Portland, March 22nd. Friends and nonprofit leaders raised a glass in at Paragon Restaurant to toast the announcement of a special award to be given by PortlandSocietyPage.com. The “Bright Spot Award” is the heartfelt recognition of an event which captures the imagination of our PortlandSocietyPage.com readers. On hand for the announcement were Elizabeth English, Henry Hillman, Nancy Frisch, KINK’s Sheila Hamilton, Jill Schnitzer Edelson, and PortlandSocietyPage.com Editor, Elisa Klein.

Jeri Beck (Royal Rosarians, Make-A-Wish, and Hollywood Theater) Gary Rawson and Chabre Vickers from Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest

Jeri Beck (Royal Rosarians, Make-A-Wish, and Hollywood Theater) Gary Rawson and Chabre Vickers from Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest

 

Elisa Klein, Denise Gooding, Betsy Edwards, Julie Hubbard

Elisa Klein, Denise Gooding, Betsy Edwards, Julie Hubbard

The Bright Spot Award is an on-line contest where our readers will select their favorite story by giving a “Thumbs Up” for articles. Each story we post has as a “like” button at the bottom. Just press that button and you’ve voted. There’s an ongoing tally which can be seen on the right-hand side of the page. All stories will be considered, even if you dig one up in our extensive archives.

Amber Hinsvark, Cara Chance, Denise Gooding

Amber Hinsvark, Cara Chance, Denise Gooding

 The evening included a drawing for two outstanding cultural events. Special thanks to the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Opera for their generous donation.

 

Drawing winners included Stacy Blumberg from DePaul Treatment Center and Austin Buchhholtz the Web Designer for PortlandSocietyPage.com

Drawing winners included Stacy Blumberg from DePaul Treatment Center and Austin Buchhholtz the Web Designer for PortlandSocietyPage.com

Lee Doss and Sheri Anderson

Lee Doss and Sheri Anderson

 

Austin Buchholtz, Elisa Klein, Sheila Hamilton and Mike Paulsen from the MS Society, Oregon

Austin Buchholtz, Elisa Klein, Sheila Hamilton and Mike Paulsen from the MS Society, Oregon

 

Dana Robinson and Kathy Yoder

Dana Robinson and Kathy Yoder

 

Matt Kayser and Lori DeYoung

Matt Kayser and Lori DeYoung

 

Jim Morse, Dave Heide and Elisa Klen

Jim Morse, Dave Heide and Elisa Klen

 

Paragon Restaurant Private Event space in the Pearl District  was warm and welcoming

Paragon Restaurant's Private Event space in the Pearl District was warm and welcoming with exceptional artwork and delicious food!

 

KINK's Sheila Hamilton and her husband Colin Maclean

KINK's Sheila Hamilton and her husband Colin Maclean

 

Nancy Frisch, Elizabeth English and Amber Hinsvark

Nancy Frisch, Elizabeth English and Amber Hinsvark

 

Jennifer Field and Elisa Klein

Jennifer Field and Elisa Klein

Prizes for the winner of the “Bright Spot Award” will include:

  1. A non-event feature story on PortlandSocietyPage.com. The winning charity will have the opportunity to highlight any aspect of its operation: special projects, an outstanding volunteer or board member. The choice is theirs.
  2. The winner will also receive a free banner ad for an upcoming special event.
  3. Additionally, there is a cash prize! Each vote cast for the winning article on PortlandSocietyPage.com will be equal to 50-cents cash, up to a total of a $1,000 donation to the winning nonprofit.
  4. The winner will be announced at the PortlandSocietyPage.com anniversary party.

Many thanks to Paragon for the wonderful hospitality. Contact Andre’a Delyria, Paragon’s Private Dining Manager for more information on how to use use the restaurant’s lovely private dining space for your next function! [email protected]

About PortlandSocietyPage.com: PortlandSocietyPage.com

Launched six month ago on September 30th, 2011, as a free public platform for nonprofit news, PortlandSocietyPage.com is thriving. We’ve posted 147 articles and featured over 130 different local charities. The site has had nearly 40,000 page views! We have the most comprehensive nonprofit event calendar in our area. Going forward we plan to continue our outreach to the nonprofit community asking for event information and photos. We’re also looking for advertisers! Please let us know if you’d like to reach our terrific readers with your marketing message! The PortlandSocietyPage.com website has additional information about this opportunity. Here’s a link: http://www.portlandsocietypage.com/advertise/