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Celebrate Northwest bounty at the Oregon Harvest Dinner

October 4, 2011
Harvest Dinner

featuring former Trail Blazer Terry Porter

Slip into your blue jeans, add a little bling and mosey down to “Home Grown,” a fundraising dinner and auction, presented by Oregon Food Bank Board of Directors, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011.

Begin the night shooting baskets and getting your photo taken with former Portland Trail Blazer Terry Porter. The cocktail reception also features a silent auction, bluegrass by Jackstraw Trio and hors d’oeuvres by Provvista, New Seasons Market, Tastebud and Oregon Ice Works food carts.

Executive Chef Michael Stanton of The Heathman Restaurant & Bar will feature a menu of Northwest seasonal cuisine, paired with Pacific Northwest wine. The first course of local greens, pears and hazelnuts will be created by Genoa, and desserts will be by New Seasons Market. KINK’s Sheila Hamilton will emcee the event. Dancing with music by Triple Threat will close out the evening.

The fun continues at a live auction where you can bid on a fishing trip, a Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery concert and lodging for four people, five days at the 25th Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, five days at Black Butte, an evening with jazz musician Patrick Lamb, or a weekend at the Oregon coast.

“Home Grown” tickets are $150 per person. Proceeds benefit Oregon Food Bank’s mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.oregonfoodbank.org/ohd or call Ariane Hopman, 503-282-0555, Ext. 2245, or 971-230-1662.

Oregon Food Bank Board of Directors will host the annual dinner co-chaired by board members Lisa Sedlar and Syd Hannigan.

New Seasons Market and Schnitzer Steel are major sponsors with lead sponsors NW Natural, Nike, Tillamook Creamery and Walsh Construction Co.  

“Joblessness is taking a tremendous toll on our families,” said Sedlar, chief executive officer, New Seasons Market. “More than half-a-million Oregonians now live below the poverty rate. In tough economic times, helping people in need is more important than ever. This is a way to enjoy a very fun evening while making a huge difference.”

“Oregon is the state with the highest rate of child food insecurity,” said Hannigan. “We know that children who are hungry have more trouble learning in school. There remain huge opportunities for us all to make our own contribution toward alleviating hunger. Please come and enjoy this event that aims to make a difference.” 

Oregon Food Bank believes no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, OFB believes it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes.

Since 1982, Oregon Food Bank has been leading the fight against hunger in Oregon and southwest Washington by collecting and distributing food through a network of four OFB branches and 16 independent regional food banks.

The OFB Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education and helping communities strengthen local food systems.

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