In November The Gunter Group (TGG) was proud to again serve as a corporate sponsor for The Dougy Center’s “Portraits of Courage” luncheon held at the Sentinel Hotel.   The purpose of this annual “friend-raising” event is to increase awareness and financial support for The Dougy Center which provides services to grieving children and families coping with the loss of a family member or loved one.

TGG Partner Ashleigh Gunter serves on The Dougy Center Board of Directors and invited her teammates to the event.  Most of our local team attended to offer support and hear personal stories of grief and triumph from people who have benefited from this unique organization.   TGG is very proud of Ashleigh’s work and involvement with The Dougy Center and we feel fortunate to participate on a professional and personal level.

“This was my second year attending the Luncheon,” said Sally Davey, “It’s such a meaningful event, and a nice way for our team to reconnect and show our support.   Ashleigh is a great leader and mentor; I think her work with TDC is very indicative of her generosity and willingness to help others and make a difference.  I’m really grateful to work for a company that recognizes its employees’ charitable endeavors and the importance of giving back to our community.  Looking around the luncheon I was struck by the energy, emotion and enthusiasm from TDC staff and Board members.  It felt good to know that Ashleigh and TGG have contributed to its growth and positive impact.”

More than 300 people attended the Annual Fall Fundraiser, and the event raised over $65,000 for programs to help grieving children and families.

The Dougy Center provides a safe place for children, teens, young adults and their families who are grieving a death to share their experiences.  They offer peer support groups and vast resources to ensure that everyone gets the help they need.  They also offer support and training to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.  It is supported solely through private donations from individuals, foundations and companies. The Dougy Center does not charge a fee for its services.  Due in part to the success from this annual fundraiser, TDC can continue to provide support and training locally, nationally and internationally to build awareness and ultimately bring hope and comfort to those who are coping with traumatic loss and grief.

Please visit to earn about the work, mission and impact of this incredible organization.

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On November 11th multiple members of The Gunter Group, LLC (TGG) team were present at the Dougy Center’s Annual Fall Luncheon held at the Sentinel Hotel. TGG served as a proud supporting sponsor of the annual ‘friend’ raiser luncheon where the theme was Portraits of Courage. The luncheon featured a number of speakers who highlighted the amazing work the Dougy Center is currently doing to support grieving children and their families.

Ashleigh Gunter, Partner at The Gunter Group, serves on the Board of Directors for the Dougy Center and was the co-chair for the event with Karen Chong.  Ashleigh said “ I was really excited to be able to support the Dougy Center by  working on the Fall Luncheon.  When I hear the stories that the families share about losing a mom, a dad or a child, I feel like it is the least I could do.” Vivian Dhadli-Robinson,  an associate with The Gunter Group who attended said, “It was a wonderful event and inspiring to hear about the folks who have helped to make the Dougy Center a success. Also, it was absolutely  tear-jerking to hear the stories of those who have been impacted by the loss of a loved one and how this safe haven has welcomed them in their time of need, allowed them to grieve, feel safe and renew their spirits”.

The Dougy Center is exclusively funded through individual and corporate donations and they do not charge a fee for their services. Since 1982 they have helped over 30,000 children, teens and families and have set up workshops to replicate their model in over 250 locations around the world.

When asked why she got involved with the Dougy Center Ashleigh said, “I lost a close friend when I was in high school.  Shortly after I left home to go to college.  I felt very isolated and overwhelmed by my grief.  I know that if a Dougy Center had existed at that time for me, it would have made an incredible difference.  I want to work to ensure that fewer children and young people have to experience loss without the support the Dougy Center can offer.”

The Gunter Group has been active in charitable endeavors since the company was founded in 2008 and is continually looking for ways to support causes that are important to the team. So far in 2014 the company has supported The Dougy CenterChecking For CharityThe Wounded Warrior Project, & Everyday Warrior and the Portland Children’s Museum. When asked why participation in charitable organizations is important to the firm, founder Mike Gunter had the following to say, “Our company is built on relationships, and this is such a great way to get involved and connect with people in our community.  As individuals, we all have causes that are valuable to us, so it also provides a unique opportunity for team unity and collaboration.  We’re gaining exposure to different charities that are meaningful to people on our team, and getting to know each other better in the process.  So by helping others we are benefiting personally and professionally – it’s a win-win for everyone.”

For more information about the Dougy Center, or to volunteer or donate visit