Boys & Girls Clubs ‘Be Great Ball’ Raises Nearly $550,000

Boys & Girls Clubs ‘Be Great Ball’ Raises Nearly $550,000

Portland, OR. Nearly 300 supporters came to the Portland Art Museum to join Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro at the annual Be Great Ball on May 4th. Amber Barnes, Club Director, and Teya Shearer, the 2018 Youth of the Year volunteered at the event. The benefit featured a celebration honoring the opening of Boys & Girls Clubs newest location, the Rockwood Club in Gresham. It was also a time to honor champions who helped make the new club possible. John Herman, an instrumental part of the Rockwood project, received the inaugural Roy Ciappini “Be Great” award for his 50 years of service as a volunteer and advocate. The Be Great Ball raised around $550,000 to continue fulfilling the Boys &Girls Clubs mission of empowering all young people to discover their full potential as caring, engaged, and responsible community members. (Photo credit, Antonio Harris, Amanda Meyer)

Be Great Ball Speakers Erin Hubert and Shannon Inukai-Cuffee

Auctioneer Dale Johannes kicks off the Paddle Raise

The night began with a cocktail hour, where guests socialized under a custom-made archway and competed in the silent auction under a ceiling full of starry lights.

Regence Youth, Londynn, and Youth of the Year, Teya, take the stage to talk about their experiences at the Club

Attendees were able to speak to Club teens and staff members who sold them numbered keys for the Blue Door Raffle, a chance to unlock one of the two blue doors at either end of the stage and win a resort vacation to the Oregon Coast or Maui, Hawaii.

Emcee Tony Martinez from Oregon Fox 12 introduced speakers: Erin Hubert, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs; Shannon Inukai-Cuffee, Boys & Girls Clubs Board Chair; and John Herman, who received the inaugural Roy Ciappini “Be Great” award for his 50 years of tireless service to the Clubs. Dinner featured a video and live dance performance from Regence Club members, led in song by auctioneer, Dale Johannes. Dale led guests in a live auction with items that included a trip to New York to see the Broadway performance of Wicked, complete with backstage tour; a helicopter tour of Portland; and a gift package for a group of 10 lucky Boys & Girls Clubs members who will get to hang out with Portland Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum.

The 2018 Youth of the Year, Teya, and Regence member, Londynn, spoke to guests about their Club experiences. Teya summed up her personal experience, saying, “Growing up as a young black woman in America, I’ve faced a lot of barriers to achievement. Having the Club in my life opened my eyes to a different future than I thought was possible. They fostered my dreams, which didn’t focus on material wealth or beauty being my only worth. The Club encouraged me to strive to do well in school and pursue a college degree.” She then closed her speech by thanking attendees and donors for coming, saying, “On behalf of the thousands of young people that go to the Clubs every day, thank you for investing in us.”

Bradley Angle’s GlamHer Gala Supports Survivors of Domestic Violence

Bradley Angle’s GlamHer Gala Supports Survivors of Domestic Violence

Portland, OR. Guests at the Bradley Angle GlamHer benefit embraced the 1920’s theme and brought the party to life at The Nines with an abundance of sequins, feathers, and bow ties. Staff members were happy to report they had raised $125,000 to support survivors of domestic violence. Poison Waters and friends went all out for the night’s entertainment at the May 11th benefit and kicked off the After-Party while DJ Deena Bee mixes filled the dance floor. Organizers reported, “We are confident that this year’s gala was Bradley Angle’s most fun event EVER and we can’t wait to up the ante even more next year!” (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Willie Groshell, Jordan Tietz, Sarah Groshell

Lisa Stewart and Poison Waters

Poison Waters and Arlene Unverzagt

Bradley Angle embraces the following values in all that we do:

  • We believe that everyone has a right to live free from violence and abuse.
  • We value the dignity and personal story of everyone who comes to us for support.
  • We believe that survivors of domestic violence should be treated respectfully and have control over their own lives.
  • Our services are inclusive and accessible to survivors of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.
  • Our services build on the strength and resilience of survivors.
  • We work collaboratively whenever and wherever possible.
  • We involve the community in our work because we know that domestic violence doesn’t just impact individuals and families—it affects every one of us.
  • We acknowledge current and historical inequities and work towards ending oppression.

Bradley Angle is constantly learning and evolving as we strive to end to domestic violence.

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Adelante Mujeres Fiesta of Hope Raises $157,000 to Lift Latina Women and Their Families

Adelante Mujeres Fiesta of Hope Raises $157,000 to Lift Latina Women and Their Families

Portland, OR. Adelante Mujeres guests enjoyed a roaring 20’s theme for the annual Adelante Mujeres Fiesta of Hope gala on April 28th. Organizers say it was a time for “Celebrating Latina leaders, past, present and future.” The benefit featured Chicas Youth Development participants and a new video art installation project featuring four of the Chicas stories. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, and U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, were on hand as Adelante Mujeres honored Susan Castillo with its 2018 Latina Leader Award. Alix Zimmermann led the live auction which raised a record-breaking $157,000. Finally, guests danced the night away to fiery sounds of Son de Cuba. (Photo credit, Anna Yeager)

Guests watch the video art installation featuring the stories of four Chicas participants.

