Come for the concert, stay for the cause: Soulful Giving Blanket Concert
After losing three very special people to cancer, Junki Yoshida – a member of the Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees – and his wife, Linda, began “runnin’ down a dream” to have positive revenge on cancer.
“Millions of people are living with cancer, coping with difficult treatments, and waiting for a cure,” Junki says. “They are our family members, neighbors, friends or even ourselves. I lost my father-in-law, as well as my right-hand man and secretary to stupid cancer.”
According to a proclamation for Oregon’s Children’s Cancer Awareness Day by Governor Kate Brown, approximately 15,270 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year; in Oregon, one of every 285 children under the age of 20 are diagnosed with a childhood cancer.
Although survival rates overall are improving, close to 20 percent of children diagnosed with cancer in Oregon will not survive. “I want to do something more than write a check,” Junki remarks.
That’s why Junki, who is the Chairman and CEO of the Yoshida Group and founder of the Soulful Giving Foundation, opens his 15-acre estate in Troutdale, Oregon, to host the Soulful Giving Blanket Concert each year. “Every dollar we raise goes to help in the fight against cancer,” says Linda, president of the Soulful Giving Foundation.
On Saturday, August 4, spread a blanket under shady canopies and fir trees along the scenic Sandy River and enjoy live performances of classic 80s hits at the 8th Annual Soulful Giving Blanket Concert – a benefit supporting pediatric cancer care at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and cancer research.
Attracting thousands of people, this ’21 and over’ fundraiser features live music by Stone In Love - Journey Tribute Band; Dreams - The Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac; Petty Fever and Dancehall Days.
Other highlights include local art for sale, delicacies from popular Portland restaurants, delicious wines, premium draft beers, a raffle, silent auction and much more. Also, rubber bracelets, t-shirts and tank tops with Junki’s tagline – #StupidCancer –will be available for guests to purchase.
To date, this one-day event has raised more than $320,000 for the Cancer and Blood Disorders Unit at Randall Children’s Hospital. “Providing a comfortable setting for children and family members during their treatment is essential,” Linda says.
Tickets for the Soulful Giving Blanket Concert are available at soulfulgiving.org