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2017 Flyer FINALCurry Health Foundation and The Rotary Club of Gold Beach Present the 15th Annual High on Health Building Better Heath Dinner and Auction

Mark Your Calendar - April 22, 2017



  • Dinner & Comedy Show
  • Live Auction
  • Silent Auction
  • Drawings 

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 5:30pm at Docia Sweet Hall (Event Center on the Beach - Fairgrounds) Gold Beach, Oregon


Tickets are $50 per person and will be sold in advance at:
•Interior Coverups
•Phone the Curry Health Foundation at 541-247-3189

Proceeds benefit healthcare in Curry County


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Curry Health Foundation and The Rotary Club of Gold Beach Present the 14th Annual High on Health Building Better Heath Dinner and Auction

Mark Your Calendar - April 9, 2016


  • Dinner & Comedy Show
  • Live Auction
  • Silent Auction
  • Drawings

On April 6th during this year's exciting High on Health fundraiser, you could be a winner!  Here are the rules:

  • Every person may choose one day out of the year - but only one person per day.... select your lucky date today...!
  • Each day you select will cost $10 At the High on Health fundraiser, thirty dates will be selected
  • If one of your lucky days is selected, you'll win a prize (prizes are valued at $25.00 or more)
  • The more lucky days you purchase, the better your chances for winning are!
  • Although we value your presence and think you'll have a great time - you need not be present to win.

Please phone 541-247-3189 to reserve your lucky day!

This year's Annual High on Health Dinner will be held April 28, 2012 at the Curry County Fairgrounds.  Tickets are $35/person and can be purchased online or at Interior Coverups (Gold Beach), Edward Jones (Brookings), or the Foundation Office. 

Proceeds from the event will be used toward health related projects in Curry County. 

This year, a murder mystery will be solved during the buffet dinner.  Live and silent auctions will be supplemented by a calendar raffle.  For more information, call 541-247-3189.

Dinner Theater Planned for the Tenth Annual “High on Health” Fundraiser Event Recently, members from Curry Health Foundation and Rotary Club of Gold Beach met to begin planning for the annual High on Health Fundraiser scheduled for April 28th, 2012.

The organizations state that funds from this year’s event will be used toward health related projects in Curry County. Leslie Keating and Mary Stansell, co-chairs, reported that this year the committee decided to kick up the fun with a murder mystery during the buffet dinner. They announced that the live and silent auctions will be limited this year with the addition of a fun new calendar game.

This year’s dinner will be held at Event Center at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $35 each. All tickets will be sold in advance.

Leslie Keating reminds us that tables of eight may be reserved in full. The event is typically sold out and seating is limited. The public is invited and tickets are currently available online at (, at Interior Coverups in Gold Beach, Emily Rumiano at Edward Jones Chetco Avenue in Brookings, or by calling the Foundation office at (541) 247-3189.

To learn more about Curry Health Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization whose mission is to support healthcare in the general community of Curry County, or call (541) 247-3189.

"An Evening Aboard the USS High on Health" is the theme of this year's Rotary/Curry Health Foundation's fund raising event.  It will be held April 9th beginning at 5:30 in Docia Sweet Hall-Event Center at the fair grounds in Gold Beach.  Tickets are $45 per person including dinner and entertainment.  A live and silent auction will be held which will include items such as: week long vacations, art work, helicopter rides, golf at various destinations and a year of desserts.  This year funds raised will be used in purchasing two BioZ Diagnostic Systems which will be used in Brookings and Gold Beach.  These systems will track and evaluate cardiovascular health, dyspnea, and pacemakers.  For tickets contact Roseann Ismert at 541-247-3189 or online ($2 ticket charge will be applied at the time of purchase).

The High on Health Cruise Ship set sail at 5:30 on April 9, 2011...a fun time was had by all!

Purchase your tickets now to the 9th Annual High on Health Dinner and Auction!

"HighOnHealth-2011_H150An Evening Aboard the USS High on Health" is the theme of this year's Rotary/Curry Health Foundation's fund raising event.  It will be held April 9th beginning at 5:30 in Docia Sweet Hall-Event Center at the fair grounds in Gold Beach. 

Tickets are $45 per person including dinner and entertainment. 

A live and silent auction will be held which will include items such as: week long vacations, art work, helicopter rides, golf at various destinations and a year of desserts. 

