|'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
“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
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