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As the devastating and historic wildfires continue to burn out in the west, Will Hollingsworth and Jill Vedaa, both of whom have personal ties with Oregon, have organized a fundraiser to help with the relief.
This week, the Owl is donating 100% of all takeaway receipts from both locations and Salt is donating income from Oregon wine sales to the effort. On a local level, Eric Williams (Momocho and El Carnicero) and Brandon Chrostowski from EDWINS as well as Veritas, Citizen & # 39; s Trust and Law Bird in Columbus are on board.
"I named the bar the Spotted Owl because I grew up in the Oregon woods," Hollingsworth told Scene. “My Oregon is hurting right now – my friends have lost their homes and livelihoods. They need shelter, food and comfort. You need our help. This week, have a nice glass of Oregon wine from the good Oregon country and know you are helping good people. "
Jill Vedaa hurts everyone in the state she came from for the same reason.
"I was born in Oregon, spent most of my summers in the mountains of Mollala on my grandparents' farm and most of my family still live there. They have all been evacuated from their homes without knowing if they will be able to return." she said, "Not knowing if everything you worked for will still be there. I know times are difficult and unstable for most of us, but if you can even a little help ours." Friends and family in Oregon. Sip the best of Willamette's Pinot Noir (damn it) and help raise much needed money for those in need. It's a win-win !! "
Donations go to the United Way of Lane County, which collects all donations for organizations helping with the aftermath of the Holiday Farm Fire in Oregon, where around 40,000 people have been evacuated and hundreds have already lost their homes.
Any local restaurant interested in participating can reach Hollingsworth at email@example.com or Vedaa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And anyone who would like to make a contribution can do so at unitedwaylane.org.
An anonymous benefactor has offered to raise 100% of the money raised so that your money goes double that.