Fun for all at ‘Fall Festival’

INCLUDES FESTIVAL VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS | Discover how Portland Adventist Community Services combined family fun with fundraising, at Rossi Farms …

Shopping for treasures, dining, and socializing are part this year’s PACS Fall Festival.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Historic Rossi Farms was again the location of the second annual Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) Fall Festival on Sunday afternoon, October 8.

Games and prizes, fresh apple cider press, kettle corn, kids’ crafts, a pumpkin patch, face painting, and food trucks were just some of the fun activities available for purchase, by way of donation tokens.

It’s the Glovatsky family, from Vancouver, posing in the outdoor “photo booth” set up in the Rossi Farms “Old Parkrose” village setting.

Shaking up a mock-tail is Gloriel Francis, from the CL3AN Life Sober Bar.

“We’re so grateful to have again partnered with the Rossi family as we provide Parkrose families a good time – and also raise money to supports our community services,” remarked PACS Executive Director Laura Pascoe  “We’re grateful for the beautiful day in which so many of our neighbors are willing to join us to create a brighter future for people in our community.”

Pausing for a photo are PACS Executive Director Laura Pascoe and Associate Director Tim Zollbrecht.

PACS Associate Director Tim Zollbrecht chimed in, telling East Portland News more about their organization: “PACS is a service agency for people here in greater outer East Portland; it was started in 1934.

See video highlights of this unique family event:

“We’re a faith-based organization made up of staff, 250 volunteers, donors, and community partners – all of whom work together to provide food, low-cost dental care, and low-cost clothing and household items for individuals and families in our Thrift Store,” Zollbrecht pointed out.

“Our mission is ‘Following Christ’s example, we nourish the mind, body, and spirit, while fostering dignity among those we serve’,” Pascoe added.

Parkrose Heights neighbor Jane Parker watches her ‘pumpkin artist’,  Ozzy Moe, as he creates an artwork on fruit (from a botanist‘s perspective).

Tapping while tooting is Michael “MC Shoehorn” Conley as he presents his one-man show.

Kids ran from one activity to another, with parents following quickly to keep up with their little ones.

As many as 75 volunteers labored to put on the fundraiser; “And, for them, we’re grateful,” Pascoe said. “Our stretch goal is to raise $85,000, which will help us continue to provide help to families in need, all year long.”

You can learn more about Portland Adventist Community Services, and donate securely, on line, through their official website: CLICK HERE.

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