This year funds raised will be used in purchasing two BioZ Diagnostic Systems which will be used in Brookings and Gold Beach.  These systems will track and evaluate cardiovascular health, dyspnea, and pacemakers.

Call us today at 541-247-3189 or order your tickets online 
($2 online ticket fee collected at the time of purchase)


EXTRA! EXTRA!  Over $20,000 raised for Curry's Children's dental needs.

"Golden Globes" will be the High on Health theme this year.  The April 10th dinner will help fund dental care for children in Curry County.  This year's CHF/Rotary Club Dinner and Auction will be held at the Event Center at the Curry County Fairgrounds.  Beginning with a Social Hour and Silent Auction at 5:30 the night will include a live auction and entertainment.

The Silent Auction is composed of varying-sized gift baskets on prominent display. Next to each basket is a Bid Sheet. Attendees write a bid on the accompanying sheet. If their bid is the highest by the time the Silent Auction closes, that bid wins them the basket.

Although this is not a costume party, it is expected that many will arrive in 'Golden Globe' attire.  As always, street dress is acceptable if you choose.

Tickets are $35 a piece. Many people from the Curry Health Foundation and the Gold Beach Rotary Club are hosting tables. You may sit at one of their tables or, if you just wish to purchase a ticket or two, there are also non-hosted tables.

Proceeds from this year's entire event after expenses will be matched by the Oregon Community Foundation and used in Curry County for dental care for uninsured children.

To learn more about the Curry Health Foundation and its mission or to make a contribution, call (541) 247-3189.

June 13, 2008

Emmie Yeiter, a 2008 graduate of Gold Beach High School (GBHS), turned her senior project – a 3-mile “Have a Heart” Beach-Side Run – into pure gold for both the Curry Health Foundation and the Curry General Hospital.

Yeiter presented Jean Murphy, the Coordinator of Curry Health Foundation, with checks and cash amounting to $274, collected through entry fees and donations for the hospital.

Jerry Ross is the teacher of the Senior Seminar, a class that requires seniors to pick a project that will show the value of giving back to the community, while incorporating some practical application of their chosen field. At the time of the projects, Emmie’s plan was to pursue a career in Physical Training, so she chose a 3-mile run by the ocean.

Emmie wanted to do a race because her parents were both runners in their younger years, and she also wanted a special project that would encourage the interactive participation of the people of the community while making use of the beautiful natural setting of beaches, sun and wind.  A race seemed to satisfy each and every one of these factors.

The race helped her to hone her organizational skills as she planned what kind of an event it would be, where it would be held, what the course would be, how much she would charge; what she would offer as incentive for people to enter; what kind of prizes would be offered; and how she would get the word out. She learned to prioritize by working backwards from the day of the race.

Her course was a 3-mile run at Otter Point. She talked with KURY Radio who gave her a free Public Service announcement to help advertise the day; and Emmie, her mother and friends from softball distributed flyers for the event. On race day signs and arrows were needed to point the course way, and she recruited friends to direct traffic making sure no one got lost.

The race was held on April 15 at Otter Point. Thirty five entrants participated in the very successful event with Hap Flynn coming in first with a time of 25:50.  The response from the runners was positive, with many participants saying they would do it again. The project was a great success.

In donating the money to Curry Health Foundation, Yeiter has requested that the proceeds from the run be used in support of healthcare at Curry General Hospital. On behalf of the members of the Foundation Board of Directors, the Coordinator thanked Miss Yeiter and stated that our community is lucky to have such selfless, dedicated young people, and wished her well with her plans to attend Oregon State University this fall and in the study of pediatrics.

September 14, 2008 

Tickets are now available for Curry Health Foundation’s popular annual fund-raising event – the Rogue River Champagne Jet Boat Cruise, announced Cruise chair Meryl Boice. The fourteenth annual cruise is scheduled for Sunday, September 14, 2008. Amenities will include champagne and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a buffet dinner at the Singing Springs Resort.

The “Rogue Queen,” a glass-enclosed craft – provided by Rogue River Mail Boats -- will depart at 1 p.m. from the Mail Boat dock and return about 6 p.m. The cost per person is $70.

With generous sponsorship from Rogue River Mail Boats, the Curry Health Foundation is able to offer this event. The popular annual cruise has raised thousands of dollars in prior years that have benefited local non-profit health-related organizations in Curry County.

