Active Girl Scouts of Oregon & SW Washington Will Honor “Women of Distinction”

Active Girl Scouts of Oregon & SW Washington Will Honor “Women of Distinction”

Portland, OR. Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington will recognize the outstanding leadership and community contributions of Rukaiyah Adams and DJ Wilson at the Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Luncheon. There are still tickets available for the September 26th luncheon at the Portland Hilton Hotel, located at 921 SW 6th Ave, with a reception at 11 a.m. and a luncheon at noon.

Here’s a link for tickets:

Here’s more about these distinguished honorees.RA_GSOSW_Web

Rukaiyah Adams is the Chief Investment Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust. Under her leadership, Meyer invests in a diversified portfolio of global equities, fixed income, private equities, real estate, commodities and hedge funds. Before joining Meyer, she ran the $6.5 billion capital markets fund at The Standard. Adams is also the Chair of the Oregon Investment Council. Adams holds a BA with academic distinction from Carleton College, a JD from Stanford Law and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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DJ Wilson is president and general manager of the KGW Media Group in Portland, Oregon, a position she has held since July 2007. Wilson has held numerous community board positions over the last 20 years. She is currently the Board Chair of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters and The Classic Wines Auction, and the Chair Elect for the Portland Business Alliance. In 2012, Wilson was inducted into the Edward R. Murrow Hall of Achievement and was the recipient of the Portland Business Alliance “No Glass Ceiling” award. Wilson is also a past Portland Business Journal Women of Influence/Orchid Award recipient, recognizing top female leaders in the Portland region.

The Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Luncheon recognizes outstanding women leaders for their contributions to the community. Honorees exemplify the Girl Scout mission as women of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Luncheon proceeds allow GSOSW to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), enhance four priority program areas: Financial Literacy, Healthy Living, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and Outdoor Leadership, and support various Girl Scout activities and programs for nearly 15,000 girls throughout Oregon and SW Washington.

Please contact Shannon Spencer at (503) 977-6843 or [email protected] for any questions.

For information on sponsoring the 2017 Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Luncheon, contact Shannon Spencer at (503) 977-6843 or [email protected].

Here’s a look at some of the photos from last year’s event:

Marie Lamfrom's Family: Sally Bany, Eva Labby, Gert Boyle and Rachael Bany Sneddon

Marie Lamfrom’s Family: Sally Bany, Eva Labby, Gert Boyle and Rachael Bany Sneddon

Both Girl Scout Alumni, KGW Anchor/Emcee Laural Porter and KGW General Manager DJ Wilson

Both Girl Scout Alumni, KGW Anchor/Emcee Laural Porter and KGW General Manager DJ Wilson

Laural Porter, KGW News Anchor and host of KGW’s current affairs show, emceed the event on September 19th with more than 560 Girl Scout alumnae and community supporters in attendance. The event raised over $160,000 to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and enhance programs in financial literacy, healthy living, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and outdoor skills for more than 14,000 girls throughout Oregon and SW Washington.

Jyoti and Karina Shah, both Girl Scout Highest Award recipients. Karina was the 2016 Gold Award speaker at the luncheon sharing her project of providing technology training to older adults in retirement facilities.

Jyoti and Karina Shah, both Girl Scout Highest Award recipients. Karina was the 2016 Gold Award speaker at the luncheon sharing her project of providing technology training to older adults in retirement facilities.

Girl Scout Alumni Robyn Shuey and GSOSW Board Member Barbara Gibbs proudly display their uniform sash.

Girl Scout Alumni Robyn Shuey and GSOSW Board Member Barbara Gibbs proudly display their uniform sash.

Honorees and - Judge Adrienne Nelson, 2015 Honoree, Peggy Maguire, 2015 Honoree, Dr. Judith A. Ramaley, 2016 Honoree, Sally Bany, 2016 Honoree, Governor Barbara Roberts, 2013 Honoree, Barbara Alberty, 2014 Honoree, and Mary Shaver, 2014 Honoree

Honorees and – Judge Adrienne Nelson, 2015 Honoree, Peggy Maguire, 2015 Honoree, Dr. Judith A. Ramaley, 2016 Honoree, Sally Bany, 2016 Honoree, Governor Barbara Roberts, 2013 Honoree, Barbara Alberty, 2014 Honoree, and Mary Shaver, 2014 Honoree

A testament to the value of investing in girls’ leadership, Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Karina Shah shared her experience in the leadership program. “Looking back at my 12 years in Girl Scouts, it’s hard to think of what I would do and who I would be without this organization. Girl Scouts has taught me so many important life skills and values. It has shown me how to be a leader, to respect myself and others, to build healthy relationships, to advocate for myself and to think about other people. The experiences Girl Scouts has brought me are endless and I can’t thank enough the people who have made my Girl Scouting experience possible.”

