Sherwood Man Drives Home Prize in Mustang Raffle to Benefit Doernbecher

09/16/04    Portland, Ore.

A Sherwood, Ore., man won the grand prize this Labor Day at the Kiwanis Doernbecher Children's Cancer Program's 13th Annual Classic Mustang Raffle. The winning ticket for the 1965 Mustang was drawn at the Oregon State Fair by Doernbecher patient Brittany Evans.

Sid Harvey purchased the winning ticket at Hagen's Market in Tualatin. "I try to support Doernbecher in any way I can. So when I saw the raffle signs, I bought a handful of tickets. I had no idea I would win," he says. Winning the Mustang is a dream come true for Harvey. "I remember when I was 15, more than anything I wanted that car. And now, years later, I've finally got one."

This year's raffle was the most successful ever. Kiwanis clubs throughout Oregon sold tickets during the past six months to raise money for the Kiwanis Doernbecher Children's Cancer Program at Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Tickets were sold at the Oregon State Fair and community events such as the Clackamas County Fair, the Sandy Fly-In, the Tualatin Crawfish Festival, the Astoria Regatta, the Portland Rod and Custom Show, and the Portland Roadster Show. Proceeds from the raffle support the Kiwanis Doernbecher Children's Cancer Program. This year members sold nearly 51,000 tickets and raised $104,197 to benefit young cancer patients.

Additional prizes included personalized bricks, to be placed in the hospital's courtyard, which were awarded to: Sandra Guntrum of Waldport, John Jelderks of Portland, Oren Tweet of Clatskanie, Mark Didier of Deer Island and Howard Clark of Cathedral City, Calif.

For nearly two decades, members of more than 140 Kiwanis Clubs in Oregon and Southwest Washington have been committed to helping children at Doernbecher. In June 2004 the Kiwanis raised more than $1.3 million through a variety of fundraising events and projects including the annual Mustang raffle, golf tournaments, bike rides and holiday ornaments.

In the early 1990s Kiwanians led the drive to build the Kiwanis Doernbecher Bone Marrow Transplant Unit - the first and the only program of its kind for children in the region - and continued to provide annual support until the unit became part of the Kenneth W. Ford

Northwest Children's Cancer Center in 1998. The following year Kiwanians established the Kiwanis Children's Cancer Fellowship Program to train the next generation of pediatric hematology/oncology specialists. They currently raise $150,000 annually to fund three fellowships.

The Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that secures private philanthropic support for Doernbecher Children's Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University. The foundation raises funds from individuals, companies, foundations, trusts, and organizations and manages those funds in accordance with donors' wishes.

For more information about Doernbecher and its programs, please contact Tamara Thompson, special programs manager for Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation, at 503 294 7101.

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