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Trail Blazers, Providence Health & Services Provide Meals And Services For 5,000 Portlanders


16th Annual Harvest Dinner features inaugural East County edition

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Trail Blazers teamed up with Providence Health & Services, Central City Concern and several community and corporate partners and local agencies to serve 5,000 homeless, underserved and/or critically-low income individuals during the 16th annual Harvest Dinner at the Rose Garden Thursday afternoon.

The event was executed entirely through the volunteer efforts of Trail Blazers staff, alumni, local media members and community and corporate partners. Through 16 years, Harvest Dinner has provided more than 80,000 meals.

"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."

In addition to the holiday-style meal, Harvest Dinner offered free services that included flu shots, podiatry, haircuts, pet care, family photography, a children's play area and live musical performances from Portland Cello Project, Weinland Acoustic, Southerly and Edna Vazquez Trio.

"We see the needs of our communities every day in our hospitals and clinics," said Dave Underriner , Providence's chief executive for delivery systems in Oregon. "The Harvest Dinner is a great event because we can come alongside the Trail Blazers and other community partners to serve people in a unique way."

Banfield Pet Hospital, which has supported Harvest Dinner for the past three years, offered flea and tick preventative care services including vaccinations, de-worming and flea prevention. Karen Johnson , DVM, vice president and client advocate for Banfield Pet Hospital, along with other Banfield veterinarians and veterinary technicians, provided services for 100pets at the event.

"Banfield is committed to making lives better for pets and families in the communities in which we serve," said Dr. Johnson. "We are proud to support the Harvest Dinner by providing preventative veterinary care to the pets of those in need."

Additional services were provided by McCoy Freightliner, Great Clips, Wells Fargo, Jeff Hinds Photography, Beaverton Bakery, Coca-Cola, Sierra Springs, Fred Meyer, Food Services of America, Key Manufacturing and Service Paper.

The team also hosted the inaugural East County Harvest Dinner at the Police Activities League Youth Center. Trail Blazers Assistant Coach Kaleb Canales and Strength & Conditioning Coach Bob Medina conducted a basketball clinic, combining basketball tutelage with fitness drills for 100 youth. Following the clinic, 200 warm meals were served to the kids and their families.

"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."

The Harvest Dinner was made possible through the invaluable efforts of the following local agencies: Central City Concern, Compassion Connect, Portland Parks & Recreation, Josiah Hill, 211 Info, Street Roots, Transitions Project, Medical Teams International, Mission of Mercy, Lacey's House, Warrior and Family Support/Oregon National Guard and the Humane Society.

Go here for photos from Harvest Dinner at the Rose Garden

Go here for photos from Hoops Camp and Harvest Dinner at East County PAL
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