FALL PREVIEW: Diamonds & Denim Theme Will Sparkle at INCIGHT Gala

FALL PREVIEW: Diamonds & Denim Theme Will Sparkle at INCIGHT Gala

Portland, OR. The INCIGHT Gala is coming up on Saturday, October 5th at the Sentinel Hotel. Diamonds and Denim is the theme, so organizers encourage guests to feel comfortable wearing gala attire from both ends of the spectrum. They promise, “a night of luxury and purpose that includes cocktails, games, raffles, fine dining, and a live auction.” Their mantra: be a diamond in a rhinestone world!

Here’s a link for more information, or to get your tickets www.incight.org/gala
The mission of INCIGHT is to unlock the potential of people through employment, education, and independence. INCIGHT serves individuals living with barriers, people with disabilities, single parents, veterans, welfare recipients, and those involved with the justice system. Here are some photos from last year’s gala which was circus-themed:

Johnna Wells of Benefit Auctions 360 livens the room with exclusive auction packages.

There were plenty of on theme snacks, including popcorn!

Cheers to signature cocktails (The Barnum and The Bailey)

INCIGHT doesn’t just throw a fundraiser… they put on a show!

From INCIGHT:

INCIGHT is relentless in building sustainable villages, networks, and resources to help all people reach their unlimited potential. Through a variety of strategic programs and services focused on education, employment, and independence the results include less homelessness, less need for welfare, fewer incarcerations, fewer suicides and fewer disabilities.

For the gala on October 5th, doors open at 5:00 p.m. The dinner & live auction begin at 6:30 p.m.
You can purchase tickets at www.incight.org/gala

Editor’s note: Fall Preview is a PortlandSocietyPage.com feature and is sponsored content.

Incight Raises Funds to Unlock the Potential of People with Disabilities

Incight Raises Funds to Unlock the Potential of People with Disabilities

Portland, OR. 300 Incight supporters decked out in costumes filled Portland’s PureSpace on October 28th for a Halloween bash dedicated to “Unlocking the Potential of People with Disabilities” through education, employment, and independence. Guest included Sarah Heiney, Incight co-founder Scott Hatley, and Meagan Kimball and Meredith Leichty. During the benefit, supporters watched a video honoring the co-founder of Incight. The video shows why Incight was founded and the vision and passion leading it forward.

After the video, Scott took the stage and announced that Incight was kicking off The Scott W. Hatley Endowment to fund Incight’s mission and vision indefinitely and donated $25,000 of his own money. This was the most successful Incight event to date, raising over $250,000.

Don Patterson and Emily Wooten

Dave and Veda Nomura

Jonathan & Mair Blatt

Monica Lindsey learning she won the raffle trip to New York from auctioneer Justin Timm, Benefit Auction 360.

Dan Friess, Emcee

Melissa Berube, Kindel Bonin, and Jamie Gibbs

From Incight:
We could not have held this event without the generosity of our presenting sponsors: Safeway Foundation, Wells Fargo, and Immix Law Group. Other sponsors for our event include Arlene Schnitzer, Pac Met, Pacific Power, Bridge City Limo, Educational Excellence, Sage Built Homes, West Coast Event Productions, Mortgage Trust, Canyon Grill, Keen Healthcare, OSU Foundation, Miller Consulting Engineers, and The Boeing Company.From Incight:

Incight is a 501(c) 3 non-profit that has been Unlocking the Potential of People with Disabilities for over a decade. Incight’s services have influenced thousands of students, jobseekers, educators, parents, employers, and community members. The Incight mission has grown into a contagion that invites everyone to think, feel, and behave with more equity and expectancy. Incight celebrates and empowers the fact that “none of us are our costume.” Who we really are is so much greater.

 

 

Incight Gala Raises $232,000 Under Havana Lights

Incight Gala Raises $232,000 Under Havana Lights

Portland, OR. Incight, an organization committed to “Unlocking the Potential of People with Disabilities” held its 10th annual gala at the Portland Art Museum on October 1st. The $232,000 raised will fund Incight programs that assist people with disabilities in education, in the job market and in independent recreation. Scott Hatley, one of the founders of Incight, took the stage to speak about his goal of improve the lives of millions of disabled people. The theme of this year’s gala was Havana Lights. Several attendees wore colorful Cuban-themed attire. Johnna Wells from 360 Benefit Auctions ran a live auction that featured a 10-day trip to Cuba. KGW’s Drew Carney emceed the night, and spoke warmly about his passion for Incight’s mission.

