Portland, February 23rd. Over 500 guests gathered at the Portland Art Museum to celebrate a “Night of Angels” at the Winemaker’s Dinner for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.  Supporters raised nearly $1.5 million which will benefit over 25,000 youth served by the nonprofit.  Honoree Linda Rae Hickey enjoyed the evening with friends Geraldine Bidwell and John Bishop.  (Photo Credit, Antonio Harris)

Event Chairs Ken O'Neil and Erin Hubert encourage everyone to enjoy

Event Chairs Ken O'Neil and Erin Hubert encourage everyone to enjoy the evening.

 
Honorary Chair, Ed Maletis, welcomes over 500 guests with opening

Honorary Chair, Ed Maletis, welcomes over 500 guests with opening remarks.

 

2012 Winemaker's Dinner--A Night of Angels

2012 Winemaker's Dinner--A Night of Angels

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland CEO, Lisabeth Marziello, takes a moment for a picture with honoree Linda Rae Hickey and Howard Hedinger.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland CEO, Lisabeth Marziello, (0n the right) takes a moment for a picture with honoree Linda Rae Hickey and Howard Hedinger.

 

Honoree Hank Swigert celebrates what he called the “best night of my life”!

Honoree Hank Swigert celebrates what he called the “best night of my life”!

 

Honoree Brot Bishop, Jr. proudly displays his award, alongside his wife, Kelley Bishop.

Honoree Brot Bishop, Jr. proudly displays his award, alongside his wife, Kelley Bishop.

ESCO was the Presenting Sponsor for the event. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Portland Metropolitian Area event was called a Night of Angels this year because it honored volunteer angels like Linda Rae Hickey, Hank Swigert, and Brot Bishop, Jr. These altruistic individuals  played a vital role in the Jack, Will, & Rob Boys & Girls Club program, named after three young boys: Jack, Will and Rob Warren, who lost their lives in a tragic accident in 1999.

The evening also featured 14-year old Club member and volunteer, John Grall, who spoke about the impact that the Jack, Will and Rob Boys & Girls Club has had on his life. 

From the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Portland Metropolitian Area:

Mission Statement
To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

History
Since 1946, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland has been providing thousands of young people throughout the Portland metro area with affordable, high-quality after-school and summer programs designed to help them develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. Our Clubs offer kids what they want most: safe, clean, fun places to go when they’re not in school; caring adults who respect and guide them; and challenging programs that teach them life skills and keep them engaged in productive activities.

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