Gorge Roller Derby Donates $372

At their season opener on November 2, 2019 Gorge Roller Derby donated $372 to the Healthy Community Healthy Youth Fund of the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation. This donation comes on the heals of the purchase of five defibrillators to be used at high school sporting events throughout the gorge from the very same fund their donation went to. "The $372 donation comes from half the proceeds of the 50/50 raffle which came in at $186," says Health Foundation event coordinator Cynthia Kortge. She adds "Gorge Roller Derby then matched the gift to total $372, which is great."

To find out more about how your group can fundraise for the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, email mchf@mcmc.net or click here.

Spotlight on Philanthropy

We hosted our 12th and final Tradition of Compassion celebration on March 7, 2019. Tradition of Compassion was created by the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation to ensure that those who give their time, talent, and treasure are recognized. Over the years, we have honored many amazing individuals, businesses and organizations for their philanthropic efforts.

It has been a privilege to celebrate our generous community. Because we believe it is important to continue elevating philanthropy, we will partner with The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce to sponsor the philanthropy awards during the Distinguished Citizens awards banquet held each January.

Past Award Recipients

Outstanding Volunteers

  • Dewanda Clark
  • Terry Cobb
  • Lester Cochenour
  • Klea Espy
  • Elt Fadness
  • Sydney Hege
  • Karla Holland
  • Jo Kerege
  • Marlys Krein
  • Harriet Langfeldt
  • Patricia Lucas
  • Corliss Marsh
  • Hannah Martinson
  • Walt Notter
  • Nolan Randall
  • Carol Roderick
  • Tom Somerville
  • Ben Vawter
  • Andy Westhafer
  • Marilyn Wong

Outstanding Philanthropists

  • Lori & Randy Carter
  • Dean Dollarhide
  • Garry & Janna Hage
  • Philip Klindt
  • Mark Linebarger
  • Dennis Morgan
  • David Neitling
  • Gene & Dixie Parker
  • Joyce Powell-Morin
  • Gary & Christine Rood
  • Robert Schultens
  • Lana Tepfer
  • Dr. Wallace Wolf

Outstanding Community Service Organizations

  • Columbia Gorge CASA
  • Community Backpack Program
  • Community Meal
  • Key Club & Builders Club
  • Kiwanis Club
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Mid-Columbia Community Action Council
  • Moose Lodge & Women of the Moose
  • Pig Bowl
  • Salvation Army
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • The Dalles Lion’s Club
  • Youththink

Outstanding Philanthropic Corporations

  • C.H. Urness Motor Co.
  • Columbia Cinema
  • Columbia River Bank
  • Copper West Properties
  • Cousins
  • Crestline Construction
  • Discover Rentals
  • Fred Meyer
  • Gary Denney Floor Covering
  • Griffith Motors
  • Hattenhauer Transportation
  • Hire Electric
  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza
  • Spooky’s Pizza & Sandwiches
  • The Dalles Grocery Outlet
  • The Dalles New Car Dealers Association
  • Windermere


Sign Making Fundraiser Nets $1,455


Our Sign Making Fundraiser at The Dalles Country Club brought in $1,455 for the Breast Health for Strong Families Program, providing breast health education and free mammograms to those who qualify. The event, hosted by Misc Maudie's DIY, consisted of 30 participants who created their own wooden signs. Attendees received hands on instruction and walked away with a work of art! Lumber was donated by Tum-A-Lum Lumber while Misc Maudie's DIY donated prep-labor along with paint and framing. The fundraiser was a joint effort between the Health Foundation and the Fort Dalles Rodeo Association who donated $3,500 to the cause earlier this year. Big thank you to everyone who attended!