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Hi, I’m Kevin Coupe and this is FaceTime with the Content Guy.

This week’s FaceTime was recorded in Portland, Oregon, where I was invited last weekend to emcee the annual City of Hope’s 29th Annual Harvest Celebration Ball, which is where members of the food industry in the Pacific Northwest came together to celebrate - and more importantly, raise money for - the hospital and research center.

I was privileged to do it.

It was an extraordinary evening, punctuated by a lovely speech by Dr. Bart Roep, who talked about some of the amazing diabetes-related research being done at City of Hope.

It always has been amazing to me that kind of commitment that the food industry has shown to City of Hope - this year alone, the Pacific Northwest sector of the industry has raised more than a half million dollars. Some of it is because there are people in the industry who have been affected by cancer, and some of is just because these are good people willing to spend time and money to help those less fortunate.

It is worth pointing out that this kind of charity does not begin and end at City of Hope. As it happens, Terry Halverson, chairman of Seattle’s Metropolitan Markets, received a lifetime achievement award from City of Hope a few years ago; just a few days ago, Terry sent me a note about a fellow named Jon Rowley, who helped bring Copper River Salmon to US supermarkets and restaurants and who, Terry said, lived a life dedicated to finding raw products and helping growers and producers popularize them and grow their businesses. Terry noted Rowley has fallen on hard times in terms of his health and finances, and needs assistance … and a Go Fund me campaign has been created, which can be found here.

Terry thought that there would be MNB readers who would know of Rowley and been affected by his work, and he asked if I could help. I’m happy to do it.

It is all part of the same continuum, created by an industry that believes fervently in giving. I often use this soapbox to point to companies that I believe have come up short, but today, I want to celebrate something good.

That’s what is on my mind, and as always, I want to hear what is on your mind.