Portland, September 18th, 2014. At a very critical time, event sponsors made a tremendous push to reach their $100,000 fundraising goal through the Dennis’ 7 Dees Annual Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Human Solutions. One fun foursome was Brian Humble, Jeff Bieker, Dean Snodgrass, Ron Roth. The tournament exceeded that goal Thursday, September 18, 2014, raising $102,860 generating over a quarter of a million dollars since its inception six years ago.

Gearig up for a shot gun start.

Gearing up for a shot gun start.

 

What once was a small vendor and employee golf outing sponsored by the owners of Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping and Garden Centers has now evolved into a significant fundraiser that benefits homeless families in East Portland and East Multnomah County through Human Solutions’ programs and services.

The check presentation with Dean Snodgrass, Jean DeMaster, Carla Piluso, Dave Snodgrass, Terry Ciecko

The check presentation with Dean Snodgrass, Jean DeMaster, Carla Piluso, Dave Snodgrass, Terry Ciecko

“There is so work much to do at Human Solutions that needs immediate funding, stated Dave Snodgrass, president of Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping and Garden Centers.  A new 120 bed family winter shelter is in the planning stages–staffing and supplies will need to be ready on November 1st when the emergency winter shelter opens.  The proceeds from this year’s Golf Tournament will ensure that the Family Winter Shelter can stay open until the end of April 2015.  Dave added that “the Dennis’ 7 Dees Company is pleased to help Human Solutions provide for over 150 homeless families each night of the year.”

Jean DeMaster, executive director of Human Solutions notes, “People think that because the economy is improving, that homelessness is also on the decline.  This simply isn’t true.  There is a huge shortage of shelter and housing throughout the tri-county area.  The weather is growing colder and the rain will soon start; during this time, the number of homeless families seeking shelter always increases.  We are so grateful to the staff at Dennis’ 7 Dees, particularly the Snodgrass brothers, Dave, Dean and Drew for recognizing the plight of these homeless families and doing something about it.   These funds will go directly to getting kids and their parents a safe, warm place to stay.”

Human Solutions promotes self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income families and individuals in outer East Portland and East Multnomah County. The agency’s four primary program areas are homelessness prevention, affordable housing, employment and economic development, and safety net services such as rent and utility assistance. For more information, visit www.humansolutions.org.

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