25th anniversary a rousing success

VolunteersOregon Food Bank thanks community

PORTLAND, Ore., (July 10, 2012) – The rain left just in the nick of time to shower Oregon Food Bank’s 25th Waterfront Blues Festival with sun rays. 

Perfect festival weather, dazzling performances, committed sponsors, 2,300 enthusiastic volunteers and generous blues fans helped make the 2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Credit Union, a rousing success.

“We set a gigantic goal this year and came within inches of meeting it,” said Laura Golino de Lovato, OFB’s director of development. “We’re pleased with the results and thank the entire community for generously supporting the work of Oregon Food Bank.”

Festival attendees contributed $902,000 through donations at the gate as well as advance purchases of special passes and DME blues cruise tickets, just shy of the festival’s goal of $945,000. In addition, the festival raised an estimated 116,584 pounds of food, exceeding its goal of 100,000 pounds.

The annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is owned and operated by Oregon Food Bank. The festival is OFB’s largest fundraising event. One-hundred percent of entry donations help Oregon Food Bank fight hunger throughout Oregon and southwest Washington.

More than 120,000 people thrilled to five jam-packed days of the best blues in the world including Steve Miller Band, Elvin Bishop Band with James Cotton, Booker T., Charlie Musselwhite, Toots and the Maytals, Bobby Rush, Otis Taylor, JJ Grey & Mofro, Galactic, The Mannish Boys with Sugaray Rayford, Roy Rogers, Lionel Young, Cedric Burnside Project, James Hunter and more.

About Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Food Bank believes no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, OFB believes it’s possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes.
Since 1982, Oregon Food Bank has been leading the fight against hunger in Oregon and southwest Washington by collecting and distributing food through a network of four OFB branches and 16 independent regional food banks.
The OFB Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households statewide to fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, and helping communities strengthen local food systems.

Festival sponsors
The 2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union.
Major sponsors include: The Oregonian, KINK.fm, iQ Credit Union, FedEx, KIA Motors, Schnitzer Steel, Pepsi, Miller Lite, Deschutes Brewery, Mission Foods.
Supporting sponsors include: Schwindt & Co., NW Natural, Regal Cinemas, The Boeing Company, Health Net, Caring Ambassadors, OregonLive.com, Delta Music Experience (DME), EcoShuttle, SmartPark, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Earth2O Water, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Frito Lay, Yoshida, Dave’s Killer Bread, Dreyer’s, Larabar, Cascadian Farms, KBOO, Music Millennium, Oregon Music News, PrimePay, Sunbelt Rentals, Maverick Marketing, Portland Community College, Cascade Blues Association, Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, Karolyn H. March, attorney, Cascade Zydeco Association, RiverPlace Hotel, Marriott Hotel, Portland North Harbour Collection by Marriott and St. Stephens Table.