[BEND, Ore., June 12, 2024] The fifth annual ‘Friends of the Luau’ fundraising event is coming back to Central Oregon to support non-profit hospice services throughout the region. The event will be held on June 22nd from noon to 5 pm at Rockridge Park in Bend.

Friends of the Luau, an event open to the Central Oregon community, honors Laurel Richter, who passed over twenty years ago. Hosted by the Richter family and friends, the event’s goal is to support Central Oregonians facing a life-limiting illness while continuing to honor the memory of Laurel.

“This event holds special meaning in the hearts of those that knew Laurel. In her memory, we honor those that are in the battle with life-threatening illnesses and are trying to lessen the ill effects that they create. Our efforts to bring Laurel’s story from Boise, Idaho to Central Oregon and help our wonderful partner organizations along the way have been truly gratifying,” said Gary Richter, Co-founder of Friends of the Luau and Laurel’s Legacy.

Each year the Richter family and friends generously donate the proceeds of their Central Oregon event to Partners In Care and Hospice of Redmond. Both Partners In Care and Hospice of Redmond are non-profit organizations supporting individuals across Central Oregon needing care for a serious or terminal illness.

“This event makes a real difference to two non-profits who support our neighbors across the community.”

Lisa HUrley, partners in care business development director

“We are so thankful that the Richter family supports local, community-based nonprofits in Central Oregon. They help Hospice of Redmond offer special programs to Central Oregonians at no cost, such as our grief camp for children, Camp Sunrise, or our Transitions program for people struggling with their life-limiting illness. The dollars raised at Friends of the Luau go right back to our local patients, clients, and their family members, which is amazing,” said Jane McGuire, Executive Director at Hospice of Redmond.

“We appreciate the Richter family and friends for hosting this event now for the fifth year in Central Oregon,” said Lisa Hurley, Partners In Care Business Development Director.  “Everyone comes together to support organizations with roots here, and both Partners In Care and Hospice of Redmond have been serving Central Oregon with end-of-life care for over 40 years. This event makes a real difference to two non-profits who support our neighbors across the community.”

The event held at Rockridge Park in Bend is full of fun, festivities, live entertainment, and a tri-tip dinner. The event is free to attend, but a suggested donation of $35 goes to the overall fundraiser, which includes a tri-tip dinner, hosted beer and wine, raffle, live auction, and live music. Join us for an afternoon of community togetherness, carrying on the spirit of Laurel’s first backyard luau in 2001.

“We hope the community joins us in the fun and support of such a wonderful event for two impactful organizations!” said Richter.

Event details:

•          Jun 22, 2024, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

•          Rockridge Park: 20885 Egypt Dr, Bend, OR 97701

•          Includes Tri-tip Dinner, Hosted Beer & Wine, Raffle, Live Auction, Live Music

•          Suggested donations: $35 per adult

To learn more or donate, visit www.friendsoftheluau.org