Although months have passed and spring is now upon us, the stinging reminder of the devastating Almeda and South Obenhain fires of last summer can still be felt by simply driving through the cities of Ashland, Talent and Phoenix. Amongst the ashes, the sight of new construction provides a sense of hope and optimism. In an effort to do our part in helping our local community rebuild, Standing Stone has partnered with non-profit organization United Way of Jackson County to raise funds for their Fire Relief Program.
Since December of 2020, United Way has raised 3.1 million dollars for fire relief. This money was awarded through an application process that distributed funds to 780 individuals, families and small businesses for a total of $1,298,584. Additional funds were used to provide more than 300,000 meals, to date, to displaced people.
Dee Anne Everson, CEO of Jackson County United Way, said she’s proud to partner with Standing Stone to provide assistance to those impacted by fires.
“It is through these kinds of efforts that we can all come together to help thousands to find permanent, safe and secure housing. Standing Stone represents what community is all about,” Everson said.
Elisha Lewis, Standing Stone Brewing Company’s Restaurant Manager, agreed with Everson’s sentiment that community is at the forefront of the Stone’s mission to give back.
“Although months have passed since last summer’s fires, we recognize that there are individuals, families and businesses that still need help. Standing Stone has always done what we could to help our local community, and we are grateful to be able to provide a platform where we can raise funds to continue to do so,” Lewis said.
Standing Stone Bar Manager Noah Edwards has created a specialty cocktail aptly named Phoenix Rising Paloma as a means to raise these funds. Specifically, for every Rising Phoenix Paloma sold, Standing Stone will donate $2 to United Way’s Fire Relief Program.
The Phoenix Rising Paloma is currently available at Standing Stone or “to-go” by calling the pub at (541) 482-2448. Interested community members can also donate directly to United Way’s Fire Relief Program by clicking the following link: http://www.unitedwayofjacksoncounty.org/give/