Children’s Center Healing Garden Gala Raises Over $420,000 to Help Those Affected by Abuse and Neglect

Children’s Center Healing Garden Gala Raises Over $420,000 to Help Those Affected by Abuse and Neglect

Portland, OR. Nearly 400 friends gathered at the Embassy Suites Washington Square on September 14th for the Children’s Center’s Seventh Annual Healing Garden Gala. Richard Ransome, Mary Ransome, and Executive Director Tom Soma were among those supporting the Children’s Center’s mission to end child abuse and neglect.  The benefit raised more than $423,000 to serve kids and families recovering from abuse. (Photo credit, Naim Hasan)

Pianist and composer, Michael Allen Harrison, Auctioneer Johnna Wells, and Nike designer Tinker Hatfield

Susanne Olin, Jim Boyer, Executive Director Tom Soma, and Jan Boyer

Event Co-chairs Adel Adams, Lauren Retzlaff, and event host Steve Dunn

The evening’s program was emceed by Steve Dunn of KATU Channel 2 News, and the live auction and special appeal called by international auctioneer champion Johnna Wells. The festivities also included a silent auction in the atrium, dinner, and dancing. Live music was provided by Michael Allen Harrison and Time Machine.

During the appeal, Clinical Director Dr. Cathy Lang gave a moving tribute to staff and families and explained why the work of intervening in cases of child abuse is both vital to community health and meaningful to her personally.

Children’s Center also shared an exciting new development: the launch of a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program. The program will enable Children’s Center to stay with kids and families on their healing journeys, with ongoing support and care from specialized counselors.

From Children’s Center:

Children’s Center is deeply grateful for the generous investments made to help children affected by abuse change their stories and build stronger futures.

Event Co-chairs
Lauren Retzlaff
Adel Adams

Presenting Sponsor:
Airstream Adventures Northwest

Gold Sponsors:
3 Point Brand Management
Bob’s Red Mill

Silver Sponsors:
OPUS Agency
Reliable Credit Association Inc.
Trails End Dental
Warn Employee Community Impact Project

Bronze Sponsors:
Katie & Zak Callahan
Marianne Cursetjee
Eaton Family Law
Lori & Kevin Faris
Tasca & Paul Gulick
Bill & Lia Halter
Homestreet Bank
NessCampbell Crane & Rigging
Northwest Bank
Gabe & Ken Petersen
Rachel Preston
Providence Health & Services
Mary & Richard Ransome
Safeway/Albertsons Foundation
Hilary & Wes Sand
Amy Stoeber PhD
Troy C. Stoeber, M.D.
Tanner – Mortensen Family
The Thornton Family
United States Drug Testing Laboratories, Inc.
Scott & Beth Ward
John & Ginny Wells
Christina & Gary Yarco

The Most Popular Wedding Date of 2018 is…

The Most Popular Wedding Date of 2018 is…

Portland, OR. According to the wedding registry site, Zola the once-popular summer wedding trend has officially been dethroned. The most popular wedding season of 2018 is the fall. The wedding site gathered evidence that, for the first time ever, 40 percent of all weddings will take place during the months of September and October. Additionally, almost none of the top 10 wedding dates fall before August, that is, with the exception of one, single summer date.

The most popular wedding date of the year? October 20, 2018.

Here are the top 10 wedding dates of 2018:

  1. Saturday, 10/20/2018
  2. Saturday, 8/18/2018
  3. Saturday, 10/13/2018
  4. Saturday, 9/29/2018
  5. Sunday, 9/2/2018 (Labor Day weekend)
  6. Saturday, 9/8/2018
  7. Saturday, 9/22/2018
  8. Saturday, 10/6/2018 (Columbus Day weekend)
  9. Saturday, 9/15/2018
  10. Saturday, 10/27/2018

A fall wedding makes for cooler temperatures, happy party guests, and less bugs. And with a plethora of pumpkins, there are some very festive and unique wedding themes to embrace.

October was the month U.S. Army veteran Justin Lansford married his longtime girlfriend, Carol Balmes. Lansford’s service dog, a golden retriever named Gabe, served as best man.

Fall flower can be spectacular with bold combinations of the jewel-toned colors of deep purples, rusts, scarlet, and gold.

Our website, is now posting great wedding ideas on Pinterest, like our recap of the Portland Bridal Show. Check it out our Pinterest page by clicking the link below:

This is our link to wonderful photos: 

The Portland Bridal Show had lots of ideas for fall weddings:



Here’s a list of some of the vendors at the Portland Bridal show:

(The 2019 show will be January 12th- 13th at the Oregon Convention Center View Website)

Country Gala and Golf Set to Raise Over $300,000 for Albertina Kerr

Country Gala and Golf Set to Raise Over $300,000 for Albertina Kerr

West Linn, OR. Over 300 people gathered at a West Linn country estate in support of Albertina Kerr. It was the third year for the one-of-a-kind experience combining a unique country gala and a Mercedes-Benz Amateur National qualifying golf tournament. Hostess Carilyn Alexendar, welcomed Event Chair David Manougian, his daughter Emma, wife Lori, and Justin Berry to the benefit. The fundraiser on September 15th was expected to raise over $300,000.

