Several local businesses are holding fundraisers for Tyler Eklund, a 14-year-old snowboarder and Bend resident who fell during a training run near Lake Tahoe, Nev., and broke a vertebra. He remains paralyzed from the neck down and is unable to breathe on his own.
All US Bank branches in Central Oregon and the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation continue to accept donations for Tyler's Fund. To contribute through the foundation, checks should be made out to MBSEF with Tyler's name in the memo field.
Sparrow Clubs USA is also accepting contributions for medical expenses. Checks should be made out to Sparrow for Tyler Eklund and mailed to or dropped off at 906 N.E. Greenwood Ave., Suite 2, Bend, OR 97701.
Newport Market is also accepting donations.
The fundraisers include the following:
*Cascade Middle school will be collecting cans and bottles that offer a deposit through Saturday, with all proceeds going to the Eklund family. Call 383-6230 for info.
*Salon Indigo, near Newport Avenue and College Way, will offer haircuts, manicures, pedicures and massages Sunday, with all proceeds going to the Eklund family. Call 385-3191 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.
* Mountain Supply at 834 N.W. Colorado Ave. in Bend is selling raffle tickets to raise money for the Eklund family. The drawing will be held Monday for an Arc'teryx item of up to $500.
* Merenda Restaurant has added a second five-course wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. April 26 for $100 per person. The April 25 dinner sold out. All the proceeds will go to the Eklund family. To make a reservation, call 330-2304 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
* High Cascade Snowboard Camp will be conducting a silent auction for two summer 2007 sessions at Mt. Hood with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Tyler Eklund and his family. Bids will start at $1,500 for each camp session respectively, and will be accepted through April, 27, via email or phone at email@example.com or 1 (800) 334-4272. Please include name, bid amount, phone number, and e-mail address. The winning bidders will be announced by High Cascade on April, 27.
*Bill Keale will be performing at Jokers from 5:30p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 4th. Donations of $20 per person per ticket will be required, and 400 tickets will be available. Aloha Blinds & Designs, Combined Communications and Jokers are putting on the event. Call 317-4684 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to reserve tickets. All proceeds go to the Tyler's Fund.
To submit additional fundraising events, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.