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A colossal cup of coffee for a considerable cause posted on 04/01/2019

It’s April, so it must be Welches Wildcat Coffee month.

Nine years ago, Cheryl Gundersen came to Mt. Hood Roasters Company and proposed a coffee fundraiser for the Welches elementary and middle schools. Roasters proprietor Rick Applegate embraced the idea and the fundraiser was born.

Over the years more than $25,000 have been raised for the local schools by the community purchasing Wildcat coffee from the school children.

“This year we hope to bring that number to the $30,000 plateau,” Applegate wrote in an email to The Mountain Times. “To do this we need to sell 1,000 bags of coffee that will earn the school $4,500. If they meet that goal, Mt. Hood Roasters will donate an additional $500 to make the grand total $5,000.”

Sales incentives for the students are focused on community activities. Every child that sells one bag of coffee gets a prize, and the bounty increases with bigger sales. Prizes include hot chocolate and latte from Roasters, ice cream from Rhododendron Dairy Queen or Sandy Baskin Robbins, passes to Wippersnappers Kids Play Place, tickets to Mt. Hood Theater, all the way to a one-year family pass to the Oregon Zoo or OMSI. (A full list of prizes appears in the Mt. Hood Roasters ad on Page 32.)

“The fundraiser leaves the proceeds here in the community by raising money for the school, buying incentives from local companies, and creates work for local employees who manufacture and package the products,” Applegate wrote. “(And) finally, it is a quality product that is custom packaged for the school.”

Residents are urged to contact a Welches student to make the goal a reality and provide funding for needed school resources. This year the fundraiser is focusing on purchasing more computers for the classrooms.

By Larry Berteau/MT




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