Thousands Served At 16th Annual Harvest Dinner
By make it better
The Portland Trail Blazers maintained their commitment to make it better in the local community on Thursday by hosting the 16th annual Harvest Dinner. Thousands of hot meals were served to homeless, under-served and critically-low income community members and families.
The familiar faces of Trail Blazers Head Coach Nate McMillan, alumnus Jerome Kersey and broadcasters Mike Barrett and Mike Rice welcomed guests to the Rose Garden concourse. Transformed into an accommodating expanse of tables and numerous booths providing free flu shots, podiatry, haircuts, pet care, family photography and a children’s play area, the concourse provided the perfect seasonal atmosphere for the event.
The Harvest Dinner, presented by Providence Health & Services, has provided over 80,000 meals since its inception in 1996. Countless corporate partners have teamed with the Trail Blazers to contribute to alleviate food insecurity in the Portland area.
“It is a privilege for us to team up with Providence Health & Services, and all our partners, to support organizations like Central City Concern who are working tirelessly for the members of our community that have the least,” said Traci Rose, Trail Blazers Vice President of Communications and Community Relations. “Our goal each year with Harvest Dinner is to provide as many services in one place as possible for our guests, while helping call attention to the tremendous need.”
Expanding the efforts to neighbors outside of the Rose Garden vicinity, an East County edition of Harvest Dinner took place for the first time. Trail Blazers Assistant Coach Kaleb Canales and Strength and Conditioning Coach Bob Medina hosted an hour-long hoops clinic for 100 kids and followed the fun with a holiday-style meal at the Portland Activities League.
“What an amazing opportunity the Trail Blazers provided for so many youth and families in East County,” said Britt Fredrickson, PAL Youth Center program director. “The kids had so much fun playing basketball and I know the parents really appreciated the opportunity for a hot, sit-down dinner together.”
With the holidays on their way and hunger an ever-expanding community issue, the opportunity provided to the needy by the Harvest Dinner was more than just a single meal or service. The bigger objective of bringing awareness to the plight of those in nee d was brought front and center by the invaluable efforts of the local agencies and dedicated volunteers involved.
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at the Rose Garden
Go here for photos from Hoops Camp
and Harvest Dinner at East County PAL