Portland, June 6th, 2014. The American Diabetes Association and the Father’s Day Council of Oregon and Southwest Washington honored four exceptional fathers at the 2nd Annual Father of the Year Awards, on June 4, 2014 at the Moda Center. One was Tammy and Charles Wilhoite (center) who posed with his wife Tammy and with their children Hadley, DeVaughn and Dorsey. The recipients of the Father of the Year Award were Lynn Gust, President, Fred Meyer Stores; Donald L. Krahmer, Jr., Shareholder, Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt; Chris McGowan, President and CEO, Portland Trail Blazers and the Moda Center; and Charles Wilhoite, Managing Director, Willamette Management Associates.

2014 Father of the Year honoree Chris McGowan with his wife Susan and sons Ryan and Kyle.

2014 Father of the Year honoree Chris McGowan with his wife Susan and sons Ryan and Kyle.

Honoree Don Krahmer with his wife Suzanne and children Hillary and Zachary after receiving the Father of the Year Award.

Honoree Don Krahmer with his wife Suzanne and children Hillary and Zachary after receiving the Father of the Year Award.

Caitlyn, Julie, Andrew, Olivia, Emily and Lynn Gust celebrate after presenting Lynn with a Father of the Year Award.

Caitlyn, Julie, Andrew, Olivia, Emily and Lynn Gust celebrate after presenting Lynn with a Father of the Year Award.

2014 Father of the Year Honorees Charles Wilhoite, Managing Director,  Willamette Management Associates; Lynn Gust, President, Fred Meyer Stores; Donald L. Krahmer, Jr. , Shareholder, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; Chris McGowan, President and CEO, Portland Trail Blazers and Moda Center

2014 Father of the Year Honorees Charles Wilhoite, Managing Director, Willamette Management Associates; Lynn Gust, President, Fred Meyer Stores; Donald L. Krahmer, Jr. , Shareholder, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; Chris McGowan, President and CEO, Portland Trail Blazers and Moda Center

American Diabetes Association members of the Community Leadership Board enjoy the social hour at the 2014 Father of the Year Awards Dinner.  From left: Mike Kindelberger, Walgreens; Board Chair Mike Greene of Rosenthal, Greene and Devlin, P.C.; Brad Bell of Wells Fargo Advisors.

American Diabetes Association members of the Community Leadership Board enjoy the social hour at the 2014 Father of the Year Awards Dinner. From left: Mike Kindelberger, Walgreens; Board Chair Mike Greene of Rosenthal, Greene and Devlin, P.C.; Brad Bell of Wells Fargo Advisors.

The Association raised more than $328,000 at the event in support of its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The event was hosted by Mark Mason and Dave Anderson (KPAM) and the fathers were presented with the 2014 Father of the Year Award by their children, following touching videos highlighting each father and their families.

The American Diabetes Association recognizes men from across the nation for the outstanding strength, commitment and love they exhibit as fathers. “Father of the Year” honorees have both attained success in their chosen field or endeavor, and carved out time to teach and mature their children, while also becoming good citizens and proud members of the community.

“We were pleased to honor four truly terrific fathers who have accomplished great things in their personal and professional life while raising critical funds needed to advance the mission of the American Diabetes Association,” said Michael Greene, Chairman of the Community Leadership Board of the American Diabetes Association in Oregon and Southwest Washington. “The generosity of the fathers and those in attendance will provide diabetes education, research and advocacy needed to support the nearly one million people in our area living with diabetes and pre-diabetes.”

The event’s Premier Sponsor was Moda Health. Gold Sponsors were Fred Meyer, Maletis Beverage, Willamette Management Associates and Novo Nordisk. Silver Sponsors were Chris McGowan Family, Portland Trail Blazers, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and Smuckers. Media Sponsors were Spirit Media, Pamplin Media Group and the Portland Business Journal.

About the Oregon and Southwest Washington Father’s Day Council:

The Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter of the National Father’s Day Council is a volunteer organization that annually honors individuals who exemplify outstanding commitment to children, family and community. The National Father’s Day Council was established in 1931. With the American Diabetes Association, it holds Father of the Year awards events in 34 cities across the nation. National honorees have included John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Colin Powell, Jack Lemmon, George Foreman, Tom Clancy and Brian Williams.

About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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