SUNRIVER, OR – What began as a preview of the chilly, foggy autumn mornings to come, transformed into a spectacular late summer day. As the calendar turned the page, the first day of September saw a tremendous turn-out for the 8th Annual Sunriver Half Marathon for a Cause. The weekend event, staged over two days on routes around Sunriver Resort, and benefitting St. Charles Cancer Services, with more than 600 runners and walkers taking part in three races. Ten-kilometer and 5K races took place Saturday, and more than 200 entries finished the featured half marathon on Sunday.
Contributions enable St. Charles Cancer Center to offer patients financial assistance through groceries, gas cards, utility assistance and lodging; social workers who support patients through treatment; and integrative therapies including Reiki, acupuncture and massage therapy. These are just a few of the services developed to help cancer patients as they go through the active treatment of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty assembled a team composed of front office staff and brokers to participate in the event. Leading the charge for CSIR was none other than Founder, Owner and CEO Deb Tebbs. Tebbs added. “Cascade Sotheby’s is refocusing our future sponsorship efforts toward more charitable endeavors and this event is a perfect example of the philanthropic mentality I want ingrained in our company culture.” Completing the roster of volunteers were Jenn Schaake, Christy Evans, Mary Bartholomew, Jodi Kearney, Melanie Winders & daughter Miata, Ronda Kanitz, Annie Yillik, Sherri Jenison, Dave Myslinski and Kris Carpenter.
Operating from their Bend, Oregon headquarters since 2006, the company’s primary community outreach program, The Spark Project, supports local and regional organizations such as Saving Grace, Heart of Oregon, Bethlehem Inn, the Boys and Girls Club of Bend and the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity. Tebbs states, “Our wonderful clients make this all possible. We’re so thankful for your support, and we hope you share in the satisfaction of helping these organizations bring hope and healing to everyone they serve.”