Bud Lewis to Walk 100 Laps before his 100th Birthday in Support of Sunshine Division (Photo)

May 12, 2020 12:06


***This release is being sent on behalf of the Portland Police Sunshine Division****


Media Contact: Executive Director, Kyle Camberg at 503.577.6852

Portland's Bud Lewis has been referred to as "an ageless icon." And indeed, he is.

After serving in the South Pacific with the 41st Infantry Division during World War II, he became a Portland Police Officer, where he was eventually promoted to Commander of the Sunshine Division, which he served for ten years.

Sunshine Division is a nonprofit near and dear to Bud's heart. For nearly 100 years, it has provided emergency food and clothing to families and individuals in need throughout the Portland area. Bud's involvement has been a significant part of its operation and success.

On August 8th of this year, Bud will turn 100 years old! To celebrate his birthday in a big way, he has pledged to walk 100 laps around the Duniway Park Track before turning 100 years old. His goal is to raise money for Sunshine Division, so families who are facing hunger may receive the food they desperately need during this unprecedented time.

Bud shares, "Sunshine Division is important to me and our city. They offer valuable help to people in need and excellent opportunities for our police to have positive connections with the citizens of our city. I was Commander of the Sunshine Division from 1963 to 1973 and have been involved, very proudly, with it ever since. This is a unique time for all of us - locally, nationally, and internationally. I see what I am doing now as both seizing an opportunity to help further Sunshine Division's efforts and do something to celebrate my 100th birthday in a significant way. It's kind of like putting the frosting on the cake of my years."

Every day at 11:00 am, Bud can be found at Duniway Park Track, walking one lap per day (sometimes more, if he feels up to it!) to reach his goal of 100 laps by the time his 100th birthday arrives. Please see video link: https://youtu.be/y9oGGV8FdW8

Duniway is the perfect location for Bud because it holds great significance to him. When he was Commander of the Sunshine Division, he would often stop at Duniway to do laps around the track on his way home from work.

When August 8th rolls around, there will be much to celebrate as Bud will have completed 25 miles total, turned 100 years old, and hopefully raised a significant amount of funding to help support Sunshine Division's crisis response efforts!

For anyone interested in making a donation and helping to spread the word about Bud's Birthday Campaign, 100 laps to 100 years, please visit the link below:

Note: This campaign was inspired by Thomas Moore, popularly known as Captain Tom, a former British Army officer who helped raise money for charity in the run-up to his 100th birthday during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Media is invited to attend Bud's daily lap(s) around Duniway's track any day of the week at 11:00 am between now and August 8th, 2020. As possible, please wear masks and be physically distanced.

Duniway Park Track, SW 6th Avenue and Sheridan Street Portland, OR 97201


Sunshine Division has existed for nearly 100 years to offer emergency food during times of crisis, like what we are facing now. They are a nonprofit emergency food and clothing relief organization in a unique partnership with the Portland Police Bureau. They operate year-round to provide temporary relief, not only to Portland individuals and families who lack essential food and clothing but also to more than 70 food-relief agencies in five counties. Thanks to generous donations of food and finances from both individuals and corporations, the 97-year-old charity receives, manages, and distributes food to nearly 67,000 households every year. Through their two food pantries, two school-based programs that provide free food for children experiencing homelessness, and with the assistance of Portland Police Officers who distribute emergency food boxes year-round and participate in the Izzy's Kid's "Shop with a Cop" program that supports nearly 500 low-income children throughout the year, they served over 200,000 families and individuals last year.

For information about obtaining temporary food relief, and/or donating to support Sunshine Division's efforts, please visit their website at https://sunshinedivision.org/



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