Portland, December 29th. 2012 was an exciting year in Portland’s nonprofit community. We’ve scoured our archives to find the most viewed stories on PortlandSocietyPage.com over the past 12 months. Was it the OMSI gala? The Red Dress Party? A Portland Center Stage Bash?

Below are the top 10 most viewed stories, and links to check out the vibrant nonprofit benefits which captured your attention.

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#10    The 11th Annual Iron Chef Contest helps Children’s Relief Nursery

Schnitzer Steel was represented by: Jamie Wilson, Andy Rohling, Brenda Hein, Isla Wilson, Hasina Squires, Jennifer Hudson, and Pat Christopher

Portland, April 20th. Supporters of the Children’s Relief Nursery raised over $216,500 at their annual gala. The event featured an Iron Chef competition. Adam Sappington won the top honor for the fourth time by besting Adam Higgs. Higgs was the 2011 Peoples Choice Winner and is the Owner of Acadia Bistro. Schnitzer Steel was represented by: Jamie Wilson, Andy Rohling, Brenda Hein, Isla Wilson, Hasina Squires, Jennifer Hudson, and Pat Christopher

#9 Portland Center Stage “Blue’s Rendezvous: A Night on the Bayou” Raises $421,175

. Gala Guests included: Ryan Taylor, Angela Taylor, Zach Stepp, Dave Lofland, Briana Gonzales, and Tom Barreto.

Portland, May 5th. Portland Center Stage hosted its annual gala and this year’s theme, Blue’s Rendezvous: A Night on the Bayou, was inspired by the soul and history of the blues. Guests included: Ryan Taylor, Angela Taylor, Zach Stepp, Dave Lofland, Briana Gonzales, and Tom Barreto. (Photo Credit, Joni Photo)

#8 Children’s Cancer Association’s Hero Gala Draws Over 500 Supporters

Sheila Hamilton, Regina Ellis and Michelle DeCourcy

Portland, September 22nd. The Children’s Cancer Association’s Hero Gala was neon-bright at the Portland Art Museum. Founder, Regina Ellis, (pictured with KINK’s Sheila Hamilton and local fashion designer, Michelle DeCourcy) introduced a new upbeat program called Give Get Share. CCA parent Chunda Starr shared her personal experience with program and evening ended with a paddle raise, which raised $380,000. (Photo credit, Mariel Klein)

#7  PortlandSocietyPage.com Announces “Bright Spot” Award Contest During Celebration at Paragon in the Pearl

Elizabeth English, Henry Hillman, Nancy Frisch, KINK's Sheila Hamilton, Jill Edelson, and Editor Elisa Klein

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.

#6 12th Annual Red Dress Party Offered Rip-roaring REDemption

Guy Bennette Scott Ruben, Jan Bennette and Cameron Crook

Portland, April 14th. Over two-thousand devil-may-care Portlanders raised the roof on a Pearl District warehouse converted for one of the biggest charity benefits of the spring: The Red Dress Party. The massive event, organized by Red Dress PDX , had revelers on their feet dancing till the wee hours of the morning. Guy Bennette, Scott Ruben, Jan Bennette and Cameron Crook were all smiles at the party. Beneficiaries of the event include: Our House, The Cascades AIDS Project Kids’ Connection, The Quest Center for Integrative Health. 

#5 OMSI Gala “Science Illuminated” Featured Explosive Science Fun and Raised over $507,000

Event Chairs Lynn and Scottie Johnson with OMSI Presidnet, Nancy Stueber

Portland, May 4th. OMSI supporters were invited to a Gala of surprises benefiting future generations of innovators and problem solvers. Gala Chairs, Lynn and Scottie Johnson celebrated with OMSI President, Nancy Stueber at the event. Their objective is to, “Light the path of learning for children and families throughout the Northwest.”

#4 Oregon Shakespeare Festival Opens with a Bang

Captain Spaulding (Mark Bedard) entertains at the Rittenhouse home. (Ensemble). Photo: Jenny Graham.

Ashland, February 24th.  The Tony Award–winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival is off and running; watch out for flying pies because Animal Crackers is one of the eleven productions this season. It’s the 1930s vaudevillian musical farce made famous by the Marx Brothers. (Photo credit, Jenny Graham)

#3 A Look Back at Vintage Bathing Beauties on Jantzen Beach

1950's Beauties at Jantzen Beach include: Anne Lustavka, Kathleen Kinder, Jane Hoberg and Gloria Albertson.

Here’s a photo to put you into the mood for Memorial Day weekend, it’s from a 1950′s beauty contest at Jantzen Beach. The photo, from our friends at the Oregon Historical Society, shows contestants Anne Lustavka, Kathleen Kinder, Jane Hoberg and Gloria Albertson. It’s typical of events held during the heyday of Jantzen Beach, on Hayden Island, when the location was an amusement park and and tourist destination (before it was the site of a shopping mall).

#2  Riverdale White Party Benefit is Pure Fun

Riverdale's first annual White Party 2012 benefited from the terrific fall weather.

Portland, September 29th. Taking a page from P Diddy’s playbook, parents and community members converged on the newly-build home of Sheila Hamilton and Colin Maclean to raise money for their students. (Photo credit, Brian Black) The Riverdale School District Parent Teacher Club helped organize the party and white attire was a must.

#1 Most viewed story of 2012 was …. Levé’s Ninth Annual Charity Ball Benefits “I Have a Dream” Oregon!

Levé board president, Megan Dobson (second from right), sells flair at the Ball. She joined by committee member Abby Lee (far right), marketing & communication chair Natasha Dagg (center) and two event guests.

Portland, December 7th. More than 800 supporters crowded the Left Bank Annex for Levé’s Ninth Annual Charity Ball. The grass-root charity created by young women in Portland selects a nonprofit each year and “I Have a Dream” Oregon was the fortunate recipient for 2012. The group is close to reaching its $50,000 fundraising goal. Levé board president, Megan Dobson (second from right), sells flair at the Ball to Abby Lee, marketing & communication chair Natasha Dagg and others.

Thank you for supporting PortlandSocietyPage.com this year. We look forward to covering hundreds of great nonprofit events in 2013. If you have an event, suggestion, or would like to advertise on Portland’s only nonprofit news website, please contact us at [email protected]

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