Portland, May 15th, 2013. It was a fun-filled evening of pub-style trivia, games, and prizes for the Open Meadow Benefit. Over 375 guests, staff, and volunteers supported the Open Meadow  event which raised $166,300 for the nonprofit’s programs. (photo credit, Meredith Gilchrist / Dave Schloetel)

Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State; Jerome Kersey, Portland Trail Blazers Alumni Ambassador; and Lisa Watson, owner of Cupcake Jones join MC Keith Thomajan of the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette on stage. Each celebrity competed three challenges throughout the evening – hula hooping, composing a limerick (we’re sorry, we can’t share these – they were bawdy!), and answering trivia questions. Keith successfully wrangled the entire crowd!

Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State; Jerome Kersey, Portland Trail Blazers Alumni Ambassador; and Lisa Watson, owner of Cupcake Jones join MC Keith Thomajan of the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette on stage.

Open Meadow focuses on young people: endowing them with the skills, power and hope to be agents of change in their communities. It creates pathways to strong, healthy communities by disrupting core issues of racism, poverty, and violence that are barriers to education.

Each celebrity competed three challenges throughout the evening – hula hooping, composing a limerick (we’re sorry, we can’t share these – they were bawdy!), and answering trivia questions. 

Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State; Jerome Kersey, Portland Trail Blazers Alumni Ambassador; and Lisa Watson, owner of Cupcake Jones joined MC Keith Thomajan of the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette on stage at the Crystal Ballroom. Each celebrity competed three challenges throughout the evening – hula hooping, composing a limerick and answering trivia questions. Keith successfully wrangled the entire crowd!

Open Meadow focuses on young people: endowing them with the skills, power and hope to be agents of change in their communities.

 

From Open Meadow:

Open Meadow Middle School   Serves students in the sixth through ninth grades. 

    • Step Up   In collaboration with Roosevelt, Madison, Franklin, and Gresham High Schools, students at very high risk of dropping out of school participate in tutoring, mentoring, leadership development, and summer enrichment programs.
  • Career Services  Works to ensure that all Open Meadow youth reach their long-term career goals by providing access to advanced employment and educational opportunities, focused training, and comprehensive support. Youth from all around Portland are welcome to apply for admission to Career Services programs.
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