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Curry Health Foundation members show off a large check representing the amount raised at the “High on Health Moonlight Over Mexico’” fundraiser. From left to right are Cathy Kelly, Leslie Smith, Roseann Ismert, Donna Gilmore, Mary Stansell, Sandra Otter, Becky Atherton, Hazel Rush and Dugie Freeman.

Organizers said they have collected $39,856 from the Curry Health Foundation’s “High on Health Moonlight Over Mexico” fundraiser held in May, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Gold Beach.

“The foundation uses half of the proceeds, combined with interest from our endowment, to help fund countywide health-related grants,” executive director Roseann Ismert said.

Recipients of the grant money raised in the past have included Curry County Search and Rescue, Oasis Shelter Home, Pistol River Fire Department, Wally’s House Child Advocacy, Agness Illahe Rural Fire Department, Meals on Wheels, Chetco Activity Center, and Good Samaritan Society/Curry Village.

According to the Foundation’s mission statement, the group’s fundraising programs include “High on Health” in the spring and its annual appeal in November. The foundation’s outreach also includes participation in other non-fundraising events throughout the year.

Ismert said the “Moonlight over Mexico” fundraiser drew 200 guests for a dinner, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by Mark Taylor and Joelle Goncalves, Flamenco guitarist and dancer. 

“We would like to thank our corporate sponsors Hart Insurance, Cal-Ore Life Flight/Reach, Daryn Farmer State Farm Insurance, Corner Drug and Gifts, Gold Beach Mobile Home Park, Gold Beach Lumber Yard, Inc., ReMax Ultimate Coastal Properties, and Zuber and Sons Logging, LLC,” Ismert said.

The Curry Health Foundation operates with an annual budget of about $50,000. “This money is entirely from donations, fundraisers and interest from endowments,” said Ismert, “and has enabled the foundation to give health-related grants in our community for a total of over $870,000.”

Donations may be made to the Curry Health Foundation, P.O. Box 1274, Gold Beach, OR  97444, or online at with PayPal.


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