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SnowCap auction/dinner fundraiser brings in $119,000

Funds go to assist East County's low-income residents


SnowCap Community Charities’ annual dinner/auction on Saturday, March 14, drew 356 guests to the Holiday Inn Portland Airport and raised $119,000.

SnowCap provides food, clothing, diapers and other services for low-income families in east Portland, Gresham, Fairview, Troutdale, Parkrose and Wood Village. In 2014, SnowCap distributed nearly 1.2 million pounds of food.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY LEEANN GAUTHIER - From left: State Rep. Carla Piluso, D-Gresham, master of ceremonies for SnowCap Community Charities March 14 dinner/auction, greets Human Solutions Executive Director Jean DeMaster near the poker party sign-up run by SnowCap board Chairman Tom Weldon (background) and his grandson Miles Weldon.

State Rep. Carla Piluso, D-Gresham, served as master of ceremonies.

The dinner/auction’s sponsors included Alyson Huntting, Boeing, Pacific Power, PGE, Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, Les Schwab Tire Centers, Sally Gaudina of RE/MAX Equity Group, the Gresham Outlook and others.

More than 8,000 residents depend on SnowCap for food or clothing each month, and a multigenerational crew of volunteers helps the organization run.

Because of community support and the Oregon Food Bank, SnowCap recently doubled the number of visits clients are allowed per year from six to 12.

The new policy goes into effect April 1.

Auction Coordinator Kirsten Wageman notes SnowCap is a vital resource for many working families in East County.

“We hope to raise funds to help families, the working poor, elderly and disabled,” she says. “Many people are working, but continue to struggle to put food on the table.”

For more information, visit snowcap.org.

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