(pictured, the view of Portland from Washington Park)
Three days ago, Portland Parks and Recreation announced that the beloved Washington Park Summer Festival would have to be canceled due to lack of funding
. The free concert series took place every August in Washington Park, and it cost around $100,000 to sponsor the 18 free concerts. The series was dependent on private funding, which—duh—was in short supply this year.
In the past, over 30,000 people attended the festival, which showcased local performers like Rebecca Kilgore, Curtis Salgado, and the Portland Summerfest Opera.
But hope is on the horizon: Gordon Sondland, CEO of Hotel deLuxe and Hotel Lucia, and co-principal of the Sondland Durant Foundation along with Katy Durant, has stepped forward to try and save the festival
. They've pledged $50,000 towards saving the festival. $50K! That's a lot of money! But it's not enough. Their donation is contingent on the other $50,000 being matched by other local businesses.
Matching funds must be donated by May 15 for the effort to succeed.
You hear that, y'all? $50,000 must be pledged by next Friday, May 15. If you are a local business in possession of a few extra thousands, probably the best person to contact would be Beth Sorenson from Portland Parks and Recreation, at 823-5300.
Photo courtesy Flickr.com, D-Allison.