Aloha, OR. The 17th annual Celebrity Golf Invitational tournament, the Maurice Lucas Foundation raised $189,000 which is almost double last year’s total. The funds support academic and athletic programs for middle school through college students in the Portland area. At the event, former Trail Blazer Channing Frye (seen above on the left) headed out in a golf cart with Jesse Conner. The field of 270 golfers was so large, the double shotgun tournament was spread over two courses at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club on July 29th in Aloha.
Maurice Lucas Foundation Academy members left to right, Marquis Scott, Jaylen Lostheart, and Aiden Cage volunteer at the tournament. All three are high school seniors.
Maurice Lucas Foundation executive director David Lucas addresses the field of competitors at his organization’s golf tournament.
Dark Horse Comics founder Mike Richardson (center) stands with his team, which included Jason Daily, Joe Wiser, Nathan Zoucha and Mike Erickson.
Deejay Jupiter (aka Travis Jones) supplies the music at the golf tournament.
Eric Tolento provides a free haircut to actor William Bryant at the event.
Lil Orbits Donuts worker (left) serves up a bag of fresh doughnuts at the Maurice Lucas Foundation golf tournament.
Mike Phillips performs the national anthem on the saxophone at the tournament.
The winning team from Pacific Energy Concepts shot a 52 on the south course. The winners were Wes Mallard, Jonathan and Korean Romano, Will Snow and Jack Dukeminier. The team received a first-class trip to Bend, including transportation on a private jet, lodging in a luxury house and free play at the Tetherow Resort golf course.
The 54 participating celebrities included Trail Blazer broadcaster Bill Schonely; former Trail Blazer players Bobby Gross, Channing Frye and Brian Grant; Oregon State basketball coach Wayne Tinkle and his son, Tres; actress Debbe Dunning; actor William Bryant; comedian Joe Torry; and KOIN-TV newscaster Ken Boddie.
The tourney organizers included many fun elements to the day to make it memorable for the participants. Mike Phillips performed the national anthem on the saxophone. Deejay Jupiter (aka Travis Jones) supplied the music. Eric Tolento provided free haircuts and Thrive Chiropractic gave free massages. Lil Orbits Donuts provided fresh doughnuts, Dutch Bros. provided coffee and Jersey Mike’s provided lunch.
“This tournament is an important fundraising event for us,” said Executive Director David Lucas. “It continues a tradition started by my dad, the late Maurice Lucas, who loved this community. Thank you so much to all our sponsors, golfers and volunteers who made this year’s tournament possible.”
About the Maurice Lucas Foundation
The foundation is named in honor of the late Maurice Lucas (1952-2010), the leading scorer on the 1977 NBA champion Trail Blazers team. Besides his outstanding achievements on the court, Lucas also selflessly gave his time and energy to Portland youth. Since its formation in 2010, the MLF has served more than 2,258 students and families through its Academy program and another 4,320 through basketball camps and teams.
Vancouver, WA. Organizers say the Give More 24! campaign surpassed their goal and raised $3.3 million. “By giving as one, on one day, we made a monumental difference…Together, we pushed the limits of generosity. It may have taken us to the limit (surpassing our goal at 11:56 p.m.), but WE DID IT!” 6,603 people donated to 207 nonprofits during the 24-hour fundraiser. Friends of the Children-Portland (seen above) is one of many nonprofits which benefit.
Give More 24! is a philanthropic hub, linking community dollars to community needs. By giving at the same time, and boosting donations through match dollars and nonprofit prizes, supporters made a big impact. The fund drive took place on September 23rd.
Literacy is one of the many cause areas featured during Give More 24!
Over the years, the Community Foundation has supported high school and college students in SW Washington.
Give 24! has a few awards for students in specific areas like firefighting.
Food is a daily need, so it’s not surprising that local food banks and pantries are on the forefront of COVID-19 relief efforts. A grant from the COVID Response Fund is helping One Life Food Pantry provide residents with pre-made food boxes every Saturday morning.
Donors can also give to arts organizations.
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Portland, OR. Live theater returns to The Armory in October when Frida … A Self Portrait kicks off Portland Center Stage’s 2021-2022 season. Written and performed by Vanessa Severo, and directed by Joanie Schultz, Frida … A Self Portrait begins preview performances October 9, opens October 15, and runs through November 7 on the U.S. Bank Main Stage. Tickets are on sale now, with special pricing available on September 28, during PCS’s season-wide One Day Sale.
“I’m thrilled to launch the season of live performance on stage with this fierce, beautiful play,” Artistic Director Marissa Wolf said. “Vanessa Severo is magnetic in this role; from the moment she locks eyes with the audience, you understand that you’re on a gripping journey of the soul.”
Set on the eve of Frida Kahlo’s death, this intimate solo show plunges into the brilliant, nuanced world of Kahlo’s tumultuous, extraordinary life — but goes far beyond biography.
Instead, Brazilian writer and performer Vanessa Severo cracks open a powerful portal between herself and the celebrated Mexican artist, bringing breathtaking physicality and raw honesty to this stunningly creative production.
