PACS fete raises funds to help ‘the hungry and hurting’

See how this dinner and auction will help outer East Portland people with food and dental services, in Gateway …

At this year’s Portland Adventist Community Services auction and dinner – the bid items ranged from rare coins, to artwork, to food baskets. Bidders keep an eye on bid sheets, to make sure they took home the auction items they desired the most.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

It again was a gala event, at the Hyatt Hotel Portland Airport, on the evening of October 13 – when the Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) nonprofit organization held their annual fundraiser and awards banquet.

In a large meeting room off the hotel’s banquet facility, guests bid on a wide range of items during the silent auction which preceded the dinner and program.

Welcoming guests is PACS Board Chair Pastor Jonathan Russell.

“This is also our annual, and only, fundraiser for PACS,” remarked the Board Chair, Pastor Jonathan Russell, as the event got underway.

“An organization like ours depends on donations, and the generosity of financial partners who help us do what we love to do – helping people in need,” Russell told East Portland News.

“So, the auction and the dinner is a great way for our financial partners to further support us, in a tangible way, and provide for our day-to-day operations,” Russell said.

Accepting PACS’s “Barbara Nelson Award” is A-dec Regional Manager Steven Bourque and Territory Manager Aaron Mangelsdorf.

“In addition to recognizing our partners, who have really blessed us this year, we also present two awards.

“Our ‘Barbara Nelson Award’ is going to A-dec, a dental office furniture and equipment manufacturer based in Newberg; They blessed us this year by donating to dental chairs to our brand-new Gateway Grace Dental Clinic in September.

“Without their partnership, we would not have been able to open the clinic,” Russell explained. “We are so excited to honor them with this award, and say thank you for being a great partner.”

PACS volunteer Lorraine Martinson receives the organization’s “Director’s Award” from Associate Director Tim Zollbrecht. “It’s like my ‘second home’ there; I love the people and love what I do at PACS, it’s just a joy,” she says.

“This evening, we’re pleased to also present our ‘Director’s Award’ to Lorraine Martinson, who has contributed so much, as a volunteer, in terms of organizing and coordinating our bookstore,” Russell observed. “It’s our volunteers who are the heartbeat of PACS; their time and energy makes it work.”

Guests are seated in the banquet hall as the dinner service begins.

Again attending the event is Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who spends a moment with Brent Charbonneau of Hydro Temp Mechanical, the firm that completed the plumbing and HVAC work for the PACS dental clinic.

Attending the elegant evening again this year was Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who smiled and greeted other guests.

“I have been to almost all of these, over the years” Fritz told East Portland News. “What impresses me is how they treat people in the community graciously, with respect.

“An example of this – and perhaps they were the first to do this in our area – is allowing people to ‘shop’ in their PACS Food Pantry for groceries, instead of having a random box of food thrust into their hands.”

During a dinner presentation, guests learn about all of the good things PACS has done during the past year, and are introduced to this year’s award winners.

This organization, started in 1934, has been continuously serving the community since then – raising $84,000 at this year’s Award Banquet to continue their mission in the community.

You can support them by visiting their thrift and book store at 11020 NE Halsey Street, 97220, to purchase needful things – or – to donate clean, usable items of clothing, furniture, and housewares.

For more information about Portland Adventist Community Services, see their official website: CLICK HERE.

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