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Gresham choir garners more than 1,200 pounds of food donations

Group to begin rehearsing for spring shows this March


The Gresham Community Choir’s Dec. 6. concert at Reynolds High School in Troutdale drew about 400 people who donated 1,239 pounds of food to the Portland Police Bureau’s Sunshine Division, which helps people in need.

“We always do a canned food, nonperishable donation in lieu of an admission to our performances,” Annette Steele, choir director says.

“I always try to find different worthy charities each performance, so we have a broader reach of people in our community.”

Last year the choir donated to a local organization that feeds veterans who are experiencing homelessness, she adds, noting the choir will begin rehearsals in March for its spring shows.

“I am really excited because the music and theme is all about ‘gospel revival,’” Steele says. “This will be a very fun term, with lots of uplifting songs that you can clap your hands to.”

Steele says the choir wants to be a “traveling show” this spring, and perform at churches, senior care facilities and other sites.

“Our performances will be free to the recipients, but they are welcome to use the choral performance as a fundraising event or whatever their need may be,” she says.

The choir always welcomes new members. For more information, call Steele at 503-784-4790 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..