July 2, 2014

Nancy Marshall, Executive Director, Harrington Family Foundation
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Meridel Prideaux, Publicist, Coates Kokes
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Joey Harrington Grills Up BBQ Cook-off Fundraiser Set for July 26

The Great Summer Chef Off will feature five of the region’s top chefs competing in a BBQ cook-off; 
event benefits charities that support children and their right to quality education and health care

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Harrington Family Foundation (HFF) will hold The Great Summer Chef Off on July 26 starting a 6 p.m. The inaugural event, to be held at Bladberry Farm on Sauvie Island, will bring together five Portland chefs for a BBQ cook-off event to support the Foundation and its mission to better the lives of children in Oregon by giving them access to high-quality education and health care. The event will also include a silent auction and raise-the-paddle segment.

Presented by Parr Lumber, the cook-off will feature food prepared by Greg and Gabrielle Denton, Ox; Rick Gencarelli, Lardo; and Chris Thompson and Hilary Benson, Iorio. Farm-to-cone ice cream from Salt & Straw will be served for dessert. Beer, wine and whiskey tasting will also be part of the evening with beer provided by Migration Brewery and wine tasting coordinated by Domain Drouhin. Blues singer Curtis Salgado will provide live entertainment for the evening.

Tickets to the event cost $125 per person and can be purchased online. Event tables (10 people) may also be purchased for $1,000.

Only 400 tickets will be sold with all proceeds going to the Foundation and its mission to support children in the state. Guests will also be able to cast their votes for the chef with the best BBQ, who will donate $5,000 to an Oregon children’s charity of his or her choice.

The Foundation holds a number of other fundraisers each year to raise money for children, including two annual golf tournaments and Bridges to Breakers, a bike ride from Portland to Gearhart. New this year, the Foundation started the Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship program that allows emerging student leaders facing financial hurdles the opportunity to attend an Oregon university, college or trade school.

HFF was created by former NFL quarterback and Portland native Joey Harrington. Since its inception in 2003, the Foundation has donated more than $1 million to Oregon nonprofits that support education and health care for in-state youth.

For more information about The Great Summer Chef Off and the Harrington Family Foundation, visit

About the Harrington Family Foundation

Established in 2003 by former NFL quarterback, Joey Harrington, the Harrington Family Foundation (HFF) has raised more than $1 million for students across Oregon. Born and raised in Oregon, Joey believes investing in Oregon students dedicated to pursuing higher education ultimately invests in the state of Oregon. He recognizes leaders do not only exist on the athletic field or in front of a television camera. The Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship program is designed to encourage students who have shown a take-charge ability in their communities, but may need help reaching their potential. The Foundation recently opened a new office located at 1355 NW 13th Ave., Portland. For more information, visit