Portland, February 21st, 2013. The theme of the The Mittleman Jewish Community Center’s annual dinner was “Celebrating Champions.” The two inaugural  Harry Glickman Scholar Athlete Award winners, Naomi Sherman and Isaiah Elder, posed with Harry Glickman (center). He’s the founder and president emeritus of the Portland Trail Blazers and member of the Oregon Jewish Hall of Fame and Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. (Photo credit, Elie Bulka, Oolite Photography)

The evening also included a tribute to special guest Steve “Rosy” Rosenberg, a local business leader, past MJCC president, current board member and longtime donor.

honoree Steve “Rosy” Rosenberg with friends Dorothy Packouz and Ray Packouz, and mother Norma Rosenberg

Honoree Steve “Rosy” Rosenberg with friends Dorothy Packouz and Ray Packouz, and mother Norma Rosenberg

Alan McMurtry, Former Portland Trailblazer Darnell Valentine, and Bill Frank take a moment between basketball shots for a photo together

Alan McMurtry, Former Portland Trailblazer Darnell Valentine, and Bill Frank take a moment between basketball shots for a photo together

Former Portland Trailblazer Darnell Valentine greets Senator Ron Wyden for some basketball fun at the MJCC Friends of the Center Dinner on February

Former Portland Trailblazer Darnell Valentine greets Senator Ron Wyden for some basketball fun at the MJCC

Senator Ron Wyden contemplates his first basketball shot of the night as a crowd begins to gather at the MJCC Friends of the Center Dinner

Senator Ron Wyden contemplates his first basketball shot of the night as a crowd begins to gather at the MJCC Friends of the Center Dinner

The honoree’s brother Lee “Rosy” Rosenberg chats with Former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski at the MJCC

The honoree’s brother Lee “Rosy” Rosenberg chats with Former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski at the MJCC

Ken Rait, Rabbi Michael Cahana, Cantor Ida Rae Cahana and Mary Rait spent some time catching up before dinner

Ken Rait, Rabbi Michael Cahana, Cantor Ida Rae Cahana and Mary Rait spent some time catching up before dinner

With a nod to special guest Steve “Rosy” Rosenberg’s fun-loving Portland-centric approach to life, attendees enjoyed blender bikes (smoothies made with the power of stationary bicycle) and photos with Timbers players and Portland Trail Blazers. The Oregon Jewish Sports Hall of Fame was also unveiled at its new home at the MJCC.

About the Mittleman Jewish Community Center (MJCC): Founded in 1914, the Mittleman Jewish Community Center is a full-service community center that provides for the social, cultural, educational and recreational needs of the Jewish community. More than 1,000 individuals use the MJCC every day. Its facilities include swimming and aqua recovery activities, indoor soccer, basketball, cultural events—lectures, dances, dinners and the annual Jewish Arts Month—as well as a place to simply to relax with friends and family. The MJCC mission is to provide a gathering place for the local Jewish community as well as warmly embracing people of all faiths within its membership. The center strives never turn anyone away, regardless of their ability to pay, and provides hundreds of scholarships to those in need.