Jackson County, OR — The 8th annual ACCESS Mayors United fundraising event to fight hunger will be held Saturday, October 8, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Bigham Knoll, 525 Bigham Knoll Drive, Jacksonville, OR.
The public is invited to join ACCESS and its sponsors, together with all 11 Jackson County Mayors, for an early evening of live entertainment, great food, beer and wine tasting, and live and silent auctions. Event proceeds will help ACCESS feed thousands of hungry families.
“ACCESS fed more than 43,000 families last year and the numbers are rising. Hunger affects all walks of life within our Jackson County communities. I urge support from all citizens of Southern Oregon to assist in our efforts to help our growing population of citizens who are going hungry every day.” said Gary Wheeler, City of Medford Mayor.
Tickets are $75 per person, $125 per couple, $500 per table of 8 and seating is limited. To join your Jackson County Mayors and help fight hunger, call (541) 774-4312 or go online at ACCESShelps.org. For each dollar raised, ACCESS can provide four meals, or approximately five pounds of food for local residents experiencing hunger.
“I encourage you to join me in supporting our Mayors United event to raise funds to help feed those in need. Even one hungry child, in any of our communities, is one too many,” said Tim Alford, Board Chair.
We are excited to have Arbor House, Bella Union, Capers, Frau Kemmlings Schoolhaus Brewhaus, Jacksonville Inn, Spoons, Texas Roadhouse, Sunrise Café & Catering, The Point Pub and Grill, Panda Express, Rogue Eats, The Teapot on Wheels, Umpqua Dairy, DANCIN Vineyards, Cliff Creek Cellars, Slagle Creek Vineyards, Valley View Winery, and Walkabout Brewing Company as some of the local participating vendors.
Auction highlights include a Private Wine Party for 10 at DANCIN Vineyards, Catered Dinner for 25 by Sunrise Café & Catering, Guided Steelhead Fishing Package for 2, Private Crater Lake Guided Adventure Tour for 2, Medford Rogues Deck Party for 50, Ride Above the Rogue Valley in a 1942 Stearman Bi-wing Plane, Winery Tour & Jet Boat Tour, Beavers Tailgate Beer Wagon with 2 Game Tickets, Ducks Tailgate Beer Wagon, Allaboard Trolley Wine Tour for 25, Aerial View Drone Photography Package, and SOU All-Sports Season Passes for 2.
Mayors United was created in 2009 to help feed the growing number of hungry residents in Jackson County. Last year, our 24 ACCESS Food Pantries fed more than 11,700 families, more than 24,000 individuals, each month. ACCESS distributed more than 43,000 food boxes and 4 million pounds of emergency food (76,000 pounds weekly) to over 50 partner agencies. The number of people seeking food support has increased by over four percent since 2014. Over thirty-three percent of those ACCESS is helping to feed are children under the age of 18.
As the Community Action Agency of Jackson County, ACCESS has been helping Jackson County residents break the cycle of poverty since 1976. With a focus on education, ACCESS helps low-income families and seniors through economic crisis by guiding them through changes in habits to help them become self-sustaining.