MHCC Foundation to become new owner of Yoshida Haven Estate
The Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Foundation Board of Trustees voted Wednesday, July 29 to accept the transfer of the Yoshida Haven Estate in Troutdale from the Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The 13-acre Estate was formerly the home of Junki and Linda Yoshida, long-time supporters of both MHCC and Randall Children’s Hospital, and will be utilized for Foundation and college efforts including fundraising for student scholarships and program support, and for instructional purposes.
“This is truly an amazing gift of a beautiful estate that will be of great benefit to the Foundation and the college,” said Dan Corcoran, Foundation president. “I want to thank Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation for their willingness to transfer the property to us, and of course Junki and Linda Yoshida who have been extremely generous in their support of our students.”
The Yoshida’s had originally gifted the property to Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation for possible use as a retreat for children and families dealing with cancer. After careful consideration, hospital leadership determined they would be unable to fulfill the Yoshida’s vision for the property and through discussions with the Yoshida’s agreed to transfer the property to the MHCC Foundation.
“Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation Trustees are very excited that this has come together and this beautiful property is staying in local hands to promote a strong and healthy community,” said Rena Whittaker, interim Executive Director Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Both Junki and Linda Yoshida expressed excitement over the possibilities the Estate will provide for MHCC.
“I want to thank both Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation and the MHCC Foundation for working together to have the property used for the benefit of students of the college,” said Junki Yoshida. “I love this college and want to do all I can to assist community college students in reaching their goals.”
Mr. Yoshida is the owner of the Yoshida Group and founder of Yoshida Gourmet sauces. He along with his wife Linda are former community college students. The couple met at Highline College in Washington State following Mr. Yoshida’s coming to the U.S. from Japan. He attributes the college with providing him an opportunity to integrate into American society where he has built a successful multi-million dollar internationally known business revolving around his popular Yoshida Sauce.