The Spinners Rock Portland
Roy Jay’s holiday event best ever
12/31/2014, 2:28 p.m.
Portland entrepreneur Roy Jay’s “Spam and Velveeta” holiday event at the Oregon Convention Center was one of the best holiday events of the season.
The legendary Motown superstars The Spinners headlined the annual charity event with plenty of people grooving to the group’s songs of yesteryear both inside and outside of the packed convention center ballroom.
“Each year, it just gets bigger and better” said Dr. Richard Bergstrom of Portland.
The Dec. 6 festivities which attracted more than 750 guests, in conjunction with the Jay’s African American Chamber of Commerce, encouraged contributions to selected charities and non-profits in the Portland area including Lines for Life, Highland’s Haven, the M.I.K.E. Program and Project Clean Slate/Project Second Chance.
Grand prizes included a 2014 Toyota Prius, Portland Trail Blazers courtside seats, color televisions and much more.
KATU anchor Steve Dunn was the emcee of the event for the fourth straight year.
Comedian Erik Schwartz and The Brown Sisters kicked off the show which also included a full meal from award winning Oregon Convention Center chef Alan Wambaa.
Seen in attendance were Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, Portland Police Chief Michael Reese and incoming Police Chief Larry O’Dea, Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton, and Bernie Kronberger of Wells Fargo.
Jay says he’s already working on a list of potential performers for next year. Some of the possibilities include Diana Ross, Bette Midler, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Kool and The Gang and The Pointer Sisters.