The Mudd Nick Foundation (MNF) held its 24th annual Golf Tournament and Charity Event on September 16, 2017. 72 golfers enjoyed perfect weather at the Manzanita Golf Course and over 180 supporters attended the dinner and auction held in the North County Recreation District’s (NCRD) gym. This event provides the MNF with approximately 50% of its annual revenue. The MNF has raised over $1.35 million over the past 24 years. Except for two paid part time program coordinators, the board and other volunteers enable 81% of the revenues to be directed to Learning Experiences for all school-age children in North Tillamook County. Paul Erlebach, Superintendent for the Neah-Kah-Nie (NKN) School District 56, recently acknowledged “the MNF is the most active community partner with the District by providing Learning Experiences that stimulate our students to aspire to their greatest potentials and to pursue their dreams.”
Monica Isbell, president, said “the foundation was beneficiary of a tremendous outpouring of support from local businesses and supporters who donated 123 items totaling $10,642 in value for our silent and live auctions.” She added, “it takes a village to put on this event including all MNF board members. We had over 75 volunteers that included board members, school administrators, teachers, parents, and supporters not counting the NKN High School students and custodians who moved tables and chairs to the NCRD gym.” Kim Miller and Michael Hithe, who prepared the spaghetti dinner Friday night for the golfers, as well as appetizers, salad and side dishes that accompanied the main entrees of tri-tip or grilled salmon on Saturday evening, were recognized by the board through presentation of the 2017 Jim and Lynn Mudd Service to Children Award for their hard work this year and in years past.
The evening commenced with attendees placing bids for the silent auction items, followed by announcement of the golf awards. Ms. Isbell welcomed attendees and thanked all the volunteers, then NKN High School choir members Grace Miller, Alyssa Ahlers, Jaydin Bowen, and Choir Director Michael Simpson sang the National Anthem. The most emotional, inspirational part of the evening came when two NKN High School seniors, Sam Holm and Student Body President Dylan Mitchell, recounted a number of MNF sponsored Learning Experiences in which they participated since elementary school that have had a huge impact on their lives.