should all take time and say thank you for all they do.
• Organizers, volunteers and the more than 19,000 participants of last weekend’s 36th annual Hood to Coast Relay, which raised $700,000 for Providence hospitals across Oregon, including Providence Seaside, and the fight against cancer. Runners and walkers came from all 50 states and 43 countries and participated in three events last Saturday: the 199-mile Hood to Coast Relay, the Portland to Coast Walk Relay and the Portland to Coast High School Challenge. It marked the fourth year that the Providence Health and Services system was the primary beneficiary from money raised in the events. After runners finished their trek from Timberline Lodge to the Seaside Promenade, thousands celebrated on the beach and into the evening with live music performances and plenty of food, drink and camaraderie.
• Jim Servino, the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce’s membership director, who is leaving the chamber and moving to Texas to be closer to grandchildren. Servino has been active in a number of the region’s nonprofit organizations and chamber members recognized him for his service at a networking breakfast earlier this week. Former Warrenton Mayor Mark Kujala has joined the chamber, taking over as membership director.
• Penny Cowden, executive director of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation, who was named to the board of governors of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives. The group is comprised of members from all 50 states, and it oversees the codification of guidelines on a national level that govern sound charitable practice. Cowden has more than 20 years experience in health care philanthropy and has held executive positions with major health systems in four states before joining Columbia Memorial’s foundation.
• Supporters of the Wildlife Center of the North Coast, which recently teed up its first Birdies and Bogeys charity golf tournament in Seaside. The inaugural event raised $3,000 from players and sponsors, which will be used in the center’s continuing wildlife rehabilitation efforts.
This week’s Callouts go to:
• Those who are already trying to profit through scams, online and telephone fraud and price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. North Coast’s residents are reknown for having generous hearts and a great desire to help those in need, but beware of the scams that are already cropping up. The Texas Attorney General’s Office says it has already received more than 600 complaints and that the number continues to grow each day. Officials are warning about fake fundraisers that prey on people’s sense of charity that are being shared in a verity of formats online and through fraudulent telephone campaigns. Authorities are urging people to only donate to established organizations. The Federal Trade Commission advises people to use it’s charity checklist when donating to relief efforts. The checklist can be found at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0074-giving-charity#Checklist.
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