A recent golf tournament in the memory of slain Seaside Police Officer Jason Goodding raised more than $60,000, money that will help the Goodding family, as well as establishing a scholarship fund and another fund to help other families that might suffer similar tragedies in the future.
The tournament, held July 22 at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks, attracted 145 golfers, and likely just as many sponsors, according to Roger Schenk, a former Sherwood teacher and coach of Goodding’s who was on a committee of 12 supporters who organized the tournament.
Schenk said he was amazed at the community support and the fact they raised so much money.
“It blew us away,” said Schenk, who also serves as the informal president of the Bowmen Family Fund. “It was fantastic.”
Goodding, who was 39 at the time of his death, grew up in Sherwood and attended Sherwood High School, where he played basketball, baseball and football. He was shot and killed in Seaside on Feb. 5 while trying to arrest a man who had a warrant out for his arrest.
Schenk said in addition to the golfers, who paid $110 each to play in the tournament, local businesses donated to the fundraiser with a raffle and silent auction held on the same day to benefit the event. The raffle included golf packages, Gerber knives and sports memorabilia items. A total of 19 items were up for bids in a silent auction, including: a vacation trip to Mazatlán, Mexico; Oregon football tickets; and three large coolers — two of which were Oregon State- and University of Oregon-themed — filled with alcohol products and other goodies.
Schenk said everything at the event surprised him, from the number of golfers who showed up to the large number of sponsors.
One of the items was a quilt made by Joan Hackworth, who is the wife of Goodding’s former football coach, John Hackworth. She incorporated Jason’s badge number, 604, along with the date of the officer’s death or EOW (End of Watch) complete with a “thin blue line” — the universal symbol which pays tribute to officers lost in the line of duty -- running through the middle of the state of Oregon.
“It was a silent auction item that the Seaside police chief had started to bid on,” said Schenk. “Once we saw that, we just pulled it off the auction table and gave it to him.”
Schenk said the chief was very close to Goodding and his family.
“We decided that would be the least we could do for him,” he said.
Schenk, who coached Goodding in basketball during the teacher’s 12 years at SHS, said he is still receiving checks from those who wish to donate to the fund.
“I just took four checks to the bank today,” he said. “We were just shaking our heads at how fantastic the community has been.”
Now, Schenk said the goal is to put all the money to good use. He said he is in the process of discussing with Goodding’s widow, Amy, if there are any needs they can address for her or her two young daughters, Joslyn and Jayden.
Also underway are plans to set up a Goodding Family Scholarship, which would be awarded next spring to a Sherwood High School college-bound senior who has an interest in being a first-responder or nurse. Goodding’s wife Amy is a nurse, Schenk pointed out.
While the Sherwood School Board tabled a motion earlier this year to name the high school football field after Goodding, Schenk said he’s been asked by the board to collect public input on the proposal from local residents and businesses through a survey.
Plans are to eventually meet up with a school board representative and the high school’s new vice principal to come up with a creative solution to honor Goodding.
Schenk said Goodding might have been a little embarrassed to think a football field was named after him, however, he said, “really, it is for us.”
(Any naming of the field would not change the name of Sherwood’s football stadium, which was named after Aaron J. Contreras who lost his life in 2003 while serving as a U.S. Marine helicopter pilot in Iraq.)
Meanwhile, plans are to set aside some funds to help anyone in the community who might find themselves in a situation similar to Goodding’s family.
“In the future … if there’s a family who has a similar need, we want to help out with that,” said Schenk. “We want to make a foundation that can help the community out.”
Finally, plans are to retire Goodding’s football jersey, No. 85, during the Sept. 16 Bowman home game football matchup with Lakeridge High School.`