Ultimately, the play paints a portrait of two artists, blending Kahlo’s life with Severo’s own experiences as a child born with a congenital disorder to parents who were newly immigrated to the United States.
“We are drawn to self-portraits, memoirs, and other forms of autobiography; it makes us feel seen, and not so alone,” Director Joanie Schultz said. “This becomes even more important when we are those who disappear: women, people of color, people with disabilities, queer people, and trans people across the world look at Frida’s self-portraits and see themselves because they recognize the pain she articulates so well in her work.”
Frida … A Self Portrait had its world premiere at the Living Room Theatre in 2014 and continued to evolve as Severo deepened her research on Kahlo, including journeying to Mexico City to visit La Casa Azul. In 2019, KCRep developed and produced the show at its OriginKC: New Works Festival. The script was featured on The Kilroys’ List in 2020 and has been further developed for its PCS debut. The KCRep creative team comes together once again for the Portland production.
Vanessa Severo’s acting credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Sex with Strangers, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, August Osage County, Cabaret, Lot’s Wife (KCRep); Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); The Revolutionists, Men on Boats, Mother F***er with the Hat, Venus in Fur, and The Clean House (The Unicorn Theatre). More information is available at vanessasevero.com.
Director Joanie Schultz (A Doll’s House at WaterTower Theatre; Venus in Fur at Goodman Theatre) is joined by Scenic Designer Jacqueline Penrod (Around the World in Eighty Days at Lookingglass Theatre), Costume Designer Katherine Davis (Dracula; a Song of Love and Death with Kansas City Actor’s Theatre), Lighting Designer Rachael Cady (Of Mice and Men at KCRep), Sound Designer Thomas Dixon, who also composed the original music (A Doll’s House at Steppenwolf Theatre Company), and Stage Manager Janine Vanderhoff (most recently Hedwig and the Angry Inch at PCS).
From Portland Center Stage:
SPECIAL EVENTS FOR FRIDA … A SELF PORTRAIT
Gallery Exhibit: Hard Feelings by Angela Saenz Oct 7 – Nov 15 • FREE Portland Center Stage will host Hard Feelings, an art installation by Portland-based painter and muralist Angela Saenz that draws upon the artist’s response to grief, intimacy, and community in the times of Coronavirus.
October First Thursday with Pablo Rivarola Thu, Oct 7, 5 p.m. • FREE October’s First Thursday will feature the opening for the Hard Feelings art installation, with music by the Pablo Rivarola Trio. Rivarola will be joined by drummer Nick Morrison and keyboard player Anderson Donley. Complimentary beer provided by Deschutes Brewery.
Pre-Show Author Talk & Book Signing with Emily Prado Sun, Oct 24, 1 p.m. • FREE Emilly Prado, Chicana writer and Portland-based founder of Nocha Libre DJ collective, will read an excerpt from her book Funeral For Flaca that retraces her experience coming of age as a prep-turned-chola-turned-punk in this collection of essays.
Post-Show Interview with Vanessa Severo Sun, Oct 24, 3:30 p.m. • FREE Emilly Prado, Chicana writer and Portland-based founder of Nocha Libre DJ collective, will explore the themes of the play in a post-show interview with Vanessa Severo.
Pre-Show Music: DJ Mami Miami Wed, Oct 27, 6:30 p.m. • FREE DJ Mami Miami, aka Chicana writer Emilly Prado, will spin a mix of music that spans genres and geography, from cumbia and quebradita to dancehall and perreo.
TICKET AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
When: Oct. 9 – Nov. 7, 2021*
*Opening Night/Press Night: Friday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Preview Performances: Oct. 9, 10, 13, and 14 at 7:30 p.m. Pay What You Will Performance: Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: On the U.S. Bank Main Stage at The Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR.
To Purchase: Regular tickets range from $25 to $87. Tickets may be purchased at pcs.org/frida-a-self-portrait, 503.445.3700, or in-person from the box office. Ticket specials are listed at pcs.org/deals, including the One Day Sale, Rush Tickets, Arts for All, Military, Student, Under 30, The Armory Card, Groups of 10+, and more. Prices vary by date and time and are subject to change.
Please Note: This production is recommended for ages 13 and up. It contains adult situations and language, and depictions of drug use. Learn more by calling 503-445-3700.
Accessibility: Learn about our accessibility options at pcs.org/access.
Portland Center Stage was established in 1988 as a branch of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and became independent in 1994. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Marissa Wolf and Managing Director Cynthia Fuhrman, the company produces a mix of classic, contemporary, and world premiere productions, along with a variety of high-quality education and community programs. As part of its dedication to new play development, the company has produced 28 world premieres, many of which were developed at its JAW New Play Festival. Portland Center Stage’s home is at The Armory, a historic building originally constructed in 1891. After a major renovation, The Armory opened in 2006 as the first building on the National Register of Historic Places, the first performing arts venue in the country, and the first building in Portland to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.
Portland Center Stage is committed to identifying and interrupting instances of racism and all forms of oppression, through the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA). Learn more at pcs.org/idea.
