Portland, OR. 270 guests raised $216,000 to support the PTC of Riverdale Grade School and Riverdale High School at its 007-themed gala. Parents Heather Burton, Niki Seawright, Wendy Domreis, Wendy Tolls & Kristen Best enjoyed the Casino Royale theme. The benefit on February 23rd was held at The Redd on SE Salmon Street. Nearly $70,000 will be passed through directly to the schools to help fund a “Let’s Play” paddle raise initiatives such as playground updates at the Grade School and new activity/athletic van and a Freedom Climber for the gymnasium at the High School. (Photos by parents Wendy Tolls and Wendy Domreis)

Judy Chang, Stephanie Lamb, Jenny Ko, Wendy Tolls, Paige Witte & Sheena Kansal

Taft & Mina Stricklin

Organizers say, “the crowd was glamorous, the casino was lively, the bidding was fierce and the love of our schools and community was at the forefront.”

Auctioneer Matthew Di Loreto

A selfie with Riverdale HS Principal Paula Robinson, Riverdale HS Principal, Amber Hillman and Wendy Domreis

Elizabeth Kramer & Keith Oelrich

The Golden Ticket Winner was RGS Teacher, Jennifer McDonald.

Guests enjoyed a sit-down dinner from Chefstable Catering, casino gaming from Wild Bill’s Entertainment, a Wheel of Fortune, Live Auction, Party Pack sign-ups, Raffles and Online Bidding.

From 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 artmusic 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.