Portland, OR. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare celebrated the progress of its capital redevelopment plans for the new Garlington Campus with nearly 370 guests on April 5th at its 2nd annual A Culture of Caring Gala. The Northeast Portland campus is home to the Garlington Health Center, a new whole health care center due to open late summer 2018, and Garlington Place, a new 52-unit affordable housing apartment building.
Through the generosity of guests and sponsors, the Gala raised $200,000 in support of the Garlington Health Center, and shared in the announcement of a $100,000 grant from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund bringing the philanthropic campaign year-to-date total to $3.2 million. The campaign goal is $3.5 million. Cascadia had previously secured a $1 million land donation toward the project. (Photo credit, Mario Gallucci.)
“The generosity of our community is so inspiring and our Gala did an incredible job showcasing the life-changing work Cascadia provides to thousands of individuals and families every day,” said Kellie VavRosky, 2018 Gala Chair and Cascadia Executive Board Director. “With the focus of the evening on the remarkable progress of our campaign in support of the new Garlington Health Center, the event was an exciting kick-off for the home stretch to the opening of the Center. We’re grateful to everyone who joined us.”
The new Garlington Center will deliver integrated healthcare – bringing together mental health, substance use support, primary care, and wellness services with a retail pharmacy in one location to better support a person’s whole healthcare needs.
Residents began moving into Garlington Place Apartments earlier this month. Studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments in the building are available to Cascadia clients, veterans, and displaced North and Northeast Portland residents.
Mural art gets first showing
A highlight of the Gala was the unveiling of two mural designs – one by renowned Oregon artist Arvie Smith, the other by emerging Portland artist Jeremy Davis – that will serve as visual anchors for the new Garlington Health Center.
“It’s a great honor to have Arvie Smith create a major work of art for the Center,” said Cascadia CEO Derald Walker, PhD. “To also have a mural by Jeremy Davis underscores our commitment to make the Center inviting to our clients and illuminate the block in the Eliot neighborhood.”
Smith’s work will span the Garlington Center’s south wall, facing NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard. Davis’ piece will be located at the Center’s front entrance at 3034 NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard.
Cascadia also revealed a replica of the donor recognition sculpture trees designed by Portland-based artist Hillary Pfiefer, and hosted a virtual reality tour of the new Garlington campus for guests to experience during the cocktail reception. Pfeiefer had a series of sculptures on view at the reception. Other featured art included works from Meghan Caughey, artist and Cascadia’s senior director of peer wellness, and Jo Lundberg, a local artist who also works as a mental health counselor.
Community leaders honored
As part of the Gala program, three Portlanders received Culture of Caring Awards for their contributions and vital roles in strengthening our community’s social, physical, cultural and emotional wellbeing. Kay Toran was honored for her achievements in promoting greater awareness and importance of building healthy, vibrant communities. Reverend Dr. T. Allen Bethel was honored for his work in building community and civic engagement. Darrell Grant was honored for building community through the arts.
Gala guests included Multnomah County Commission Chair Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Merien, Oregon State Senator Lew Frederick, Oregon Representative Robe Nosse, Metro Council President Tom Hughes, Metro Councilor Sam Chase, Soul District Business Association Chair John Washington, NAACP President Rev. E.D. Mondaine, and US Representative Earl Blumenauer.
Poet Emily Newberry dedicated a poem in honor of the Garlington Health Center and Aurora Chorus Outreach Ensemble entertained the audience with moving choral arrangements on the subjects of social justice, healing and hope. Award-winning Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s jazz ensemble also played for Gala guests.
ABOUT CASCADIA BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is a private, not-for-profit whose mission is to provide whole health care for people living with mental health and addiction challenges. For information on Cascadia’s comprehensive range of innovative, integrated clinical and housing support programs, visit: cascadiabhc.org.