Portland, September 28th, 2013. Over 600 guests joined Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation at the Portland Art Museum for the Doernbecher Freestyle X. The program is a collaboration between Nike and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital that each year empowers Doernbecher patients to become more than their illness through designing their own limited edition Nike shoe. Pictured are: OHSU Foundation President Keith Todd with DA Davidson’s Kevin Director and wife Geni, Mary Turina and Pendleton Woolen Mills’ Charlie Bishop and wife Meg. Kevin and Meg both sit on the Doernbecher Foundation Board. (photo credit, Izzy Ventura and Anthony Scales)
Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and silent auction where they had the chance to bid on past Doernbecher Freestyle designs before heading upstairs for the unveiling of the 2013 Doernbecher Freestyle Collection. After each of this year’s seven young designers took the stage with their Nike design team, their unique creation was auctioned off to the highest bidder. This year marked the 10th anniversary of this ground-breaking partnership that has raised nearly $8 million for the hospital. In celebration of the milestone, Nike hosted a simultaneous Freestyle event in New York City. Together the events raised over $646,000 in addition to the $1.28 million gift Nike presented Doernbecher that night from the sales of the 2012 Doernbecher Freestyle Collection.
As a special surprise, this year’s designers also had the opportunity to design their own piece of Nike apparel as well. The 2013 Doernbecher Freestyle Collection will go on sale later this year.
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