Cookies for a cause: Zupan’s 2nd annual Remembering our Founder Month

Cookies for a cause: Zupan’s 2nd annual Remembering our Founder Month

Mother Rucker’s Sweets is honored to participate in the second annual Remembering Our Founder initiative, sponsored by the John J. Zupan Foundation. John J. Zupan, founder of the iconic Zupan’s Markets and an avid cyclist, died in an automobile accident over two years ago after devoting his entire life to providing fresh and quality food to the people of Portland, Oregon.

We will celebrate John’s memory throughout September by donating $.50 from each box of our Cookie Brittle, matched 100 percent by Zupan’s Markets, to the foundation created in his honor. The Foundation donates all funds to the critical care expansion and transformation at the Portland- and Vancouver-based Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

When Mr. Zupan arrived in critical condition at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in August of 2011, the hospital’s trauma team kept him alive until family and friends were able to arrive and say goodbye. Because of their immense gratitude for the staff at Legacy Emanuel, the Zupan Family established the John J. Zupan Foundation to ensure that the same level of compassion and care can be provided to others who may one day face what the Zupan family had to face two years ago.

All donations to the John J. Zupan Foundation are put toward Legacy Emanuel’s critical care expansion which includes: a 12-bed cardiovascular intensive care unit, hybrid operating room, Emergency Department Observation Unit and the development of a large adult Emergency Department.

Through the efforts of the Foundation alone, last year’s inaugural fundraiser brought in almost $155,000 for Legacy Emanuel’s critical care expansion effort. This year, with vendors like ours participating for the first time, the bar has been raised and we’re hoping to bring in even more money to donate to the hospital in John’s memory.

Mother Rucker’s Sweets has always taken pride in supporting our community members and business partners. By participating in the Remembering Our Founder campaign, we are excited to aid this important cause in a way unique to us.

In addition to purchasing boxes of our sweet and buttery Cookie Brittle, available in almond, buttermint, cinnamon, cocoa and lemon, donations for Remembering Our Founder can be sent to directly Zupan’s Markets’ corporate office at Zupan’s Markets, 7223 NE Hazel Dell Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98665. All contributions are tax-deductible.