The 11th Annual Iron Chef goes Coastal will be held on Tuesday, November 6th at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center. Tickets go on sale July 1st.
Join us for a night of fun at the Astoria Armory Community Center! Saturday Night, April 14th from 8-11 pm. Relive prom in Astoria, maybe you missed your first chance to go, come dance the night away to the sounds of the 60’s, 70′, 80’s, 90’s and beyond. A prom king and queen from each decade will be award the ultimate crowns of royalty. Proceeds benefit United Way of Clatsop County and the Astoria Armory Community Center. Tickets are available at the door, just $15 each.
For the last 10 years, United Way and FamilyWize Community Service Partnership have collaborated to bring greater stability to communities nationwide. We know from experience that families living on the edge never struggle with just one issue; it’s the combination of several problems piling up that prevents families from finding stability and truly thriving. At United Way of Clatsop County, we partner with FamilyWize to increase the Health and Financial Stability of families in our communities. Through their prescription savings card, FamilyWize works to make prescription medications more affordable for all families, so that no one ever has to make the hard choice between the meds they need, and other basics like food or rent. In 2016 United Way of Clatsop County helped 606 people save $92,141!!
Our Board of Directors are made up of community and business leaders from our county. Each member serves a 2-year term, and are instrumental in fundraising and local activities, designed to support the agencies we serve.
Here is the current list of board members.
Charlene Larsen – President
Dick Easton – Past President
Christine Lolich – Secretary and Interim Treasurer
Business: Health Care Consultant
Robert Gross – Director
Business – Chief, Seaside Police Department
Justin Grafton – Director
Captain Daniel Travers – Director
Business: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Commander
Zach Gantenbein – Director
Business: Regional President, US Bank
Mary Ritter – Director
Esther Moberg – Director
Business: Library Director, Seaside Public Library
Jim Zile – Director
Business: Georgia Pacific
Trece Gurrard – Director
Business: Vice President, Columbia Memorial Hospital
Nick Benas – Director
Business: Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare
Donna Larson – Director
Business: Vice President, Clatsop Community College
Doug Harrod – Brochure Committee Chairperson
Jennifer Holen – Special Events Chairperson
Cindy Johnson – At Large
Jim Osborn – Signs / Banners Committee Chairperson
Christine Riehl – Past President
It’s almost time for our annual Campaign Kick-Off. Once again, this event will be held at the beautiful Lum’s Auto Center, and will feature tables and short presentations from all of the wonderful, essential local organizations that we support. All are welcome to join us, have some food and wine, and find out just who we are and where your donations go.
The 2014 Annual Campaign Kick-Off will be held on September 9 from 5:00 to 6:30pm at Lum’s Auto Center in Warrenton. See you there!
Meet Our New Leaders!
The United Way of Clatsop County welcomes a new Executive Director, Stacey Brown and a newly elected board president, Charlene Larsen!
Former-President Darlene Felkins and Executive Director Stacey Brown
… And Saying “So Long”
After many years of devoted service to our organization, our Executive Director, Darlene Felkins has retired. Executive Assistant, Deanna Heacock has also left us. We thank both of them for their tireless work for our community over the years, and wish them the best in the next chapters of their lives.
We held a retirement get-together for Darlene on May 28, 2014 at 5:30pm at the Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria. This was a also a great opportunity to say “farewell” to our outgoing President, Dick Easton.
Darlene Felkins, Dick Easton, and Deanna Heacock
2013-14 Fundraising Campaign
The United Way of Clatsop County is nearing the end of its annual campaign to raise raise money for the dozen essential community organizations it serves. And US Bank’s generous annual contribution has pushed us to over 76% of our $275,000.00 goal.
In an effort to encourage the rest of the community who have not yet given, US Bank and other major donors braved the pouring rain and high winds to gather at our “Giving Thermometer” next to Dugger’s Restaurant in Warrenton.
Here are the major donors and the amounts they’ve contributed to the 2013-2014 Campaign:
US Bank with check for $10,800.00 contribution, Tongue Point Job Corps $11,501.00 contribution, Columbia Memorial Hospital’s contribution of $9,207.00, NW Natural $1,528, GP Wauna Mill (Company & Foundation, Employees, WSU Local 1097) $64764.00, Pacific Power $1,521.00, Events Iron Chef & Lite Bite Chaired: Jennifer Holen of Baked Alaska $45,246.00, Advanced Giving Division Chaired:Anne Barbey & Edith Hennigsgaard Miller $29,964
The United Way of Clatsop County annual campaign ends January 31, and will be taking donations for the 2013-2014 campaign for the rest of this month. If you would like to contribute, or would like more information, please visit our website at www.clatsopunitedway.org or call us at 503.325.1961.
