LONG BEACH - For his company's annual charity auction Paul Pettigrew wanted to do something different this year.
Pettigrew works as a buyer for International Product Development [IPD], a catalog/mail order company in Portland selling high performance auto parts. IPD holds a charity raffle each year that benefits a different cause. In the past they have donated this money to organizations such as the Shriner's, the Oregon Humane Society and Washington Cancer Research.
This year Pettigrew, who owns a home in Surfside, suggested the Pacific County Humane Society. Normally the raffle prizes include products from IPD vendors, but this year some Peninsula businesses - including Jesse's Ilwaco Fish, The Shelburne Inn, The Depot Restaurant, The Charles Nelson House and Borea's Bed and Breakfast - chipped in some nice goodies that saw the raffle raise its highest amount in its five year history, $1,421. IPD matched the amount for a total of $2,884, which Pettigrew delivered to the Long Beach animal shelter on Saturday.
Pettigrew said that such prizes as weekend stays at the bed and breakfast's and free meals at the Peninsula restaurants were one of the big reasons for the large turnout. He added the fact that the Pacific County Humane Society is a "no kill" shelter was another reason for the great support.