The 29 th Annual Eugene Celebration Presented by Northwest Community Credit Union to ‘Raise the Roof’ Once Again
The good times will return to downtown Eugene, Aug. 26-28, 2011, as the event enters the second year of its partnership with Habitat for Humanity
EUGENE, Ore. — The stage is set for the 29th annual Eugene Celebration, presented by Northwest Community Credit Union, which will be held Friday, Aug. 26 through Sunday, Aug. 28. Organizers announced the return of the theme “Raise the Roof” in recognition of a continued partnership with the nonprofit organization Habitat for Humanity and issued a call for applications from entertainers, parade participants, filmmakers, nonprofit groups, vendors, retailers and volunteers.
“Our continued partnership with Habitat for Humanity is an opportunity to participate in a form of community-building that has an immediate impact,” said Amanda Walkup, Eugene Celebration board chair. “We can celebrate our community and make it stronger at the same time.”
Major funding for the collaboration between the Eugene Celebration and Habit for Humanity, which seeks to raise $120,000 over three years, comes from presenting sponsor Northwest Community Credit Union. Additionally, the Celebration itself will dedicate a portion of paid admissions and up to 50 percent of cash sponsorships – for a contribution of up to $20,000 each year – to the Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
Eugene Celebration organizers expressed their gratitude for the continued support of Northwest Community Credit Union and project partner Jerry’s Home Improvement. Now entering its second year, the partnership has resulted in the near completion of a house at Meyer Estates in Springfield, which will be dedicated in the spring. Construction is set to begin on a second house sometime in 2012.
“We’re really pleased with the results we’ve already seen from this collaboration, and we look forward to the continued show of support from festival sponsors, organizers and those who help our organization indirectly by attending the Eugene Celebration,” said Don Griffin, executive director of Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity.
Those looking to secure their participation in the Eugene Celebration can register to take part in the festivities at www.eugenecelebration.com . Applications are being accepted for:
· The Celebration Parade
· The Eugene Celebration Film Festival
· Community Causeway
· Sustainability Village
· Food Court
The Eugene Celebration, the southern Willamette Valley's largest and most celebrated civic event, invites participants to celebrate the community by giving back and getting down. The event includes the Celebration Parade, and indoor and outdoor performance stages located in downtown Eugene. Stages are linked by street performers, food vendors, beverage gardens, a marketplace, a Community Causeway showcasing up to 100 nonprofit groups, an extensive KidZone area, Sustainability Village, the Pet Stroll, a film festival and much more. Downtown merchants and venues also participate in special promotions and indoor performances throughout the weekend. The event attracts an average of 20,000 participants a day.
About Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity
Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate in good standing with Habitat for Humanity International. Springfield/Eugene Habitat welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1990, Habitat has constructed more than 40 homes in its service area, and its tithing on undesignated funds has built an equal number of homes in its sister affiliate in Nicaragua – all contributing to more than 350,000 Habitat for Humanity International houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.sehabitat.org .
About Northwest Community Credit Union
Northwest Community Credit Union (NWCU) is the only credit union open to most Oregonians, serving residents and their families in 15 counties. NWCU has more than 67,000 members and more than $639 million in member-owned assets. NWCU is headquartered in Springfield, Ore., with branches in Albany, Beaverton, Bend, Cottage Grove, Eugene, Grants Pass, Medford, North Bend, Oregon City, Redmond, Roseburg and Springfield. For more information visit https://www.nwcu.com , check out our blog at www.thatssonorthwest.com or connect with us on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/thatssonorthwest ) and Twitter ( http://twitter.com/nwcu , http://twitter.com/thatssoNW )
About the Eugene Celebration
The Eugene Celebration was created in 1983 by the city of Eugene to bring the community together for three days of music and fun. In 1998, Downtown Events Management, Inc. (DEMI) was launched to manage the Celebration. DEMI is registered with the State of Oregon as a domestic nonprofit corporation and managed by an all-volunteer board of directors. The Celebration is produced and funded through grants, business sponsorships, private contributions, admissions fees, in-kind donations and volunteer support.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Eugene Celebration will be produced by Kesey Enterprises Inc., owner and operator of the McDonald Theatre and manager and operator of the city of Eugene's Cuthbert Amphitheater.
Applications for entertainment, vendors, parade entrees, volunteers and other participants are available online at http://www.eugenecelebration.com . For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, please call (541) 681-4108, visit the website or connect with us on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/eugenecelebration.kesey ) or Twitter ( http://twitter.com/Eug_Celebration ).