SW Hope's early tally counts 121,788 pounds donated

Blowing its goal of 75,000 pounds out of the water, SW Hope: Feed the Hungry raised about 121,788 pounds of food in monetary and in-kind donations during its 45-day campaign, according to official estimations.

SW Hope was largely organized through more than 20 religious organizations throughout Southwest Portland and Neighborhood House's Executive Director Rick Nitti said they deserve all the credit.

'The result is beyond belief,' Nitti said. 'It shows what happens when our community comes together. I continue to be amazed at what happens when our communities of faith pull together. They were the engine that drove this train.'

The campaign involved door-to-door canvassing of the neighborhoods as well as Dine Out and Donate evenings where local restaurants would participate through special dining days, coupons and discounts.

Because many of those Dine Out and Donate donations had not be tallied as of press time, Nitti said the final total will likely be more.

Loaves and Fishes Valentine-A-Gram raises $124,000

Valentine-A-Gram, a holiday event that allows people to send a Cinnabon gift box to their special someone on Valentine's Day, has raised more than $124,000 to provide hot meals to homebound seniors served by Multnomah-based Loaves and Fishes Centers, The Meals-On-Wheels People. This represents a 25-percent increase in net donations over last year's event.

Valentine-A-Grams were delivered to 4,000 individuals and businesses throughout the Portland-Vancouver area on Valentine's Day. All of the products for the gift boxes were donated so that 100 percent of the money raised through the sale of Valentine-A-Grams goes to support the Meals-On-Wheels program. Hundreds of people who volunteer to deliver Valentine-A-Grams make the event possible each year.

Robert Gray raises more than $19,000 in first-ever auction

The First Annual Robert Gray Middle School Foundation Auction was a great success.

More than 120 attendees, including parents, teachers and members of the community, enjoyed the March 8 evening to the tune of more than $13,000 for the foundation.

In addition to the money raised for the foundation, more than $6,000 in cash donations was raised to benefit the Robert Gray PTA.

'Thanks to all who helped, donated and spent,' said PTA spokeswoman Valeurie Friedman. 'Your contributions help make Robert Gray a wonderful place for our kids.'

The PTA hopes to raise $20,000 to support Arts and Technology at RGMS for next year.

Those who wish can still make a donation (send in or drop off your check, made out to RGMS Foundation) to the school office.

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