Portland, April 11th, 2015. Member volunteers at Assistance League® of Greater Portland have a five decade tradition of combining fun, friendship and community service. A “fun-raising” party on April 11th at the Multnomah Athletic Club continued that tradition. “We are celebrating fifty years of service, a big accomplishment,” said Nancy Fahey, with Rosalie Stevenson, planned the Fifty and Fabulous. fundraising party. Over 300 guests attended the sold out event. Proceeds benefit Assistance League’s local philanthropic programs.

Poison Waters, Past President Kay Gebhart, President Carol Bergseng and Meesha Peru getting ready to raise funds for the programs

Poison Waters, Past President Kay Gebhart, President Carol Bergseng and Meesha Peru getting ready to raise funds for the programs

Vice President Fundraising Robbie O'Brien, her son Peter O'Brien and Michele Wiitala

Vice President Fundraising Robbie O’Brien, her son Peter O’Brien and Michele Wiitala

Guests dressed in fifties fashions and danced to classic hits played by Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts. Local entertainers, Poison Waters and Meesha Peru, served as emcees and auctioneers, presiding over a live auction. Guests gave generously at the paddle raise to benefit Assistance League’s flagship program, Operation School Bell. Operation School Bell provided new clothing to over 3,000 children in need this year.

Vice President of Fundraising, Robbie O’Brien presented athlete Jason Zacher with the national Operation School Bell award at the event for his 188-mile ultra marathon run last June and his inspiring work to raise funds for clothes for 100 children.

About Assistance League
Assistance League is a local chapter of a national organization that puts caring and commitment into action with philanthropic activities. Assistance League’s 180 member volunteers serve children and victims of violence locally with community service programs that provide new school clothes for students in need, enrichment activities for troubled youth, Life Story Books for foster children and emergency outfits for women who have been physically attacked. Donations, fundraising events and proceeds from Assistance League Thrift and Consignment Shops at 4000 SW 117th Avenue in Beaverton support these programs.

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