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'Bite' proceeds to help boost area businesses posted on 07/30/2020

One of the Mt. Hood Area Chamber of Commerce’s most popular events, the Bite of Mount Hood, will have an immediate impact despite not being held since 2017. The organization will use proceeds in two ways to support community businesses in the face of the coronavirus pandemic: the first is a 30-second advertisement that will air on KOIN, the northwest television station affiliated with CBS, and the second is by paying dues for it’s 2020-21 year for its members.

“It’s needed,” said Coni Scott, Chamber Vice President and head of membership. “It’s really important that the chamber does everything they can to help everybody. Businesses are really having a hard time.”

Scott chaired the Bite and noted the philosophy behind it was to put all the money back into the community, with the funds set aside from the Chamber’s operational funds. She added that in the past the organization offered grants as part of that support.

The KOIN advertisement is expected to start airing on Saturday, Aug. 15, and will likely feature a variety of scenes from the Mountain community, including recreational activities such as biking and hiking, a restaurant and more. Scott said that is expected to run for three months and will cost $17,000.

She added that the area where the advertisement will be seen, as far as the Oregon coast and down to Eugene, is where a large portion of recent visitors come from, looking for a safe vacation option close to home.

Scott noted that the dues total approximately $12,000, which keep the Chamber going throughout the year, including insurance and bookkeeping.

As for a possible return of the Bite, held in April for a number of years featuring food from a large variety of area restaurants and offering auctions and more, Scott didn’t rule it out for the future. But she added that somebody would need to step up as the new chairperson.

By Garth Guibord/MT

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