16th Annual Jesuit High School Financial Aid Luncheon Honors Outstanding Women

16th Annual Jesuit High School Financial Aid Luncheon Honors Outstanding Women

Portland, OR. “Your Gift. Our Future” was the theme of the 16th annual Jesuit High School Financial Aid Luncheon. JHS President Tom Arndorfer and Principal Paul Hogan (far right) welcomed luncheon alumnae speakers including Chrisleine Temple ’15, The Honorable Kate O’Scannlain ’95 and Anarghya Vardhana ’06. The benefit on October 10th in Jesuit’s Knight Center raised over $470,000 for financial aid. This school year alone, $3.2 million in need-based tuition assistance was awarded to 26% of students.


Financial Aid Luncheon co-chairs Tammy Wilhoite and Andrea Arnot celebrate a successful day.

  The Jesuit High School Chamber Choir performs before the luncheon.

Longtime Jesuit supporters Michelle Vranizan, Robert Koury, Denise Koury, and Hala Lewis enjoy the event.

Three alumna speakers representing the three decades of coeducation delivered compelling talks about their personal and professional experiences. These outstanding alumnae moved the luncheon guests with their words of inspiration and commitment to being women for others.


The Halton Family Foundation offered a challenge gift, which helped JHS reach its fundraising goal. 
From Jesuit High School: 
Our goal to provide a Jesuit education to families, regardless of financial circumstances, is supported each year by programs like this luncheon and voluntary gifts from the greater Jesuit community.
Jesuit High School is a Catholic, college-preparatory school in the Jesuit tradition of education serving students of all religious faiths and socio-economic backgrounds. Jesuit transforms students into leaders who are “men and women for others” and focuses on educating the whole student spiritually, religiously, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and aesthetically.
YMCA Raises $1.3 Million for 150 Years of Service Celebration

YMCA Raises $1.3 Million for 150 Years of Service Celebration

Portland, OR. The Oregon Convention Center was filled with over 1,000 YMCA of the Columbia-Willamette supporters for its 150 Years of Service Celebration. The year long 150th celebration, culminating on October 27th, raised $1,375,000. Board of Trustees Chair Carol Terrell, Grammy Winner Amy Grant and YMCA of Columbia-Willamette President and CEO, Bob Hall worked to make the night memorable. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

The YMCA Kid’s Choir Opens the Evening Entertainment.

Guests enjoy the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette historical boards display, which helped share the story of 150 years of service that began in 1868.

A generous donation of a Land Rover Discovery from Freeman Motor Co., Carpet Mill Outlet and Financial Reserve Raises $80,100

The 150th Birthday Celebration culminated in an intimate concert from  Amy Grant

From YMCA of the Columbia-Willamette, by Harrison Clifford.

Since 1868, our mission to put the Christian principles of love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service has been at the center of all our programs. Last year alone, we served more than 68,000 people in more than 200 locations, and helped children, families and adults of all ages experience personal growth, strengthen relationships and better communities.

“The YMCA is so much more than a swim and gym,” Bob Hall, President and CEO of the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette said. “The mission of the Y extends to the whole person—spirit, mind and body.”

Bob kicked off the night’s festivities by recognizing the unsung heroes of the last 150 years—the staff members and volunteers of our organization who work with our Y members, participants and parents every day.

“The impact the YMCA has had over these last three centuries is a tribute to YMCA staff, more than it is a tribute to leaders like me,” Bob said. “Everybody in the association, both staff members and volunteers, should know how much we appreciate their dedication, because they are the lifeblood of this organization.”

Over the course of the night, our donors and guests contributed generously to our mission. Funds were raised for scholarships, chaplaincy, the purchase of the Beaverton Hoop YMCA property and the development of our new wilderness camp on the Mt. Hood National Forest.

During the 150th celebration, there were many raffles to choose from, including the opportunity to win prizes such as a Beach Getaway, Portland Date Night, Mini Tesla for Kids and YMCA Lego Camp experiences. Guests also had the chance to bid in the live auction on once in a lifetime experiences to see Hamilton on Broadway, watch the US Open Championship Tournament and relax under the Tuscan Sun in Italy.

The big raffle winner of the night was bidder 516 who took home the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE, retailed at $36,329—courtesy of sponsors Freeman Motor Company, Carpet Mill Outlet and Financial Reserve.

Following the live auction portion of the night, we asked our donors and guests to help champion our mission by supporting the building of YMCA Camp Duncan’s Woods and the purchase of the Beaverton Hoop YMCA property, through two paddle raises.

