What we're all about...
Forest Grove UnCorked! is a 501(c)3 that benefits local public safety and veteran charities.
"The mission of Forest Grove UnCorked is to create an annual event that promotes and celebrates the wine, food, spirit, and micro-brew providers of Forest Grove, Washington County, and the Northern Willamette Valley. In addition to promoting the city of Forest Grove, local vendors, and Oregon wineries and breweries, the event is also designed to raise money for local public safety and veteran organizations by providing a relaxing, safe, and comfortable adult environment in which to enjoy the food, drinks, and live music."
WHAT WE'VE DONE
Most people know us for providing a place to bring the public really cool vendors; and I mean really cool! But did you know our main mission is to give back? We feel a push to give back to our community both monetarily and physically. Often you'll see our board at other festivals and events running a bubble making booth, handing out flyers, or just volunteering some muscle. Be on the look out for those distinctive UnCorked staff shirts and come say hi!
When we are not out supporting other events, we are researching and talking with organizations with whom we feel drawn to work. Over the last 14 years Forest Grove UnCorked has given donated just over $40,000 in funds. We have supported the Western Washington County Firefighter's Association, the Washington County Public Safety Chaplaincy, the Forest Grove Police Department Community Projects Fund, private health care funds for public safety officers, wildfire relief funds, the Returning Veterans Project and this year the Dauntless Veteran Foundation.
Please join us in celebrating and supporting these wonderful organizations while enjoying some really cool vendors. We could not do this without your amazing support! Let's UnCork the fun!
We would be in a world of hurt without our volunteers. We have some that have been with us for all 14 years! And while it takes many, many volunteers to hold our event, here is the team that works tirelessly through out the year to make it run!
Dawn is one of the original founders of Forest Grove UnCorked. She runs a private chef and event planning company in Forest Grove. Dawn has lived in the area since her teenage years.
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Gary has been with UnCorked for 12 years officially (13 years unofficially when Dawn roped him in). He is a local Real Estate agent with deep roots in the community.
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Cathi has been with UnCorked for 10 years (11 years counting that unofficial year). She taught in the area for 25 years then retired to work with rally and therapy dogs.
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Caitlyn was helping make and distribute posters for UnCorked before she could work the event! She fell in love with the work and became a board member 5 years ago. Has lived in Forest Grove all her life and graduated from Pacific University.
Kamryn is our newest board member (at large), although she has been involved for a few years now helping design flyers, promotional materials, signs, helping with social media and photographing special events. She has lived in Forest Grove all her life and is finishing her final years at Pacific University working on her Fine Arts and Environmental Sustainable Design majors. She also owns her own sustainable pottery business and teaches private classes all on top of being a substitute teacher for FGSD.