The Curry Health Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization that supports healthcare organizations throughout Curry County. Since 1996, the Foundation has awarded over $382,000 for worthy projects benefitting local residents.

To order tickets, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.., call the Curry Health Foundation office at 541-247-3189, or write CHF at PO Box 1274, Gold Beach, OR 97444.

Patron Board CHF Patrons Feted at TuTu’Tun in February of 2008
Story and Pictures by Moira Fossum
Dateline 2/24/2008  

It all began in 1996 when healthcare-minded individuals banded together to form the Curry Health Foundation (CHF). It received its first big donation of $100,000 from a Brookings donor in 1999 that gave it the beginnings of an endowment fund. The following year Central Curry Ambulance Association disbanded and gave its remaining funds to CHF, which gave the CHF endowment fund a tremendous boost. What that group has done with the initial “seed” money is truly amazing. 

On Sunday, February 24, 2008, the fabulous Tu Tu’Tun Lodge was the site of a celebration to honor and formally recognize donors who have made contributions that qualify them for various levels on the newly created Patron Board. Jim Gardner, Founding President of CHF, and Sharon Zuber, Founding Board member, told the assembled group of the proud history of the organization. Dale Thomas, Past President of the Board, showed off the new Patron Board and thanked Leone Sharp for all her efforts to make the Patron Board happen. 

It’s a work of art, with the different levels of donations and names of donors engraved into brilliant green and soft cream shades of marble. The Patron Board will soon be prominently displayed in the main lobby of Curry General Hospital. According to Thomas, “This truly impressive group of donors shows positive and enthusiastic support for our community.”  Thomas quoted from a recent study by the Corporation for National and Community Service, “The study found that folks who generously support charities with both funds and time are repaid with a “donor and helpers high.” He added that they actually enjoy better health than the average person. 

The Oregon Community Foundation manages the majority of the CHF endowment and has also funded two grants to the Curry Health Foundation. The OCF South Coast representative, Barbara Bauder, brought great news that the fund has done very well under OCF management! Grants Committee chair, Nancy Baum, explained how the Grant program works. Board President, Steve Denney, shared that the money from donors has enabled CHF to fund the following activities:

x-ray and cat-scan technologies, electric-adjustable beds and beds that can weigh patients, early prenatal care, newborn hearing analyzers, children’s exam equipment, vaccinations for volunteer emergency workers, educational materials for a myriad things such as diabetes and breast cancer,  of cardiac care equipment, cancer screening, vision and dental evaluations,  hearing and blood pressure checks, equipment and services for homebound Seniors.  The grants further fund procedures such as cancer screenings, vision and dental evaluations and hearing and blood pressure checks.  Also funded are both bladder and colon screening. 

Speaking of these screenings, President Denney reminded the group, “If you’re over 55, get’r done!” 

The nine corporate sponsors also received a huge thank you. They are Cal-Ore Life Flight, Chetco Federal Credit Union, Coos-Curry Electric, Corner Drug, Daryn Farmer State Farm Insurance, Freeman Marine, MAIL BOAT / HYDRO-JET TRIPS, C&K Markets, Inc. (Ray’s Markets) and Zuber Logging.   

Other special thanks went to Laurie and Dirk Van Zante, owners of Tu Tu’Tun Lodge for the repeated use of the Lodge for CHF events and for being donors. Kudos went to the CHF organizing committee. 

The door prize of a beautiful basket from “The Destination Store”, Corner Drug, was much appreciated by winner, Past Board member Roger Davis. Bill McMillan, new board member and CEO of Curry Health Network, was welcomed, as was Jean Murphy, Coordinator of Curry Health Foundation. Patti Burfield was also in attendance, as her program of a Respite Care Center was the very first CHF grant recipient! 

It was a beautiful day at the World Renowned Tu Tu’Tun Lodge and the assembled folks all rushed home to write their next CHF donation checks! 

Curry Health Foundation grosses $15,000
and $6,000 for Gold Beach Rotary

Press Room
April 16, 2008

By Matthew Smith

(Reprinted from the Curry County Reporter, April 16, 2008 issue, Page 18.)