Perla Rodriguez, emcee, and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

Alix Zimmermann starting the live auction

The Son de Cuba band 

Susan Castillo accepts her Latina Leader Award

From Adelante Mujeres:

Adelante Mujeres strives to:

  • Increase opportunities for family and community self-determinationthrough holistic education, workforce and entrepreneurial training and family literacy.
  • Build community through leadership development and the search for solutions to common concerns. 
  • Preserve, foster and share participants’ cultural heritage with the wider community and facilitate intercultural exchange.
  • Advocate ecological awareness and action for a sustainable economy and healthy communities.

Adelante Mujeres believes in:

  • Cooperation, accountability and a fair distribution of resources. 
  • Commitment to the resolution of conflict through peaceful means. 
  • Awareness and appreciation of the inter-relatedness of all life in the universe.

Find out more about our programs and services.

To join Adelante Mujeres in our mission, make a donationvolunteer, or become a community partner.

Central City Concern Benefit Celebrates Healthy Families

Central City Concern Benefit Celebrates Healthy Families

Portland, OR. The Oregon Zoo’s Cascade Crest Ballroom was filled with nearly 300 guests on May 2nd, for a Central City Concern fundraiser called, “We are Family.” The annual event was headlined by Portland stand-up comic Julia Ramos and for the sixth year in a row, Oregon Jazz Hall of Famer Shirley Nanette. Jennifer Fidler and Lindsay Robbins helped organize the event. It raised $120,000 for Central City Concern’s Family Housing programs and Letty Owings Center. The center is a six-month residential addiction treatment program for pregnant women and their young children that includes parenting and life skills training. (Photo credit, Andrea Lonas)

The evening’s emcee: Karen Kern, Senior Director of Substance Use Disorder Services at Central City Concern

Central City Concern President & CEO Dr. Rachel Solotaroff with Board Chairman Bill Wiechmann

Julia Ramos, Stand-Up Comic

Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Famer Shirley Nanette

About Central City Concern:

Central City Concern meets its mission through innovative outcome-based strategies which support personal and community transformation.

  • Direct access to housing which supports lifestyle change.
  • Integrated healthcare services that are highly effective in engaging people who are often alienated from mainstream systems.
  • The development of peer relationships that nurture and support personal transformation and recovery.
  • Attainment of income through employment or accessing benefits.

The success of these four elements results in a transformation of world view and self image from a negative to a positive outlook, enabling people to become productive citizens who want to “give something back” to the community.

Central City Concern (CCC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency serving single adults and families in the Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and addictions. Founded in 1979, the agency has developed a comprehensive continuum of affordable housing options integrated with direct social services including healthcare, recovery and employment. CCC currently has a staff of 800+, an annual operating budget of $60 million and serves more than 13,000 individuals annually.

Here’s a video about the program: 

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Rose Festival Shows off Contenders for Canine Grand Marshal

Rose Festival Shows off Contenders for Canine Grand Marshal

Portland, OR. Could bespectacled Rusty, the 8-year-old Golden Retriever be the Grand Marshal of the Rose Festival Parade on June 9th? Rusty is one of twenty finalists vying for a chance to be on the first ever Rose Festival Canine Court. Nearly 150 applicants ranging from service dogs to companion pets entered the contest. Oregon Humane Society, the Portland Rose Festival‘s Official Charity for 2018, helped narrowed the field to twenty. 

Finalist Ponyo, Pomeranian/Chihuahua Mix, 7 years old

A panel of celebrity judges will choose the five members of the Canine Court, including the Canine Grand Marshal, at a special OHS fundraiser called the Canine Coronation ceremony at the Heathman Hotel, Wednesday, May 23rd. 

Other finalists for the Caine Court include:

B.B., Wirehair Dachshund, 3 years old

Bruno, Cockapoo, 6 years old

Burt Usher, Terrier Mix, 9 years old

Diesel, English Mastiff, 2.5 years old

Ezekiel James, Husky/Shepherd Mix, 10 years old

Filly, English Springer Spaniel, 9 years old

George, Pit Bull/Basset Hound Mix, 10 months old

Gucci, Black Labrador, 6 years old

Jackson, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, 12 years old

Mango, Siberian Husky, 3 years old

Matilda, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, 6 months old

Miles, French Bulldog, 9 years old

Mister Darcy, Airedale Terrier Mix, 2 years old

Molly, Golden Doodle, 2 years old

Professor Schnitzel, Mini Dachshund, 13 years old

Sebastian Grey, Chinese Crested, 10 years old

ShellBea, Newfoundland, 6 years old

Timmy, Cairn Terrier, 14 years old

The Canine Grand Marshal will ride in the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade, which will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 9 at Memorial Coliseum.

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The Oregon Humane Society is the Northwest’s oldest and largest humane society, with one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. Founded in 1868, OHS receives no government funds for its adoption, education and animal cruelty investigation programs. Visit for more information or to make a donation.

Facebook, Twitter: @OregonHumane, Instagram: @OregonHumane

The Portland Rose Festival Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves families and individuals with programs and events that promote the arts, education and volunteerism. We value environmental responsibility, diversity, patriotism and our historic & floral heritage. The 2018 Rose Festival runs from May 25 through June 10

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