North Plains, OR. Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club co-founder, Gay Davis hosted his ninth annual Golf for Joy fundraiser June 24th-26th at the club. This three-day event, which culminated in Davis’ golf marathon, raised $535,000 for the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA). During his golf marathon this year, Davis (who posed for a photo with CCA served kid Sol Soria-Zuniga) golfed 131 holes, nearly eight rounds, in 16 hours – all on foot. This athletic feat energized his supporters to donate to CCA’s mission. (Photo credit, Portland Photography)
Tracy Sepulveda, Accounting Manager at David H. Sutherland & Co., Inc; Mark Sepulveda, chiropractic and Golf for Joy Auction Chair; Marie Markham, teacher, Kinnaman Elementary; Judi Davis, community leader; and Clare Hamill, Vice President of Global Growth Initiatives, Nike, CCA Founding Board Chair, during the dinner event.
Nicole McDonald, Director of Finance and Operations, CCA; Danielle York, President and General Manager, CCA; Cathy Marchant, VP Brand and Marketing, CCA
Jeff Sanders, President, Golf Events, N.A., Lagardere Sports; Brent Jacobs, Owner and President at Jacobs Heating and Air Conditioning; Don Ossey, Principal Broker at Capacity Commercial Group, LLC
Additional events included: A pro-am tournament with golf professionals from around the country; a dinner program and auction with guest speakers Heidi Bruno, a CCA-served mother, and Jeff Sanders, President, Golf Events, N.A., Lagardere Sports; and a kids’ clinic, where CCA-served kids learn golf tips from, and get to play with, professionals.
Davis and his wife Judi are long-time supporters of CCA, a Portland-based non-profit that delivers free-of-charge programming to 35,000 seriously ill children and their family members each year. The seed for Golf for Joy was planted nine years ago when Davis set out to combine two of his favorite passions: golf and helping kids. What started as a one-man golf marathon has grown to a three-day celebration that has raised $1.9 million for CCA.
“Nothing tugs at my heartstrings more than a child with cancer, it’s just not a fair fight,” said Davis. “CCA’s innovative programs deliver joy to kids and families through music, friendship, and nature. Their critical work supports families who need more than medicine – they need joy.”
From Children’s Cancer Association (CCA):
Since 1995, CCA has been transforming the pediatric healthcare experience through innovative, Joy-based programming, enhancing the mental health and emotional well-being of pediatric patients with the healing power of music, friendship, and nature. JoyRx programs empower kids to positively shift their emotional states during the stressful and painful experiences related to fighting life-threatening illnesses and extended hospitalizations. To date, CCA has provided JoyRx free-of-charge nearly 400,000 times with a bold goal to clinically position and deliver JoyRx as best practice in children’s hospitals across the country. See JoyRx in action at JoyRx.org or Facebook.com/ChildrensCancerAssociation.
Portland, OR. Portland Japanese Garden hosted its Annual Golden Crane Reception, outside in the Garden’s new Cultural Village on July 10th. The reception for top donors took place in the Atsuhiko & Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation Courtyard. Robert Zagunis, Adena Long, Heather McCarey, Lisa Christy, Steve Bloom, Dorie Vollum and Bill Hughes enjoy the evening at the Garden. (Photo credit, Peter Friedman)
Adena Long, new Director of Portland Parks & Recreation chats with Portland Japanese Garden CEO Steve Bloom
Portland Japanese Garden CEP Steve Bloom addresses guests at the Garden’s Annual Golden Crane Reception
A lovely night at Portland Japanese Garden
Mr. Takashi Teraoka, Consul General of Japan in Portland and his wife, Mrs. Junko Teraoka attended the Annual Golden Crane Reception
Aki Nakanishi, the Arlene Schnitzer Curator of Culture, Art & Education at the Garden made remarks about future programming and Portland Japanese Garden CEO, Steve Bloom thanked Golden Crane Society Members and Legacy Society Members for their support, passion, and dedication to the Garden. After heavy rain just a few hours prior to the event, the sky cleared and made for a beautiful evening.
