Pictured from L-R: Wendy Graunitz, Branch Manager, Bend Downtown Branch; Bonnie Pearce, Assistant Branch Manager; Stephen Wymer, Central Oregon Regional Manager; Elysia Kiyija, BBBSCO Program Director; Aaron Switzer, Producer, Lay It Out Events; Jenni Garner, BBBSCO/J BAR J Youth Services Events Coordinator.

2020 OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest sets new record with donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon

The 2020 OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest was the largest in our 21-year history, with more than 39,000 visitors attending the event. Attendees were treated to an expanded collection of art showcased in the Light, Ice and Fire Exhibition. Hip hop legends Naughty by Nature and country superstar Lindsay Ell powered two nights of blockbuster entertainment. Visitors also browsed through a selection of marketplaces featuring hundreds of vendors from the Pacific Northwest, and families spent time in the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry tent inside the Family Play Zone.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon continued to be the beneficiary for Oregon WinterFest. Through its efforts this year, Lay It Out Events and OnPoint Community Credit Union were able to donate a record $14,000 to support its essential community service. Since 2008, Oregon WinterFest has donated more than $134,000 to its nonprofit beneficiaries.

“I am grateful I can provide services for a community that rallies around supporting youth based organizations,” said Jenni Garner, BBBSCO/J BAR J Youth Services Events Coordinator. “This contribution will assist with the many programs that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon provides to the youth in the region. I am especially grateful to OnPoint Community Credit Union and Lay It Out Events for choosing our program again this year to assist with their events.”

Lay It Out Events is also proud to have been the recipient of a Bend Cultural Tourism Grant, helping fund and expand WinterFest’s Fire Pit and Light Art exhibits. By partnering with the Crook County Foundation, Lay It Out Events is able to place the winning fire pit in the community of Prineville and add to the robust collection of community art in Central Oregon.

We are extremely grateful to our community of attendees who continue to make this event and the donation possible. Lay It Out Events would like to thank OnPoint Community Credit Union and our other sponsors and supporters who help the magic of Oregon WinterFest continue to grow.

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OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union headquartered in Oregon, serving more than 395,000 members, with assets of $6.5 billion. Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union’s membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 13 Oregon (Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. More information is available at www.onpointcu.com or 503-228-7077 or 800-527-3932.

Lay It Out Events produces more than 20 festivals, races and contract events each year. Events include Oregon WinterFest, Bend Fall and Summer Festival, Bite of Bend, The Little Woody, Cascades Wedding Show, Balloons Over Bend Children’s Festival and Theater in the Park. LIOE Races include the Happy Girls Run Series, Haulin’ Aspen, Salmon Run and Kids Rock the Races. For each ticketed event and race, LIOE donates a portion of proceeds to local nonprofit organizations. Through our beneficiaries, we raise awareness and much-needed funds for vital nonprofit groups across the Northwest. In the past 10 years, LIOE has donated over $291,000 to local charities and nonprofits. We look forward to seeing you at the event, we couldn’t do it without you! For more information please visit www.layitoutevents.com.