The first paddle raise was in support of developing YMCA Camp Duncan’s Woods, a new high-adventure overnight camp for at-risk youth situated on Mt. Hood. The chance to develop this 160-acre plot of land, which was donated by Cindy and Duncan Campbell, is a “once in a lifetime opportunity,” Bob said and will provide positive life-impacting experiences in a safe and welcoming outdoor space for at-risk youth for years to come. Guests were able to see the impact of YMCA Camps after watching Skylar share his Y Story on video—about his own personal growth through participation with YMCA Camp Collins, and how he learned to cope with symptoms of his ADHD.

“The biggest thing camp has helped me realize is that I can be just like everyone else, even with my challenges,” Skylar said. “It’s the smell, the environment, the birds chirping, the horses neighing, the kids having fun and laughing—I enjoy that. I love hearing other people have as good a time as I do at camp, because that’s something important, and that’s something I want to share.”

The second paddle raise of the evening will help us purchase the Beaverton Hoop YMCA property. “The Beaverton Hoop Y has such an impact on youth,” Bob said. “In 2017, more than 10,000 youth were impacted by this facility, and we want to keep that going.” Before the second paddle raise session began, guests were shown just how powerful and transformational the Beaverton Hoop Y facility has been for developing youth in the area—with a video about Donovan Tafua and his mother, who shared their Y Story.

“There’s many reasons why Donovan excelled as a player at the Hoop—every coach that came through there not only had an interest in Donovan, but they genuinely cared for every child that came through the doors,” Donovan’s mother said. “They mentored them to the point where it wasn’t just about what was on the basketball court, but it was about how they become grown men—right before your eyes.”

By purchasing the Beaverton Hoop YMCA, not only are we continuing our commitment to the members we already serve there, we are making a more permanent promise to the Beaverton and surrounding community for decades to come.

In recent years, the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette has made strides in reinvigorating the “C” in the YMCA, making Christian values evident in the culture of our Y and the communities we serve. A large part of this work is thanks to the commitment of our YMCA chaplains—who equip, support and care for our Y family. Audience members were able to witness firsthand the impact of Y chaplaincy, after being introduced to Josh—a former homeless man who got his life back on track after meeting and working with Clark County Family YMCA Chaplain, Roger Button.

“What chaplains do is take the time to care … and administer help to people.” Bob said.

During the night, we also raised funds for scholarships, to continue making our programs more accessible to a greater number of people. Over the last five years our local YMCA has provided $9 million in free and reduced services to more than 25,000 people. Scholarships are critical to our mission to serve all.

The night ended with an intimate concert featuring Amy Grant. At one point during the performance, Grant shared the stage with a children’s Choir for a rendition of “Thy Word.” Following the performance, Amy thanked the children and said “that’s what I love about the YMCA … everyone has a place to belong—especially the children.”

We are thankful to all of our generous donors, all of our sponsors and are especially grateful for our presenting sponsor Hoffman Construction, who helped make the night possible. “We are deeply indebted to all our sponsors, and all of the volunteers who came alongside us,” Bob said. “And who helped make this night one to be remembered.”

“We are happy to be able to support the Y on such a special night for our entire community,” President of Precision Construction Troy Weller said.

The YMCA of Columbia-Willamette looks forward to continuing to foster new relationships and building more thriving and inclusive communities.

“I hope we continue to make impacts in our communities and that we try to keep people connected,” YMCA Board of Trustees Chair Carol Terrell said. “One of the big reasons I love the Y is because everyone can come. The rich, the poor the disenfranchised, anybody is welcomed. And we create that strong sense of community when we all come together.”

De La Salle North Catholic High School Benefit Breaks Record with $748,135 Raised

De La Salle North Catholic High School Benefit Breaks Record with $748,135 Raised

Portland, OR. “Adventure Awaits” was the theme for the De La Salle North Catholic High School 2018 Fall Benefit. The fundraiser on October 24th raised $748,135, which was a new record by almost $200,000. Werner & Colleen Nistler, Board Chair Patti O’Mara and Terry Porter helped make the event a success. The school provides a faith-based, college preparatory education and an active corporate work study program to underserved students from the Portland area. (Photo credit, Andrea Lonas Photography)

Eight of the school’s nine Cassin Award winners attended the event. Pictured are Patti O’Mara, Matt Powell, Cyndy & Ed Maletis, Mike Kelley, Mary Boyle, Penny Guest (representing Nani Warren), Gay Jacobsen, Barb & Steve Spence.


Summer Widmer, Suzanne Price, & Caitlin MacMillen catch up during the reception.


2018 Cassin Award winner Mike Kelley and his wife Laurie enjoy the night.

Board member Cyndy Maletis enjoys a laugh during the program.