From Portland Japanese Garden:
When His Excellency Nobuo Matsunaga, the former Ambassador of Japan to the United States, visited Portland Japanese Garden, he proclaimed it to be “the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan.”
The Garden sits nestled in the hills of Portland, Oregon’s iconic Washington Park, overlooking the city and providing a tranquil, urban oasis for locals and travelers alike. Designed in 1963, it encompasses 12 acres with eight separate garden styles, and includes an authentic Japanese Tea House, meandering streams, intimate walkways, and a spectacular view of Mt. Hood. This is a place to discard worldly thoughts and concerns and see oneself as a small but integral part of the universe.
Born out of a hope that the experience of peace can contribute to a long lasting peace. Born out of a belief in the power of cultural exchange. Born out of a belief in the excellence of craft, evidence in the Garden itself and the activities that come from it. Born out of a realization that all of these things are made more real and possible if we honor our connection to nature.
Our mission is to bring the ideals of the Portland Japanese Garden to the world: art of craft, connection to nature, experience of peace.
OUR CORE VALUES
Inspiration, serenity, tranquility, and the aestheticism of nature.
Excellence in the management and maintenance of the Garden.
The expression of Japanese culture, tradition, and aesthetics.
Cultural authenticity directed to the needs of diverse local, national, and international communities.
Environmental awareness and conservation, and the pursuit of environmental sustainability in the operation of the Garden and its activities.
Mutual respect and harmony with all connected communities.
Manzanita, OR. Marine biologists and volunteers surveyed the five Oregon Marine Reserves over the last two months to take a snapshot of their exceptional diversity. The nonprofit Oregon Coast Aquarium is responsible for managing and monitoring Oregon’s reserves and it organized seven “Bioblitz” events to catalog marine species. One was held at theCape Falcon Marine Reserve in Neakahnie-Manzanita Sate Park on July 6th. A BioBlitz is an intensive survey of a defined area on a single day with the goal of identifying all the species to be found in that area.
Oregon Coast Aquarium scientists were on hand for the BioBlitz. The Oregon Marine Reserves are areas in our coastal waters that are dedicated to conservation and scientific research. All ocean development and removal of species is prohibited.
Oregon created the marine reserves to conserve marine habitats and biodiversity while serving as living laboratories to learn about Oregon’s near shore ecosystems and the potential effects that protections can have over time.
The five marine reserves in Oregon are: Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua, and Redfish Rocks. Here’s a graphic of the Oregon Marine Reserves:
A low tide helped volunteers taking an inventory of the sea life at Cape Falcon Marine Reserve in Neakahnie-Manzanita Sate Park
As the tide recedes, a unique and diverse environment is revealed in tidepools and intertidal areas. Bright sea stars in a variety of colors cling tightly to rocks. Green anemones lay open like flowers at the bottom of pools. A trained eye will find varieties of crabs, snails, limpets, coral, sponge and colorful sea slugs known as nudibranchs.
Here’s a video about the Oregon Marine Reserves diving program:
From Oregon Coast Aquarium:
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Newport, on the beautiful Oregon Coast. Our mission is to create unique and engaging experiences that connect you to the Oregon coast and inspire ocean conservation.
We invite you to immerse yourself in the mysteries of the ocean. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a captivating destination and a trusted resource for ocean education and conservation in the Pacific Northwest.
The Aquarium is a living classroom for all learning styles and ages. As one of Oregon’s top tourist attractions, the Aquarium is a vital educational resource for the state, with over 40,000 students visiting the Aquarium each year. The Aquarium strives to be a center of excellence for ocean literacy and plays an active role in conservation and animal rehabilitation efforts.
Portland, OR. William Temple House celebrated sustainable fashion and thrift store style at its fundraising luncheon on June 19th at the Multnomah Athletic Club. KGW’s Cassidy Quinn showed off her thrift store finds during the benefit’s fashion show. Special guest, thrift store fashionista Jessi Arrington, entertained over 300 guests with a presentation about how thrift store style helps the planet. The benefit, called Style & Sustainability for Social Good, raised over $89,000 to further the mission of William Temple House to provide social services, mental health counseling, and spiritual care to individuals and families in need.
