By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The Mother & Child Education Center is hosting a Full Moon Feast from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. November 6 to raise funds for year-end operations.
Chef Abby Fammartino will prepare a four-course dinner without gluten, soy or dairy. Wine pairing will be by Seven of Hearts Winery. Seating is limited to 26 people. Tickets are $100 each. Tickets may be ordered and sponsor or donation options are available at motherandchild.schoolauction.net/fullmoonfest2014/ or by calling (503) 249-5801.
The center at 1515 N.E. 41st Ave. was founded in 1971 as a chapter of Birthright. It evolved into a separate non-profit organization in 2008 to provide more services to women in need.
Led by a small staff and a large number of volunteers, Mother & Child serves more than 1,200 women each year, said Maura White, the executive director who has more than 25 years of non-profit experience. She succeeded long-time director Martha MacIver, who retired in March.
“With Mother & Child, our goal is to make sure children are welcomed and nurtured in the womb, the home and the community,” said White. “We greet each young woman who walks through our door with love and open arms.”
The dinner menu will include pumpkin-satsuma bisque, pecan and peppercorn-crusted wild salmon, celery root fritters with horseradish coconut cream, cider braised greens and pear ginger upside down cake.