Hollywood business owners Lynn Burkhardt of Columbia River Brewing and Mike Chappell of Silver Stem dispensary are teaming up to hold a fundraiser for the Hollywood Senior Center. Their goal is to raise about $850 to buy a commercial dishwasher for the center.
The two, together with Silver Stem manager Chris York, cooked up a plan for a “Hot Wing Battle,” to be held Saturday, August 6 at the brew pub, 1728 N.E. 40th Ave., from 1 to 5 p.m.
The event will pit five or six of Columbia River Brewing’s regulars against five or six of Silver Stem’s customers in a people’s choice competition to determine which business’s customers can whip up the tastiest wing sauce.
“It was a no-brainer,” said Burkhardt. “Two neighborhood businesses, coming together for a Hollywood community project, to support the services the center provides for our seniors and for our community. I mentioned it to Mike and Chris and they were immediately on board.”
“For the scope of what we do, as a cannabis-related business, we want to help the neighborhood as much as humanly possible,” said Chappell. “Any opportunity we get to help the Hollywood neighborhood, we’ll jump on that opportunity and pitch in.”
For a $10 donation to the cause, judges can taste 10-12 wings and vote for their favorites. All proceeds will go to the senior center.
“The neighborhood has been incredibly supportive towards us,” said York. “We know that there’s a stigma attached to our business and we get that. But this is a beautiful neighborhood and we’re proud to be a part of it. We take pride in caring for our property, our parking lot, the street in front of our business. I wish that my grandparents could have had something like the senior center in their neighborhood during their later years. I think it would have made a huge difference for them and improved the quality of their lives to have that basic care and to have friends and to meet people. It hits really close to home and I think the center’s mission of supporting the seniors in our community is just stellar.”
For more information on the Hot Wing Battle, call (503) 943-6157 or visit www.columbiariverbrewpub.com. For more information on Hollywood Senior Center, call (503) 288-8303 or visit www.hollywoodseniorcenter.org. For more information on Silver Stem, call (503) 208-2074 or visit www.silverstemcannabis.com.