Portland, October 27th. Nike and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital unveiled the 2012 Doernbecher Freestyle Collection at a charity gala. Kate Ehlen was the winning bidder of Autumn’s Nike Air Max 90 shoes. (Photo credit, Izzy Ventura) Over 500 people joined the celebration at the Portland Art Museum. Here’s the Nike website for the collection: www.nike.com/the-doernbecher-freestyle

The Doernbecher Freestyle IX designers unveil their shoes at a VIP Reception for families prior to the event. From left to right, Chad Berg, Finnigan Mooney, Kylie Bell, Autumn Boynton, Grant Olsen and Oswaldo Jimenez. Photo credit: Caitlin Carlson

The Doernbecher Freestyle IX designers unveil their shoes at a VIP Reception for families prior to the event. From left to right, Chad Berg, Finnigan Mooney, Kylie Bell, Autumn Boynton, Grant Olsen and Oswaldo Jimenez. Photo credit: Caitlin Carlson

Each of the six 2012 Doernbecher Freestyle designers took the stage with their Nike designers to unveil their designs. Each pair (signed by Lebron James) was auctioned off to the highest bidder, which raised $600,000. Nike also presented Doernbecher with $890,000 for the sales of last year’s shoes. The Limited Edition Doernbecher Collection shoes will be sold at www.nike.com and at Nike retail locations beginning November 30th. To date, the program has raised more than $4 million.

Doernbecher Foundation Board President Kelly Johnson with his wife Rebecca and kids. Photo credit: Michael Schmitt

Doernbecher Foundation Board President Kelly Johnson with his wife Rebecca and kids. Photo credit: Michael Schmitt

Doug McCaslin, Mary Turina, Dr. Rozansky &  Henry Hillman photo: Doernbecher Foundation Executive Director Mary Turina with Doernbecher's David Rozansky, MD, PhD and Henry Hillman, Jr.  Photo credit: Michael Schmitt

Doug McCaslin, Mary Turina, Dr. Rozansky & Henry Hillman photo: Doernbecher Foundation Executive Director Mary Turina with Doernbecher’s David Rozansky, MD, PhD and Henry Hillman, Jr. Photo credit: Michael Schmitt

Nike’s Lee Banks poses with Doernbecher Freestyle IX designer Finnigan Mooney, OHSU President Joe Robertson, MD, MBA and Nike’s Elliott Hill

Nike’s Lee Banks poses with Doernbecher Freestyle IX designer Finnigan Mooney, OHSU President Joe Robertson, MD, MBA and Nike’s Elliott Hill

Kevin & Geni Director and their group.

Event sponsors Kevin & Geni Director with guests of D.A. Davidson. Photo credit: Michael Schmitt

Nike’s Lee Banks, Michael Doherty and Steve Kays.  Photo credit: Caitlin Carlson

Nike’s Lee Banks, Michael Doherty and Steve Kays. Photo credit: Caitlin Carlson

Doernbecher Foundation Board Member & Ziba Founder and President Sohrab Vossoughi with his wife Haleh, Don & Alicia Morrisette and other guests. Ziba was a sponsor of the event. Photo credit: Michael Schmitt

Doernbecher Foundation Board Member & Ziba Founder and President Sohrab Vossoughi with his wife Haleh, Don & Alicia Morrisette and other guests. Ziba was a sponsor of the event. Photo credit: Michael Schmitt

For more information about OHSU Doernbecher, visit  www.ohsu.edu/Doernbecher.

Doernbecher Freestyle was created in 2004 when Michael Doherty, Nike’s Creative Director of Global Brand Presentations and Doernbecher Foundation board member, was talking to his son, Connor, about ways to raise money for the Hospital. Connor had the idea of having Nike create shoes and sell them to raise funds. Michael then invited one of Nike’s shoe designers to take a tour of the hospital to inspire him to design a pair of shoes for Doernbecher. It was designer Marcus Tayui’s vision to see patients design the shoes with the proceeds benefiting the hospital that in many cases has saved their lives. Now in its ninth year, this extraordinary program has raised over $4 million for the hospital, which uses the funds for everything from clinical programs and hospital construction to providing care for uninsured children.

Meet the 2012 Designers!

 Grant Olsen, Age 11  Autumn Boynton, Age 10  Finnigan Mooney, Age 10
Grant OlsenAge 11 Autumn BoyntonAge 10 Finnigan MooneyAge 10
 Kylie Bell, Age 16  Chad Alan Berg, Age 16  Oswaldo Jimenez, Age 11
Kylie BellAge 16 Chad BergAge 15 Oswaldo JimenezAge 11

From OHSU Doernbecher: A special thank you to our 2012 Event Sponsors:

NIKE

Stimson Lumber Company

The Goodman Family

Safeway

Jim Fisher Volvo

The Papé Family

Precision Body & Paint, Inc.

Unified Grocers

Ziba Design

Beaverton Toyota

Brot & Mary Bishop

The Brown Family

Bruggere Family Foundation

D.A. Davidson & Co.

Kevin & Geni Director

The Ehlen Family

Maletis Beverage

Market of Choice

Timber Products Company

Umpqua Private Bank

Walmart

 

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