Healing Hearts Luncheon 2018-04-17T14:24:09+00:00

10th Annual Healing Hearts Luncheon: Healing the Hearts of Children

On April 5th, 2018, nearly 500 members of our community came together to raise nearly $150,000 for the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of child abuse in Central Oregon. This was made possible by our sponsors listed below, Table Captains, guests, and volunteers.

Below is the video we shared at the luncheon that tells the story of how a 4-year old little boy overcame physical and sexual abuse while living amidst a methamphetamine drug-exposed environment thanks to the help of KIDS Center and his loving grandparents. Damon is now 23 years old and working within Oregon’s DHS Child Welfare Department to help children with similar experiences to his own.

You can watch Damon’s video below, as well as the performances from the kids’ choir of the Cascade School of Music!

Here is part of a letter that Damon sent to KIDS Center last year:
“It doesn’t capture the scope of my gratitude and respect, but, from the bottom of my heart, thank you KIDS Center staff for saving my life and inspiring me to do the same for children like me.  The work you do is so transformational and important. I realize that the work can be full of disappointment and burnout, but never lose sight of what you have done and will continue to do. You save lives, inspire change, and make the world a better place one child at a time.”
Children affected by abuse wish and hope that an adult will speak up for them when they can’t find their own voice. We hope that Damon has inspired you to be a voice for children.  Even if you do not know for sure – even if you just suspect abuse –speak up. Get educated. Help save not only the direct child victim, but their entire family. The time is now for a #KidsToo movement!

Want to Get Involved?

Become a Table Captain

Table captains are the heart and soul of this luncheon. Invite nine of your friends to join you as a guest at your table in 2019. Email Joni Gullixson or call 541.306.6063 for more information.

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Become a Sponsor

We hope you will partner with us to help children and families in our community. Please consider becoming a sponsor for our 2019 Healing Hearts Luncheon. For more information, contact Joni Gullixson.

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Take a Training or Tour

Learn how to minimize opportunities for abuse to happen, recognize signs of abuse, and how to report concerns by signing up for one of our trainings. Or, take a one-hour tour and see KIDS Center through a child’s eyes.

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Call Joni Gullixson at 541-306-6063, mail a gift to KIDS Center, or donate online.

1375 NW Kingston Ave., Bend, OR, 97703


Thanks to our 2018 Healing Hearts Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Brooks Resources

Healing Hearts Luncheon Sponsors

With Support From:

Bank of England

Bend Research

Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry

DKA Architecture & Design

Evergreen Home Loans

Fred Real Estate Group

GreenLoop IT Solutions

Jones & Roth CPAs and Advisors

Umpqua Bank

Zivney Financial

Video Sponsor:

White knuckle

Venue Sponsor: