Portland, December 6th, 2014. Levé returned to Leftbank Annex to host its annual Charity Ball. The event’s proceeds support Incight, an organization that strives to unlock the potential of people with disabilities. Members of “I Have A Dream” Young Leaders Collaborative at the event included: Lisa Hattery, Sophie Banner, Mairwen Eslinger, Ali Murphy, Melissa Gillett mingle at this year’s Charity Ball benefiting Incight.”
2014 marks Levé’s 11th year of raising funds to benefit and “lift” local non-profits in the Pacific Northwest. Incight’s unique approach to supporting the disability community, coupled with the celebration of their 10 year anniversary, made for an exciting collaboration between the two organizations.
Attendees enjoyed dancing, drinks, games, a silent auction and plenty of opportunities to contribute to Incight’s cause. Between Levé’s cash contributions, volunteerism and activism, they’ve infused more than $410,600 into the local nonprofit community. Levé is excited to increase that total as they finish off the year with Incight.
Let us back up a bit and tell you about who we are and where we came from. A group of girlfriends founded Levé out of a desire to actively make a difference in our local community. Portland has been our home for the majority of our lives, providing us with a deep connection and passion for keeping the Pacific Northwest’s most vital resources and programming vibrant and successful. For this reason, and the desire to bring together family, friends and the community for a celebration in support of a local nonprofit, Levé hosted its first Charity Ball in 2004.
After our first event, it became quickly apparent that we are in a unique position to catalyze support from a wider network. We feel fortunate to have enjoyed a supportive community in Portland and the consistent encouragement of family and friends in all of our endeavors. For that reason, we share the sentiment that it is our responsibility to give back to the community that has provided us with so much. As young girls, we watched our parents engage with and support the services of local nonprofits. Our action is modeled on their example.
Levé is a completely volunteer-run organization. Our board is made up of young, professional women who are sharing our time, resources and expertise with causes we value. We believe the work we do for Levé is not only making us better individuals and members of our community, but also better employees and students—mastering skills, building leadership and inspiring creativity.