Two unique Southeast Portland adult-beverage businesses, 'Hip Chicks Do Wine' and 'Hair of the Dog Brewing Company', aren't easy to find. They're tucked back in an industrial park on S.E. 23rd Ave., east of the train yard, and just south of the S.E. Holgate Boulevard viaduct.
But the secret location didn't stop more than 250 supporters of the Cleveland High School Foundation from finding their way in January to a new fundraiser called 'Claws and Dogs for Cleveland'.
'We wanted to create a fun, original event,' explained Traci Wall, VP of the CHS Foundation. 'So, we came up with the idea of holding a crab and bratwurst feed. With the help of these two wonderful businesses, it looks like a real success.'
Wall said that although fundraising was the primary reason for the festive food event, 'Additionally, this event is giving our four-year-old foundation good exposure.' She explained, 'The funds we raise here tonight will help purchase additional teaching or counselor time.'
Wall said they couldn't guess just how the turnout would be on this cold, rain-swept Saturday night, January 20th. But it soon became clear that the event was nearing a sell-out.
Soon, diners were elbow-to-elbow, cracking freshly-steamed crabs and downing brat dogs - with all the trimmings. Two very accomplished CHS student musicians, Charlie Stanford and Grant Richards, serenaded the crowd as they feasted.
According to Jim Giger, the foundation's treasurer, the event took in $6,400.
On the way out, the foundation's Randy Carlson asked us to let folks know that Ted Gamble of 'Good Dog Bad Dog' supplied the savory sausages for the event. 'They have locations at Portland Airport and Washington Square.'
If you want to help the CHS Foundation, call 503/916-5120 during school hours, and ask for extension 449.