PORTLAND -- The 25th Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland exceeded its goal by bringing in 104,000 pounds of food for the Oregon Food Bank, a spokeswoman said. Organizers were hoping to hit 100,000.
More than 120,000 people attended the festival, according to Jean Kempe-Ware of the Oregon Food Bank. Donations and ticket purchases brought in an estimated $902,000, just shy of the $945,000 goal.
“We set a gigantic goal this year and came within inches of meeting it,” said OFB's Laura Golino de Lovato. “We’re pleased with the results and thank the entire community for generously supporting the work of Oregon Food Bank.”
About 2,300 people volunteered for festival. Headliners included the Steve Miller Band, the Elvin Bishop Band with James Cotton, and Toots and the Maytals.