Portland, November 9th, 2013. Over 500 people gathered at the Portland Art Museum to to support the “I Have a Dream” Oregon in its efforts to launch a generation of students on a path to college. At the benefit, “I Have a Dream” students and staff  had a chance to pose with Timber Joey.

It was the organization’s 5th annual Dream Big event. The fundraiser was the largest and most successful to date – supporting a generation of students from low-income communities on a path to college, career and economic independence.

President & CEO of "I Have a Dream" Oregon, Mark Langseth; Emcee, Kelley Day; Dreamer Speaker, Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia

President & CEO of “I Have a Dream” Oregon, Mark Langseth; Emcee, Kelley Day; Dreamer Speaker, Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia

Todd Passerini, Heather Gordon, Julia Chan and Emily Kistler

Todd Passerini, Heather Gordon, Julia Chan and Emily Kistler

Matt Bordonaro, Lorraine Rose and Suzann Baricevic-Murphy

Matt Bordonaro, Lorraine Rose and Suzann Baricevic-Murphy

Dreamers in Kindergarten through college take the stage to share their career dreams with event guests and emcee, Kelley Day

Dreamers in Kindergarten through college take the stage to share their career dreams with event guests and emcee, Kelley Day

“The event’s energy was electrifying!” declared fans.  “I Have a Dream” Dreamer Alumna, Dr. Alisha-Moreland Capuia, a Stanford grad and one of only a few African American female psychiatrists in the state of Oregon, gave a powerful keynote address on the importance of supporting low-income communities.

Funds raised from the event will support more than 1,200 low-income students in achieving 100% on-time graduation from high school and 80% post-secondary completion.

Major sponsors included Miller Family Holdings and James & Shirley Rippey.

 

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