Mid-Willamette Valley Lawyers Against Hunger Soiree
by Shannon Terry
As Oregonâ€™s unemployment levels rise, requests for emergency food continue to reach record levels. According to the Oregon Food Bank Network of regional food banks, distribution of emergency food boxes increased 15 percent in Oregon between July 1 and December 30, 2008, compared to the same period in 2007. Thirty-six percent of those receiving food are children, and over 22 percent are disabled Oregonians.
In response to this need, local attorneys are prepared to act! On September 10, 2009, the First Annual Mid-Willamette Valley Lawyers Against Hunger Soiree will be held in Salem at the Riverfront Carousel. All proceeds raised at the event will go directly to the Oregon Food Bank and Marion/Polk County Food Share. Cosponsors include the Mary Leonard Law Society (Salem OWLS), the Marion County Bar Association, Willamette University College of Law, the Law Office of Gordon L. Dick, Sherman Sherman Johnnie & Hoyt, and Swanson Lathan Alexander & McCann. The Soiree is intended to raise the profile of the Oregon Food Bank and stress the need to end huger in our communities.
The Soiree will begin at 5:00 with welcoming remarks by Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz followed by a brief presentation from the Oregon Food Bank. The event cosponsors will then host a silent auction of ceramic bowls crafted by leaders in our legal community. There will also be live music featuring local Salem attorneys. The Oregon Winegrowers Association has generously donated a fine selection of Oregon wines and Reed Catering will serve hors dâ€™oeuvres. Each attendee will be encouraged to make a donation to the Oregon Food Bank. In an effort to encourage a higher level of participation, at the end of the evening a â€œGolden Can Awardâ€ will be presented to the individual, small firm and large firm that have made the greatest total donations. Each recipient will be able to proudly display their “Golden Can” until the 2010 Soiree.
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