Saturday, December 22, 2012

Connections Community, Inc.

Dear Bess,

Thank you so much for your generous gift of the use of one of your Ford trucks to help us move the thousands of books for our First Annual Book Sale at the Gresham Public Library.  It was such a help and such a beautiful truck to drive.

We thank you also for all the ways you generously donate back to the Gresham community.  I am coming to feel like a partner with you in our mutual mission to strengthen our community.

Blessings and may hour holidays be fruitful.


Connections Community, Inc.

Barlow Mat Club

Gresham Ford,

The Barlow Mat Club would like to thank you for your support and donation to our program and fundraising event.  With your support, our fundraiser was a great success.  We were able to raise funds to start a scholarship program for children who want to participate in the sport of wrestling, but whose parents can't afford the costs.  Our scholarships will be used by children ages 4 to 14 to cover the participation fees and equipment.

Our coaches work hard to help our young wrestlers become the best that they can be, not only on the mat, but in the classroom and in life.  We focus on helping our children develop life skills; respect, responsibility, and personal character.  Barlow Mat Club's coaches pride themselves on helping children in more than just the sport of wrestling.  Many of our coaches attend the children's other sporting events and school events just to show support to our young athletes.

Your support is greatly appreciated.  We hope that you , your staff, family and friends will be able to attend a youth wrestling event and see some of these children that you have helped.

Again we thank you for your support.


The Barlow Mat Club

A 4-H Thank you!

Bess Wills,

Thank you so much for your generous donation.  I really appreciate all the support you have given me throughout the years.

I plan on finishing my 2 years of 4-H and Scouts then go study Biomedical Engineering at OSU.  I promise to keep up the hard work.



Thank you from Open Door Christian Volleyball Team

Thank you for your support and donating to our open door Christian Volleyball Team.


God Bless Your Christmas

Dear Bess,

Thank you so much for the gift of the tire on my new Ford Focus! 

I believe in your dealership and will say so to my friends!

God Bless Your Christmas and much success in 2013!



The Snowman Foundation

Dear Ms. Wills,

Gifts like yours make me break into song; I caught myself humming "What a Wonderful World" by Lois Armstrong this morning.  As I sat to write this letter, I sang a few lines from Queen's "We Are the Champions".  And even though the only lyric I know from ABBA's "Thank you for the Music" is "Thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing, thanks for all the joy I'm bringing", it seemed appropriate to share that sentiment with you as well.

On behalf of Michael Allen Harrison and the Snowman Foundation board, thank you very much for your gift.  Thank you for all the joy that you are bringing, thank you for all the songs children are singing and playing and creating because of your gift.

Each day, I encounter a different child who has been impacted by a gift from The Snowman Foundation and get to witness their talent, growth and giving.  One of our most longstanding scholarship recipients, has "played" her gift forward by offering no-cost lessons to young musicians, and encouraging kids to explore their own musical passions.

As The Snowman Foundation celebrates more than a decade of making a difference in Oregon and Washington's music community, we recognize that your support is what truly enables us to bring music into the lives of children.  And as I anticipate the next decade, I know that with your support, The Snowman Foundation will continue to help kids make beautiful music.

Very Truly Yours,

Foundation Manager

Kiwanis International Sponsorship

Dear Bess,

Thank you so much for your generous sponsorship of our 2012 golf tournament.  This year we had a successful tournament with 60 golfers and more than 33 sponsors and 40 donors.

Because of your financial generosity, we raised $7,000 and will be able to continue supporting many programs.  Some of the major programs are; Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Disabled Children,  Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Loaves & Fishes, SnowCap Community Charities, Bethany House, Zarapeth's House, and My Father's House.

Thank you, from all of us and from the people whom you have helped. 

Gresham Earlyrisers Kiwanis Club