2017 Summer Movies in Oregon State Parks Offer Unique Outdoor Entertainment

2017 Summer Movies in Oregon State Parks Offer Unique Outdoor Entertainment

Portland, OR. The Hollywood Theatre, Oregon Parks & Rec, and Oregon Film are teaming up to bring a unique series of outdoor movies to Oregon State Parks. Films featured will include Breaking Away, the 1979 American coming of age comedy-drama film. The second annual Summer Movies in Oregon State Parks series kicks off on July 29th with a screening of  THE BOOK OF LIFE at the Champoeg State Heritage Area. All parks in the series are within driving distance of Portland, with film programming selected to complement the diverse features of each park. These screenings are free, and movies begin at dusk.

outdoor screenings
Here’s a list of the films and State Park locations:
Book of Life


Presented by Oregon State Parks, Oregon Film and the Hollywood Theatre at Champoeg State Heritage Area

In the Mexican town of San Angel, Manolo (Diego Luna), …read more

Saturday, July 29 – 8:30 PM
Breaking Away


Presented by Oregon State Parks, Oregon Film and the Hollywood Theatre at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park

Dave (Dennis Christopher) and his working-class friends…read more

Saturday, August 05 – 8:30 PM
Muppet Treasure Island


Presented by Oregon State Parks, Oregon Film and the Hollywood Theatre on Cannon Beach.

The Muppets search for buried treasure in this 1996 musical adventure …read more

Saturday, August 12 – 8:15 PM
Secret Life of Pets


Presented by Oregon State Parks, Oregon Film and the Hollywood Theatre at Molalla River State Park 

Bring your dog to the movies…read more

Saturday, September 09 – 7:30 PM
For information on the entire series click here.
OPB Thanks Business Partners With Summer Celebration

OPB Thanks Business Partners With Summer Celebration

Portland, OR.  The annual OPB Business Partners Thank You Party celebrated the 300+ organizations that sponsor OPB radio, television and digital content. Sponsors who have been supporting OPB for five-, ten- and 20-years were recognized for their impressive, longstanding commitment at the June 28th event. Inside the OPB studio on Macadam Avenue, Becky Chinn from LKA Fundraising & Communications, OPB President & CEO Steve Bass, and Kirsten Kippen from Idealist Consulting enjoyed the festivities. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus Photography)

Richard Yugler and David Bennet from Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP were recognized for 10 years of OPB sponsorship.

Isabella Moore and Kristy Moore from Montavilla Sewing Centers were recognized for 20 years of OPB sponsorship.

Somya Singh, Ruth Shelly, Mary Beebe from Portland’s Children’s Museum enjoyed celebrating with stars from Downton Abbey at the OPB Business Partners Thank You Party.


2017 Ride to Defeat ALS Raises $157,000

2017 Ride to Defeat ALS Raises $157,000

Mt. Angel, OR. The 2017 Ride to Defeat ALS raised $157,306, which was $7,000 over what organizers had set as a goal. Riders started out in Mt. Angel, Oregon and had five different rides they could select: a Century Ride (100 miles), Metric Century Ride (62 Miles), 50 Mile Ride, 25 Mile Ride, and a Family Fun Ride (3 miles). Over 200 riders hit the road for the July 8th event to support local care services, international ALS research and national public policy efforts. (Photo credit, Majestic Event Photography)

Here’s a list of the top fund raising teams:

  1. Ken’s Kismet – $22,016.01
  2. Team VBC – $14,803.00
  3. Betsey’s Bikers – $7,868.00
  4. Bones’s Brigade – $6,805.00
  5. Drafters – $5,988.00
  6. A family affair – $5,920.00
  7. Ride for a Cure! – $4,100.00
  8. Ran’s Fans – $3,900.00
  9. Sherry’s Angels – $3,845.00
  10. Guys & Gals Riding for PALS – $3,580.00

Since its inception in 2002, The local chapter of The ALS Association has been the central source for services and education for people with ALS, their families, caregivers, and health care professionals in all of Oregon and the six counties of Southwest Washington. The progression of ALS varies significantly from one person to another. Responding to each person’s individual needs, the local chapter is available to provide vital services and reliable information.

