Portland, OR – For many locals The Columbia River Gorge is just as much a part of their lives as their careers or childhoods; it’s always been there for us. The recent forest fire at Eagle Creek, which left more than 50,000 acres of the Gorge burned, was devastating to many. People were shocked as they watched their favorite trails – the playgrounds on which they grew up – suffer damage because of mistreatment. We owe much to the Columbia River Gorge and it is for this reason a fundraiser will be held for it this autumn.
On Saturday, October 28th from 4-7 PM come dine and drink at Bazi Bierbrasserie (1522 SE 32nd Ave) for a night of tribute to the Columbia River Gorge. On this evening, a collection of photographs – graciously donated by some of the most prolific photographers residing in and around Portland – will be on display and available for bidding via silent auction. Each print is homage to some of the most beloved attractions in the area. 100% of the proceeds from the silent auction will go to the Friends of the Gorge, who is the local non-profit in responsible for the caretaking of the Columbia River Gorge. Bidding will end at 7 pm and winners will be announced soon afterwards. In addition, a portion of all food and beverage sales that day will also go towards the Friends of the Gorge – 10% of credit card transactions and 15% of cash transactions.
Change comes slowly, but through caring and dedication we can ensure the success of both. With your support, we can begin the process of restoring the Columbia River Gorge and increase outdoor awareness so that future destruction caused by negligence may be prevented.
Ralph Cope – Fundraiser Organizer
Hilda Stevens – Owner of Bazi Bierbrasserie
Kate Harbour – Friends of the Gorge Representative
Richard Bacon – Contributing Photographer
Dan Hawk – Contributing Photographer
Gregg Kerber – Contributing Photographer
Terence Lee – Contributing Photographer
Stephen Matera – Contributing Photographer
Steven Schwindt – Contributing Photographer
Andrew Studer – Contributing Photographer
Nick Wiltgen – Contributing Photographer
Visit www.bazipdx.com for additional event details.
About the Friends of the Gorge
For over thirty five years, the Friends of the Gorge has been the sole non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. A paragon in local conservation, the Friends of the Gorge has – through education, law making, and stewardship – been one of the leading defenders of the Columbia River Gorge. Pledging to “vigorously protect the scenic, natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Columbia River Gorge[,]” the Friends of the Gorge will continue to guard one of the Pacific Northwest’s most cherished treasures. Currently, the Friends of the Gorge is seeking support in the acquisition of several important lands on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, in a campaign called Preserve the Wonder. More information can be found at www.gorgefriends.org.
About Bazi Bierbrasserie
If Monks lived in Portland, this would be their watering hole. Bazi brings centuries of Belgian inspired beer and food under one roof plus a premium liquor selection. Explore with a nationally recognized Bier-Cocktail or simply sip on a glass of wine. As a Euro-theme establishment we embrace bringing community together through sports. We are an official Liverpool FC, Thorns, Timbers and American Outlaws partner and showcase these and other events on our 114″ HDTV with surround sound. Named “Top 100 Beer Bars in America” by DRAFT Magazine in 2016, 2015, and 2014, “No. 1 Soccer Pub in Portland” by The Oregonian in 2016, and “Top Beer Bars in Portland” by The Oregonian in 2014. Located in the heart of the Hawthorne District, tucked away just off of SE 32nd Avenue.