SISTERS, OR -- Members of the Grand Peaks pickleball community in Sisters is raising money to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as fires in Central Oregon and Montana.
Grand Peaks Partner, Neil Amondson, says we're all one emergency or natural disaster away from needing assistance ourselves, and this is the best way he knows to help. "We established the fund through Saint Luke in Chicago that gives 100% directly to the need. And, we don't necessarily know people directly, but we have a fraternity established through pickleball, and thought this is a great way to help, and possibly give back."
So far, the fund has raised $10,700. If you would like to give, click HERE
Amondson tells KBND News, "There's a need for everybody and not just pickleball players, but we have a connection with pickleball there, so we're reaching out to other pickleball players across the country and saying, 'why don't you join us in helping those in need?' there's just so many things happening, that we thought this is a small way we could help."
The developer of Grand Peaks, Hunter Renaissance Development, has also started campaigns to honor and support military veterans and soldiers, as well as assist with affordable housing programs.
There are currently 2.5 million pickleballers in the nation, and Amondson says there could be as many as 8 million by next year.