Dear Friends of Full Access:
It has been quite some time since I wrote a blog! Having the chance to share in some fun evening events this week in the Bend area, I wanted to share how great our communities are in supporting our Mission.
First, Katie Rixe, Board member and fundraiser for us, hosted an appreciation party for a great group of volunteers Tuesday night. Katie has coordinated the steering committee for the Beth Rixe Service Center the past few years, devoting her time and energy to the vision of a center supporting our clients. This party was a chance to thank committee members and celebrate successful fundraising events this past year. With a luau theme and delicious food, this gathering of 25 friends gave us the chance to thank donors for their time, participation and dollars.
On display at the party were two electric bikes we are selling raffle tickets for. This is a perfect opportunity to win a set of bikes for you and a friend to explore your community. For just $10 per ticket, or 3 for $25, you have one chance in 2500 to win! Pretty great odds for a raffle of a nearly $6000 package. Tickets are available at both our Eugene and Bend offices, as well as on our website.
The second great event was gathering clients, providers, friends, family and staff at the Bend Elks baseball game Wednesday night! This was a chance for us to share stories, have bar-b-que and enjoy the Bend community at large. One of the stories I loved was from our client John, who is a great fan of the Elks team. He has been waiting for nearly 10 years to have his high school class reunion, which is now scheduled for next weekend at the very same ballpark. And a bit of history was shared here since many of our fund raising committee members are Bend natives. The Elks ballpark was the Bend High School park, so very nostalgic for them to gather and watch the game.
We had a very special moment when Board member Nick Newport threw out the first pitch! I was so proud of him. Nick has shared broadly that just a couple months ago he was in a serious car accident. His recovery has been challenging but he is grateful he is getting through this. There were miraculous circumstances in the accident that helped saved lives. Even though one person was killed in the wreck, Nick and his friend survived. Nick felt very strongly that reporters who witnessed the accident made the difference for him. That one brief moment changed his life, and certainly changed the lives of everyone involved. For him to get out in such a public forum and throw the first pitch showed how very courageous Nick is.
Nick is a perfect example of the kind of person we work with at Full Access. He shows courage and grace, and a willingness to participate in our Mission. In just these few days in our agency, hundreds of people were touched, moved and inspired by such courage. Whether a Board member, client, staff, family member, provider or friend, we all contribute to the success of our agency. Congratulations to those of you who lead that this week, Katie and Nick!