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Help kids going through cancer find fun again at Wine & Dine

Nonprofit UKANDU’s fundraiser features 24 local restaurants and wineries and supports the organization’s camps and other programs.

Under a large white canopy tent, attendees of Wine + Dine make their way along a long line of booths. In the foreground, someone holds a bottle of red wine conversing with two guests.

Snack and sip your way through a lineup of culinary and viticultural heavy hitters.

Photo via UKANDU

As Portlanders, we don’t need much of an excuse to enjoy the best food and drink our city can offer. But when you throw in the chance to support families impacted by childhood cancer, it’s even harder to turn down.

Wine & Dine for Hope & Joy is exactly that. The event, held at The Redd on Salmon on Thursday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m., is UKANDU’s largest fundraiser of the year. The local nonprofit’s mission is to “provide parents and caregivers a respite from the physical, emotional, and financial toll” of the disease — and it does so through its free, medically supervised camps and other year-round offerings.

A line of preteen kids jump in the air alongside Camp UKANDU volunteers in front of a forested background.

UKANDU has shared its “you can do” attitude with more than 1,600 families and 4,000 children since 1986.

Photo via UKANDU

Attendees will peruse the booths of 24 restaurants and wineries, picking up unlimited bites and bevvies along the way. Expect to see representatives from Kachka, República, Arden, Eem, Lardo, Dolly Olive, and Rangoon Bistro, to name a few. As for who’s pouring, you’ll find Patricia Green Cellars, Alloro Vineyard, Lingua Franca Winery, Flâneur Wines, and others.

While you mix and mingle, there will also be opportunities to meet UKANDU’s staff, board members, volunteers, and people who have gone through the nonprofit’s programs. Individual tickets and additional sponsorship opportunities are available now.