Try a specialty cocktail and give a donation to charity. What a marvelous combination for those visiting Portland, Oregon. Travel Portland and numerous partners in the hospitality industry launched an exciting Portland Charity Cocktail Program to engage residents and visitors alike in supporting area nonprofits. Now you can try a new cocktail and know that you are also donating to help those in need achieve self-sufficiency.
The program asked participating restaurants, bars and hotels to create and feature a specialty cocktail; one dollar of the proceeds from each specialty cocktail sale will be contributed to the 2018 Portland Charity Cocktail Program donation fund. Each quarter, Travel Portland will collect donations from program participants and present a check to a designated nonprofit organization.
More than 18 participating restaurants and bars have joined the program, and a full list of these businesses can be found at TravelPortland.com/charitycocktail.
2018 Portland Charity Cocktail Program Beneficiaries
The two nonprofits selected as beneficiaries for the inaugural citywide program are:
- Transition Projects: All donations made through June 2018 will benefit the Transition Projects Mobile Engagement program. Entering its third year in July 2018, the Mobile Engagement Team connects hundreds of people living on the streets in downtown Portland with essential resources and support services to help them end their homelessness and transition to permanent housing.
- New Avenues for Youth: July through December 2018 donations will be contributed to New Avenues for Youth’s new Service Industry Training & Placement Program. The program will help young people develop the necessary skills for gaining and retaining employment in the tourism and hospitality industry, while fostering a pipeline of talent for the region’s growing tourism sector.
The 2018 Charity Cocktail Program is managed through the Travel Portland Education and Training Foundation, which tracks donations and distributes funds to the designated nonprofit organizations
More information about the Portland Charity Cocktail Program
Visit TravelPortland.com/charitycocktail for a list and map of bars and restaurants and their specialty cocktail offerings. For more things to do in Oregon, see our Oregon articles from Wander writers.
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