For Immediate Release:
2013 IRON CHEF GOES COASTAL IS COMING ON NOVEMBER 5TH!
Contact: Scott Docherty or Darlene Felkins
One of the most anticipated culinary events of the year is coming up on November 5. Iron Chef Goes Coastal will be held again this year at the Seaside Convention Center. More chefs, more restaurants and more great cuisine!
Four local chefs will form two teams and compete to win the 2013 Iron Chef goes Coastal Title. Chefs prepare a three-course dinner for the judges. One of those judges could be you! We hold a live auction before the competition, and the winning bidder gets to participate as a guest judge!
There will be a silent auction, where you can bid on food, beverages, and services from your local businesses. And, their will be a live auction where you can even bid on becoming an Iron Chef Goes Coastal judge!
Along with the Iron Chef main event competition, you will have the opportunity to taste and judge appetizers provided by the people’s choice participants. The top two from this category will secure their spot in the 2014 Iron Chef competition. Attendees will also vote on their favorite dessert and the top restaurant will win the honor of “Best Dessert of Clatsop County”
Here are the 2013 Iron Chef Goes Coastal participating restaurants:
1. Bridgewater Bistro, Astoria
2. Astoria Coffee House, Astoria
3. Clemente’s, Astoria
4. Aloha Charlie’s Fish Co., Long Beach
5. Wet Dog Café, Astoria
6. Twisted Fish, Seaside
7. Maggie’s On the Prom, Seaside
8. Shilo Boardwalk Café (Chef Vincent LeFenet), Seaside
9. Shelburn Restaurant and Pub (Chef Robert Ericson), Long Beach
10. Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center CCA, (Chef Ira Krizo), Cannon Beach
1. 3 Cups Coffee House Columbia River Coffee Roasters, Astoria
2. Baked Alaska, Astoria
3. Stephanie Inn, Seaside
4. Astoria Golf and Country Club, Astoria
5. Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center Bakery, Cannon Beach
6. Picnic Basket, Cannon Beach
The four competing restaurants/chefs for the 2013 main event are: Chef Josh Archibald – Wayfarer, Aaron Bedard – Stephanie’s Inn, Charlie Zorich – Pickled Fish, abd Christpher Holen – Baked Alaska.
Since the start of this wonderful event, all proceeds have gone directly to The United Way of Clatsop County to benefit vital non-profit organizations that serve the many needs of our neighbors. It has become a major source of funding for the United Way, in addition to being a great way to find out about the world-class culinary artists in our area.
Tickets are available online through Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/436858. You can get your tickets in person at US Bank locations in Astoria, Seaside and Cannon Beach, The Baked Alaska Restaurant in Astoria, Mise En Place Kitchenware, as well as at the United Way office in Astoria – (503) 325-1961.
The 2013 Iron Chef Goes Coastal is sponsored by US Bank, Food Services of America, Dining Out in the Northwest, Columbia Bank, Northwest Natural, Lektro, Polk Riley Printing & Design, Coast Community Radio, 94.9 FM, Hits 94.3 FM, KSWB Gold 840 AM, and Ohana Media Group
For Immediate Release:
UNITED WAY 2013 FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF
Contact: Darlene Felkins or Scott Docherty
This month, the United Way of Clatsop County launched its 2013 Fundraising Campaign with very successful kick-off. The event was held at Lum’s Auto Center in Warrenton, and was an opportunity for Campaigners and supporters to become acquainted with the twelve service organizations, currently receiving funding from United Way. Presentations were made, and the community was given a snapshot view into these very important groups who serve our neighbors who have the biggest need. Please see our website for more details – www.clatsopunitedway.org
One of the biggest supporters of the United Way of Clatsop County for years has been Georgia Pacific’s Wauna Mill. Representing this generous company, Kristi Ward presented UWCC’s president, Dick Easton, with a check for $31,500. In addition, employees will have to opportunity to give through payroll deductions.
Georgia Pacific’s Kristi Ward presenting check for $31,500 to President Dick Easton along with the United Way of Clatsop County’s board of directors and Campaign Chairperson, Teresa Accuardi. Photo by Scott Docherty – www.redhare.com
This year’s fundraising goal is $275,000, which has already reached 30%. (This number changes daily.) Through the ongoing generosity of our community, and upcoming popular events, like Iron Chef Goes Coastal and Lite Bite, we hope to reach our campaign goal and continue to provide much-needed support to the organizations that help our community. To lend your support, please contact the United Way of Clatsop County at (503) 325-1961. And be sure to “Like” us on Facebook for up-to-date information about upcoming events.
Additional photos for your consideration:
UWCC President Elect Charlene Larsen and Executive Director Darlene Felkins. Photo by Scott Docherty – www.redhare.com
Appetizers graciously provided by Clatsop County Food Bank, beverages generously supplied by Clatsop Distributing. Photo by Scott Docherty – www.redhare.com
2013 Fundraising Campaign Kick-Off at Lum’s Auto Center. Photo by Scott Docherty – www.redhare.com