Mark and Mary Stevenson

Albertina Kerr CEO Jeff Car and Wendy Car

Rich and Christiane Andersen, Pat and Gary Keaveny

Carilyn Alexander and her daughter Whitney

Part of the evening included a silent auction.

There was time for cocktails, live and silent auctions, dinner, music, dancing, and more.

The Country Gala is followed by a golf tournament at Columbia Edgewater Country Club where the two winning twosomes will receive all-expense paid entry to play in the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Amateur National Tournament at the Four Seasons near Dallas, Texas.

From Albertina Kerr:

Since 1907, Albertina Kerr has strengthened Oregon families and communities. Today, we provide programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, empowering them to live richer lives. 24 Hours of Kerr raises funds for essential services including crisis psychiatric care for kids in imminent danger of harming themselves or others, and crucial support for people with developmental disabilities. Join us today and earn your wings.

Over $345,000 Already Pledged for 2018 Race for the Cure

Over $345,000 Already Pledged for 2018 Race for the Cure

Portland, OR. Thousands are stepping up to the line for Race for the Cure and even before the race, organizers are halfway to their goal of $700,000. The annual fundraiser fuels Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington’s mission to educate the public about breast cancer, provides support resources, and funds research.

According to Susan G. Komen, one in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and 40,000 will die annually. “The fight has never been more real. This event is important because it generates nearly 50 percent of the revenue needed to fuel our work locally,” says Ann Berryman, Director of Development and Communications.

Here’s a map of the course for the September 16th event:

The 5K fun run/walk begins at 9am, and the 1-mile family walk begins at 9:30 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Online registration is at 

In the last 27 years, Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington has funneled nearly $19.8 million into programs that prioritize the importance of improving and building on the quality of life for survivors and forever fighters, emphasize the value of early detection and screenings, as well as financial assistance for accessto treatment. Another $12.4 million has been dedicated to local cutting-edge research.

Top Participants, so far, for 2018

Janine Wolf
Karen Caldwell
Jennifer Coughlin
Nancy Stanek
Candace Griffin
Michelle Caplan
Tina Foster
Dan Karthas
Bob Ani
Wendy Pederson


From Susan G. Komen:

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing realtime help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $920 million in research and provided more than $2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

Pendleton Round-Up Foundation Awards Over $25,000 in Scholarships

Pendleton Round-Up Foundation Awards Over $25,000 in Scholarships

Pendleton, OR. The annual rodeo is in full swing and students are celebrating their victories, too. Sixteen were selected to receive scholarships in amounts from $1,500 to $2,000. The Round-Up Foundation is focused on charitable and educational purposes to “provide for the perpetuation of the memory of the Old West and of the pioneers and to preserve the customs and manner of life of the Indian tribes in and near Umatilla County, Oregon.” 

Scholarship recipients are involved with either the Round-Up or Happy Canyon pageant and wild west show.


Some scholarships winners helped local charities at the annual event, some sold programs for a youth group, carried a flag in parade, picked up trash with their 4-H Club, participated in performances, or volunteered in other capacities.

The Pendleton Round-Up has been held during the second full week of September since 1910; the rodeo brings roughly 50,000 people to the city every year. 

Educational scholarships were just one of the causes supported by the foundation. Breast Cancer awareness was another.


The Round-Up was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1910, as the “Northwestern Frontier Exhibition Association.” The rodeo was primarily a creation of local ranchers led by Herman Rosenberg. This video highlights the excitement of the multi-day event:

The Pendleton Round-Up is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). The ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado, inducted the Pendleton Round-Up in 2008. 

The 2019 Pendleton Round-Up will be held September 11th – 14th.

Here’s a list of the top three scholrship recipents who received $2,000 in memory of Donald Deacon Hawkins:
Kaitlynd Ellis, Hermiston
Adrienne Olson, Athena
Morgan Orem, Heppner
From the Pendleton Round-Up:
The beautiful city of Pendleton, Oregon has hosted the Pendleton Round-Up since 1910. Below you will find some information to help make your stay in our town more enjoyable. Please make it a point to visit our Hall of Fame Museum located in the same building as our retail store. The Hall of Fame contains the entire 100 year plus history of the “World Famous Pendleton Round-Up.” Welcome to Pendleton and Let ‘er Buck!
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