Portland, OR. Over 300 supporters enjoyed a festive, globally-themed gala benefiting the Riverdale School Parent Teacher Club at The Hilton Portland. Auction co-chair Shelly Pascoe lifted a glass with Parent Wendy Tollsand at the gala. Grandparent Ken Wightman also co-chaired the “Passport to Our Future” benefit. The March 11th event featured a live auction, a paddle raise, party sign-ups, international foods and dancing to Hit Machine. The paddle raises alone raised over $80,000 for PTC programs and Principals’ wish lists. (Photo credit, Tim Tollsand)

Parent Nif LIndsay was selling bracelets for the “Heads or Tails” raffle. Participants select either “heads” or “tails” and the auctioneer continues flipping a coin until just one winner is left standing.

Auctioneer Ken Ackerman & Alumni Parent Eric Jacobsen getting ready for Heads or Tails Game

Parents Ajnya & Rakesh Pai

Parents Donna Avedisian & Craig Chanti

Riverdale High School Parents

Over 84 grade school and high school families raised their paddles at the auction and online, contributing $40,000 to RGS for outdoor learning and technology integration, and $40,000 to RHS for field studies. 

From the Riverdale PTC:

A heartfelt Gracias, Danke and Grazie go out not only to the many attendees but also the donors, sponsors, volunteers, vendors, entertainers and everyone else involved in this annual fundraising event. The PTC is  so pleased that we were able to surpass our attendance and fundraising goals, and are thrilled with generosity, enthusiasm and support of the Riverdale Community.  

About the Riverdale School District:

The Riverdale School District is an independent public school district. It was founded in 1888 and has always enjoyed widespread community interest, involvement and support. Today, Riverdale Grade School (PreK-8) and Riverdale High School (9-12) serve more than 600 families living in a residential, wooded area called Dunthorpe, located seven miles south of downtown Portland, Oregon, and adjacent to the city of Lake Oswego. View our district boundaries.

Riverdale School District is committed to providing an exceptional college-preparatory education for all students that is personalized, learner-centered and academically rigorous. Our simple but powerful goal is to produce students who know how to use their minds well. The curriculum in each grade level marries core academic disciplines with art, music and experiential learning. Students are required to demonstrate their deep understanding of fundamental subject matter through classroom work, including individual and group projects. 

Plus, learning at Riverdale isn’t confined to the classroom. Students are encouraged to spread their wings and expand their minds through field studies. Starting with day trips in lower grades, overnight trips beginning in 4th grade, and week-long field studies in middle school and high school, these excursions provide the opportunity to use classroom knowledge in real-world, experiential settings.