12/30/2012 12:52:00 PM Event helps mission for Mexican tribe
Tarahumara Children's Hospital Fund photo
Fr. Guillermo Jacques is new mission director in Creel, Mexico.
A recent auction in Portland raised about $100,000 for a Jesuit-run hospital and mission serving a remote tribe in northwestern Mexico.
The 14th annual Tarahumara Children's Hospital Fund Annual Benefit drew more than 200 people to Riverside Golf and Country Club. Many Portlanders have made the trip to the Copper Canyon region to visit and help pay for water pumps and other needs.
Attending the auction from Mexico were Jesuit Fathers Pedro de Velasco, David Ungerleider and Guillermo Jacques, the new mission director. Also in attendance were local priests, Father Ted Weber, Msgr. Richard Paperini and Msgr. Don Buxman as well as deacons Guillermo Ramirez and Jim Pittman.
Ken and Valerie Lee Troyer served as presenting sponsor for the second year in a row.
The evening began with a silent auction followed by dinner and oral auction. Jodi Kilcup, director of development at Mount Angel Abbey, was the winner of the "Heads-or-Tails" game.
Donors gave $52,000 to fund a new x-ray machine for the Santa Teresita Clinic in the town of Creel, Mexico. That included a matching grant from BP Lester and Regina John Foundation of $10,000.