September 28th, 2010 5:33 pm | by Jason Slotkin News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Update: Bowlers Donate $2,700 to Struggling Family Featured in 2007 WW Cover Story


A quick update on Friday's blog post about Veverly Campbell, who is fighting to keep her Northeast Portland home of nearly 24 years from possible foreclosure.

A "bowl-athon" fundraiser this past Saturday at Hollywood Bowl raised about $2,700 for Campbell, whose street in the Boise-Eliot neighborhood was the subject of a 2007 WW cover story.

Campbell's friend and co-worker Mike Madden tells WW that the amount raised is only "a drop in the bucket" compared to the $24,000 in payments demanded by Oct. 4 by GMAC. But he Campbell says the event brought her a sense of "optimism" among the 30 bowlers who donated. The largest contributor was Portland's Bread and Wine church, whose representative dropped off a $1300 check without even picking up a bowling ball.

Campbell, along with the African American Alliance for Housing, is still working to get her loan payment restructured by GMAC's deadline. If she can't get her loan modified, Campbell is also considering bankruptcy. Madden says the money raised will got to Campbell's attorneys if bankruptcy is the decision she makes.

Campbell's friends and co-workers also have set up both a donation account at OnePoint Community Credit Union and Paypal.
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