Christmas Ships Parade Sticking to Holiday Schedule Despite Pandemic

Christmas Ships Parade Sticking to Holiday Schedule Despite Pandemic

Portland, OR. The Christmas Ships will be parading for fifteen nights this holiday season, December 4th through December 22nd (with just a couple of nights off). Organizers say, “We’re excited to continue the parade this year and offer some form of normalcy in such an abnormal time. Our lighted boat parade is an event that people can enjoy and view safely this holiday season. Even if you just catch a glimpse of us on the water while driving, we hope we brighten your evening.”

The boats, 14 to 65 feet long, are brightly decorated for the holiday season. Up to 60-holiday boats are expected to make up the two fleets.

The Christmas Ship Fleet averages about 55 to 60 boats between the two Columbia and Willamette River fleets.

The privately-owned vessels come from Portland, Vancouver, McMinnville, Salem and Hood River areas. Some of the ship’s owners have been part of the Christmas tradition for more than 30 years.

The Christmas ship parade is on its way.

Christmas Shipowners are getting ready to set sail for their 66th year as residents make plans to watch the colorful flotillas during the parade’s 2020 holiday season.

Organizers remind spectators to stay six feet apart, wear masks, and follow all other protocols to stay safe from the spread of COVID-19. “We are scheduled to parade 15 nights and there are many places along the parade routes to watch without crowding. Check our schedule and plan ahead. We want you to enjoy our parade in the best of health and well-being!”

The nonprofit is also looking for donations. The primary funding source is the waterfront business community. Many of these businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic and are not able to donate this year. Donations help to defray the cost of administering, maintaining and promoting the non-profit. Christmas Ships, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization. Here’s a link to the donate page:  https://www.christmasships.org/make-a-donation

Below is the schedule for the Willamette Fleet:

(There are four nights where the ships don’t sail, so check the Columbia and Willamette River schedules. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, there will be no “Meet & Greet” gatherings with the fleet.)

COMBINED
04 Dec
2020
07:00 PM

North Portland Harbor – Combined Fleet

Route Details 7:00PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) assemble heading upriver in front of Salty’s Restaurant, 38th/NE Marine Drive and turns at NE 42nd St […]
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05 Dec
2020
06:00 PM
COMBINED

Camas / Washougal – Combined Fleet

Route Details 6:00 PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) assembles in front of Port of Camas/Washougal and parades in the area for about an hour. The fleet […]
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08 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Johns Landing to Fremont Bridge Area

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of Riverplace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland). The fleet will make their way upriver, past the Old Spaghetti Factory, […]
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09 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Milwaukie

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland) and travels upriver to the area of the Milwaukie Boat Ramp. At the boat […]
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10 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Johns Landing to Fremont Bridge Area

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of Riverplace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland). The fleet will make their way upriver, past the Old Spaghetti Factory, […]
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11 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Milwaukie / Oregon Yacht Club

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland) and travels upriver to the area of the Milwaukie Boat Ramp. At the boat […]
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12 Dec
2020
06:00 PM
COMBINED

St Helens – Combined Fleet

Route Details 6:00PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) assembles at the St. Helens City Docks and heads downriver to Columbia City, and weather/river […]
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13  Dec
2020
04:30 PM
COMBINED

Scappoose / Multnomah Channel – Combined Fleet

Route Details 4:30PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) meets in the afternoon at Coon Island and leave for Scappoose arriving approximately 5:00PM then […]
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16 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Milwaukie

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland) and travels upriver to the area of the Milwaukie Boat Ramp. At the boat […]
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17 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Johns Landing to Fremont Bridge Area

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of Riverplace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland). The fleet will make their way upriver, past the Old Spaghetti Factory, […]
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18 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Milwaukie / Oregon Yacht Club

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland) and travels upriver to the area of the Milwaukie Boat Ramp. At the boat […]
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19 Dec
2020
04:30 PM
COMBINED

