A Week of BBQ and Soccer!

September 1, 2011 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

The end of September saw a busy week here at PCRI.  On Sunday the 21st, PCRI hosted a barbeque at Peninsula Park for our residents.  And on Wednesday the 24th, PCRI joined the Portland Timbers as a benefit partner for the Timbers game against rival Chivas USA.

First on the calendar was our resident barbecue.  Portland’s on-again, off-again summer weather cooperated perfectly for nearly 100 residents to turn out for burgers (traditional and veggie alike) and hot dogs under the welcoming shade of Peninsula Park’s trees.  Many residents took advantage of passes to the park’s pool to beat the heat as well.

While the burgers–and especially the ice cream–were in high demand, the gathering also provided the opportunity to build community among PCRI’s residents and to introduce residents to the varied programs offered to them.  It was also a great chance for residents to meet staff members (Amber, left, and Cyndi are pictured at the grill) they may not have contacted before, not to mention for staff to meet the residents.

As the grill was cooling down, face painting by artist Christian Grijalva, a BINGO game and raffle prizes kept things going.  Of course, without generous donations from Fred Meyer, Starbucks, Tonalli’s restaurant, Mid-K Beauty Supply and Geneva’s hair salon, we wouldn’t have had the great prizes for the BINGO game and raffle, so we extend huge thanks to our donors (and when you stop in to support them, be sure to say “Thanks” for donating to PCRI)!

While we’re extending thanks, a great big one goes out to the Portland Timbers!  We were excited to join the Timbers for the second year in a row.  Even better, the Timbers won their game against Chivas USA on August 24, and PCRI raised $1,750 thanks to donations at the game and sales of the benefit tickets.  Our table on the concourse of Jeld-Wen Field gave us a great opportunity to connect with new friends and supporters as well.  In fact, Yolanda (at left in the photo, but often spotted at the front desk at PCRI) took the chance to talk available rentals with some Timbers fans.

We’re already working on future events–for residents and for our friends and supporters, so stay tuned for more information!

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