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Ducks football broadcaster speaks at benefit

Duck football fever is spreading to West Linn, and it will help local senior citizens who are victims of financial abuse.

Mike “Jorgy” Jorgensen, broadcaster for the University of Oregon Ducks, will be the keynote speaker at an awards dinner and auction in West Linn on Saturday, June 22, to raise funds for the nonprofit Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County of Oregon City.

Reporter Tony Martinez of Fox-TV Channel 12 of Portland will serve as master of ceremonies. Martinez has been on the air in Portland for more than 20 years.

The event will be held from 6:15 to 9 p.m. at the Oregon Golf Club, 25700 S.W. Petes Mountain Road. Tickets are $50. Table sponsorships are available for $500. Hillside Chapel of Oregon City and John W. “Jack” Lundeen/Attorney PC of Lake Oswego are the presenting sponsors.

Ticket reservations and event sponsorships are now available by calling 503-657-1366.

Also at the dinner, the Senior Citizens Council will present its Citizen for Seniors award to the Portland Women’s Foundation and the Newcomers Welcome Club of Lake Oswego & West Linn.

“These two organizations go way beyond the norm in support of our work serving local seniors,” said Christi Bird, executive director of the council. “We want to do everything we can to show our thanks for their unwavering assistance.”

As the color analyst for the Ducks football radio broadcasts, Jorgensen, who lives in Eugene, is one of the best known sports figures in Oregon. Coaches, quarterbacks and titles might come and go, but every Saturday during the college football season for the past 23 years, many thousands of fans have listened to Mike help call the Duck games.

Jorgensen, who quarterbacked the Ducks from 1981 to 1984, is also a frequent guest on national radio sports talk shows. The Oregon native appears on a weekly Oregon football show and participates in many other Duck-related broadcast shows.