News about area fundraisers


* The DragonTree spa invites residents of the Portland metro area to nominate community-minded friends or loved ones through Wednesday to win a day at the Northwest Portland spa as part of its Sugar and Spice Contest. Submit nominations at

* Beaverton Family Chiropractic collects toys for migrant students of Groner and Farmington View elementary schools at 4690 S.W. Hall Blvd., Suite 110, until Thursday, where a children's wish list is available; new-patient exam and X-rays, if needed, provided free for each unwrapped toy valued at $20 or more. Call 503-644-8844.

* Applebee's is conducting a toy drive in the metro area until Dec. 22; drop off new unwrapped toys at Lake Oswego, Portland and Vancouver, Wash., restaurants for delivery to patients at Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland.

* Elm Court Loaves and Fishes center, a downtown senior nutrition program, seeks volunteers for computer-room maintenance, bus driving, front desk help, meal delivery and other support. Call 503-988-4485 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

* Human Solutions, a nonprofit social service agency in Southeast Portland, and the Columbia River Girl Scouts Council seek volunteers older than 18 to help lead and facilitate a troop at a low-income apartment complex, exposing girls to new ideas and experiences. Call Fran Weick, 503-548-0233, or Samantha Keeley, 503-598-6531.


* Safeway stores in October raised $741,721 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a 42 percent increase over last year. Close to 120 stores participated, with clerks encouraging customers to 'round up' their total to the nearest dollar as a way to contribute. Customers also donated by purchasing pink ribbons.

* National Public Radio senior correspondent Linda Wertheimer gave a speech on women in politics during St. Mary's Academy 13th annual Food for Thought scholarship luncheon Nov. 13 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower. More than 600 donors topped $330,000 for the school's tuition assistance program. 

* Portland's Big Martini Event, held Dec. 7 at the Original McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, raised $2,500 for the Oregon chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Attendees enjoyed live music and drinks served from an 8-foot carved ice martini glass, with all proceeds benefiting the chapter in its efforts to support local families and caregivers.

* Nine of Portland's children's charities, including Providence Child Center, received an early holiday gift of $310,000 raised by the 16th annual charity events of the Business Union and Legislative Leaders Session.

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