Portland, October 11th. Over 1,000 people were on hand at the Convention Center to celebrate outstanding Oregonians. Governor Kitzhaber (and former Governors Kulongoski, Roberts and Atiyeh) hosted the annual event. Each year, the Governors pay tribute to only four individuals, companies and/or organizations which have contributed to the greatness of State. (Photo Credit: Andie Petkus.) The Governors’ Gold Awards also benefited Special Olympics Oregon, a unique organization serving Special Olympics athletes since 1972.
Recipients for 2011 were: Ken & Joan Austin, Co-Founders, A-dec, Inc. Steve McCoid, President and CEO of the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, Dan Wieden, Co-Founder of Wieden+Kennedy, Mark Donegan, Chairman and CEO Steven G. Hackett, President and COO, Investment Cast Products from Precision Castparts Corp.
Jean M. Auel, International Best-Selling Author received a Special Achievement Award. And the Al and Pat Reser Civic Leadership Award went to, Dick Withnell, Chairman of the Board, Withnell Motor Company.
More than $225,000 was raised for Special Olympics Oregon, thanks to the generosity of the individuals in attendance at this year’s Governors’ Gold Awards.
The mission of Special Olympics Oregon is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
Photos by Andie Petkus.