Guest speaker Jessi Arrington comes to Portland with only a small tote bag and the clothes on her back. In 90 minutes at the William Temple House Thrift Store she puts together 3 great outfits to wear while here.
Jenn Richardson’s look takes a fun party dress in a resort-wear direction by pairing it with on-trend wood bracelets and a natural fiber hat and tote. Her classic converse sneakers complete her look.
Special guest Jessi Arrinton is interviewed by KGW’s Lacey Evans on sustainable style and the social impact of thrift stores.
Well-know local pianist Brad Mersereau plays for our arriving guests.
William Temple House Board Chair, Pat Boyle greets guests as they arrive
Here’s a video about the work of William Temple House:
Thank you to everyone who made the luncheon possible, including our stylish speakers, guests, and fashion models. We are especially grateful to Campbell Global, New Seasons Market, and Susan Workman for sponsoring this event, and to a generous donor who stepped up to anonymously match Wednesday’s donations by 50% to support William Temple House.
Portland, OR. Foundation is a boutique on Northwest 23rd Avenue that donates its profits, after expenses, to one local charity each quarter. This quarter’s beneficiary is Store to Door and the nonprofit hosted an event to kick off the partnership. Erin Riddle, Marcia Blasen, Elizabeth Lott, and Eumi Wymbs were on hand for the event. (Brendan Ffitch, photo credit)
Store to Door is a Portland non-profit that supports independent living for Portland area seniors and adults with disabilities by providing an affordable, personal, volunteer-based grocery shopping and delivery service. In 2018, Store to Door shopped and delivered more than 11,569 grocery orders to more than 682 clients across the Portland metro area.
“All of our nonprofit partners are very important to us,” said Holly Levow, co-founder and CEO of Foundation. “We couldn’t be more excited to help educate the community about their missions and to empower customers to give directly to these important organizations through something they would be doing anyway – shopping for clothes and accessories they love and feel great in.”
Foundation is located at 919 NW 23rd Avenue, Portland.
Foundation opened in August. The boutique gives 100 percent of profits, after expenses, to a featured non-profit partner. Store to Door will receive 100 percent of Foundation profits made from March 7th through June 5th.
“Store to Door is thrilled to be selected as an Impact Partner!” said Kiersten Ware, Store to Door Executive Director. “Foundation’s commitment to creating a more equitable world and their priority around women’s empowerment and health is very much aligned with our mission. 78% of Store to Door’s clients are women and 86% are low-income. Studies have shown that women over 75 are twice as likely to live in poverty than men. And the poverty rate among seniors of color in Multnomah County is 19% – almost twice the rate for the overall senior population. Store to Door is proud to partner with Foundation in its commitment to address these inequities so that all seniors can be nourished, included, and can live in dignity in the setting of their own choice.”
“When creating Foundation, we knew it was important to not only give with purpose but purchase with purpose,” said Chelsea Armstrong, co-founder of Foundation. To learn more about Foundation’s, upcoming events and its quarterly non-profit partners visit: www.foundationpdx.com.
Foundation is a Portland-based boutique with a BIG mission: to champion a wide variety of social movements through a combination of fashion, philanthropy and community dialogue. Each quarter the women of Foundation research and carefully select a non-profit organization whose mission they strongly believe in. Foundation kicks off each partnership with an Impact event, an evening of fashion, philanthropy, food and drinks, that it hopes brings awareness to each organization’s mission. The community is invited to learn about Foundation’s non-profit partners, celebrate their great work and contribute to the cause by shopping the season’s best styles. Foundation donates 100 percent of profits and features ethical and socially conscious brands in its store.
From Store to Door:
Since 1989, Store to Door has supported independent living for Portland area seniors and people with disabilities by providing an affordable, personal, volunteer-based grocery shopping and delivery service. When the program began, five volunteers shopped for twenty-five local seniors. Now, 29 years later, Store to Door serves more than 680 clients more than 11,500 deliveries each year. As a volunteer-based organization, Store to Door relies on more than 1500 volunteers annually, who committed more than 17,000 hours of volunteer time last year.
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