Portland, OR, August 13, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Nestled below the evening sky inside the World Forestry Center on Saturday, September 25, supporters, volunteers and guests will “Reach for the Stars!” to help fund MIKE Program’s work with vulnerable youth. Now in its sixth year, the annual benefit dinner attracts healthy appetites and contributions with a gourmet dinner and fine wines as Roy Jay, local community builder and MIKE Program Advisory Board member, conducts a fun-filled live auction on stage.
MIKE Program is a Portland nonprofit which works to educate at-risk youth about healthy foods and lifestyles that include leadership, life skills and mentoring. The program worked with 75 students at De La Salle North Catholic High School and Rosemary Anderson High School through the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC) last year.
Supporting youth to eat healthy foods and avoid risky behaviors is a daily challenge. New federal and state laws seek to bring more vulnerable populations to the table, yet the constant barrage of fast food commercials, high costs and limited access make healthy eating difficult for many youth, especially low-income and minorities. MIKE Program helps encourage healthy habits by educating and mentoring vulnerable youth.
MIKE Program exists to prevent chronic kidney failure, which is increasing in response to high rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, the main causes of kidney failure. Those most at risk are low income, minority youth. Practicing how and what to eat, adopting healthy exercise habits, and developing healthy social supports at an early age can protect children against the causes that contribute to kidney disease.
Proceeds from the annual benefit dinner will allow MIKE Program to increase the number of teens it serves and also to provide training to teachers, youth workers and other volunteers to deliver their state-of-the art curriculum. With budget cuts in many school districts, MIKE Program’s healthy lifestyles curriculum helps keep such enrichment in the classroom. The curriculum is customized for students in grades 9-12.
The “Autumn Evening: Reach for the Stars!” dinner is MIKE Program’s main fundraiser for the year, attracting a broad array of guests who care about health, youth and the community. In addition to the fun live auction, there is also a silent auction with a large variety of prizes available. Tickets are $100 per person or reserve a table for four for $300. All proceeds benefit MIKE Program.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.mikeprogram.org or contact Stacy Kaczor-Roach at 971-998-2594, email: email@example.com.