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Over $26,000 Awarded to First Responders and Health Nonprofits in Curry County in 2020

Curry Health Foundation award recipients had no big event to celebrate this year; covid 19 meant awards were presented individually, outside in the fog, but no one seemed to mind. With the major fundraiser cancelled this year and with an emergency covid response grant added to the mix, Curry Health Foundation is just relieved to be able to help out the health community at all this crazy year. View a short video of the awards being presented Grant Awards Ceremony.

 Most 2020 grants went to first responders: Curry County Emergency Management will purchase AED units for the courthouse annex; Pistol River Fire District uses their grants to replace old, unsafe AEDs that are no longer serviceable; Search and Rescue volunteers will soon have new modular rescue packs and protective gear that they would have to had pay for out of their own pockets without our grant.  All to keep you safe and protected should you have an emergency.

Curry General Hospital is especially thankful to be able to buy air-purifying protective gear.  Very timely, as covid cases continue to rise.  Our dedicated nurses and hospital staff are now safer. Safety is also assured for school students who now attend remote, online courses at the Curry Public Library thanks to a grant to Friends of the Curry Public Library. Mental health services have been enhanced by awards to the Sheriffs Juvenile Justice department and the Curry Homeless Coalition.

Curry Health Foundation initiated a whole new grant this year, open until funds run out, to support the fight against the secondary effects of covid virus on vulnerable populations.  Grants have been given to the Curry Community Center, Chetco Community Public Library, Oasis Shelter, Wally’s House and others to increase services for the most needy in Curry County.

The Board of Directors at CHF is so deeply grateful to the sponsors and donors who send those small checks that support healthy outcomes for Curry County.  The benevolence of givers has made these two grant opportunities possible, including YOUR donations, the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation, RE/MAX Ultimate Coastal Properties, Zuber and Sons Logging, Gold Beach Mobile Home Park, Daryn Farmer State Farm Insurance, Hart Insurance, Cal-Ore Life Flight, Mary Stansell, Century 21 Agate Realty and so many others.  

You can contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 247-3189.  If you wish to contribute, please send checks to Curry Health Foundation, POB 1274, Gold Beach OR 97444.  All donations are used for health-related improvements in Curry County, in all cities and rural areas and are tax-deductible.

So far, the 24 years since establishment, CHF has given back over $957,000 to health partners in Curry County.  Tell them what you think!

We believe that a healthy community is a vibrant, thriving community.



If your non-profit has been affected by the COVID 19 virus response, we have small grants available for you.  Thanks to a generous grant from the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Trust and numerous other donors, we have grants of up to $1,500 to help deal with the impacts of the pandemic.

These are quick response grants.  To apply, please send a narrative describing how your organization has been impacted.  Include the following in your narrative:

The Board of the Curry Health Foundation would like to express our sadness and loss in the passing of our long-time board member and friend, Dugie Freeman.  Dugie was dedicated to the people of Curry County, especially interested in promoting education and health.  He served on the hospital board and on the Curry Health Foundation board to tirelessly promote and support health initiatives. The board members as friends and colleagues remember Dugie:

Dugie will be missed.  I will miss his stories of Curry County and Dugie-isms at our morning coffee get-togethers.  He was always there if you needed help with anything.  When I asked him how difficult it would be to make some big S's for the Soroptimist Building he jumped right in and took on the project.  Not only did we get the S's we got the whole word to hang on our building.  He was very generous in supporting the community by donating to scholarships, the hospital, Curry Health Foundation, the Southwest Oregon Children's Foundation and more.  He leaves behind many memories.  Leslie Smith, President

Something about Dugie’s smile just warmed my heart. It made me smile, there was just something very special about it. Terri Domanick, President

In this time of dire changes, Curry Health Foundation is of vital importance. We are the only Health Foundation in Curry County and this is a health crisis. CHF is focused now to find funding for supporting those organizations that will be pushed to the limits of their capacity, absorbing the fallout from this pandemic. Not only hospital and first responders, but those who take care of abused youth and families; it is a documented fact that domestic violence increases during recessionary times and now these at-risk families are further stressed by being sequestered together, the children cannot even escape to go to school if there is abuse at home.

April 24, 2021!  Tickets are $50/per and the event will feature Dinner, Gaming & Auctions.

Agness  Agness Illahe Rural Fire Protection District $4,000 toward the purchase of MONITOR VI TWO-TONE PAGER and LIFEPAC AED. Julie Scherbarth accepting the grant. 
 CASA  CASA OF CURRY COUNTY $4,000 toward client ASSESMENT AND COUNSELING. Mona Chandler accepting the grant.
 Cedar Valley  Cedar Valley Fire Department $2,807.98 to be used toward 2 AEDs. Wade Hooey accepting the grant.
 GB fire dept less pixels Gold Beach Fire Department $3776.90 be used for ITEMS TO COMPLETE 4 MASS CASUALTY/ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE BAGS. Tyson Krieger accepting the grant.
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CHD Cardiac Department $4,000 towards the purchase of an ELLIPTICAL CROSS TRAINER and a LIFESPAN UPRIGHT BIKE.

CHD Laboratory Services $1,499 for a PHLEBOTOMY CHAIR.

CHD Pulmonary Department $2,500 towards the purchase of a PHYSIOCYCLE UPRIGHT BIKE and a NONIN 3150SK Starter kit. Virginia Williams, CHN CEO accepting the grant.

PO Police less pixels Port Orford Police Department $886 to be used to purchase FIRST RESPONDER MEDICAL KITS. Officer Michael Brace accepting the grant.
Search and Rescue less pixels Curry County Search and Rescue  $3,516 to be used to purchase ROPE RESCUE AND PATIENT TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT. Tad Bell and Sheriff Ward accepting the grant.
Senior Center less pixels Gold Beach Senior Center $4,000 to be used toward the purchase of a commercial range.  Jim Lee accepting the grant.
SWOCC less pixels SWOCC $4,000 to be used toward the purchase of HEALTH LAB-IV PUMP. Judy Dornbeck and Joannie Miller accepting the grant.
Wallys House less pixels Wally's House Child Advocacy Center $4,000 to be used for INITIAL INTAKE, ASSESSMENT AND EARLY THERAPY. Jackie Antunes accepting the grant.