What could be better than helping children foster a love of gardening? That was the goal last Thursday evening at a very special event: “SEED TODAY FOR ROOTS TOMORROW: Dennis’ 7 Dees presents a Farm-to-Table Garden Party benefiting Human Solutions.”
This inaugural event took place at our SE Portland Dennis’ 7 Dees Garden Center. Over 100 guests and sponsors were gathered together to help build and fund a new endeavor at Human Solutions – their new children’s Garden Program at their various programs to help homeless and low-income families around the Portland area.
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This event was born from a long-term partnership between Dennis’ 7 Dees Garden Centers and Human Solutions, and the previous Earth Day/Day of Service events held at their shelters and housing facilities over the last few years. At these events, the staff from Dennis’ 7 Dees volunteer their time and supplies to help brighten and improve the grounds at the various Human Solutions’ shelters and housing complexes for the homeless or low-income families residing there.
As word spread that there were going to be garden boxes built and flowers planted at these shelters, there was tremendous interest shown by the children staying there. Dennis’ 7 Dees wanted to step in and make the program bigger and better by hosting this new fundraiser.
As Master of Ceremonies, local celebrity Garden Expert Mike Darcy welcomed all guests as they sampled delicious local food and beverages. Dennis’ 7 Dees owner David Snodgrass featured his own heirloom tomatoes for a unique tomato-tasting. Guests walked around the beautiful grounds and shopped in the garden store where proceeds from the evening’s sales went towards the new Garden Program. The event raised over $10,000.
Executive Director Jean DeMaster explains: “Human Solutions owns and operates affordable housing complexes that are home to hundreds of very low-income families. We have witnessed the children in these housing facilities thrive when exposed to gardening. Dennis’ 7 Dees and Human Solutions are committed to helping homeless and low-income children continue to grow and develop in positive ways. With the proceeds from this event, we will continue to work to help vulnerable children achieve their full potential so they can grow into responsible adults who give back to their community.” Raised Garden Beds are now available at four housing complexes operated by Human Solutions: Lincoln Woods, Arbor Glen, Green Tree Court, and The Pines. Additional beds could be developed at any of the other 14 Human Solutions properties as funds become available.