Thank You, Portland-Vancouver!

By Lisa Rimmert, Director of Development

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Recently, I visited the Portland, Oregon area for a Team Vegan fundraising event hosted by the incomparable Diane and Dennis. They recently moved from Southern California to Vancouver, Washington—just outside Portland—and offered up their gorgeous new home for a Vegan Outreach event. Thank you, Diane and Dennis!

Dennis and Diane
Hosts and VO Donors Dennis Murray and Diane Bassett

Taste of Excellence catered the event—and did a wonderful job! The food was creative and tasty, and of course all vegan.

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Potato Spinach Pepper Squares, and Pizza Bites with Garlic Pesto and Tomato Sauce
food from Taste of Excellence
Bruschetta with Grilled Radicchio and Cannellini Bean and Lemon Agrumato Puree
Assorted Chocolate Truffles

In addition to the catered dishes, we enjoyed dipping pretzels, vegan marshmallows, and fruit into Diane’s new chocolate fountain!

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Chocolate Fountain

We also got to taste seven flavors of Miyoko’s Kitchen cheeses, thanks to a donation from Miyoko’s. Thank you, Miyoko, Maria, and team!

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Miyoko’s Kitchen Vegan Cheese

VO Executive Director Jack Norris provided an overview of what VO has been working on—including our growing international outreach program, the success of our Vegan Mentor Program, and the work our leadership has done to hire and promote women (like me).

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VO Donor and Volunteer Cobie deLespinasse and Executive Director Jack Norris, RD

Paige and David Carter, who flew in from the Oakland Veg Fest that day, spoke to the crowd about the importance of VO’s work to reach a more diverse audience with a message of compassion for animals.

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Paige Carter Talking with VO Supporter Daniel Redwood
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VO’s David Carter Talking with VO Supporters

Then I had the wonderful opportunity of inviting people to donate to continue VO’s work. I was blown away by everyone’s support that day.

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VO Board Member Lauren Sprang and Donor Steve Sprang

This event was a fundraiser for our Team Vegan drive, so all the money donated will be matched dollar-for-dollar. On top of that, three wonderful donors pledged to match $10,000 that day! The event attendees donated $6,380, which means $25,520 for animals. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously!

To donate now to Team Vegan and have your donation matched, click here.