Portland, OR. Nearly 500 guests joined Portland State University for Wine and Roses 2019 – an annual fundraising gala in support of Vikings Athletics. Thanks to the generosity of guests and sponsors, the April 27th benefit generated more than $500,000, the majority of which will be used for student-athlete scholarships. Led by mascot Victor E. Viking, Vikings student-athletes kicked off the high-energy night in good spirits. (Photo credit, Megan Connelly)
Viking Hall of Famer Neil Lomax, ’81, welcomed the audience and unveiled the new PSU championship banners which will be permanently installed in the rafters of the Viking Pavilion at the Peter W. Stott Center. Among them are nine retired jerseys, nine conference championship titles and two national championship titles.
“With these banners, we’re able to honor the people and teams who have helped build this amazing program in a new way,” said Neil Lomax. “This is our legacy, and we’re proud of it.”
More than 200 student-athletes volunteered at the event, welcoming guests to the Viking Pavilion at the Peter W. Stott Center and sharing their stories of opportunity. Student-athlete Donte Robinson shared his story of achievement as a three-time Big Sky Conference Champion for PSU Men’s Track and Field. Freshman Desirae Hansen, whose game-winning shot delivered the Vikings’ first Big Sky tournament title since 2010, also shared her powerful PSU story.
“Our student-athletes shine in all they do — in the classroom, in their sport, and in the community,” said Athletics Director Valerie Cleary. “Scholarships are critical to their success. Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday to support these phenomenal young men and women.”
The night’s success comes thanks to presenting sponsor Jeff Eulberg of Evergreen Gavekal. Eulberg is a Viking Football alum and PSU Foundation Board Member whose leadership as a sponsor has helped to advance the university’s athletics program over the past six years.
“My experiences as a student-athlete laid the groundwork for the success that I’ve found in recent years,” said Jeff Eulberg. “I’m proud to pay that forward by supporting a program that makes such an impact in the lives of student-athletes and in our city.”
Additional thanks to event sponsors Peter and Julie Stott, Burns Brothers, Stewart Sokol & Larkin, Key Event Services, Les Schwab, Steve and Dolores Petruzelli and the many others who came together in support of Portland State Athletics.
For more PSU Foundation information: https://psuf.org/