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Desserts for Dinner benefits local homeless families

Hundreds of people were at the event to give back to what they said is a great cause and to enjoy some sweet treats.

Posted: Apr 26, 2019 10:31 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2019 5:27 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Local bakeries, eateries and area residents were at the Bob Keefer Center in Springfield on Friday evening for the inaugural "Desserts for Dinner" benefit for local homeless families.

Hundreds of people were at the event to give back to what they said is a great cause and to enjoy some sweet treats.

Catholic Community Services put on this unique event, inviting local bakeries to come out and share their treats and compete for the first-ever "Mayor's Cup."

"Whatever we make will go to the G Street OASIS program to help homeless families with children," said Jerry Ragan with Catholic Community Services.

OASIS helps those families and their children receive priority access to services they need.

Springfield City Councilor Sean VanGordon works closely with OASIS, and he and others with the city wanted to do something to help Springfield families that are in need of those services.

"Everybody we talked to was just overjoyed with the idea of how do we support people because when we find people housing in the city, they're part of our community," VanGordon said. "We need to take care of them."

Owners of local bakeries and eateries that we talked to said it just made sense to be involved.

"Doing the right thing, serving people good food, treating people well and trying to progress your community forward," said Steve Shinn, Owner of Bartolotti's Pizza. "Kind of a trifecta right there."

Officials said they won't know exactly how much money they were able to raise on Friday for OASIS until probably the beginning of next week.

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