Annual luncheon a success!

CCO’s Annual Luncheon on October 25th was our biggest annual event to date, with over 320 attendees! The preliminary fundraising report is that the event brought in over $54,000 at the lunch and another $10,000 in pledges, significantly more than last year.

CCO honored Volunteer of the Year Esther Bell with a standing ovation. Esther has been a Client Support volunteer with CCO since 2004 and has helped over 100 clients in that time. Look for some words from her in our printed newsletter this November!

Compassion Volunteer of the Year Esther Bell

Compassion Volunteer of the Year Esther Bell

Lynn Frank spoke eloquently about his mother’s experience using the Death with Dignity Law as a client of Compassion & Choices of Oregon. His story mixed humor and emotion as our client’s stories often do, and highlighted how important CCO’s work can be in supporting people to make their own choices at the end of life.

State Attorney General John Kroger spoke about the law on both a personal and professional level. He shared stories of how his grandmother’s death in a hospital didn’t reflect her vibrant life. He said, “We need to give people the opportunity to end their lives with spirit and control and dignity, my grandmother didn’t have the opportunity to make that choice,” and stated his confidence that the Attorney General’s office will continue to support the law that makes that choices possible. You can read more of John Kroger’s speech at the Lund Report.

Thank you to everyone who attended–it was wonderful to see so many of our long-time supporters there! And an extra big thank you to our Table Captains, who went above and beyond to bring new faces.

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