Photo contributed by Tiah DeGrofft
Farmers Ending Hunger benefited from recent concert-goers at Wildhorse Resort & Casino.
The casino held a raffle and silent auction during the Oct. 7 Sawyer Brown Concert and Barn Dance. A total of $2,500 was raised during the event.
Juliana Luke, Wildhorse events manager, said they decided to include a charitable component during the concert event. Tiah DeGrofft, Wildhorse community relations, suggested Farmers Ending Hunger might be a good tie-in to the barn dance.
In 2004, Farmers Ending Hunger founder Fred Ziari of Hermiston attended a meeting to address the state’s hunger problem. He was surprised to see Oregon listed as the hungriest state in America, with 25 percent of the population eating less than one meal a day. Speaking with farmers in Umatilla County, they decided to work on combating the issue.
Farmers from across the state now donate acres of fresh crops to the Oregon Food Bank through the project. Each year, Farmers Ending Hunger donates 4 million pounds of food, with 75 percent coming from farmers in Umatilla and Morrow counties.
Each dollar raised for Farmers Ending Hunger helps to “adopt-an-acre,” DeGrofft said. The Wildhorse donation, she said, helps in providing approximately 5,000 families with fresh produce. She said Wildhorse gives back to communities in many ways and collaborating with Farmers Ending Hunger seemed like a natural fit with neighbors helping neighbors. DeGrofft said it was exciting to see concert-goers really embracing the cause.
In addition, DeGrofft said area businesses were instrumental in the success of the raffle and silent auction by donating many items. In addition, the casino also made donations, including an autographed Sawyer Brown guitar and a Travis Tritt VIP package.
For more about Farmers Ending Hunger, visit www.farmersendinghunger.com.