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Kids' Hope Center in good financial shape heading into next fiscal year

Kids' Hope Center in Coos Bay (File/SBG photo)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- For the first time in at least five years, the Kids' Hope Center says they're going into their next fiscal year in good shape.

The center's program director says they have enough finances to cover all salaries and overhead expenses thanks to money raised from their 4th annual benefit dinner last week.

The event was sponsored by the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute.

The program began the night with a fundraising gap of over $34,000 for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Program officials say Western Oregon Advanced Health kicked off the bidding. They said if the group could raise $16,000, they would match it.

"It just kind of spread like wildfire,” said Kids’ Hope Center program director Joanne Shorb. “Some people were a little quieter at first, and then it just got going and there were bidding cards up left and right. It was incredible. Our employees and volunteers that were helping couldn't keep up.

“It was such an amazing experience; it was really overwhelming."

The Kids' Hope Center is a program that investigates child abuse allegations in Coos County.

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