CCS founding board member Tom Gibson honored for Community Service

February 10, 2017 at 5:00 am | Courtesy of Bonner County Daily Bee

SANDPOINT — Tom Gibson, D.A. Davidson senior vice president and financial advisor, has been named the recipient of the company's prestigious Bragg Lewis Knutson Community Service Award.

The award is given in recognition of outstanding volunteer efforts and is the highest honor given to a D.A. Davidson Companies associate.

His nominator said that Gibson has a strong commitment to social responsibility in Sandpoint and beyond. His passion is evident in his volunteer work, which has helped to create positive change in the community.

Particularly meaningful has been Gibson’s work as a founding board member of Community Cancer Services, created by a small group whose mission was to provide support to all local cancer patients, families, and caregivers. CCS has grown to provide many services, including counseling and support groups facilitated by licensed social workers, financial assistance through travel vouchers, and help with medical co-pays and loaned durable goods, among others.

Gibson was a founding board member of the Panhandle Alliance for Education, served on the board for 12 years and continues as an emeritus member. He was instrumental in establishing the PAFE endowment, which totals in excess of $2.3 million and provides some $80,000 annually for educational programs in Bonner County public schools. Since 2003, PAFE has awarded more than $1 million to fund 388 innovative grants to teachers.

As a black belt, Gibson donates his time to instruct students in the study of the martial art of Tang Soo Do, with the goal of helping youth to grow their confidence, discipline, physical abilities and other coping tools. Additionally, as a Rotarian for 22 years, Gibson has been an active member who served as the Sandpoint Rotary Club president and later became a founding member and current member of the Ponderay Rotary Club.

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January 06, 2017 at 5:00 am | By MARY MALONE Staff writer

SANDPOINT — A local fire crew donated nearly $500 Wednesday to help fight cancer, following their 5th annual November mustache event.

A clean-shaven Selkirk Fire, Rescue and EMS crew on Nov. 1 grew their mustaches throughout "Movember," and on Dec. 1 threw a party at MickDuff's Beer Hall. During the party, they held contests for who had the best mustache and who had the creepiest mustache. MickDuff's gave $2.50 of each beer sold to the firefighters for their fundraising efforts.

“November is Movember … it’s all about prostate cancer awareness,” said Selkirk Lt. Glen Cassidy. “But instead of donating to the prostate cancer research, we decided that we will do an event but we want to donate locally.”

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December 25, 2016 at 5:00 am | By MARY MALONE Staff writer

SANDPOINT — In its second year operating as a professional rodeo, the Bonner County Rodeo was recently awarded 2016 Small Rodeo of the Year through the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Columbia River Circuit.

...each evening of the event, the rodeo committee had a few people hit the stands with buckets to collect as much money as they could in 60 seconds from the crowd.

In two nights, therefore two minutes, the committee raised nearly $1,800. One-hundred percent of those funds went to the local organizations Community Cancer Services and Bonner County Hospice.

"Hopefully it catches on more and more as the years go by, but 100 percent of those funds go to the local cancer organizations — we don't hold any out and none of it gets sent out of town," he said.

The 2017 Bonner County Rodeo is scheduled for Aug. 4-5. Pre-sale tickets will be available in the spring at $13 for adults and $7 for kids. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $15 for adults and $8 for kids, or a two-day family pass will be available, which includes two adults and two kids, for $50 — one of the "best deals in family entertainment," Cornelius said.

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December 06, 2016 at 5:00 am |

SANDPOINT — Supporting the local community is something that Schweitzer Mountain Resort feels very strongly about and every December the resort sponsors “Community Day” offering full day lift tickets for $10 with 100 percent of all ticket revenue going to Bonner Partners in Care and Community Cancer Services.

Ten years ago, the resort began sponsoring “A Day for Heather” with proceeds being shared with “Heather’s House,” an organization that focused on supporting families dealing with cancer. Over the years, both the day and the beneficiaries have evolved enabling Schweitzer to donate over $149,717 to two very worthy Sandpoint non-profits.

