PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Restaurants throughout Portland are joining together to help immigrant children at the border this Thursday.
These local eateries are encouraging people to dine to end child detainment through a fundraiser called “Dining to End Child Detainment” throughout the day. The money raised will be donated to Kids in Need of Defense, an organization that provides legal representation to detained immigrant and refugee kids.
Owner of Toro Bravo Inc., Renee Gorham, owns 9 different restaurants in town. She’s been in the industry her whole life and is wildly passionate about food — and about people. She’s one of the many restauranteurs participating in this charity event.
“Any time we have an opportunity to support our community and even our broader community — we have to use our platforms to get involved,” she said.
Some other participating restaurants include favorites such as Kachka, Pine State Biscuits, Pambiche, Screen Door, Whole Bowl, Gravy, Sugarpine Drive-In and Guero. The full list of restaurants is available on their Facebook event page.
Each participating restaurant is donating a portion of their sales made from the entire day. The goal for the night is to reach a whopping $10,000.
Behind this initiative to round up Portland’s restaurants is a group of local women.
“We’ve been so blessed and overwhelmed at the response,” said Shannon Sansoterra, a fundraiser organizer. “We started with a goal of a dozen and now we’re at 40.”
With their $10,000 goal, they hope Portlanders will wine and dine in support and solidarity for these migrant children.
“Portland has a huge heart and these restaurants and these small businesses have come up in such a big way to contribute,” said another organizer, Hope Beraka. “We’re thrilled.”
They said no restaurant is too big or too small to join — every plate served is a donation making a difference.
“I think its a really good reminder that everyday people can effect change,” said Shannon.
Check out a few pictures of the delicious food that’ll be available!Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Download our free news and weather apps for the latest headlines and forecast information.