On a beautiful Central Oregon Sunday evening, over 240 community members made their way up the Pine Marten ski lift to raise funds for local youth. Aperion Management Group hosted the third annual Farm to Fork Dinner and Fundraiser: Sunset at 8,000 Feet on Sunday, September 9th at Mt. Bachelor’s Pine Marten Lodge to benefit local non-profit, Heart of Oregon Corps. The event featured a lift ride to and from the lodge, farm to fork food prepared by a local chef, drinks, youth and employer speeches, music, and of course, an amazing sunset.
Local chef Ingrid Rohrer of Broken Top Bottle Shop arranged a menu to delight with items such as Tunisian carrot dip bruschetta, Home Farm Foods pork ragout with polenta cakes, tomato reduction, and crisp pork skin, and truffle and local mushroom mac and cheese. Ingredients were sourced from over ten Central Oregon and Willamette Valley farms, hauled to 8,000 feet and once prepared, were served by Heart of Oregon youth (with supportive training from Mt. Bachelor servers).
“I liked learning about being a server, trying the great food, and the Mt. Bachelor staff shared about all the jobs there, and encouraged me to apply!” said Heart of Oregon Corps participant Conrad, from Bend, OR.
The Farm to Fork event is also about the community raising money to support youth in Heart of Oregon’s “work-earn-learn” programs. Businesses and individuals alike gave in different ways throughout the evening including table sponsorship, a raffle for an Alaskan getaway and a donation paddle raise. The goal to exceed last year’s amount raised of $30,000 came to fruition and $50,000 was raised!
“This level of individual and business community support of local youth who are working so hard to improve their lives is incredibly heartening,” said Laura Handy, Heart of Oregon Corps’ Executive Director. “I love that our youth are empowered to share their stories and get to explore the hospitality and tourism industry all through the event.”
Both corporate sponsorships and public tickets are available for Farm to Fork each year. Stay tuned for 2019 sponsorship and ticket information atwww.heartoforegon.org/news-events/farm-to-fork
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 face many barriers, to prepare them for the workforce and to encourage their self-sufficiency. Every year since 2000, they provide job skills training, education, and leadership development to over 300 local young people ages 16-24. Heart of Oregon Corps trains tomorrow’s workforce today. Now hiring youth! www.heartoforegon.org
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