PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — With the sun beating down from a cloudless sky, thousands of music lovers filled Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland for the finale of the annual Oregon Food Bank fundraiser.
The 27th annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival enjoyed nearly perfect weather since it began Thursday. The festival this year raised about $1.1 million for the food bank.
Laura Golino De Lovato with the Oregon Food Bank said the money raised “means that we can purchase food and put gas in our tricks that deliver food around the state, or we can use them for programs, so really they go into our general fund, and it’s really really critical.”
The festival put less emphasis on canned donations this year as they move toward providing more fresh food from local farmers. They still accepted the canned good donations.
Over the years, the Oregon Food Bank has collected more than 800 tons of canned goods and raised more than $9 million over the course of the festival’s 27 years.
Gregg Allman, the headliner for Spectacular Sunday at the Waterfront Blues Fest, canceled his appearance due to health reasons.
Curtis Salgado, who has toured with The Steve Miller Band and sang with Santana, agreed to step in and perform in Allman’s headlining slot.
The other acts slated for the day included Joan Osborne with the Holmes Brothers, Boz Scaggs and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk.