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Salute to Commerce November Winner:
Pine Mountain SportsBy Rachael Rees van den Berg | Bend ChamberDan McGarigle, owner of Pine Mountain Sports, believes it’s every business owner’s responsibility to give back. “As business owners and leaders here in Central Oregon, we have the opportunity to make a difference in the community that allows us to make a living,” McGarigle said. “Identify a nonprofit that you have an emotional attachment to and dedicate your business to supporting that organization.” Pine Mountain Sports, located on Southwest Century Drive, sells apparel and equipment for mountain biking and backcountry skiing. “We really follow the tagline that we are Central Oregon ambassadors of mountain and trail,” said McGarigle, who’s owned the store since 2006. But McGarigle said Pine Mountain Sports is more than an outdoor retailer – it’s a resource for the community. To date, Pine Mountain Sports has donated nearly $50,000 to nonprofits through its club card membership program. In addition, the business hosts a blood drive for the American Red Cross, gear drives for Central Oregon Veterans Outreach and puts on the annual Powder Hound Preview – a backcountry film festival featuring locally-produced short films that highlight the outdoor adventures of Central Oregonians. McGarigle said the Powder Hound event has raised more than $60,000 for nonprofits. “We want to set the bar high so other businesses and individuals feel challenged to get involved and help out more people,” he said. “You can make a huge difference just by identifying a need and working to see what resources you have to fill that need.” McGarigle attributes his spirit of volunteerism to his mother, Kathy Norman. “I remember my mom being broke, working 50 to 60 hours a week and still volunteering. That stuck with me; I took notice that my mom was getting involved,” he said. “I recognized even then, that my mom was contributing to making her community a better place. So today, I can’t imagine being an individual in the community without being an individual that participates in the community.” The Salute to Commerce Program is brought to you by the Bend Chamber in partnership with Combined Communications Inc. Thank you to Sweetheart Donuts for sponsoring the Salute to Commerce donut day . Congratulations to the past year’s Salute to Commerce recipients for making Bend a better place to live: Bend Glass & Mirror, Springtime Landscape & Irrigation, SunWest Builders and Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management.
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