The focus of Benefit for the Basin is improving our community by 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.
We hope to see you at our events this year!
BIG NEWS!!! Our event has a new date! Check out the info below to see what we are up to this year!
We will have our Dinner and Live Auction at the Klamath County Event Center on July 8th, 2022
Our Kid’s Zone will be larger than ever with more activities and attractions to enhance the most important part of this event on July 9th, 2022.
We will continue to have the Basin’s only indoor car show with areas to display these works of art throughout the Klamath County Fairgrounds.
Vendors will be invited to display their items for sale to create the boutique style shopping we have come to know and appreciate.
A Real Crowd Pleaser:! We will have 32 HOT-RODS invited to participate for the 100' shoot-out drag race.
We can't wait to see everyone this summer! If you or your business wants to be a part of our event, shoot us a message!
WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Summer Camp
Steampunk Robotics Team
HOSA (Heath Occupations Students of America) Mazama and Henley High Schools
Mazama Sparrow Club
Klamath Basin Youth Without Borders
City of Lights - Youth Trip
Henley Jr. ROTC program
Smart Reading Program
Youth bowling, cheer team and sports programs
Friends of the Children
Klamath and Lake Counties’ Food Banks
Citizens for Safe Schools
Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation
Rocky Point Volunteer Fire & EMT
The first BENEFIT FOR THE BASIN event was held in 2013 at Klamath Basin Equipment. A 1968 Mustang was raffled off, $8600 dollars were raised and given to the Klamath County Fairgrounds.
In 2014, the Benefit for the Basin event moved to the Klamath County Fairgrounds. Over 100 cars entered the show. Not only did the show grow in size but changed from a car show to an Event with the focus still being cars. A live band was added, there were Bounce Houses, and Face Painting for the kids, local merchants donated raffle prizes that were given out throughout the day. Businesses set up booths for people to peruse. There was free food, free admission and parking. Local Businesses got involved in the building of the 1966 Plymouth GTX clone that was raffled off. The event raised in excess of $40,000 in our second year.
In 2015 the event grew to over 150 registered cars, and with help from local businesses we built two cars to raffle off at the event, a 1971 Dodge Dart and a 1971 Ford Pickup. Two Oregon Institute of Technology students drove away in the prizes that year. The 2015 Event raised over $66,000 to use to help youth, education, community, and the Klamath County Fairgrounds.
2016 saw over 250 registered cars, more local vendors, and a bigger food court. The raffle cars, a 1966 Ford Mustang and a 1966 Chevy Impala were both big hits and Raffle ticket sales reflected it, helping to raise $105,000, a new record high!
For the 2017 Event, the Benefit again was able to build two cars, a 1968 Chevy C10 Pickup and a 1973 MGB. The generous Sponsors and individuals helped the Benefit raise just over $94,000.
2018 – The BENEFIT added a Friday night Charity Dinner and Auction which was a huge success. Proceeds from the auction plus raffle tickets sales and proceeds from the Saturday’s car show saw a new high for the Benefit at over$ 119,000 raised for the year.
2019 - Drag racing, special guests, and a gorgeous 1968 Pontiac Firebird really got the public excited. Raffle ticket sales were great, the roar of engines in the 1st time 100 foot Drag races was loud, and the excitement of having the crew of TV’s Bitchin Rides at the 2-day event was crazy. Dave Kindig, Kev-Dog, Ryan and the rest of the crew were social, exciting and fun to meet Friday night and Saturday. They, along with so many others were so generous at both the auction Friday night and during the event on Saturday…it proved contagious and saw the total for the 2019 season hit a new record high. Over $192,000 dollars was raised for the year. The Benefit Board and Committee Members had a specific goal, which we achieved. Beginning in 2020 the Scholarship award would be raised to $ 750 per student.
2020 – Due to the Coronavirus ALL 2020 BENEFIT FUND RAISING EVENTS have been cancelled.
2021 – Promises to be a banner year for BENEFIT FOR THE BASIN. Watch us on FACEBOOK and visit our website to find out about Special guests and new, exciting events planned for the 2021 season.
The 2021 Benefit for the Basin Scholarship Recipients include:
Breana McKinley Erickson
Ronald Pochatko – AFJROTC Senior Service scholarship