Portland, OR. Morrison Child & Family Services hosted its 5th Annual Silver Linings Luncheon at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland. More than 350 friends of Morrison came together to donate $82,590 in support of Morrison’s groundbreaking programs to treat children and families coping with the effects of adversity and trauma. Matching donations were made by Al and Nancy Jubitz.  The March 14th benefit had the largest turnout yet for the nonprofit. Guests included supporters from Slalom Consulting including: Alex Runyan, Arash Saffarzadeh, Elizabeth Cushing, Sam Berger, Kory Kimball, Jeremiah Cathcart, Melissa Bielagus, and Abigail Hoyer. (Photo credit, Tom Cook)

350 guests learn more about Morrison’s SAGE program, which helps youth survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.

The Boeing Company was honored with Morrison’s Goldman Award for the company’s over 30 years of support for Morrison programs through event sponsorship and grants. The Goldman Award is given in memory of Muriel and Marvin Goldman for their lifetime commitment to improving the lives of children in Oregon.

Boeing employees Ryan Azorr, Deanna Haley, and Bill Foster accept Morrison’s Goldman Award.

This year’s keynote speaker was local attorney, victims’ advocate, and policy adviser Joel Shapiro. Joel has extensive sex trafficking policy experience, including serving as Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, where he crafted the first federal legislation focused on child sex trafficking, as a policy adviser to Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel, and as the lobbyist for the “Kids Are Not For Sale in Oregon Coalition.” Joel presently represents victims of sex trafficking and other crimes in civil litigation. Joel also serves on the Oregon Department of Justice’s Trafficking Intervention Advisory Committee and continues to advocate on behalf of sex trafficking victims at the Oregon Legislature.

Keynote speaker, Joel Shapiro, and Drew Henrie-McWilliams, Morrison’s CEO.

Table decorations featured art from youth in the SAGE program.

Morrison’s newest video, featuring the SAGE Youth Residential Program, also premiered at the luncheon. 

Since 1947, Morrison Child & Family Services has delivered specialized services to children, from birth through age 18, and families coping with abuse, neglect, domestic violence, drug and alcohol addiction, and other harmful stress factors. Morrison’s Silver Linings Luncheon is a unique opportunity for business and community leaders to learn more about the positive and necessary impact Morrison has on our community. This event is much more than a fundraiser; it is an opportunity for guests to create stronger alliances with companies, business people and community leaders dedicated to restoring childhood, rebuilding families, and renewing hope.

To learn more, visit www.morrisonkids.org.