The Ghost Tree Invitational is a 501c3 non-profit event that benefits local charities throughout Central Oregon.

The 2017 Ghost Tree raised $81,000 for local children’s charities and athletic programs in Central Oregon.

2017 Beneficiaries Included (2018 list to be announced soon):


Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun! They are a place where great futures are started each and every day. At our two locations in Bend, we offer life-changing programs to over 1,500 youth between the ages of 5 to 18 years old each year. Our programs focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles, character development and citizenship involvement in our community in Bend. It is our mission to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.


Ronald McDonald HouseEvery year, thousands of families travel to Portland and Bend to get the best medical care possible for their seriously ill or injured child. And for more than 30 years, our Ronald McDonald Houses® have offered these families comfort, support and a beautiful place to stay just moments away from their child’s bedside. Last year 2,041 families including 2,892 children stayed at our three Oregon Houses. And since opening our doors, we have provided a “home away from home” for more than 37,000 families.

Many families travel far from home for several weeks or months to receive treatment for their seriously ill or injured children — a long time to be away or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having Mom and Dad close by for love and support. A Ronald McDonald House is that “home away from home” for families so they can stay close to their hospitalized child at no cost.


The Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools is an independent, non-profit organization that comprises parents, civic and business leaders, educators, and concerned citizens who believe a vibrant public school system is essential to the social and economic well-being of our community. The Foundation sets specific funding priorities to generate opportunities to engage students, parents, teachers, and community partners in creating and participating in a well-rounded and robust learning environment.

Our vision is to help create equity for all of our students through access to teacher grants that enhance the classroom experience, and to need-based scholarships that pay for fees and supplies for activities outside the classroom. We collaborate with education leaders and other community organizations to bring creative and innovative programming to Bend La- Pine Schools. Our efforts positively impact every student in the district.

Since 2003 we have invested nearly $2 million into our local public schools through special projects, endowments and programs. 541-355-5660


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. Our primary focus is on the root causes of poverty through a variety of philanthropic programs and projects. Assistance League of Bend also leverages its resources to improve the quality of life for all adults and children. The Assistance League has been a beneficiary of the Ghost Tree for over 6 years. 541-389-2075


VISION: To provide access to sports medicine services and injury prevention for all Central Oregon youth.

MISSION: To promote the health and safety of kids through access to sports medicine services and education.

WHY OUR COMMUNITIES NEED THE CENTER FOUNDATION: The Center Foundation is the only non-profit in Central Oregon solely dedicated to providing sports medicine as a means to ensure youth are safe, healthy and protected in an active lifestyle.

  • The center Provide the highest standard of care in youth sports.
  • Improve access to quality sports medicine for all youth, including those who do not otherwise have access to health care professionals.
  • Reduce health care costs by performing preventative, emergency and rehabilitative care on-site at the school, at no cost to student athletes.
  • Educate coaches, parents, and students about young bodies and how to prevent lifelong injuries.
  • Encourage youth leadership, community service, and academic excellence.


If you are interested in learning more about how to become a beneficiary please reach out to us via email during the month of October each year as we begin to look forward to the next years event and review our beneficiaries. Please email information about your organization to Heidi Chackel at Your organization must be a registered non profit and benefit the Central Oregon region entirely. As we add beneficiaries for the 2018 event we will post them here.