Portland, November 11th, 2014. “I Have a Dream” Oregon and more than 600 guests raised a record-breaking $425,000 to empower more than 1,500 students from low-income communities to thrive in school, college, and career. The first package of the evening featured original artwork by Kindergarten Dreamers inspired by the question “What Is Your Dream?” Reggie Aqui, Emcee; Brandon, 5th Grade Dreamer student and Auctioneer Johnna Wells sold the artwork for $1,600. Students like Alma, an 8th-grade Dreamer and aspiring astronomer told her story via video. The event’s “Dream” theme was abundant, with the stories of Dreamers past, present and future and “Dream-themed” silent and live auction items to destinations such as France, Bali and Costa Rica. (photo credit, Andie Petkus)
The event was presented by Miller Family Holdings. Other event sponsors included: Boly:Welch, Hawks View Cellars, Gray & Company, First Republic Bank, Knowledge Universe, Stoel Rives, Vernier Software & Technology, Widmer Brothers Brewing, A to Z Wineworks, Amy Vining Photography, Capital Pacific Bank, Pacific Power, Portland State University, Mollet Printing and Vibrant Table Catering & Events.
From “I Have a Dream, Oregon”:
“I Have a Dream” Oregon believes that education is the key to eliminating poverty. They work to align the work of schools, families, nonprofits, colleges and businesses around the shared goal of student success. With the generosity of the community, 100% of Dreamer students will graduate from high school and 80% will pursue post-secondary education.