The event’s success was bolstered by a $25,000 Challenge Grant generously given by Wells Fargo. The match was met and exceeded thanks to the incredible support of alumnae and community. The event’s Gold Sponsors included The Standard and Portlandia Club Inc. Silver sponsors are Brown and Brown, Ferguson Wellman, Cambia and Garrett Hemann Robertson P.C.

“You know what Bluebird would say… a Girl Scout can do anything,” honoree Sally Bany reflected on her grandmother, Marie Lamfrom who served as a troop leader for a special needs troop in Portland for 35 years. She served on the Girl Scout council’s board of directors and received the highest award a Girl Scout adult can receive, the Thanks Badge. Lamfrom co-founded the company that would become Columbia Sportswear.

For more information, or to express interest in sponsoring the 2017 Women of Distinction Luncheon, contact Shannon Spencer at [email protected] or call 503-977-6843.

About Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

Our council serves nearly 15,000 girl members in 37 counties with the help of over 10,000 adult members. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Every opportunity in Girl Scouting develops these essential skills in an all-girl, inclusive, safe environment. Our century of success is demonstrated by the fact that 70 percent of female CEOs on the Fortune 500 list and 59 percent of women serving in the U.S. Congress are Girl Scout alumnae.

5th Annual Cornhole Classic Raises $140,000 for Portland YouthBuilders

5th Annual Cornhole Classic Raises $140,000 for Portland YouthBuilders

Portland, OR. Over 350 guests filled the street outside Castaway in Northeast Portland to watch 56 teams battle it out for the gold medal at Portland YouthBuilders (PYB) 5th annual Cornhole Classic. 

PYB is a program for youth from 17 to 24 whose experiences with poverty, violence, drugs, hunger and loss have interrupted their route to success. Serving more than 200 young people a year, the nonprofit offers a program of high school completion, vocational training, counseling, and support to help students realize their dreams.

The September 8th event, presented by O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders and the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, raised over $140,000 to support PYB students and programs.

Attendees ham it up at the photo booth, provided by Phototainment

Guests enjoy dinner provided by Jake’s Catering before the live auction begins.

From  Portland YouthBuilders:

We are always inspired by stories from our students like our graduate Jesus and all the good that he is bringing to his neighborhood. This is what we do: PYB gives young people the tools and confidence needed to stabilize, thrive, and participate in their communities.

We could not have had this event without the support of our sponsors and guests, and their belief in our students’ ability to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities.

Shout out to our sponsors:

Care Oregon

The Greenbrier Companies

Guild Mortgage

IBEW Local 48

IUOE Local 701 Operating Engineers

J2 Building Consultants

JD Fulwiler

JP Morgan Chase

J.R. Johnson

NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center

O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders

Oregon Laborers Apprenticeship

Pacific Office Automation

Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters

Pinnacle

Scott | Edwards Architecture

The Standard

Starbucks

Tonkon Torp, LLP

Tri Met

Urban Resources, Inc.

Howard S. Wright

Wood Mechanix

KGW’s Drew Carney Recognized for Advancing Blood Cancer Awareness

KGW’s Drew Carney Recognized for Advancing Blood Cancer Awareness

Portland, OR. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) presented KGW’s Drew Carney with an Excellence in Media award for his efforts to raise awareness about ground-breaking blood cancer treatments and support services offered to patients by LLS. This year approximately 30 recipients nationwide were recognized in the Television and Media Personality categories.
Drew was nominated by the Oregon, SW Washington, Idaho & Montana (OSWIM) chapter for his outstanding partnership this year. OSWIM chapter Executive Director Stephanie Carlson said, “Drew’s generosity and guidance helped spread awareness about our services so that local blood cancer patients can understand that we can help them.” On September 12th, at a special event at the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel in downtown Portland, Drew was honored in front of eighty business, community and student leaders as well as patients, families and volunteers.

Top fundraisers Kyra Bussanich and Paige Spratt

In addition, three top fundraisers were recognized for their outstanding achievements in 2017, raising a collective total of $285,000 in just 10 weeks:

  •   Dr. Yale Popowich, Founder of Portland Plastic Surgery Group and 2017 Man of the Year
  •   Paige Spratt, attorney with Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt and 2017 Woman of the Year
  •   Kyra Bussanich, CEO of Kyra’s Bake Shop in Lake OswegoAbout Man, Woman & Student of the YearThe Man, Woman & Student of the Year is a unique fundraising and leadership opportunity for local business, community and high school-aged student leaders who wish to make an impact on the cancer landscape.Candidates form teams and fundraise for 7-10 weeks. Every dollar raised counts as a vote, and the teams with most votes win. Student candidates also compete for college scholarships.

    Local chapter’s winners are ranked nationally and in 2017 over $50 million was raised across the US. In Oregon & SW Washington, Man & Woman of the Year is leading its 14th year and Students is leading its 5th!

