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Troutdale residents Junki and Linda Yoshida host annual Soulful Giving event to help community

The eighth-annual Soulful Giving Blanket Concert will serve up classic rock, food, beer and wine for a charitable cause on Saturday, Aug. 4, in Troutdale.

The concert from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. along the banks of the Sandy River at the Yoshida Garden View Estate, 29330 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale, will feature live music performances by Stone In Love, a Journey tribute band; Dreams, a salute to Fleetwood Mac; Petty Fever, a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute group, and Dancehall Days, a dance cover band.

Junki and Linda Yoshida are hosting the concert on their 15-acre property as a fundraiser for cancer research. Funds generated will be donated to the Randall Children's Hospital and Providence Cancer Research Center. OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW  - Junki and Linda Yoshida will open up their private residence for the eighth-annual Soulful Giving Blanket Concert on Saturday, Aug. 4.

The 21 and older event features live music, gourmet food, live and silent auctions, raffles, yard games, art, shopping.

All the money raised from the cancer will be donated to Randall Children's Hospital and Providence Cancer Center and every dollar raised goes to fund cancer research and patient support programs.

Premium tickets cost $50 and includes parking at Mt. Hood Community College with shuttle service to the event and two drink tokens. VIP tickets cost $100 and include parking at Mt. Hood Community College, but with limo shuttle service and complimentary champagne, a visit to the VIP Food Pavilion, three drink tokens, and a bonus goodie bag.

Junki Yoshida established the Soulful Giving Foundation, and Linda Yoshida serves as its president.

"It's not just a concert; it's a day of celebration of life because it's for people who have survived cancer," Linda said. "Anybody who's been touched by cancer, this is an opportunity to give back."

The event also is a way to honor and remember the lives of the cancer victims.

Cancer is a personal issue for the Yoshidas because two Yoshida Group employees died from the disease. Linda said they wanted to create a charitable event rather than just fork over funds.

"It would have been really easy for us to write a check to cancer research in their memories, but instead we wanted to get our whole community involved because everybody is touched by cancer," she said.

The event gives anyone an option to help either by purchasing a ticket, bidding on auction items or just volunteering.

"Anything they can do is a way of giving back," Linda said.

Junki said the event is a cheaper and less formal event than a suit-and-tie dinner fundraiser that costs up to $2,000 per plate.

"A lot of east county people would never wear a suit," he noted.

Since starting the Soulful Giving concert, Linda estimated they have raised $1.5 million for cancer research.

"I do believe we can beat cancer by simply pumping money into this system," Junki said. "It's really simple: If you invest money into business, then you're more likely to be successful."

The Yoshida group is a network of 18 businesses owned by the Yoshida family.

If you go

What: The eighth annual Soulful Giving Blanket Concert

When: 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Yoshida Estate, 29330 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale

Tickets: $50-$100, visit soulfulgiving.org

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