Celebrating an Evening of Hope
The rain came just as predicted, but it didnt deter those who gathered in downtown Lake Oswego on Friday for the Evening of Hope, the second-annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
The drizzle couldnt dampen the feeling of hopefulness that emanated from Millennium Plaza Park. And even with lighter-than-expected attendance, proceeds already have exceeded funds raised at last years event.
We are right around $57,000 now and can take donations until the end of August, said event organizer Rhonda Cohen. We want to really thank those who came and braved the rain showers and wind. We had 30 cancer survivors attend.
The event featured live music provided by local youth musicians, games, the ever-popular silent auction and wine tasting. There were quiet moments of reflection, too, with the lighting of luminaria honoring those who have had or now have cancer, and a dove release for survivors.
Thats my favorite part of the evening, Cohen said.
Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the American Cancer Societys Evening of Hope and Relay for Life programs. All of the money raised locally will support early screenings, research and patient services in the Portland metro area.