BEND, OR -- The Tenth Annual Ghost Tree Invitational Golf Tournament and Dinner raised a record amount of money for local charities, this year. The annual golf and dining event, held in August and hosted by Combined Communications, attracted 1800 people and raised more than $91,000. Event director Ryan Chackel says that’s a 16% increase and all of the money stays in Central Oregon.
The primary beneficiary of Ghost Tree is the Ronald McDonald House, which received a check for $60,000. Executive Director Kristy Krugh tells KBND, “For our organization, $60,000 will serve 44 families; and that’s actually the ability to fill our six guest room hallway seven different times in the coming year with families which is just a huge, huge impact for us.”
The Ronald McDonald House serves as a home away from home for families of sick or injured hospitalized children, and for bed-resting mothers-to-be with high-risk pregnancies. Krugh adds, “We have been so impressed by both the Ghost Tree as an organization and of course Combined Communications as the genesis of this event and just as a wonderful supporter of the community. And being selected as the primary beneficiary for the last few years has just really been an honor for us.”
Other beneficiaries of the Ghost Tree Invitation include the Assistance League and the Education foundation.