The Parr Lumber Great Summer Chef Off, held at Bladberry Farm on Sauvie Island, brings together select Portland chefs for a BBQ cook-off event to support the Foundation’s mission to better the lives of young Oregonians by giving them access to high-quality secondary education. The event also includes a silent auction and raise-the-paddle segment. Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 19!

Presented by Parr Lumber, the 2017 cook-off features the culinary genius of four notable Portland restaurants/chefs: St. JackRenata, Plaza del Toro, and Pearl Tavern. Dessert will be served by Portland’s own ‘farm-to-cone’ Salt & Straw. Guests will enjoy wine and beer tastings and live entertainment by bluegrass band, Big Foot Mojo, while chefs go head-to-head at the grill. At the end of the evening, guests cast their vote for the chef with the best dish, each competing for grand prize monies to donate to an Oregon children’s charity of his or her choice.

Tickets will be announced and live online soon! Please note, this is an adults-only affair due to libations consumed on site. Only 300 tickets will be sold, so we encourage guests to secure them early when available!

In 2014 the Foundation launched the Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship program, which allows emerging student leaders facing financial hurdles the opportunity to attend an Oregon university, college or trade school, and receive career guidance through the Foundation’s board of mentors. The Foundation holds three fundraisers each year to support its cause, which also include the Safeway-Albertsons Battle at Bandon, an annual golf tournament; and new to the Foundation in 2015, a fundraising opportunity for low income students in partnership with Safeway-Albertsons and KGW: Huddle Up for Kids.