Portland, December 14th, 2013. Nearly 700 people converged on the Oregon Convention Center to celebrate the holidays and raise money for Project Clean Slate. Local businessman Roy Jay presented the holiday extravaganza where a Cher impersonator sang to Portland Police Chief Michael Reese and Assistant Chief Larry O’Dea. (photo credit, Brian Drake, Brian William, Amina)
What started out as a holiday fundraiser at Roy Jay’s hilltop east county home has evolved into a full-scale benefit.
The evening raised funds for Project Clean Slate, an award-winning community program which has helped over 8,000 individuals overcome the stigma of a police record and become productive citizens.
Supporters included Portland City Council members, Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish, Scott Dunn of Birkeshire Hathaway, Judges from Multnomah County, District Attorney, Chief of Police, County Sheriff , and US Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici.
From Project Clean Slate:
Through joint community efforts of the African American Chamber of Commerce, Multnomah County District Attorneys Office, Multnomah County Public Defenders office, Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles, Independent Development Enterprise Alliance and the Alliance of Minority Chambers of Commerce we have been able to provide this service to the community.
This program is proudly presented to your community by theAfrican American Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with numerous community business, social service and government partners. It is not designed to address all situations.
OUR INTENT IS TO ASSIST PEOPLE & REFER PEOPLE
THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY REGARDLESS
OF YOUR RACE OR ZIP CODE
- Multnomah County to include Troutdale, Wood Village and Gresham (this program does not address criminal or drivers license matters from other counties or states at this time)
- Some Drivers License Problems, Tri-Met Tickets, Jay-Walking Tickets, Court Fines, Court Appointed Attorney Fees and Suspensions
- Some minor criminal matters
- Some juvenile matters
- Past Due Child Support – Project Clean Slate is designed to possibly assist an individual with new payment arrangements.