Muscular Dystrophy Association hosts new NW Ciderfest, Oct. 11

I know, I know.  This is a beer blog, but one of my close friends works at Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and my roommate, Crystal, is gluten-free so we drink a lot of cider in this house.  I’m wicked excited for this event!  Good cause and good cider!  If you are around Portland this weekend, come check it out!

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Community is invited to new annual fundraiser in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square

The Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is hosting a new annual fundraiser to take place Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, from 10am to 8pm in downtown Portland at Pioneer Courthouse Square. NW Ciderfest will feature 20 Northwest cideries, cider store, food trucks, mixology showcase, music with headliners 3 Leg Torso and a bevy of family friendly events in the Umpqua Bank Pioneer Orchard. There will also be a pumpkin arts and crafts center, and a pie eating contest.

“This is a new, community wide event that will help us continue to fund healthcare services and support to more than 2,400 individuals with muscular dystrophy, as well as four local clinics, support groups and research grants,” said Colleen King-Showalter, Director of Business Development at MDA.

Tickets can be purchased online and are available at three levels: the V.I.P. admission is $75 for age 21 and over, and includes 20 cider tasting tickets and admission to V.I.P. area featuring reserve ciders, cocktails and a souvenir glass; general admission at $25 for age 21 and over, which includes 10 cider tastings tickets for and a souvenir cup; and $10.00 family fun admission for 5 events, such as pony rides and carnival games.

Event partners include the Northwest Cider Assocation, Fuller Events, Phototainment, PDX Pedicabs and the Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider. In addition to Umpqua Bank, major sponsors include Fred Meyer, Miller Nash, Dreambuilders Custom Homes, Pemco Insurance, Fox12 Oregon and KINK 101.9 Radio. For more event information and a list of all sponsors, visit and on Facebook at NWCiderfest.




About MDA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of anyone with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit and follow us at and @MDAnews.

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