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Ghost Tree Invitational aids local charities

BEND, Ore. - Combined Communications Inc. is pleased to report that the 2013 Ghost Tree Invitational donated $15,000 to the Assistance League of Bend and $40,000 to the Bend Ronald McDonald House.

Ghost Tree Invitational is a 501(c)3 public non-profit organization run by Combined Communication Inc. The event was held August 23 and 24 of this year at Sunriver Resort.

"The Ghost Tree Invitational is entirely put on by volunteers with a passion for supporting the local community in a direct, meaningful way," says Christine Limburg, event director. "Our mission is to invest in organizations serving children and families in Central Oregon. Our goal is to raise funds and then donate those funds to local charities with the infrastructure in place to aid Central Oregonians in need."

Kristy Krugh, executive director of Ronald McDonald House, comments, "We are honored to have had the opportunity to partner with the Ghost Tree Invitational and Combined Communications this year. The incredible gift we received will provide 354 nights lodging or an average stay for 30 local families who must travel to Bend seeking medical care for their ill or injured child. This gift will make a significant difference at the Bend Ronald McDonald House® and in the lives of local children and families and we are so grateful!"

Combined Communications is also pleased to announce a new title sponsor for next year's event. Pacwest Homes. "We are thrilled to partner with Pacwest Homes to produce the 2014 Ghost Tree Invitational. The event just gets better each year, and Pacwest's support will help us continue to grow and donate much needed funds to local charities."

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Oregon is working to better the lives of children and their families whether they live or travel through our communities, by creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. The Bend Ronald McDonald House® is a haven that shelters families and sees them through a period of unthinkable stress.

The Assistance League of Bend is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization consisting of a dedicated group of women with a passion for supporting the local community in a direct, meaningful way. Their primary focus is on the root causes of poverty through a variety of philanthropic programs and projects. Through Operation School Bell, Assistance League of Bend has, for almost eighteen years, been providing school clothing for vulnerable children in Deschutes County. It is a 21 Cares for Kids sponsor.

Combined Communications is locally owned and operated, presenting five radio stations, News Talk 1110 KBND, Clear 101.7fm, Classic Rock 98.3 The Twins, New Country 99.7 The Bull and Wild 107.7; Central Oregon's premier lifestyle magazine, Central Oregon Magazine; and the annual non-profit fundraiser Ghost Tree Invitational. 

Stay tuned for 2014 Ghost Tree Invitational information.

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