    In 2018, Oregon & SW Washington’s Students of the Year will run from January 11 – March 4, 2018, and Man & Woman of the Year will run from March 4 – May 12, 2018.

    Nominations are now open for 2018 – please visit www.lls.org/oswim for more information.

    About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:

    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

    Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

Mount Angel’s Oktoberfest Boosts Entire Community

Mount Angel’s Oktoberfest Boosts Entire Community

Mount Angel, OR. No wonder they’re all smiles at Oktoberfest, the community festival has distributed nearly three million dollars to nonprofits since its inception in 1966 and that distribution doesn’t include the money earned each year by 50 local non-profit food booths. For most of these organizations, Oktoberfest is their most important fundraiser of the year. Oktoberfest runs from September 14th through 17th in the quaint town about an hour south of Portland. Most events at Mount Angel Oktoberfest are free, only three of the venues have a cover charge.

The Webertanz and the Engelberg Dance Troupe perform at 12:15 each morning. Mt. Angel School Children are a big part of this group, including the First Graders.

This year, a special collaboration with Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) means festival goers can enjoy a unique Pacific NW take on a Bavarian Session Ale with the limited edition release, Mt. Angel Volksbier on tap at the 52nd Annual Mount Angel Oktoberfest.

“Mount Angel Oktoberfest is pleased to partner with Hopworks Urban Brewery,” said Monica Boschler, Mount Angel Director of Marketing and PR. “Giving back to our communities and supporting family are highly valued shared goals”

There are 3 New Bands on the schedule for 2017:  Oberkreiner Juhej – from Slovenia, great biergarten style
Dopplebockers – local Oregon band; traditional polka for the Biergarten
Chardon Polka Band – from Ohio; Polka meets Punk!

From Oktoberfest:

Did you ever wonder why Oktoberfest is celebrated in September? Even in Munich the bulk of the festival occurs in September. Oktoberfest has come to mean a celebration of German Culture in the fall season. Most fall festivals come at the end of the harvest when the crops are in and everything sits in the lager house. It is time to celebrate the year’s hard work and praise the Creator’s bounty with a grand harvest festival. Few harvest festivals in Germany are called OKTOBERFEST. In Mount Angel, Oktoberfest always starts the second Thursday after Labor Day – about when the hop harvest is in. Another reason for celebrating Oktoberfest in September is that the weather tends to be more cooperative. We can attest to that in Mount Angel. 

The venue pricing varies a bit by day and time:

All Festival Pass:  four day ALL FESTIVAL PASS/Wristband for $30.00 unlimited entry to all venues for all 4 days at any time.  Most economical choice for those with an extended stay, and once on your wrist your wristband allows quick entry any day, any time!

Day Passes: Day passes are available for each day of the festival and are used for unlimited entry and reentry to the 3 venues on that day only. A pass purchased before 5:00 pm is good through the remainder of the day – no additional evening charge. A different colored wristband will be used for each day of the festival.

Day Pass pricing:

  • Thursday:    Before 5:00pm -$5         After 5:00pm – $8
  • Friday:*        Before 5:00pm -$7        After 5:00pm – $12
  • Saturday:     Before 5:00pm -$10       After 5:00pm – $15
  • Sunday:        Before 5:00pm -$10      After 5:00pm – $10

*Friday is our Saluting Our Armed Forces Day – a $2 discount is offered to those who are serving or have served in our Military.  Sponsored by Les Schwab Tires and Mount Angel Oktoberfest.  Not valid with other discounts.

4th Annual Nursingale Benefit Brings Supporters Together for Good

4th Annual Nursingale Benefit Brings Supporters Together for Good

Portland, OR. Nearly 200 people gathered to celebrate the 4th annual “Together for Good” fundraiser for Nursingale. It’s Oregon’s only nonprofit providing in-home, skilled nursing care for families with medically fragile children, making it possible for families to stay together. Emcee, KGW news anchor Joe Donlon, enjoyed a moment with Juan, one of Nursingale’s clients. The August 19th benefit included music by Rock violinist Aaron Meyer, a pinot tower, live auction, and dessert dash. Total proceeds were just over $100,000. (Photo credit, Andrea Lomas)

Supporters raised their paddles for Nursingale.

Emcee Joe Donlon, KGW news anchor, Patti Sadowski, Nursingale’s Executive Director, and auctioneer Christine DeCastro pose for a photo.

Eric Thomas, whose family founded Nursingale, just recently celebrated his 32nd birthday on full life support. He’s shown with his nurse Codie Philo.

From Nursingale:

Mission
To enhance the lives of the medically fragile at home and in the community

Vision 
To provide the best nursing care to the most vulnerable

Values 
As a non-profit, Nursingale embraces a set of core values:

  • Integrity and respect guide all of our actions.
  • Teamwork and a positive work experience support high-value client care and staff satisfaction.
  • Partnerships with other community partners helps to maximize our services.
  • Commitment to keeping families together is a driving force in all that we do.

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