COVO's fundraising efforts began with a donation from VVA Chapter 820. These funds were provided by the family of Chapter 820 member, Bill Groenendaal, who passed away in early 2005. The family had asked that their friends make donations to Chapter 820 in honor of Bill's memory and his service in Vietnam. Subsequently, cash donations have been received from Smith Barney, Chris Shaker, CTS Tire, Bob Thomas Chevrolet, Black Hat Trucking, Leading Edge Avionics, Abbott Petroleum Products, Compass Commercial Real Estate Services, Rabbine Harpell, Robert Bryce, Rick Gehweiler, Integrity Development, Cascade Heating & Specialties, Robinson-Audia Development, Dandy's Drive-In, Unicom, Sterling Communications, Phil's Window Decor, Inc., Beem Construction, LLC, Jim Smolich Motors, Thomas Riley, CPA, American Energy, Disabled American Veterans, Central Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Club, Alpine East Plumbing, Mike DeGray, Sun River Country Store, Thompson Pump & Irrigation, Stearns Agency, Thomas Appleford, Jim Olson Plumbing and Mike Ward. We also had a substantial donation made by a donor who wished to remain anonymous.
The new Jake's Diner, now located on Highway 20
near the intersection with NE 27th Street, donated an entire industrial strength
set of kitchen appliances after the renovations of their new location were
completed by Chapter 820 member and Treasurer, Ron Micnhimer. COVO is
selling these items and using the funds to help pay our program expenses. Duke
Warner Realty has also donated a number of pieces of office equipment, as well
as a large-screen television. We have had two computers donated, including one
which was brand new and came with state-of-the-art technology. COVO Chief of
Operations, Stu Steinberg, has donated various pieces of office furniture and
equipment. Rabbine Harpell, the owner of Jubilee Communications, has provided
COVO with hundreds of hours of her time, helping us promote our program and
organizing fundraising events.
COVO had a benefit concert on June 4, 2005, at the Midtown Rock, Roll and Rink in Bend. Midtown is owned by Craig and Rhoda and Duane and McCabe, who donated the facility for the COVO benefit. Local sound gurus, Sun Track, gave COVO a greatly reduced rate, which helped us maximize our net profit, as did our security people, Security Pros. VVA Chapter 820 member, Rob Landers, and his graphics company, Landers Design, LLC, did all of the artwork, posters, handbills and tickets, free of charge. Our public relations maven, Rabbine Harpell, and her company, Jubilee Communications/Productions, Intl., donated hundreds of hours of time at no cost to COVO. On June 16, 2006, Paul deLay will again perform a benefit concert for COVO and the Midtown Rock, Roll and Rink is again being donated by its owners. We expect our business and individual donors to exceed their generous donations from last year and we are positive that our donor list will grow for this yearâ€™s fundraising efforts.
COVO would like to thank all of our corporate, business and individual sponsors, without whose financial and other assistance we would not have able to open our office and begin the process to get the outreach, benefits claims, emergency shelter and transitional housing programs off the ground.
COVO is an Oregon nonprofit charitable corporation and is registered with the Oregon Department of Justice. Our federal tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code was granted in February 2006 and donations to COVO are tax deductible pursuant to Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code and similar Oregon provisions.
If you would like to make a cash donation to COVO, you can do so with your credit card. Just click on the link below and follow the instructions. We thank you in advance for any donation you choose to make.