Editor’s note: This story, which was previously published online and in print is now outdated. The celebration event has been canceled due to the fire in the gorge making it difficult for Blazers representatives to attend.
Community members are invited to celebrate a hard-won victory that will result in new playground equipment at Sunset Park.
A celebration will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at the park, located at the intersection of Northeast Fourth Street and East Dogwood Ave. The groundbreaking ceremony to begin installation of the new equipment is a result of Hermiston residents rallying votes to win an online contest sponsored by Moda Health and the Portland Trail Blazers, pledging one dollar per assist during the Blazers’ 2017 season.
Attending the ceremony on behalf of the Portland Trail Blazers will be vice president of social responsibility Christa Stout and Moda Health senior vice president Robin Richardson.
Boys and girls ages 7-10 have also signed up to participate in four 30-minute basketball clinics taught by a Blazers camp staffer (not to be confused with members of the Blazers coaching staff), according to Moda corporate social responsibility manager Karis Stoudamire-Phillips. The clinics will take place from 3-5 p.m.
Hermiston won the Moda Assist competition in March, beating out schools in Portland and Tillamook by more than 4,000 votes. The contest was expected to net about $20,000 for the park.