Portland Center Stage’s 2021-2022 season is funded in part by Season Superstars the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation; Season Supporting Sponsors the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the state of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts, and US Bank; and Season Producing Sponsors Ellyn Bye, Ray and Bobbi Davis, Ronni LaCroute, and Jess Dishman.
Portland, OR. The Oregon Zoo bid a sad farewell in mid-September to Mochica, elder statesman of the Humboldt penguin colony and a distinguished seabird ambassador for more than three decades. At 31 years old, he was one of the oldest — and best-loved — penguins on the planet.
“Mochica was the oldest male of his species in any North American zoo or aquarium, maybe the whole world,” said Travis Koons, who oversees the zoo’s bird populations. “His remarkable longevity says a lot about both his zest for life and the quality of care he received over the years.”
Mochica hatched July 6, 1990, at the Oregon Zoo and was hand-reared, a standard practice at the time. But Mo, as he was known for short, grew up different from the other chicks. More than any penguin in the zoo’s large Humboldt colony, he enjoyed spending time with people, often choosing keepers’ quarters over the company of his fellow birds in the Penguinarium.
Here’s a video about the special penguin:
“It was pretty common to walk into the keeper kitchen area and find Mo ‘helping’ with the food prep or just hanging out with care staff there,” Koons said.
Mo was equally fond of visitors to the penguin area, who would meet him on behind-the-scenes tours. Eventually, Koons said, he became the zoo’s “greatest ambassador,” personally greeting thousands — perhaps tens of thousands — of visitors, and helping to raise awareness about a species in decline. It was a role he seemed to relish. As one former keeper put it, “Mochica rarely met an arm he didn’t love to groom.”
Wild Humboldt penguins seldom live past 20, and Mochica, who turned 31 in July, had been slowing down for several years. Over the past couple of years, animal-care staff had been monitoring him closely and treating a variety of age-related ailments.
“He had a mature cataract in one eye, old-age haze in the other, bilateral arthritis in his hips,” Koons said. “He was just a very old bird. It was hard for him to see, and at times difficult for him to walk.”
Koons praised the efforts of care staff, who did everything they could to ease the elderly penguin’s discomfort, sneaking a daily dose of meloxicam into his sustainable-seafood breakfast and scheduling regular laser-therapy sessions with specialists from Kenton Animal Hospital. Eventually, though, Mo’s conditions deteriorated, and on Saturday veterinary and care staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him.
“It’s an incredibly sad day for his care team and for everyone who spent time with this amazing bird,” Koons said. “We’ve all had times in our lives where animals have left an indelible mark on our hearts. Mochica has done that for thousands of people. He inspired generations.”
Koons hopes Mochica’s legacy will be continued conservation, particularly for Humboldts, which among the most at-risk of penguin species with a population estimated at just 12,000 breeding pairs.
“Humboldt penguins live in a region that’s greatly affected by human activity,” he said. “They need healthy ocean habitats to thrive, and we can help make a difference — even in simple ways like downloading the Seafood Watch app and choosing sustainable seafood.”
Native to the South American coastline off Peru and Chile, Humboldt penguins are classified as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. They are threatened by overfishing of their prey species, entanglement in fishing nets, and breeding disruption due to commercial removal of the guano deposits where the birds lay their eggs.
The Oregon Zoo has supported Peru-based conservation organization ACOREMA’s work to protect the Humboldt penguin. ACOREMA monitors penguin mortality and works closely with San Andrés fishermen to mitigate the practice of hunting penguins for food. The group also trains volunteer rangers, reaching out to 3,000 students, teachers and Pisco-area residents a year to raise awareness about penguin conservation.
The 64-acre Oregon Zoo is located in Portland, a city and surrounding metropolitan area of 2.26 million people. Annual attendance is more than 1.5 million, making the zoo the top paid attraction in the Pacific Northwest.
The Oregon Zoo Foundation, the zoo’s philanthropic partner, plays an integral role in supporting the zoo’s animal welfare, conservation and education programs. Since its inception in 1997, the foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has rasied more than $84 million for the zoo’s top priorities.
Portland, OR. Receiving the keys to a home you helped build is a dream come true for families who participate in the Habitat for Humanity program. The ‘Hard Hat & Black Tie’ virtual benefit on September 17th raised over $405,000 to further the mission of the nonprofit. It works alongside families to, “instill the core values of self-reliance, stability, and strength. With the help of our local community and through sweat equity, families can have a safe and comfortable place to call home.”
Organizers planned what they described as an inspirational evening to hear stories from the community, “and learn how we can be a part of building strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership.”
Habitat for Humanity volunteers help first-time homeowners with landscaping, gardening, building projects, clean-up, painting and assembling flat-packed furniture, and more.
Here’s a video about the program:
From Habitat for Humanity:
At Habitat for Humanity, we believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, and that starts with a stable and healthy place to call home. Founded in 1981, we have built and repaired homes in partnership with over 1,700 people right here in the Portland Metro region. With plans to triple the number of people we serve every year, we are invested in creating a Portland where everyone has the opportunity to build a better life.
Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East is a part of a global nonprofit housing organization that works in communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in 70 countries.
Our Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
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