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The event in Multnomah Village generates more than $5,300 for victims of the natural disaster

CONNECTION PHOTO: COREY BUCHANAN - Customers of Marco's Cafe & Expresso Bar dine during the Hurricane Harvey benefit on Thursday, Sept. 14.

Marco's Café and Espresso Bar in Multnomah Village hosted a benefit for the Hurricane Harvey relief effort last month All revenue generated from customer purchases, tips and donations on Sept. 14 — more than $5,300 — will go toward the Houston Food Bank. Marco's also raised more than $5,000 during a Syria benefit earlier this year. "It's our way of giving back. If something happened like that in Portland, you would have to rely on people near and far," Marco's manager Sara Dismukes said. Dismukes said the benefits provide a fun and convenient way for local residents to contribute to worthy causes. "We definitely try to help out in any way we can. As a small business, we're not able to donate large chunks of money, but it's a way to make it easy for people to donate. It's a social event," Dismukes said. "They don't have to figure out a worthy organization. Oftentimes a lot of organizations get

a bad rap for not donating as many funds. We do a lot of research for organizations with high ratings." The Houston Food Bank received a score of 100 ( out of a possible 100) by Charity Navigator, and 96 percent of its donation money goes directly to the cause. Though the Marco's staff isn't tied to Houston, they felt the obligation to chip in af

ter seeing the extraordinary damage. "When Hurricane Harvey hit, we were discussing what we could do to help with that and we decided on another benefit," Dismukes said. The event featured a special wine flight and a raffle with cases of wine up for grabs. Food Services of America, Ocean's Beauty and General Distributors also donated to the cause. "All of those companies pop by here on a weekly bases for deliveries. When they came in, they were more than happy to donate their food," Dismukes said. Dismukes was happy with how the event turned out and the amount of money the restaurant raised for the Houston Food Bank. "We were definitely pleased with the number; $5,000 was our goal and we exceeded that," Dismukes said.

Contact reporter Corey Buchanan at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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