The Healing Hunter Foundation (HHF) is a local, not for profit, family that uplifts children while they battle for life. Formed when the world lost a little boy named Hunter, the focus of the HHF has been to directly better the lives of little cancer warriors and their families. And we are sweetly and most definitely enhancing the lives of children touched by cancer.
EVENT TO FEATURE LOCALLY-SOURCED, FIVE-COURSE MEAL
FROM FIELD & VINE EVENTS TO RAISE FUNDS TO
SUPPORT CHILDREN FIGHTING CANCER;
DINNER TO BE PAIRED WITH WILLAKENZIE ESTATE
WILD ROOTS SPIRITS AND OREGONIC TONIC KOMBUCHA
PORTLAND, Ore. (July 24, 2019) – The Healing Hunter Foundation (HHF), a Portland-based,
not-for-profit organization that supports and uplifts children battling cancer,
has announced “A Midsummer’s Night Feast,” its first annual benefit dinner to
raise funds to improve the lives of children facing and fighting cancer. Held
on Thursday, August 15th on the 200-acre apple orchard at Oregon Heritage Farms in Hillsboro, the
event will feature a five-course meal provided by Field & Vine Events, the entity that
hosts “Dinners in the Field.”The
expertly prepared dinner, using locally-sourced ingredients will be paired with
wines from WillaKenzie Estates, vodka from Wild Roots Spirits and kombucha from
Recognized for its outstanding work in Portland’s
childhood cancer community, HHF creates impactful projects that truly enhance
the lives of children fighting cancer. Founded by Lenore Thawley and her husband
Todd Thawley, the couple lost their son, Hunter, to Acute Myeloid Leukemia in
2010 when he was three-and-a-half years old.Prior to his passing, he spent most of 2009 hospitalized at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.Thawley recalled the little things
that brought Hunter joy while in the hospital and on
the One Year Anniversary of Hunter’s death, she and her husband brought
toys to the children fighting cancer at Doernbecher.The following year, the Thawley’s delivered
21 donated iPods to Doernbecher, one for each patient in the unit where Hunter
spent his final days often listening to music on his dad’s iPhone.The following year, they delivered 30 donated
iPods on Hunter's Birthday and the tradition has grown and continued on
Hunter’s Birthday every year since then, resulting in 100 donated iPods on his
Birthday for the past three years.Thawley details Hunter’s life story in their blog http://healinghunter.com/.
“The mission of our foundation is to deliver hope, love
and random acts of kindness to the little cancer warriors in Portland. With our first benefit dinner, created to support these
brave children, we want to bring the community together in a way that embraces
joy, happiness, and hope, and what better way to do that than with delicious food
and love? Children are fighting hard for their lives every single day at
Randall Children’s Hospital and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and if we can
deliver some smiles and goodness to them, and pay it forward with overwhelming
amounts of kindness, then dining for a good cause has a very sweet effect,”
said Healing Hunter Foundation co-Founder Lenore Thawley.
Dessert will be provided by Lightning Cupcakes & Cakes, a dessert
boutique created in 2010 by Lenore Thawley, which provides additional funding for HHF.
Lightning Cupcakes & Cakes, which regularly receives 5-Star customer
reviews, will serve a custom-made Apple Butter Cupcake to reflect the venue, using
apples from Oregon Heritage Farms’ apple orchard.
A raffle will be held at the dinner and raffle items will
include Apple iPads, custom-made signs designed out
of wine barrels, WEN hair products by Hollywood Hairstylist Chaz Dean, One Fork
Farm Caramels from McMinnville, and more. A wine wall
featuring wines from Willamette Valley Vineyards, Cooper Mountain Vineyards,
Oak Knoll Winery and more will also be available. Each guest will also go home
with an event swag bag full of locally-sourced goodies, including a mini bottle
from Wild Roots Spirits, ginger kombucha from Oregonic Tonic, Apple Sugar
cookies from Oregon Heritage Farms, and mini fresh
fruit pies from Hoffman Farms Store in Beaverton.
Healing Hunter Foundation is the proud recipient of Fox12’s Be the Change, as
well as KATU News’ Everyday Hero. Recognized for their outstanding work
in the childhood cancer community, the foundation creates impactful projects
that truly enhance the lives of children fighting cancer. They’ve donated
hundreds of iPads over the last nine years to children in treatment and children
receiving bone marrow transplants. They bring the children’s cancer unit
to life over the holidays and completely transform it into a magical winter
wonderland, in an effort to keep the children’s spirits lifted after the
diagnosis of a deadly disease. And they deliver “Love and Smile Sacks”
filled to the rim with toys, games and cuddly stuffies when a child is in need
of some smiles and sunshine.
Oregon Heritage Farms
Farms is a four-generation owned and operated apple orchard in the beautiful
Willamette Valley. Our apple farm consists of over 200 acres of apples and our
farm store operates seasonally from mid to late August through November. We are
committed to providing an apple farm experience the whole family can enjoy.
The full menu will be available via social media the week of the event, and are subject to change based on seasonal availability of the best ingredients.