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TCCA Honored with Corporate Philanthropy Award for Partnership with 4-H Leaders Association

September 12, 2012
Portland Business Journal recognizes fair booth collaboration which has raised more than $34,000 in three years

The Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) was recognized today among a select group of Oregon companies for the dairy co-op’s commitment to community giving, at the Portland Business Journal’s annual Corporate Philanthropy Awards. TCCA received one of three “Innovation in Philanthropy” awards, which recognizes unique partnerships between companies and non-profit organizations - in TCCA’s case, for it’s ice cream booth partnership with the Tillamook County 4-H Leaders Association at the Tillamook County Fair.

As part of the partnership, which was first formed in 2010, TCCA employees and co-op members work together with 4-H youth and parent volunteers to scoop and serve Tillamook ice cream for fair-goers that visit the Tillamook Ice Cream booth at the Tillamook County Fair. At the end of a very busy four days and with involvement by more than 150 volunteers annually, TCCA donates all of the proceeds from the ice cream sales to the 4-H Leaders Association. The donation helps provide student scholarships and fund 4-H club activities in Tillamook County. Over the past three years, TCCA has donated more than $34,000 to the local 4-H program as part of this partnership.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to partner with TCCA in this event and to be able to serve the community who has so graciously supported 4-H in Tillamook County,” said Teri Fladstol, member of the Ice Cream Booth Committee for the 4-H Leaders Association.  

Through the company’s overall giving program, TCCA donates hundreds of thousands of dollars each year giving back to several community organizations and causes in key focus areas that align with the co-op’s core values – including youth development, hunger relief and agriculture community building.

“Supporting organizations like 4-H is part of our cooperative’s DNA,” said TCCA President and CEO Patrick Criteser. “We’re thankful to the Portland Business Journal for recognizing our and other Oregon companies’ community giving efforts with this Philanthropy Award. Even more importantly, we’re very grateful to the 4-H Leaders Association, in Tillamook County and across the country, for all of the excellent work they do to foster leadership and enrichment opportunities for our next generation.”

About Tillamook County Creamery Association
Established in 1909, the Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) prides themselves on their commitment to providing families with the most consistent, best tasting, highest quality dairy products made in the most natural way possible. The farmer-owned cooperative is famously known for its award-winning, naturally aged cheddars and is quickly becoming one of the top dairy brands in the country. Tillamook offers a variety of cheese, ice cream, butter, sour cream and yogurt products.

About 4-H Leaders Association
4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within USDA. 4-H programs are implemented by the 109 land grant colleges and universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their local Extension offices. 4-H programs are further supported by 514,000 dedicated adult volunteers around the nation who help to put 4-H youth on a path towards successful careers.  Tillamook County 4-H Leader’s Association is proud to be a part of that community and to help more than 350 or our county’s youth participate locally.