Lake Oswego – Combined Fleet

Route Details 4:30PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) will leave RiverPlace Marina headed to Lake Oswego, arriving about 6:00PM, subject to weather and […]
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20 Dec
2020
05:00 PM
COMBINED

St. Johns Bridge – Combined Fleet

Route Details 5:00PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) assemble in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, […]
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21 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Milwaukie

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland) and travels upriver to the area of the Milwaukie Boat Ramp. At the boat […]
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22 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
WILLAMETTE

Johns Landing to Fremont Bridge Area

Route Details 7:00PM – The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of Riverplace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland). The fleet will make their way upriver, past the Old Spaghetti Factory, […]
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Below is the schedule for the Columbia Fleet:

COMBINED
04 Dec
2020
07:00 PM

North Portland Harbor – Combined Fleet

Route Details 7:00PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) assemble heading upriver in front of Salty’s Restaurant, 38th/NE Marine Drive and turns at NE 42nd St […]
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05 Dec
2020
06:00 PM
COMBINED

Camas / Washougal – Combined Fleet

Route Details 6:00 PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) assembles in front of Port of Camas/Washougal and parades in the area for about an hour. The fleet […]
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08 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

I-5 Bridge area / Hayden Bay

Unfortunately we will not be going in to Hayden Bay this season. The rest of our route on this night is not affected (Hayden Bay is just a small portion of our route). Between water levels and the added […]
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09 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

James M Gleason Boat Ramp, Washington Shoreline

Route Details 7:00PM – Columbia Fleet assembles in front of James M. Gleason Boat Ramp, 43rd/NE Marine Drive. Tonight the fleet will remain the first hour in the area of the boat ramp, and […]
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10 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

I-5 Bridge area / Hayden Bay

Unfortunately we will not be going in to Hayden Bay this season. The rest of our route on this night is not affected (Hayden Bay is just a small portion of our route). Between water levels and the added […]
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11 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

North Portland Harbor

Route Details 7:00PM – Columbia River Fleet assembles headed upriver in front of Salty’s Restaurant, 38th/NE Marine Drive and turns at NE 42nd St to head downriver to North Portland Harbor. […]
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12 Dec
2020
06:00 PM
COMBINED

St Helens – Combined Fleet

Route Details 6:00PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) assembles at the St. Helens City Docks and heads downriver to Columbia City, and weather/river […]
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13 Dec
2020
04:30 PM
COMBINED

Scappoose / Multnomah Channel – Combined Fleet

Route Details 4:30PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) meets in the afternoon at Coon Island and leave for Scappoose arriving approximately 5:00PM then […]
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16 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

James M Gleason Boat Ramp, Washington Shoreline

Route Details 7:00PM – Columbia Fleet assembles in front of James M. Gleason Boat Ramp, 43rd/NE Marine Drive. Tonight the fleet will remain the first hour in the area of the boat ramp, and […]
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17 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

I-5 Bridge area / Hayden Bay

Unfortunately we will not be going in to Hayden Bay this season. The rest of our route on this night is not affected (Hayden Bay is just a small portion of our route). Between water levels and the added […]
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18 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

I-205 Bridge area, Steamboat Landing

Route Details 7:00PM – Columbia Fleet assembles in front of James M Gleason Boat Ramp, 43rd/NE Marine Drive and continues upriver to the I-205 Bridge area and Steamboat Landing. The fleet […]
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19 Dec
2020
04:30 PM
COMBINED

Lake Oswego – Combined Fleet

Route Details 4:30PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) will leave RiverPlace Marina headed to Lake Oswego, arriving about 6:00PM, subject to weather and […]
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20 Dec
2020
05:00 PM
COMBINED

St. Johns Bridge – Combined Fleet

Route Details 5:00PM – The combined fleet (Columbia River and Willamette River Fleets) assemble in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, […]
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21 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

I-5 Bridge area / Hayden Bay

Unfortunately we will not be going in to Hayden Bay this season. The rest of our route on this night is not affected (Hayden Bay is just a small portion of our route). Between water levels and the added […]
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22 Dec
2020
07:00 PM
COLUMBIA

North Portland Harbor

Route Details 7:00PM – Columbia River Fleet assembles headed upriver in front of Salty’s Restaurant, 38th/NE Marine Drive and turns at NE 42nd St to head downriver to North Portland Harbor. […]
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From the Christmas Ship Parades:

You can support the Christmas Ship Parade at https://www.christmasships.org/make-a-donation

If you’ve never seen our parade before, you have many opportunities to see us. Figure out which river and night work best for you from our schedules: Columbia River Schedule -or- Willamette River Schedule.  The schedule details for each night list some of the best viewing locations to see us.  Sometimes that may be from a shoreline park or it may be from the warmth of a restaurant overlooking the river.  On the Willamette, you always have the opportunity to see us from a dinner cruise.  Make your reservations now, they book up fast!

How will you participate this year?  As a spectator or as a Christmas Ships skipper?  As long as you have a boat that can do at least 6 knots and have a desire to decorate it, we welcome anyone to join us.  It’s a fulfilling experience that you won’t forget.  Be warned, it is addictive!  The commitment can be whatever you want it to be.  Join us for one night or join us for all.  To see some of the benefits, please visit: Benefits. To sign up, please visit: Sign Up.

Jesuit Financial Aid Benefit Moves Online and Raises $450,000

Jesuit Financial Aid Benefit Moves Online and Raises $450,000

Portland, OR. Jesuit High School held its first-ever online Financial Aid event to raise funds for financial aid. Head Coach of the Miami Heat Erik Spoelstra, was one of the featured speakers during livestream event. The Jesuit graduate is pictured above at a pre-pandemic meet and greet with students.

Erik Spoelstra, Head Coach Miami Heat

During the livestream event on November 19th, Spoelstra spoke about the importance of financial aid at the private Catholic school to support current and future students.

The online event raised $450,000 with more gifts promised by individuals and corporate matching programs in the coming weeks.

Stan Brock also recorded a greeting for fellow supporters. He’s a former NFL football player and Jesuit graduate.

Hosts for the event were Father Billy Biegler, S.J., and math teacher Laura Schick.

Jesuit Portland president Tom Arndorfer helped move the evening along and the fundraiser clocked in at less than one hour.

Here’s a recording of the livestream event:

From Jesuit High School:

For the current school year, 351 deserving students and their families received over $3.7 million in assistance. This is a 12% increase from 2019-20. Your gift of any size is needed and appreciated by present and future Jesuit students.

Still hoping to donate? We are continuing to accept contributions to our financial aid fund. Click here for a link.

We are also incredibly grateful to our wonderful sponsors and donors, including the Challenge Gift Sponsors who joined together to match gifts up to $50,000. Special thanks to The Scott/Daniel Family, Renee James and Steve Cooney, Tricia and Patrick Heffernan

Our mission to educate young women and men is rooted in over four centuries of a Jesuit educational tradition defined by faith, community, and a commitment to serve the “Greater Glory of God.”

#myRCH Event Raises Over $250,000 for Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel

#myRCH Event Raises Over $250,000 for Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel

Portland, OR. The fourth annual #myRCH event raised $250,000 for Randall Children’s Hospital. The theme for the October 23rd fundraiser was a virtual pajama party; it was moved from in-person to online to follow COVID-19 guidelines for physical distancing. Dale Johannes of Artisan Auctions and event coordinator Alyson Evans are pictured above in their PJs. The virtual event highlighted the work of Randall Children’s providers, patient testimonials, and a livestream raffle to celebrate the hospital’s courageous kids, while raising funds for its programs.

Donors heard the story of Leah Lopez, who made national headlines this year as one of the nation’s first kids diagnosed with the COVID-19-related illness, Multi-inflammatory Syndrome in Children. The experts at Randall Children’s collaborated on her lifesaving treatment. (Photo courtesy ABC News)

From Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation:

Gold sponsors this year included Gold + Arrow Salon, Ida P. Colver and Roger C. Ray, Violetta Office, Northwest Newborn Specialists/MEDNAX and PacificSource Health Plans.

Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation raises funds for the hospital, a regional leader in the care of babies, children and teens — blending the finest in medical services with family-friendly spaces.

Randall Children’s Hospital is part of Legacy Health – the area’s largest local, nonprofit health system.

To learn more about supporting Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation visit legacyhealthgiving.org.

Golfers Raise Nearly $60,000 for Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center

Golfers Raise Nearly $60,000 for Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center

Gresham, OR. Mount Hood Medical Foundation recently raised almost $60,000 at its annual golf tournament to support the expansion of cardiac services at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center. Jeff Ganz, pictured above, explains, “This tournament is great fun every year, and this year was no exception. We had to overcome COVID and then a smoked out valley, but in the end, we made it through and really enjoyed ourselves.” Ganz is a Trustee for the Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation and feels strongly about supporting its efforts. “The expansion of cardiac services at the hospital will be a great asset to our community.”

Players from 15 sponsor companies participated in The Drive Benefit Golf Tournament at Stone Creek Golf Club from September 1 through October 16. The format changed this year from a one-day tournament to a six-week event to follow safe COVID-19 guidelines for physical distancing.

This year’s Double Eagle Sponsor was Soderstrom Architects, a firm with a broad philanthropic mission: “Soderstrom believes in changing lives beyond architecture, through charitable giving. We give because we are committed to improving our community and making sure no one is left behind.”

Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center is in the midst of a three-year campaign to expand cardiac services, including two new cardiac catheterization suites for emergency care.

Funds from the tournament will support a separate $600,000 campaign for community education services, nutrition counseling, exercise equipment, and patient assistance.

From Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation:

Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation raises funds for Legacy Mount Hood, East Multnomah County’s full-service community hospital. Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center
is part of Legacy Health – a nonprofit health system driven by a mission to improve the lives of those around us.

To learn more about supporting Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation, visit www.legacyhealth.org/giving

World AIDS Day Moves Online With Virtual Memorial Quilt Display

World AIDS Day Moves Online With Virtual Memorial Quilt Display

Portland, OR. “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact” is the theme for World AIDS  Day. The annual commemoration is coming up on December 1st, but there will be no big in-person gatherings where supporters unite, as seen above. There will the first-ever nationwide AIDS Memorial Quilt display. Each year, sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt travel to communities throughout the country for in-person displays. In 2020, it’s not possible due to Covid-19. Organizers explain, “While nothing can replace the beauty of seeing the Quilt in-person, our hope is that this first-ever, 50-state AIDS Memorial Quilt virtual exhibition, helps use the power and beauty of the Quilt to help our nation heal and remember during these difficult times.”

Here’s a link to the  Oregon Quilt Display.  A curated story is provided by each Quilt host, linking to their organization website to learn more about their work in the community. See the full list of displays by state and territory.

Each display is hosted by a Quiltmaker, community organization or business and includes touching narratives that connect each display to the lives memorialized and their work around HIV/AIDS. The exhibition is free to the public through March 31, 2021.

The National AIDS Memorial has worked together with Quilt partners from across the country to create this exhibition which includes digital images from thousands of hand-sewn Quilt panels, each visually telling the story of loved ones lost to AIDS. 

Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) is also marking World AIDS Day. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV transmission, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

From Cascade AIDS Project:

2020 has been a year like no other due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our community has faced increased challenges in housing, mental health, food security, and access to healthcare. CAP has responded by providing emergency housing and rent assistance, telehealth services, food delivery, and virtual support groups. 

Check out the video below that gives a great overview of the programs CAP offers and shows how your support of CAP directly impacts people’s lives.

While we have been able to provide much-needed relief to hundreds of Oregonians and Washingtonians throughout the pandemic, the need for these services has not diminished. Rather, there are still so many of our friends and neighbors who need access to compassionate healthcare and critical wraparound services. Because of that, we are asking for your help this World AIDS Day so we can continue providing these services, especially as the nights grow longer and colder and access to safe, dry, and warm housing is imperative. If you feel compelled, please consider making a gift to support these programs.