President Oscar Leong, Vincent Dixon-Jones and mother Kimberely Jones, and Rosa Leong. Vincent and Kimberely were featured in video The Community We Build.

Board member Bernie Pliska and wife Pamela before the program.

The highlight video shows what an adventure the night was. Stephanie Enriquez-Isais ’19 shared why the Corporate Work Study Program is the Secret Sauce of DLSNC. Vincent Jones-Dixon ’07 moved guests with his example of entering to learn, leaving to serve. Rachel Hartley ’13 performed “Put Your Records On” and got everyone’s feet tapping.

From De La Salle North Catholic High School:
It takes a community to provide a transformative education to a racially diverse population of capable, motivated and interested college-bound students. Thank you for being part of ours.
Thanks also to the Class of 2019, families, faculty and staff who volunteered at the event and helped make it a success.
We are grateful to our event Sponsors:
Platinum Sponsor
O’Donnell Law Firm
Silver Sponsor
OnPoint Community Credit Union 
Bronze Sponsors
Nancy & Bruce Bolton
Cambia Health Solutions
Clark Foundation
Guardian Real Estate Services
Walsh Construction 
De La Salle Sponsors
Becker Capital
GBD Architects
Moda Health
Reliable Credit
Sussman Shank
Lines for Life Expands Service for Veterans Struggling With Mental Health Issues

Lines for Life Expands Service for Veterans Struggling With Mental Health Issues

Portland, OR. Lines for Life cut a the ribbon on a new call center that’s designed to support veterans nationwide. The nonprofit is expanding the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL). On hand for the November 9th ribbon cutting were Senator Ron WydenCongresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Chair Deborah Kafoury, Commissioner Sharon Meieran, Lines for Life CEO Dwight Holton and VCL team leadership and staff. Dwight Holton thanked the leadership of Senator Wyden who was instrumental in securing a contract with the National VCL and recognizing the Lines for Life team both in Oregon and in DC.

During the ceremony, Ryan Seymour, Military Crisis Intervention Specialist and Former Oregon Army Guard Sergeant, shared his experience and reason for joining the team, “When my friend from the army died by suicide, I thought to myself, ‘What do I need to do to be part of the solution?’”

 Ryan joins several members of a new 30 person team with connections to Military Service. Their dedication and experience provides common ground for callers in crisis. 

The new call center will offer free and anonymous help calls and texts for veterans, their family, and their friends struggling with mental health.

Lines for Life, a 24/7, 365-days-a-year suicide prevention hotline. The Veterans Association estimates that since 2008, roughly 6,ooo veterans kill themselves each year. This new call center, in partnership with the Veterans Crisis Line, is expected to field about 1,200 additional calls each month.

Lines for Life CEO Dwight Holton explained, “Services like this where we’ve got partnerships with national VA and organizations like Lines for Life are essential to helping meeting those mental health crisis needs and helping folks find a way forward and help build strong families among our veterans.” 

There is a strong need to help care for the mental health of America’s veterans. According to the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research, 20 percent of those who served in either Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from either major depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.

If you are a veteran in need, contact the free military help line at (888) 457-4838. You can also text MIL1 to 839863. Someone is available to talk to you at all hours of the day.

Oregon Food Bank Harvest Dinner Raises Over $700,000

Oregon Food Bank Harvest Dinner Raises Over $700,000

Portland, OR. Oregon Food Bank once again transformed its warehouse into a dinner and event venue to raise funds to fight hunger and its root causes in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Loyal Oregon Food Bank supporters Bonny and Mike Fazzi were among the hundreds who attended the October 20th benefit. Sponsors, partners and their guests helped raise over $700,000 to feed the human spirit in neighbors experiencing food insecurity.

Special guest speaker Cindy Solari

Dinner and live auction

Tillamook County Creamery Association President & CEO and OFB Board Chair Patrick Criteser

Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan

Oregon Food Bank supporters Fawwad and Lubna Qureshi

Silent auction

From Oregon Food Bank:

We’re probably not what you expect when you think of a food bank. In Oregon, we do things differently.

We started off like most food banks did back in 1988. That’s when Interagency Food Bank and Oregon Food Share merged to become Oregon Food Bank, and we distributed USDA Commodity Supplemental Food to over 200 hunger-relief agencies.

Today, Oregon Food Bank collects food from farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, individuals and government sources. We distribute that food through a Statewide Network of 21 Regional Food Banks and approximately 1,200 food assistance sitesserving all of Oregon and Clark County, Washington.

It seems like a big job, and it is. We absolutely could not do it alone. But, distributing food is not the entire job. Like we said – we do things differently in Oregon.

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