Lowdown on the Throwdown: Green Empowerment sets June 1 bash

Dexter Gauntlett and other Green Empowerment team members will be throwing it down at the group's June 1 fundraiser.

Dexter Gauntlett and other Green Empowerment team members will be throwing it down at the group's June 1 fundraiser.

The Green Empowerment group is making some pretty big promises about its ability to offer guests a good time.

To wit, the Portland outfit is billing the June 1 Green Empowerment event, called Passport to Empowerment, as a “one-of-a-kind party-till-you-drop” affair that’ll also feature a smidgen of learning, on Green Empowerment's efforts itself.

The fundraiser will gather business, civic and nonprofit dignitaries who’ll help raise funds for renewable energy and water projects in third-world countries. One of the gimmicks: On a series of tours lasting between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., the bash will feature food and cocktails inspired by each of those countries, specifically, Kenya, Nicaragua, Peru, the Philippines and Thailand/Burma.

Green Empowerment provides developing-world villages access to clean water, electricity through renewable energy and sustainable living programs.

The evening also features the Throwdown, which, in beginning at 8:30 p.m., will give what Green Empowerment terms “Portland’s emerging leaders” the chance to check out various renewable energy demos, dance to live music and kick back in hookah and Scotch lounges.

Green Empowerment program and development manager Dexter Gauntlett is an occasional columnist for Sustainable Business Oregon, which is an event sponsor.

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