Portland, September 29th. Two hundred supporters attended Write Around Portland’s annual fundraiser: XY&Z.  Heidi Bazille and Kara Pierce tried their hand at the “Word Salad” activity board. The party raised $44,000 to help fund Write Around Portland’s creative writing workshops held at places like the Oregon Burn Center, The Sexual Assault Resource Center, Portland Youth Builders, Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, and Helensview High School.

Allison Bick and Kara Bader enjoy XY&Z, Write Around Portland's Annual Fundraiser.

Allison Bick and Kara Bader

Event Chairs Kari Easton, Georgia Hussey, Kate Rood and Alexandra Walford credited generous donors for their success. They also thanked venue hosts, “Design Within Reach” saying the modern furniture studio was the perfect setting for vintage typewriters and a cocktail party atmosphere that made XY&Z special.

Jenni Leasia, Steve Leasia and Anne Scott enjoy XY&Z, Write Around Portland's Annual Fundraiser.

Jenni Leasia, Steve Leasia and Anne Scott enjoy XY&Z, Write Around
Portland’s Annual Fundraiser.

Stephanie Barr is excited to offer her support at XY&Z, Write Around Portland's Annual Fundraiser.

Stephanie Barr is excited to offer her support at XY&Z.

 

From Write Around Portland:

Write Around Portland transforms lives and our communities through the power of writing. The organization brings free 10-week creative writing workshops to nearly 500 adults and youth each year in hospitals, schools, homeless youth shelters, senior centers, low income apartments, prisons, social service agencies and treatment facilities. Workshops culminate in community readings and three beautifully designed books annually. Write Around Portland also offers writing workshops for the general public. They offer regular workshops at Powell’s Books and HOTLIPS Pizza. For more information, visit www.writearound.org.

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