Portland, October 20th.  Close to 500 people attended Oregon Food Bank’s 2012 Oregon Harvest Dinner which raised money to help fight hunger in Oregon and Clark County. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus Photography) Happy supporters included: Robin Gardner; Arnie Gardner, chair of Oregon Food Bank’s Board of Directors; Susannah Morgan, Oregon Food Bank’s newly hired CEO; and Rachel Bristol, who recently retired as CEO. (Photo credit, Sarah Jo Galbraith)

Susannah Morgan, Oregon Food Bank’s newly hired CEO, speaks at OFB’s 2012 Oregon Harvest Dinner, Oct. 20, in the Rachel M. Bristol Warehouse at OFB’s headquarters in northeast Portland. The annual event raised $562,000 to help fight hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Wash. The event featured performances by Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program in collaboration with Oregon Children’s Theatre. Executive Chef Michael Stanton of The Heathman Restaurant and Bar, created the dinner. Photo by Sarah Jo Galbraith.

Susannah Morgan, Oregon Food Bank’s newly hired CEO, addresses the crowd.

“We thank our generous sponsors and donors for making this year’s Oregon Harvest Dinner a huge success,” said Laura Golino de Lovato, OFB’s director of development, marketing and communications. OFB Board members Lisa Sedlar and Syd Hannigan co-chaired the event in the Rachel M. Bristol Warehouse at OFB’s headquarters in northeast Portland. Sheila Hamilton of KINK.fm 102 emceed. Executive Chef Michael Stanton of The Heathman Restaurant and Bar, created the dinner. Oregon Harvest Dinner is Oregon Food Bank’s second-largest fundraiser after the Waterfront Blues Festival.

Ron Johnson, member of Oregon Food Bank’s Board of Directors, and his wife Gayl Johnson talk with Syd Hannigan, fellow board member and co-chair of Oregon Food Bank’s 2012 Oregon Harvest Dinner, Oct. 20, in the Rachel M. Bristol Warehouse at Oregon Food Bank’s headquarters in northeast Portland.  The event is Oregon Food Bank’s biggest fundraiser after the Waterfront Blues Festival. Photo by Sarah Jo Galbraith.

Ron Johnson, member of Oregon Food Bank’s Board of Directors, and his wife Gayl Johnson talk with Syd Hannigan, fellow board member and co-chair of Oregon Food Bank’s 2012 Oregon Harvest Dinner.

Lisa Sedlar, who co-chaired Oregon Food Bank’s 2012 Oregon Harvest Dinner along with Syd Hannigan, announces the results of the successful event. The 2012 Oregon Harvest Dinner, which took place Oct. 20, in the Rachel M. Bristol Warehouse at OFB’s headquarters in northeast Portland, raised $562,000 to support OFB’s mission: to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Photo by Sarah Jo Galbraith.

Lisa Sedlar, who co-chaired Oregon Food Bank’s 2012 Oregon Harvest Dinner, announced the results of the successful event to help eliminate hunger and its root causes.

Close to 500 Oregon Food Bank supporters attended the Oregon Food Bank’s 2012 Oregon Harvest Dinner, Oct. 20, and raised $562,000 to support OFB’s mission. OFB Board members Lisa Sedlar and Syd Hannigan co-chaired the event in the Rachel M. Bristol Warehouse at OFB’s headquarters in northeast Portland. Photo by Sarah Jo Galbraith.

Sponsors included Fred Meyer, presenting sponsor; Daimler Trucks North America, premier sponsor; New Seasons Market, major sponsor; and lead sponsors Nike, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Tillamook County Creamery Association, Walmart and Walsh Construction.

Oregon Food Bank will use the funds to support its mission: to eliminate hunger and its root causes … because no one should be hungry.

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