“Community Cancer Services grew out of “Heather’s House” and now provides a wide variety of support and resources for people fighting cancer,” said Mary Weber-Quinn, Schweitzer’s events and activities director. “Incorporating Bonner Partners in Care into this day makes sense to us. Two great causes: one helping our Sandpoint neighbors when they are ill and the other helping people who can’t afford medical care. We are very proud of both of these organizations.”

Weber-Quinn said there are a lot of people in Sandpoint who struggle with their health care and this is Schweitzer’s way to pitch in and help as best as possible.

Lift tickets are available directly from the organizations, at Schweitzer’s lift ticket window Dec. 9 or online at

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CCS in the News: "On December 9, give back to the community with $10 Schweitzer tickets"

Posted By Haylee Millikan on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 10:34 AM

This Friday, hit the slopes on Schweitzer for only $10 for an all-day pass. No, it's not a scam, it's Schweitzer's annual "Community Day," where the resort gives back to the community by offering tickets for a lower price, and then donating all profits from the day to local charities. 

Schweitzer donates 100 percent of the revenue to local non-profits Bonner Partners in Care Clinic (BPICC) and Community Cancer Services (CCS). BPICC has served the uninsured population in Bonner County since 2003, providing basic health care, prescription services, and more; CCS provides information and emotional and financial support to members of the Sandpoint community affected by cancer. Schweitzer has been able to donate over $149,717 to these non-profits; a lot of money knowing many people struggle with health care in the area.

Community Day is meant to be cheap, with low ticket prices drawing in more skiers and snowboarders (including those who may not usually be able to afford the prices.) For $10 you can spend a day enjoying yourself, knowing you gave back to the community— and even if you don't ski, you can purchase a ticket online and choose the organization you'd like to donate to. Tickets will also be on sale directly from the organizations' outlets and across Schweitzer on Dec. 9, with all proceeds made on the mountain being split evenly between the two organizations. On-mountain ticket sales begin at 8:30am and lifts are open 9 am  to 3:30 pm.

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Schweitzer's 2015 Community Day

Schweitzer's 2015 Community Day


November 09, 2016 at 5:00 am |

The Bedazzled Bras and Pink shirts promotion was a fantastic success, raising more than $800 for Community Cancer Services thanks to the generous efforts of more than 36 local merchants and their willingness to wear a bedazzled bra or pink shirt. Community Cancer Services is supporting nearly 200 local cancer patients at this time. Pictured accepting the $800 check from the Daily Bee are Bambi Lassen, left, a social worker with CCS, and Cindy Marx, director, right.

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CCS in the News: "A Night to Remember"

The annual fundraiser for Community Cancer Services
· NOVEMBER 8, 2016

By Cameron Barnes
Reader Staff

Cindy Marx was beginning to walk up on the stage of the 2008 Community Cancer Services fundraiser event when she was met with a full-on standing ovation. At this point Marx realized the power of what she was going through to help get more support for those affected by this devastating disease. As a two-time cancer survivor she knows how tough life can be for cancer victims not only in the hospital, but also with the everyday life tasks we all take for granted.

According to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures 2015, there were 1,658,370 new cases of cancer reported and 589,430 deaths in the United States from various forms of cancer during that year alone.

According to their website, the Community Cancer Services staff is “dedicated to providing information, as well as emotional and financial support, to members of our community that have been diagnosed with cancer. Through our programs we strive to improve both the comfort and quality of life for those diagnosed with cancer, and to educate the community on all aspects of cancer, from prevention to end of life issues.”

This year will mark the ninth annual CCS fundraising event, A Night to Remember, which was originally started by the Rotary Club of Ponderay. Since the founding of CCS in 2003, I’m told this event is the source of roughly half of the organizations financial stability. CCS is a huge source of hope to anyone diagnosed with cancer in Bonner or Boundary County. In addition to providing financial assistance for medical bills, CCS provides excellent help with the financial burdens of life outside of the hospital such as gasoline, groceries, as well as items to mask the effects of the disease and chemotherapy such as wigs and mastectomy bras and other prosthetics. They also are a very good resource for information, and can help filter through the madness of online research.

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