Portland, OR. “Be the Change” was the theme for the Edwards Center 11th Annual Luncheon. The fundraiser at the Multnomah Athletic Club, on October 5th raised $175,000.00. Supporters at the event included Jean Edwards, Georgia Lampros, John Gordon and Tom Shaw. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus Photography)

Jim Parker, Jean-Edwards and Julie Diamond

Dirk Fournier introduces Judy Powell

Dirk Fournier, CEO of Fournier Group and Judy and Jodi Powells

What began as a small breakfast to raise awareness and dollars in 2006, has since evolved into Edwards Center’s largest and most successful fundraising endeavor. This year’s event offered Dirk Fournier, CEO of Fournier Group Insurance Agency as Master of Ceremonies, Bonita Pioneer as Title Sponsor, Julie Diamond, Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant, provided the Keynote Address, Jerry Jones, Jr., President of the Board of THPRD accepted an Employment Award for 35 years of partnership with Edwards Center, and Judy Powell provided a warm testimonial of her daughter Jodi’s life and 30 years spent with Edwards Center.
Here’s a video about the Edwards Center:

THPRD recognized for 35 years of partnership with Edwards Center

Table sponsors-US Bank

From the Edwards Center:

Our Mission

To enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities by helping them reach their highest potential through training, education, employment, housing and social opportunities in safe, healthy and stimulating environments.

We live every day in support of these core values

  • Excellence

    Providing the best to people with developmental disabilities.

  • Individuality

    Encouraging decision-making and expression of choice.

  • Ability

    Emphasizing an optimistic and compassionate attitude in supporting participants as they overcome challenges.

  • Respect

    Facilitating dignity and respect for all individuals through personal and environmental safety, cleanliness and privacy.

  • Productivity

    Encouraging productiveness and engagement, whether through employment, artistic expression, socializing or other activities.

  • Integration

    Fostering and creating opportunities for participating in their communities with people without disabilities.

For more information: http://edwardscenter.org/