Portland, July 20th. Hoffman Construction & Woofter Architecture won the coveted Golden Shovel first prize at Sand in the City 2012. This summer it took just six hours for eleven teams to transform over 450 tons of sand and 4,500 gallons of water into magnificent sand sculptures right in the heart of the Rose City. The event drew over 50,000 thousand people to Pioneer Square and raised almost $150,000 for Impact NW. Sand judges Junki Yoshida, Timber Joey, Amy Roloff, Ken Carr, and KOIN Local 6’s Jenny Hansson were also impressed with the efforts of Pacific Power & LRS Architects. The team racked up three awards: the Silver Rake, People’s Choice and Competitor’s Choice. Turner & Ankrom Moisen Associated Architects took home the Bronze Bucket.

Yoshida's Sand in the City is Impact NW's biggest fundraising event of the year. It benefits the Kids on the Block Awareness program as well as the Youth & Family programs.

Yoshida’s Sand in the City is Impact NW’s biggest fundraising event of the year. It benefits the Kids on the Block Awareness program as well as the Youth & Family programs.

This is the sand sculpture crowned the winner build by Hoffman Construction & Woofter Architecture with the coveted Golden Shovel.

This is the sand sculpture crowned the winner was build by Hoffman Construction & Woofter Architecture.

 

In addition to the visually stunning sand sculptures, the children’s activities at the Children’s Inspiration Village sponsored by Evergreen Aviation were a huge hit, especially the loveable kisses from Rojo the Llama!

In addition to the visually stunning sand sculptures, the children’s activities at the Children’s Inspiration Village sponsored by Evergreen Aviation were huge hits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snoopy was a favorite

Snoopy was a favorite

In it’s 17th year, this annual event sponsored by Yoshida raised awareness about the importance of early childhood education and promotes the Impact NW Kids on the Block educational program. The video below explains the pioneering puppet show.

From Impact NW

Impact NW was founded in 1966. We implement innovative programs that respond to our community’s specific needs, connecting clients with tools and resources that empower them to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and transition into financial independence. We helped develop Southeast Portland’s first Senior Center, Youth Service Center, and free health clinic. In the 1990s, we piloted Multnomah County’s first Parent Child Development Services program and the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) program. Over the past three years, Impact NW has helped stabilize and improve Portland’s social services sector by merging with established nonprofits—Senior GAP, Urban Opportunities and the Kids on the Block Awareness Program—to increase the agency’s service area, expertise and direct client benefit.

Impact NW has grown to serve over 60,000 residents in Multnomah, Clark, Washington and Clacakmas Counties and parts of Washington State, including children, families, seniors, and adults with disabilities. Community partnerships and innovation are essential to achieving our mission. Impact NW works closely with area schools, businesses, community-based organizations, and governmental agencies to create a safety net and springboard for our region’s low-income residents.

Save the date for next year’s Sand in the City – July 19-21, 2013.  For information on how you can participate in Sand in the City, contact Catherine Hayes via email at [email protected].