Kettle-filling event to help feed, clothe those in need

Mayor Dennis Doyle will compete against Beaverton Police Chief Geoff Spalding and Michael Duyck, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue fire chief, in the Salvation Army’s Ring-Off today (Thursday) from noon to 1 p.m. at the main entrance of Cedar Hills Crossing, near Starbucks, at 3205 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd.

Each official will try to lure as many visitors as possible to their respective red kettle.

The winner will bring home the “Best Bell-Ringer” plaque, to display in his office until next year’s competition.

Doyle has promised to pull out all the stops in order to be named this year’s best bell-ringer.

“Nobody really loses in an event like this, but I’m going to do all I can to make sure my kettle brings in the most, even if I have to play a little dirty,” he said. “I’m going to bring Beaverton’s official mascot and my friend, ‘Billy the Beaver,’ with me to help too.”

Doyle has also been bell-ringing at the main entrance of Beaverton City Hall this week in a pre-event fundraising effort.

Funds from the Ring-Off go to the Salvation Army of Hillsboro, which will use the proceeds to assist Washington County residents in need through food box distribution, hot meals and holiday food and toy boxes.

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