The event was emceed by mixed media artist and Bend’s 2019 Creative Laureate MOsley WOtta, with music performance by celebrated singer-songwriter Tasha Miller.

Lauren Macbeth, Gina and Adam Davis

Gayathri and Bangalore Ramprasad

Jim Hlava, John Duke, and Derald Walker

Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw

Jonathan Eames, Heather Jeffries, and Eric Sevos

Kay Toran, Michelle Farrakhan, and Andi Potter

Katy Robinson, guest, Janice Jacobs, Kendall Hansen, Jerry Robinson

Natalie Williams, Sarah and Dawn Coleman, Pari Mazhar and Katherine Moore

Rico Bocala and Roger Willoughby

Tracy and Kellie VavRosky and Lisa Shamek

Todd and Chiki Nussbaumer with Amelia Wilcox and Jim Mol

Joni and Ron Hartmann, Gala guest, Mark Stevenson, and Kathy Swift

Jerry and Katy Robinson, guest, Paul Giger and Lauren Crow

Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie, Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, Michelle Farrakhan

Andrew Colas, Alex Colas, Aneshka Dickson, Marc-Daniel Domond and members of the Colas Family

Andrew Colas and Alex Colas with Members of the Colas Family

Michael Seale, Laura Cohen and Jeffrey Eisen

Jeff Heatherington and Chief Danielle Outlaw

Hermann Colas, Jr, Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, Derald Walker

Deniz Conger, Kregg Arntson, Melissa Appleyard

Arvie Smith and Julie Kern-Smith

Lisa Farley, Sandra Wilborn, Beth Burns and Nathan Engkjer

(seated) Tracy VavRosky, Lisa Shamek, Bradley Scott Christie, Becky Paris Christie, Amador Bustos, Rosalie Bustos, (standing) Kellie VavRosky, Emily VavRosky

(seated) Van Do, Todd Nussbaumer, Chiki Nussbaumer, Cabre Vickers, Andrew Tweedie, Brice Terrible, Kassie Auler (standing Lisa Oyler and Adam Auler)

(seated) Laurie Chern, Jeff Marotta, Robin Boyce, Janice Jacobs, Susie Richardson, and Michael Phillips, (standing) Neil Falk, Janet MacDonnell, Darian Minkunas , and Dan Johnson

Amelia Wilcox and Jim Mol

“Our work at Cascadia is about people – supporting each other and helping people experience transformative care to improve their health and quality of life,” said President and CEO Dr. Derald Walker. “What makes this event so dynamic is that the minute you walk in, it’s all about community – people coming together to fuel support around our shared goals to provide life-changing whole health care, more affordable housing, and improving our region’s quality of life for people of all ages.”

The Gala presented three Culture of Caring Awards recognizing contributions and leadership in strengthening our community’s social, physical, cultural and emotional well-being. Hermann Colas, Jr, Founder and Chair of Colas Construction, was honored for his achievements in promoting greater awareness and importance of affordable housing, revitalizing neighborhoods, and building healthy, vibrant communities. Portland Police Bureau Chief Danielle Outlaw was honored for her work in building community relations and civic engagement. Beth Burns, executive director of p:ear, was honored for building community through the arts. The awards honor the legacy of the late Reverend Dr. John and Mrs. Yvonne Garlington’s dedication and commitment to community that Cascadia embodies in its mission.

The evening was filled with great music, food, and art and hosted at the Peter Corvallis Productions warehouse in North Portland. Gala guests included Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran, Oregon Representative Rob Nosse, Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, members of Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury’s office, staff from Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office, and a lead representative of US Senator Ron Wyden’s office who shared a special letter from the Senator in support of Cascadia’s service to the community.

Portland’s Metropolitan Youth Symphony youth jazz ensemble also entertained Gala guests. Cascadia showcased a dynamic art installation by Portland Winter Light Festival artist Michael Taluc that symbolized transformation and hope with a sculptural, mobile that filled the space with light and movement.

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Cascadia is the largest community-based behavioral health and substance use treatment services organization in the state of Oregon and is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC). More info at this link: