Safeway Winter Wonderland Holiday Show Opens Friday to Help those in Need (Photo)

December 04, 2017 09:05

  

The Safeway Winter Wonderland holiday light show, powered by Advantis Credit Union, continues every night at Portland International Raceway. The light show now operates as a fundraiser for the Portland Police Sunshine Division's food and clothing assistance programs. A title sponsorship from the Safeway Foundation, and a "powered by" sponsorship from Advantis Credit Union provide significant funding support for the holiday light show this year.

The show hours are Sunday -- Thursday, 5:30pm -- 9:30pm and Friday -- Saturday, 5pm -- 11pm. A detailed schedule of events can be seen at http://winterwonderlandportland.com/

Purchase advance tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-wonderland-portland-tickets-37406709475 or for $2 off at all Portland-area Safeway stores at customer service.

Lights & Leashes Dog Walk Night -- December 5th from 5:30pm -- 9:30pm (at PIR)
Walk the light show with or without your dog, partnering with our canine friends: Fences for Fido and Pacific Pug Rescue. Meet the hardest working dogs in Portland, Portland Police Bureau's K-9s. Bring a bag of no-grain dog food, dress up your pooch for the 7pm costume contest emceed by KINK fm, and stop by the Lloyd Center and SantaCon booth to visit Santa!
No cars or motorized vehicles of any kind, roller blades, bikes, or scooters are allowed on the track.

Night of Holiday Misfits Costume Walk -- December 7th from 5:30pm -- 9:30pm (at PIR)
Don your favorite holiday misfit costume and walk through Winter Wonderland! 7:00pm -- Costume contest emceed by Huggie from 95.5. Purchase food onsite from several local food carts or Franz Bread's onsite made to order grilled cheese sandwiches! Beer, wine, and cider sampling for 21 and over. Offering a variety of local beers, wines, and ciders from Portland Cider Company, the official cider sponsor for Night of Holiday Misfits! No cars or motorized vehicles of any kind, roller blades, bikes, or scooters are allowed on the track. Free parking is available in the parking lot.

The Sunshine Division has been committed to making holiday seasons brighter for local families since 1923. Winter Wonderland aligns with that mission by creating a platform to generate community support during a critical time of year. The 2017 show will be managed on behalf of Sunshine Division with support from the Hood To Coast Race Series staff. This year's show closes Tuesday, December 26, 2017.

ABOUT WINTER WONDERLAND
Recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as the "Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi", the 25th annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show at Portland International Raceway is now a signature fund and food-raiser for the Sunshine Division. Spectators can enjoy the most impressive drive-through light show in the region, viewing over 250 colorful light set pieces and many fully animated scenes from the comfort of their own vehicle. Over two million visitors have taken the Winter Wonderland journey since its origin.

ABOUT THE SUNSHINE DIVISION
Since 1923 the Sunshine Division has provided free emergency food and clothing to families and individuals in times of crisis. This December marks 95 years that Sunshine Division and Portland Police Bureau members will home deliver holiday food boxes. This year, 2,500 food boxes will be delivered to families in need via three Portland police precincts and the Sunshine Division warehouse. An additional 1,250 holiday food boxes will be distributed via 20+ local non-profits throughout the metro area (at no cost) to help the families and individuals they serve in their communities.

We are the only charity in the U.S. working side-by-side with first responders to distribute food and clothing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We currently serve approximately 1,300 households EACH MONTH directly at our facility in North Portland where families can access FREE food and clothing 6 days a week, year round. In November 2017, Sunshine Division opened a second food pantry and clothing room facility at SE Stark Street in Portland, Oregon.
Sunshine Division is also a small food bank, assisting more than 25 local non-profits in the four county area, the Portland Police Bureau, and other local first responders, by providing them with FREE bulk food, clothing, holiday food boxes, and/or emergency food boxes to distribute throughout the metro area. All services we provide to individuals and other agencies are 100% free.

More than .90 cents of every donation goes to Sunshine's mission and programs. Our efficiency makes us the only local food relief organization to receive five consecutive "four-star ratings" from the charity watchdog organization, Charity Navigator. Only 7% of the charities rated nationally have received five consecutive 4-star evaluations.

For Sunshine Division: Kyle Camberg, Executive Director
Cell: 503.577.6852 or Email: kyle@sunshinedivision.org


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