Here’s a video with information about ALS: 

From The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter:

Our Mission:

Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

About ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease):

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that slowly robs a person of their ability to walk, speak, swallow and, eventually breathe. With no known cause or cure, a person can expect to live typically 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.

ALS has no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries and in only 10% of cases there is a family history of ALS. Today, there are approximately 30,000 people in the US living with ALS and 5,600 people are diagnosed each and every year in the US. At any given time, there are an estimated 400-500 families living with ALS in Oregon and SW Washington.

To learn more, please visit our chapter website at www.alsa-or.org.

Our chapter receives no government or insurance funding. Our mission is funded solely by events such as the Ride to Defeat ALS.

2017 Dave and Dan Golf Classic Raises More Than $1.2 Million for Children’s Hospitals

2017 Dave and Dan Golf Classic Raises More Than $1.2 Million for Children’s Hospitals

North Plains, OR. This year’s fifth annual Dave and Dan Classic, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, raised more than $1.273 million to support Credit Unions for Kids, benefiting six Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. This year’s event also saw more than 30 celebrity guests who came out to play in the golf tournament, named after NFL Hall of Fame inductees, Dan Fouts and Dave Wilcox.

This year’s fundraising total includes more than $100,000 donated by First Tech employees and members. First Tech Federal Credit Union organized the event, bringing together credit unions and industry partners from across the country on July 10 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon. 

“Without community and philanthropic support from organizations like Credit Unions for Kids, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital wouldn’t be able to provide the exceptional care that it does,” said Dana Braner, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.C.C.M., physician-in-chief and Credit Unions for Kids Chair of Pediatrics, OHSU Doernbecher, OHSU School of Medicine. “The funds raised at this year’s Dave and Dan Classic will support clinical care, innovation and pioneering research, and health care costs for families in need.”

Since 2000, the Dave & Dan Classic – formerly known as the “Hank and Moose Open” – has raised more than $6 million and has become one of the largest credit union sponsored events to support Credit Unions for Kids. The proceeds raised during the tournament benefit the following Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals: OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (Portland, Oregon), Sacred Heart Medical Center (Eugene, Oregon), Seattle Children’s Hospital (Seattle, Washington), USCF Benioff Children’s Hospital (Oakland, California), UC Davis Children’s Hospital (Sacramento, California), and Children’s Hospital Colorado (Aurora, Colorado).

“A key part of the credit union difference is our commitment to the community, and I’m proud of First Tech’s leadership in supporting Credit Unions for Kids and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” said Greg Mitchell, CEO and president of First Tech. “It’s humbling to see our employees, members and industry partners come together every year to generously give their time, talent and treasures to provide hope and make a difference in children’s lives.”

This year’s Dave and Dan sponsors include MasterCard, CO-OP Financial Services, PSCU, Fiserv, CU Direct, Crowe Horwath, CUNA Mutual Group, The Standard, FIS, and CSCU. Other partners included Alkami Technology, JLL, Performance Trust Capital Partners, Raymond James, AT&T, and HP. Credit Union Heritage Sponsors include OnPoint Community Credit Union, iQ Credit Union, Advantis Credit Union, Unitus Community Credit Union, Patelco Credit Union, and Stanford Federal Credit Union.

About First Tech Federal Credit Union:

First Tech Federal Credit Union is a $10.6+ billion institution headquartered in Mountain View, California. It is the nation’s premier credit union serving the world’s leading technology-oriented companies and their employees, including HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft, Agilent, Intel, Cisco, Amazon, Nike, CH2M, Intuit, Google, and more. First Tech is recognized as the industry catalyst for delivering effortless banking experiences to over 488,000 members through its 41 branch locations, more than 5,400 CO-OP Shared Branch locations, 30,000 CO-OP Network ATMs, online platforms, and 286,000 ATMs nationwide. First Tech offers a full range of financial services, including traditional banking, online banking, mortgages, financial planning, various consumer loans, and insurance services. For more information, visit www.firsttechfed.com.