Chris Chiacchierini

Chris Chiacchierini, Executive Director at Incight said: “We couldn’t be happier. This was one of our most successful events to date and the funds raised will help provide those we serve with educational and scholarship support, job seeking and networking and the opportunity to be members of a strong, independent recreation community.”

Collaine Kelly, Pia Nicastro, Jennifer Bauman, Angela Kirkman

Guests included Collaine Kelly, Pia Nicastro, Jennifer Bauman, and Angela Kirkman

Live Auction in progress at Incight Gala

The Live Auction in progress at the Incight Gala

Kamilla Pavlov, Ivan Pavlov

Kamilla Pavlov, Ivan Pavlov

From Incight:

Incight was honored to have the Safeway Foundation, The Standard and Immix Law Group step up as presenting sponsors of the gala. Three incredible Portland companies who are committed to Incight’s work. Other supporting sponsors were Arlene Schnitzer, Pacific Power, Delap LLP, the OSU Foundation, The Boeing Company and CareOregon.

Incight is committed to breaking down barriers for people with disabilities, to challenging limiting beliefs and unfair judgements and to creating a future where equity and inclusion are the norm. Incight’s mission is Unlocking the Potential of People with Disabilities.

Incight Celebrates Leading the way for People with Disabilities at the 2015 Derby Gala

Incight Celebrates Leading the way for People with Disabilities at the 2015 Derby Gala

Portland, October 3, 2015.  Incight and over 320 generous friends and supporters gathered at the Portland Art Museum to celebrate over 11 years of Incight leading the way for people with disabilities. The Benefit raised over $230,000 for the organization’s empowering suite of services.  Amy Coe-Ingalls, Emily Wooton and Beth Horton were in the spirit of the event. The night was full of derby-themed surprises and the program kicked off with a recorded welcome from Ronnie Turcotte, rider of Secretariat, winner of the U.S. Triple Crown in 1973. KGW’s Drew Carney was the 2015 Derby Gala MC, and spoke warmly about his passion for Incight’s mission to unlock the potential of people with disabilities.

West Livaudais and Courtney Smurdon

West Livaudais and Courtney Smurdon

Rebecca Taylor and Michelle Heubner

Rebecca Taylor and Michelle Heubner

Adriana Dameron and Danielle Friess

Adriana Dameron and Danielle Friess

Scott Hatley on stage.

Scott Hatley on stage.

Johnna Wells and the room full of supporters.

Johnna Wells and the room full of supporters.

Vail Horton and DJ Widmer

 

The event featured games, silent auction gifts, a vacation package raffle, and an exciting live auction led by Johnna Wells, international auctioneer champion.  Gala attendees came adorned with derby attire, and enjoyed Mint Juleps, Kentucky Lemonade cocktails, and a menu that was both delectable and fun.  The excitement was amplified by the Swindells Charitable Trust who offered a match of contributions during the paddle raise portion of the evening.

Incight hit the highest mark to date in support raised from the event, which will go towards the organization’s adaptive recreation programs, scholarships for students, employment workshops and networking events for job seekers, high-level diversity and inclusion trainings for employers, and towards everything that Incight does in the community to bust stigma and pave the way for people with disabilities to lead a fulfilling life.

Incight was honored to have a number of amazing sponsors support this event, including presenting sponsor Safeway Foundation, platinum sponsors The Standard and Immix Law Group, and gold sponsor Aequitas Capital. Other supporting sponsors were Albina Community Bank, Pacific Power, Cambia Health Solutions, McKesson, FedEx, The Boeing Company, Keen Healthcare, the OSU Foundation, University of Portland, CareOregon, Mass Mutual, PAC MET, OHSU, Oregon Health Authority, Moore Excavation and Pacific Continental Bank.  The community truly came together for this event, as Incight also received in kind support from Helioterra Winery, Pacific Pie Company, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Miles Nursery, LNS Captioning, B & B Print Source and many other local businesses.

From Incight:

Incight is a 501(c) 3 non-profit that supports and empowers key life aspects of education, employment, and independence.

More potential resides within the disability community than has been historically realized – and that much of that potential is unfairly locked up due to stigma, resulting in low expectation.

Incight offers three distinct programs that provide resources to help people who experience disability realize their potential and encourage the community at large to consider greater inclusion. We have created projects that do not reinvent the wheel of disability services, but support and embolden existing systems. Each program is built on the back bone of our anti-stigma approach.


