BULL Session presents $250,000 to nine charities

Representatives from nine local charities were on hand Nov. 21 to receive checks totaling $250,000 from the 10th annual Business, Union, Legislative Leaders (BULL) Session Golf Tournament.

"This is the effort of a whole lot of people from throughout the community coming together for the purpose of raising money for some special kids in need of some help," said Jim Moss of McMorgan & Co. and chair of the tournament committee, during a special ceremony at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

"This shows what a community can do when labor and management work together," added State Senator Gene Derfler.

Because the BULL Session is a 100 percent volunteer effort, every dollar raised at the tournament goes directly to helping children.

"Everybody is a winner because of this," said Kathy Ellis, executive director of the March of Dimes, recipient of $40,000. "Because of this (BULL Session contribution) we have been able to earmark more money for five different research grants at Oregon Health Sciences University."

The BULL Session started in 1991 with 87 golfers gathered at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches. Participants that day raised $5,000 for the Shriner's Hospital for Children.

This year's tournament was host to 480 golfers at the Reserve Vineyards Golf Club in Aloha. Combined with a 10th anniversary dinner auction the preceding night, the tournament and auction raised a record $250,000.

In its 10-year history, the BULL Session has raised more than $850,000 for charities.

Besides the March of Dimes, charities receiving contributions were the Muscular Dystrophy Association, $30,000; Shriner's Hospital for Children, $30,000; Hearing & Speech Institute, $24,000; Providence Child Center, $34,000; Doernbecher Children's Hospital, $29,000; Gales Creek Camp Foundation, $24,000; Wheel to Walk Foundation, $29,000; and Portland Relief Nursery, $10,000.

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