Benefit for the Basin – Who We Are and What We Do
The first question that comes up after someone finds out there is an organization such as this in the Klamath Basin, they want to know what we do.
The whole focus is improving our community mainly through supporting youth, education, community and the Klamath County Fairgrounds. We understand this is a big task, we take it seriously, and although this may be a drop in the bucket, we feel every drop counts. 100% of the proceeds from Benefit for the Basin are used to support youth, education, community and the Klamath County Fairgrounds.
The Klamath County Fairgrounds revolves around the entire Klamath Basin. People of all ages use the facilities that offer all types of community and livestock events. The Klamath County Fairgrounds is obligated to provide its customers the highest level of affordable quality entertainment and educational opportunity, centered in an enjoyable and comfortable atmosphere all year long. The Klamath County Fairgrounds has entertainment and activities for everyone. For more information about the fairgrounds: Klamath County Fairgrounds
The Benefit for the Basin organizers want to make the 2016 even better, and we hope to see you at our events this year!
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History of BFTB
As a non-profit agency, the Klamath County Fairgrounds depends on proceeds from events, sponsors and the community. Members of the community identified a need to support this vital resource in Klamath County, and Benefit for the Basin was born in 2013.
The first Benefit for the Basin was held at Klamath Basin Equipment, 42 cars entered the show and one lucky winner drove away in a Ford Mustang giveaway car. The event raised almost $7,000 for the Klamath County Fairgrounds.
In 2014, the Benefit for the Basin was moved to the Klamath County Fairgrounds. Over 100 cars took center stage with entries coming from OR, CA, and NV. And it is not just a car show. A live band played a wide variety of music, there were bounce houses and face painting for the kids, local merchants donated raffle prizes that were given out throughout the day. Local businesses set up booths for people to peruse. There was free food, free admission and parking for spectators. Lots of positive comments from all the folks who came out to support the event.
There were a lot of local businesses involved in building the 1966 Plymouth Satellite GTX clone, and one happy lady that was there to hear her name called as the winner of the giveaway car.
That event raised almost $41,000 for Benefit for the Basin and Klamath County Fairgrounds! A huge thank you to all who helped make this possible.
Benefit for the Basin partnered with the Klamath County Fairgrounds for an extensive lighting upgrade project. Benefit for the Basin provided $20,000 to qualify the fairgrounds for a matching funds grant project which was completed in 2015. Not only did this dramatically improve the quality of the lighting in the arena, there will be a long term return for the fairgrounds in electricity savings.
We had the opportunity to be involved with City of Lights, a Henley High School program that sends students to Europe, and Benefit for the Basin efforts helped this great organization raise over $18,000 toward their goals.
Benefit for the Basin sponsored a live concert event during the Klamath County Fair. Through this assistance, the Fairgrounds were be in a position to bring an entertainer that generates revenue for their program.
The car show in September 2015 brought out over 150 cars, more local vendors than previous years, and a lot of local businesses were involved in building a 1971 Dodge dart and a 1971 Ford pickup. Two local Oregon Institute of Technology students drove home in the two giveaway vehicles. Overall, Benefit for the Basin was able to generate $66,000 that will help the Fairgrounds and many local youth organizations in 2016.
Benefit for the Basin had the opportunity to be involved with City of Lights again, a Henley High School program that sends students to Europe. Benefit for the Basin efforts helped them raise money towards their goals.
In 2016 Benefit for the Basin once again was able to sponsor a live concert event during the Klamath County Fair. Through this assistance, the Fairgrounds were be in a position to bring an entertainer that generates revenue for their program.
The car show in September 2016 brought out over 250 cars, more local vendors than previous years, and a lot of local businesses were involved in building a 1966 Ford Mustang and a 1966 Chevy Impala. The Ford Mustang was won by a Reno resident, and the Impala was won by a local Klamath Falls resident.
Overall, Benefit for the Basin was able to generate $105,000 that will help the Fairgrounds and many local youth organizations in 2017. A new record for our organization!