We aim to create a culture of inclusion by leading an important conversation about disability in our community. Our vision includes workplaces free of stigma surrounding disability, support systems for students to access all necessary resources to successfully complete college, recreational opportunities for athletes of all abilities, and a safe forum for people who want to learn more.

Our services directly impact hundreds of students and jobseekers; thousands of athletes, families, educators, non-profits, and business professionals; and countless community partners, corporations, and schools.


OUR HISTORY

Founded in 2004, by Vail Horton, who is a congenital amputee, and Scott Hatley, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The name Incight comes from a hybrid of the word Incite – to spark a passion, and Insight – to possess intimate knowledge. This hybrid describes the founders original intention – to destroy the stigma that surrounds disability and fill in the gaps of other support services.

They found studies reporting that only 16% of people with disabilities earned college degrees and 76% were unemployed.

They observe, that since 1990 with the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are protected rights for people with disabilities and that accommodations and accessibility have increased 10x, the statistics for higher education and employment accomplishments have barely increased.

Significant obstacles remain for people with disabilities – and the largest of all is the stigma – or incorrect attitude and perspective. Lastly, they rightly recognize that this stigma is a two-way street. It occurs internally – within the disability demographic. It also occurs externally – as too much of society discounts those with disabilities.

Recruiting their college roommate, Jerry Carleton, to the cause – Incight was born. Jerry, Scott, and Vail built a team of staff, board members, and volunteers who are deeply committed to affecting real change in their communities.

Levé’s Annual Charity Ball Celebrates and Supports Incight

Levé’s Annual Charity Ball Celebrates and Supports Incight

Portland, December 6th, 2014. Levé returned to Leftbank Annex to host its annual Charity Ball.  The event’s proceeds support Incight, an organization that strives to unlock the potential of people with disabilities. Members of “I Have A Dream” Young Leaders Collaborative at the event included: Lisa Hattery, Sophie Banner, Mairwen Eslinger, Ali Murphy, Melissa Gillett mingle at this year’s Charity Ball benefiting Incight.”

"Executive Director of Incight, Dan Friess, gets into the game with Sam Bridgman, 2014 Incight Hall of Fame inductee"

“Executive Director of Incight, Dan Friess, gets into the game with Sam Bridgman, 2014 Incight Hall of Fame inductee”

Dominique Dewese and Alando Simpson enjoying the 11th annual Charity Ball"

Dominique Dewese and Alando Simpson enjoying the 11th annual Charity Ball”

 

"Levé Board and Committee members pose at Leftbank Annex before the start of the 11th annual Charity Ball"

“Levé Board and Committee members pose at Leftbank Annex before the start of the 11th annual Charity Ball”

2014 marks Levé’s 11th year of raising funds to benefit and “lift” local non-profits in the Pacific Northwest. Incight’s unique approach to supporting the disability community, coupled with the celebration of their 10 year anniversary, made for an exciting collaboration between the two organizations.

Attendees enjoyed dancing, drinks, games, a silent auction and plenty of opportunities to contribute to Incight’s cause. Between Levé’s cash contributions, volunteerism and activism, they’ve infused more than $410,600 into the local nonprofit community. Levé is excited to increase that total as they finish off the year with Incight.

From Levé:

Let us back up a bit and tell you about who we are and where we came from. A group of girlfriends founded Levé out of a desire to actively make a difference in our local community. Portland has been our home for the majority of our lives, providing us with a deep connection and passion for keeping the Pacific Northwest’s most vital resources and programming vibrant and successful. For this reason, and the desire to bring together family, friends and the community for a celebration in support of a local nonprofit, Levé hosted its first Charity Ball in 2004.

After our first event, it became quickly apparent that we are in a unique position to catalyze support from a wider network. We feel fortunate to have enjoyed a supportive community in Portland and the consistent encouragement of family and friends in all of our endeavors. For that reason, we share the sentiment that it is our responsibility to give back to the community that has provided us with so much. As young girls, we watched our parents engage with and support the services of local nonprofits. Our action is modeled on their example.

Levé is a completely volunteer-run organization. Our board is made up of young, professional women who are sharing our time, resources and expertise with causes we value. We believe the work we do for Levé is not only making us better individuals and members of our community, but also better employees and students—mastering skills, building leadership and inspiring creativity.