Fort Kennedy to host cruise-in supporting homeless veterans
Motor vehicle enthusiasts, ready your engines! Fort Kennedy is hosting its annual cruise-in and motorcycle ride event on Sunday, Aug. 29 to raise money for homeless veterans in the Portland metro area.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, motorists are invited to showcase their prized vehicles at Sidelines Restaurant and Sports Bar, 6001 N.E. Win Sivers Drive, where attendees will enjoy an event including food, a raffle, a live DJ and specialty huckleberry milkshakes made by Fort Kennedy members.
Fort Kennedy, a nonprofit founded nearly six years ago by retired U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Tina Kennedy, provides transitional housing, food, clothing and a wide array of other resources to veterans in need.
The motorcycle ride, hosted in partnership with the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, will begin its sign-up period at 8:30 a.m. at Latus Motors Harley-Davidson, 870 E. Berkeley St., in Gladstone. The ride kicks off at 10 a.m. Motorcyclists will ride from Latus Motors to Sidelines. Trophies will awarded to cars and motorcycles at Sidelines at 3 p.m.
The event is free for attendees not participating in either vehicle showcase, but all are encouraged to donate to Fort Kennedy online or at an in-person donation booth at Sunday's event. Tickets to participate in either the cruise-in or motorcycle ride are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
All proceeds from the event will be go to Fort Kennedy, which works to support veterans after military service, including rental assistance, job searches, haircuts and more.
"We also have a clothes closet, we help them out if they need to file for their V.A. benefits, with housing we have contacts with Multnomah and Clackamas County, and they come in and we can help them get into a shelter," said volunteer Terri Argyle, who added that the fort is itself a day shelter where veterans can come take a shower, get a hot meal, and sit in their day room and watch television or a movie.
Now in its fourth year, the annual cruise-in and motorcycle ride is one of several fundraisers Fort Kennedy hosts throughout the year. Others include food and clothing drives for homeless veterans during the holiday season.
"At Christmas and Thanksgiving, we always take them a box of food, and if we have families, then we do Christmas stockings for them," Argyle said.
You can donate to Fort Kennedy through PayPal, Venmo, BottleDrop or the U.S. Postal Service by mailing checks to 7600 S.E. Johnson Creek Blvd., Portland, OR 97206.
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