About First Tech Federal Credit Union Community Program:

First Tech Federal Credit Union is committed to supporting the next generation of leaders, thinkers and innovators. In 2016, First Tech provided $2.8 million and nearly 25,000 employee volunteer hours to the community, by directing dollars and time to community partners which provide support for programs and services for children and families, ensuring that children have the tools they need to learn, be healthy and succeed. Philanthropic focus areas include support in the areas of education (STEM, literacy and financial education), research (Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and supportive health services for children) and innovation (food, shelter and safety). Learn more about First Tech’s commitment to the community at www.firsttechfed.com/community.

About Credit Unions for Kids and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®:

Credit Unions for Kids is a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues/associations and business partners from across the country, engaged in fundraising activities to benefit 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Adopted as our movement’s charity of choice, credit unions are the 3rd largest sponsor of CMN Hospitals. Since 2006, CU4Kids has raised $150 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

The Big Float VII Benefits Human Access Project’s Fight for Clean Water

The Big Float VII Benefits Human Access Project’s Fight for Clean Water

Portland, OR. Thousands of water lovers of all ages took a dip in the Willamette River for the 7th annual Big Float, hosted by the Human Access Project. Participants launched from “Poet’s Beach” which is on the west bank under Marquam Bridge and take out was at the Tom McCall Bowl south of the Hawthorne Bridge. After the float people gathered for a summer beach party, including a music barge with live bands.

It’s a competition with bragging rights to come up with the most colorful floats and costumes.

It's a competition with bragging rights on the line to come up with the most colorful floats and, in this case, hats to boot!

This is the first year floaters were able to enjoy the new and improved Poet’s Beach. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler opened the beach on July 12th in an effort to reconnecting people to the Willamette River in downtown Portland. The Mayor dedicated $158,040 to implement a temporary swimming beach pilot program for summer 2017 at Poet’s Beach. Here are some details:

Poet’s Beach at a Glance

  • Program duration: July 12 through September 4, 2017.
  • Poet’s Beach is a sandy shore with river access, and an in-water swimming area delineated with a swim line and floats.
  • Water depth is shallow in the area of Poet’s Beach.
  • On-land amenities include: picnic tables; trash cans; bicycle racks; signage; life jacket borrowing station; and portable toilets.
  • Specialized river rescue lifeguards will staff the site 7 days/week.
  • Lifeguard hours are from 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
  • PP&R Beach hosts will be at the site 7 days/week, welcoming guests, orienting them to the site, and collecting usage data. Hours and shifts are to be determined.

Map of Poet's Beach

Getting to Poet’s Beach

Poet’s Beach is in South Waterfront Park, on the west side of the Willamette River and just north of the I-5 Marquam Bridge.

  • Walk, roll, or bicycle along the South Waterfront Park Trail. Bicycle racks are available at Poet’s Beach for short-term use.
  • If taking public transportation, the nearest Portland Streetcar stop is SW River Parkway and Moody Avenue. The nearest TriMet bus stops are 35 and 36
  • If driving, the nearest road intersection is SW River Parkway and Moody Avenue. Paid vehicle parking is available in the area.

View a larger map of Poet’s Beach

Here’s a video from last year’s Big Float:

From the Human Access Project HAP:

The Human Access Project vision is simple:  a city in love with its river. This grassroots not-for-profit group has three concentric goals: 1) Create a human habitat and more access points along the Willamette River in downtown Portland. 2) Inspire people to get into the Willamette River. 3) Facilitate stewardship of the Willamette River and Watershed.

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