Jim Mudd and Doug Nicholson, friends since their days at Oregon State University, decided to start a coed golf tournament in 1990, which they christened the Mudd Nick Invitational. A Duck dressed as a Beaver became the logo because of the numerous University of Oregon and Oregon State University alumni participating in the event.
The tournament was popular from the start and, as the years passed, the event grew in size. Lynn Mudd, Jim’s wife, saw the needs in the community and viewed having a higher purpose as essential. She suggested that the event be transformed into something that contributed to the local community, rather than simply the fun of attendees. As a result of Lynn’s influence, the Mudd Nick Golf and Charity event was born in 1993. Invitees and participants began donating to support selected programs for children in the North Tillamook area. Initially, we sponsored a month long summer art program and built a skate ramp adjacent to North Coast Recreation District in Nehalem, both of which are going strong today. Donations were consistent and momentum began to build.
In 2006, the Mudd Nick Foundation was formed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a board of nine directors was selected to develop a Vision, Mission, Guiding Principles and Objectives. Our theme and goal became “Changing Children’s Lives Today and Tomorrow.” The Invitational Golf Tournament evolved and in recent years has drawn approximately 80 players.
Over the last nine years, in excess of $1,000,000 has been raised to support 30 to 50 programs annually. We have collaborative partnerships with the superintendent of Neahkahnie School District 56 and principals of the two grade schools, one middle school and one high school. Teachers request support for specific events and programs and the Foundation’s Board of Directors selects those to fund. Also supported are programs that cover multiple schools, North Coast Recreation District, and special needs children. The Foundation does not support any tax funded programs or existing programs or events.
As a way of expressing their gratitude for being able to participate in Mudd Nick Foundation-funded programs, local school children can participate in the Junior Mudd program, which provides an opportunity for them to help the needy and elderly in the community. Former and current Mudd Nickers raise money and offer new and exciting ideas. This develops their leadership skills and sense of community, connectedness and mutual responsibility.
The Mudd Nick Foundation is an all-volunteer organization, except for two part-time paid staff who coordinate general programs and programs for children with special needs. Children participate in all events and programs free of charge. In 2014, we had another strong fundraising year and supported 64 programs for the 2013-2014 school year, providing nearly 3,000 life expanding opportunities for the children in our community. During the 2014-2015 school year we will support over 50 programs.
The passion for positively impacting the lives of children in this region is burning brighter than ever in the hearts of the Board members and volunteers associated with the Foundation, and this fire will keep the Foundation moving onwards and upwards.
We thank all of our donors and volunteers for their generous and ongoing support! When you make a donation, please remember that the Mudd Nick Foundation has 501(c)(3) tax exempt status for your tax return purposes.
Please consider joining us to celebrate our 23rd anniversary at this year’s annual event on September 19, 2015 and making a donation to the Mudd Nick Foundation on behalf of the wonderful and deserving children in our community. Your contribution will make tangible and meaningful differences in their lives.