Farm to Fork Dinner: Sunset at Smith Rock proved to be an outstanding success, bypassing goals set for the inaugural event by almost double! Aperion Management Group, Central Oregon's first and only Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) that specializes in Homeowners Association (HOA) management, hosted the event on October 15th where over $15,000 was raised to benefit Heart of Oregon Corps Fleet for the Future campaign.
The dinner featured a locally sourced four-course meal from chefs Matthew Johnson of Pig Sauce Co. and Corey Whalen of One Street Down Café. Over 100 guests, including both local business sponsors and public attendees, came to the Old Winery Clubhouse at the exclusive Ranch at the Canyons to enjoy the food, drinks and atmosphere. Farmers were also in attendance representing each of the farms and educating the guests on the fresh in-season produce sourced for the evening, which included dairy products, chicken and pork, all sourced from the Central Oregon area.
One of the highlights of the evening, besides the delectable trifle dessert, was when four Heart of Oregon Corps alumni stood to tell their story and explain how being a part of Heart of Oregon has changed their life.
“Heart of Oregon has given me so many opportunities that I would never do before. Right after high school, I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and didn't think that I could become who I am today. Thank you for not giving up on me and giving me hope,” said Nicole, Heart of Oregon Alumni.
“We’re extremely humbled and overwhelmed by the response to our first Farm to Fork event,” said Katie Anderson, Aperion Management CEO. “The stories from the youth reminded everyone there that their donations to Heart of Oregon Corps is going to faces with names and a charity that is actively addressing both a need in Central Oregon for workers and the need in the lives of local youth for real job skills.”
Aperion Management Group has begun planning for the second annual Farm to Fork event next year.
About Aperion Management Group, LLC
Aperion Management Group, LLC is Central Oregon's first and only Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) that specializes in Homeowners Association (HOA) management in Central Oregon. With over fifty years combined experience in management, building and development, Aperion strives to create a more responsive and efficient management process for communities in and around Bend. To learn more visit www.aperionmgmt.com, or call us at 541.389.3172.
About Heart of Oregon Corps.
Heart of Oregon Corps is a nonprofit organization invested in inspiring and empowering positive change in the lives of Central Oregon youth through jobs, education, and stewardship. Their programming creates pathways out of poverty while stimulating regional economic growth. The “work-learn-earn” model invests in local young people, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds, to prepare them for the workforce and to encourage their self-sufficiency. Every year, Heart of Oregon Corps provides job skills training, education, and leadership development to over 300 local young people ages 16-24 that face major barriers to success.