PRESS RELEASE | Farm Fresh Dinner in the Apple Orchard | A Midsummer's Night Feast

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Erica Perez
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 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 Oregonic Tonic.
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
“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 of vodka 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.
Proceeds from “A Midsummer’s Night Feast” will benefit HHF. The dinner will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on August 15th The event will be held rain or shine.  In the event of inclement weather, dinner will be served in Oregon Heritage Farms’ historic apple barn.  The cost for the dinner is $150 per person, which includes a 5-course meal, wine, beer, vodka and kombucha drink pairings, gratuity and one guest swag bag. For “A Midsummer’s Night Feast” dinner tickets, please visit or EventBrite, or via Facebook at  Advance tickets only.  
About the Healing Hunter Foundation
The 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.

About Oregon Heritage Farms
Oregon Heritage 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.

Limited seats available.  (Tickets Non-Refundable)

WillaKenzie Estate - Official Winery
Wild Roots Spirits - Official Vodka
Oregonic Tonic Kombucha - Official Kombucha
Copper Blossom Design - Official Florist
Twinkle Trees - Official Decor
Kelby Maria - Official Photographer
Royal Restrooms Portland - Official Restroom
Hoffman Farms Store - Official Pie 
One Fork Farm Caramels - Official Caramel 

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