Police foundation 'Steak Out' raises $30,000 to benefit police department
A sold out crowd decked out in western attire enjoyed a barbecue-style dinner, catered by McKillip's Catering, Inc. from St. Paul, and delicious desserts were served courtesy of Sherwood's own Hungry Hero Dessert Company as part of the "Steak Out" fundraiser put on by the non-profit Sherwood Police Foundation.
The May 20 event included live auction items including concert tickets for some popular artists like The Total Package Tour featuring New Kids On the Block, Paula Abdul and Boys 2 Men, Neil Diamond, Bruno Mars and Billy Joel, weekend trips or overnight stays to places like the Oregon Coast, Spirit Mountain Casino, The Allison Inn & Spa and Abby Road Silo Suites in Carlton, as well as a hotly contested membership to the Tri-County Gun Club.
The silent auction featured over 50 items including a hot air balloon adventure, knives donated by Kershaw, Leupold binoculars, paddle boarding, tickets to OMSI, the Portland Pickles and several custom-made items from local artisans.
Gail Cutsforth's "paddle raise" was a huge success as she flashed a $100 dollar bill, offering it as reimbursement to the last person who would donate at that level. Andy Strother, owner of Andy's Auto & Truck Service in downtown Sherwood, was the last bidder and donated it back to the foundation.
The McCabe Real Estate Group was the title sponsor for the event. Todd McCabe, who serves as vice president on the foundation board, created a pop gun target game that was a huge hit for auction-goers. Other event sponsors included Team Eck from Pacific Residential Group, Threat Dynamics, LLC, and Fat Milo's Family Kitchen.
"I am thrilled with how successful our first fundraising event was and the amount of financial support we received in order to help the Sherwood Police Department," said Laurie Holm, Sherwood Police Foundation's president and event volunteer. "The event was a huge success and very well received by the community."
The event was attended by many Sherwood residents, community members and supporters, including Sherwood's own police chief, Jeff Groth.
"I am thrilled by the success of the event," he said. "This shows the strong level of support Sherwood has for its police department, and demonstrates their understanding of the need for additional financial support that exists within the police department."