Event raises funds for Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County

Duck football fever is spreading to West Linn, and it will help senior citizens who are victims of financial abuse. by: SUBMITTED - JORGENSEN

Mike “Jorgy” Jorgensen, broadcaster for the University of Oregon Ducks, will be the keynote speaker at an awards dinner and auction at the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn on June 22 to raise funds for the nonprofit Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County (SCCCC) of Oregon City.

The event will take kick off at 6:15 p.m. and run to 9 p.m. at the club, which is located at 25700 SW Petes Mountain Road. Tickets are $50 and table sponsorships are available for $500.

Ticket reservations and event sponsorships are now available by calling 503-657-1366.

Also at the dinner, the SCCCC will present its Citizen for Seniors award to the Portland Women’s Foundation and the Newcomers Welcome Club of Lake Oswego & West Linn.

“These two organizations go way beyond the norm in support of our work serving local seniors,” said Christi Bird, council executive director. “We want to do everything we can to show our thanks for their unwavering assistance.”

As the color analyst for the Ducks football radio broadcasts, Jorgensen is one of the best-known sports figures in Oregon. Coaches, quarterbacks and titles might come and go, but every Saturday during the college football season for the past 23 years, many thousands of fans have listened to Jorgensen help call the Duck games.

Jorgensen, who quarterbacked the Ducks from 1981 to 1984, is also a frequent guest on national radio sports talk shows. The Oregon native appears on a weekly Oregon football show and participates in many other Duck-related broadcast shows. For the past four years also he hosted an hour-long cable TV show that featured the team’s head coach.

At the June 22 dinner auction, Jorgensen will talk about his career as a Duck, some of the more memorable players he’s met, the upcoming season and some of the highlights of his more than two decades viewing the team from his unique perspective.

The Oregon Ducks have risen to national prominence in the past few years, attracting fans from across the country, playing in major bowl games and competing for the national title.

“This is the pinnacle. This is rare air. They are at the top, looking at eye level with everyone else,” Jorgenson said. “I pinch myself every day for the opportunity to broadcast Oregon football for 23 years. I never take it for granted. This is as good as it gets.”

For 41 years the SCCCC has provided free or low-cost services for homebound, frail, vulnerable and geographically isolated individuals.

Not available anywhere else, its programs promote independence, improve quality of life and prevent or end abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) and exploitation of at-risk seniors and adults with disabilities. Last year the agency received the Top-Rated Award from Great Nonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

Reporter Tony Martinez of Fox TV Channel 12 of Portland will serve as the emcee of the event.

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