      A little piece of Hawaii came to Gold Beach this past Saturday night, with most guests sporting their favorite floral-print shirts and dresses. This is the sixth year for the event, and CHF President Steve Denney is excited about how the annual affair has grown.
      “It grows at about ten percent each year. It’s really developing nicely,” said Denney.
      “This year’s event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Barbara Huston (Vice President CHF) and Alice Hammermeister. They did an incredible job.”
      Proceeds from the event will go to a myriad of grants and projects the two organizations help fund. X-ray and CAT-Scan technologies, electric-adjustable beds, early prenatal care and newborn hearing analyzers are just a few of the grants that CHF help fund through the event.
      Rotary profits from the event will help fund Curry Cares for Kids (a dental program for underinsured children), sports-related programs that encourage exercise, and scholarships for high school seniors that want to enter health/medical fields.
      “When Curry Cares for Kids began, we had one dentist in Brookings in the program,” said Rotary President Mary Stansell. “Now we have several dentists, and events like this have really helped the program expand.”
      Ticket sales, donations, silent auction (for CHF) and live auction (for Rotary) kept the funds coming in all night – and of course no event would be complete without some entertainment.
      The first act for the night was The Hawaiian Five – Kira Stevenson, Emily Ross, Katie Bradley, Megan Ross and Katherine Zuber.
      Tammy Ross proudly introduced the group before the girls (ranging in age from four to 16) took the stage to showcase their hula dancing skills.
      Rogue River Jam concluded the night’s entertainment. Lead singer Jan Burris, guitarist and vocalist Sharon Guinn, percussionist Frank Burris and bassist Jack Gollaher make up the popular group; which formed in 2007.
      The group played warm upbeat classics, or as Jan Burris put it, songs that “we all know and love.”
      One highlight of their performance was calling Denny, Stansell and Hammermeister on stage to help sing the chorus of “Under the Boardwalk.”
      The fun wasn’t over yet though. Not technically billed as entertainment, but close enough, Dave Little then took the stage to begin the Rotary live auction.
      The charismatic and “wise-cracking” Little kept the fundraising and laughs going the rest of the night.

April 25, 2008

The Curry Health Foundation is proud to announce its grant recipients for 2008. After careful consideration of the Foundation’s mission and donor wishes, the following projects were selected to receive 2008 grant funds—a total of $27,610 was given to nine healthcare organizations in Curry County. Funds have been allocated as follows:

Agness/Illahe VFD/Rescue Squad
$889 was granted for the purchase of training materials for personnel of the volunteer fire department and emergency services unit to keep them up to date in current practices.

Brookings Medical Center
$4000 was awarded for the purchase of a Vital Signs Monitor; $2123 for the purchase of a portable ABI system with printer; which is crucial in the diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), and $850 allowed for the purchase of two oximeters.

Curry County Breast Health Network
$969 was awarded for Breast Health Teaching Material Displays.

Curry County Home Health & Hospice
$1155 was awarded for the purchase of 15 baby monitors and 15 weighted shower chairs.

Curry Family Medical
$2052 was provided necessary improvements for the Port Orford facility bringing it up to current patient safety and health standards.

Curry General Hospital
$4000 was awarded for patient care equipment for the Labor and Delivery Room facility at Curry General Hospital

Shore Pines Assisted Living Community
$2172 was granted for the purchase of a wheel chair scale and blood pressure machine at the Shore Pines Assisted Living Community.

Curry Good Samaritan Center
$4,000 was granted for the purchase of a new Arjo Therapy Walker, which will reduce transfer risk and allow people with joint replacement surgery to begin much earlier exercise regimes thus improving outcomes.
$3000 granted for the purchase of an IVAC 7000 Infusion Pump, which allows safe administration of IV fluids and medications to patients.

Gold Beach Lions Club
$400 was awarded to partially fund a visit of a Mobile Health Screening Unit from Portland, which will include testing for visual and auditory acuity, as well as tests for glaucoma, blood pressure and diabetes in adults, is scheduled for June 7, 2008 in Gold Beach.

South Coast Community Resource Center
$2000 was awarded funding to assist in providing needed medical services.

     These grants are funded in part by proceeds from the annual High on Health Dinner.
     Nancy Baum, RN, Grant Committee Chair stated, “We are grateful to all of our donors and supporters who make it possible to fund these healthcare projects.”
     The Curry County-based, non-profit group began granting funds in 1996 to improve access to and quality of healthcare countywide. To date more than $382,000 has been awarded through the Foundation thanks to the generous support from the community.