Hoedown for Hunger

Americana, folk and bluegrass music by local bands and all-you-can eat chili donated by local restaurants November 2 celebrates local artists, supports Feed the Hungry and Keep Them Warm programs.


Bend’s Community Center (BCC), a local nonprofit organization that provides resources for basic needs, job training, volunteer opportunities and a place that brings people together, is hosting the eighth annual Hoedown for Hunger, a fundraiser that celebrates local music while raising funds for the BCC Feed the Hungry program and donations for Keep them Warm.


The Hoedown for Hunger will be held at Bend’s Community Center, located at 1036 NE Fifth Street in Bend, on Saturday, November 2 from 1–9pm. All proceeds will benefit the Feed the Hungry program, which prepares more than 2,000 meals for the homeless in Central Oregon. The cost of the all-day admission is $15 per adult, children 12 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 541-312-2096.


“This is such a fun event celebrating local musicians and the change of season here in Central Oregon,” said Linda Heatley, the executive director for Bend’s Community Center. “It is also a vital fundraiser supporting one of our most integral programs at BCC, helping us to feed the hungry every Sunday.”


The Hoedown for Hunger will offer a full day of Americana, folk and bluegrass music by local bands who are volunteering their time. The bands will include: Quincy Street, Runway Ranch Band and the Bitterbrush Band, Pitchfork Revolution, Kelly Riley, Extra Blue, Bend’n Strings, Rusty Rayles & the Rounders, Burnin’ Moonlight, Joe Bruce Stevens, The Prairie Rockets, Bobby Lindstrom, Felly Smith, Wild Rye, Dave Ehle, Freddy Finney-Jordet, Back from the Dead, Banjo Gallimaufry and Trees R4 Hugging.


Hoedown for Hunger will feature all-you-can eat chili donated by local restaurants including: Rockin’ Daves, Kayo’s, Hola, Chow, Longboard Louie’s, Jakes, Seventh Mountain and individual donations. Desserts will be provided from area bakeries and restaurants, and no host beer and wine will be available as well. There will also be a silent auction with gift baskets that include everything from chocolate, wine and olive oils to local adventures and more.


BCC is also currently requesting outdoor survival gear donations for the Keep them Warm program. People are encouraged to bring them to the Hoedown for Hunger, or drop them off at BCC during the week. Survival gear items requested include: propane cylinders, tents, tarps, bungee cords, camps stoves, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cookware, matches or anything camping related as well as warm clothing, including: long underwear, heavy socks, gloves, mittens, hats, wool pants and ski bibs.

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