Visit Hood River’s Shop Local for Ukraine raises $7,878!


April 22, 2022

Contact: Katie Kadlub, Visit Hood River, 208-867-0498, katie@visithoodriver.com


Participating businesses donated a percentage of April 9 sales to benefit relief efforts through Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen 

(HOOD RIVER, Ore.) — Inspired by recent fundraising efforts in Hood River and across the globe, local retailers rallied together to raise $7,878 to benefit citizens and refugees of Ukraine during the Shop Local for Ukraine event held Sat., April 9. With support from Visit Hood River, 17 participating retailers donated a percentage of the day’s sales to Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, an international aid organization working to provide critical relief services to those remaining in Ukraine, as well as those displaced by the war. 

“Hood River is a community rooted in connection. We support each other and we support others in times of need,” said John Melesko, owner of Doug’s. “The Shop Local for Ukraine event is one of several local fundraisers that are truly a reflection of these values, which we are always more than happy to support.”

“I am humbled, but not surprised by the Hood River business community’s ability to pull off such a successful effort on short notice, and to have had such strong support from the participating businesses and those who shopped on April 9,” says Katie Kadlub, executive director of Visit Hood River. “We even had one young boy who was so eager to help that he opened a pop-up store in his home to raise money from family and friends.”

For a list of participating businesses, or to make a donation, visit the Visit Hood River Shop Local for Ukraine website. For more information on Visit Hood River go to www.visithoodriver.com.

About the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce dba Visit Hood River:

The Hood River County Chamber of Commerce dba Visit Hood River is a nonprofit business association serving our tourism and business Stakeholders. Located at the crossroads of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the magnificent Cascade Range and just an hour from Portland, Hood River is truly “Mother Nature’s Favorite,” offering outdoor recreation, dramatic vistas, historic landmarks, bountiful fruit, and fantastic food, wine, beer, and cider. With accommodations ranging from luxury hotels to historic B&Bs, Hood River is a four-season destination for families, outdoor enthusiasts, weddings, corporate events, and more. It was named the West’s best “Nature Lover’s Destination” in the 2021 Sunset Travel Awards, a “Top 10 Best Small Town Beer Scene” in the 2021 USA Today 10Best Readers Choice Awards, a Top 10 Wine Destination for 2017 by Wine Enthusiast, and 2015 “Best Adventure Town” in the West by Sunset magazine. Visit Hood River supports economic development, community development, and destination marketing for Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Odell, Parkdale, Pine Grove, and Mt. Hood. For more information, call 800-366-3530 or visit www.visithoodriver.com.

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Contact katie@visithoodriver.com

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