Portland, May 16th. State Senator Betsy Johnson and other civic leaders were honored at the Global Business Awards Luncheon. The evet organizer, former Hilton executive Serge D’Rovencourt, earned high marks from  Special Olympics Oregon athletes like Jen Darris.  Other awards were given to Dick Alexander, Clayton Hering, Dr. Cheryl Roberts and Dr. Herbert Semler.

Global Business Luncheon

Global Business Luncheon

Best-selling author and philanthropist Gerry Frank emceed the luncheon, which recognized Oregon’s outstanding individuals in international business and honored the legacy of past civic and business leaders. State Treasurer Ted Wheeler accepted a memorial tribute on behalf of his father, Samuel C. Wheeler. Other tributes memorialized C. M. “Mort” Bishop, Jr., John Perry Bledsoe, Roger S. Meier, Warne H. Nunn, Carol Brooks Rawlinson, Stanley M. Samuels, Harold J. Schnitzer and U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield.

Gerry Frank, Ken and Joan Austin and SOOR

Ken and Joan Austin, Herb Semler, M.D. and Gerry Frank,

The luncheon was held at the Portland Hilton and Tower and featured special guests Ken and Joan Austin, founders of A-dec, Inc., and Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society and Board Chair of Special Olympics Oregon.

“The Global Business Awards has become a tradition where some of Oregon’s truly great individuals are honored. Special Olympics Oregon is very thankful to benefit from this luncheon, and will use any and all donations to further our mission of providing training for life for children and adults with intellectual disability and serving the largest disability population in the state,” said Mr. Tymchuk.