FALL PREVIEW: Diamonds & Denim Theme Will Sparkle at INCIGHT Gala

FALL PREVIEW: Diamonds & Denim Theme Will Sparkle at INCIGHT Gala

Portland, OR. The INCIGHT Gala is coming up on Saturday, October 5th at the Sentinel Hotel. Diamonds and Denim is the theme, so organizers encourage guests to feel comfortable wearing gala attire from both ends of the spectrum. They promise, “a night of luxury and purpose that includes cocktails, games, raffles, fine dining, and a live auction.” Their mantra: be a diamond in a rhinestone world!

Here’s a link for more information, or to get your tickets www.incight.org/gala
The mission of INCIGHT is to unlock the potential of people through employment, education, and independence. INCIGHT serves individuals living with barriers, people with disabilities, single parents, veterans, welfare recipients, and those involved with the justice system. Here are some photos from last year’s gala which was circus-themed:

Johnna Wells of Benefit Auctions 360 livens the room with exclusive auction packages.

There were plenty of on theme snacks, including popcorn!

Cheers to signature cocktails (The Barnum and The Bailey)

INCIGHT doesn’t just throw a fundraiser… they put on a show!


INCIGHT is relentless in building sustainable villages, networks, and resources to help all people reach their unlimited potential. Through a variety of strategic programs and services focused on education, employment, and independence the results include less homelessness, less need for welfare, fewer incarcerations, fewer suicides and fewer disabilities.

For the gala on October 5th, doors open at 5:00 p.m. The dinner & live auction begin at 6:30 p.m.
You can purchase tickets at www.incight.org/gala

Editor’s note: Fall Preview is a PortlandSocietyPage.com feature and is sponsored content.

Providence Heart Institute Black & White Ball Raises $745,000

Providence Heart Institute Black & White Ball Raises $745,000

Portland, OR. It was an exciting night on the pitch for Providence Heart Institute Black and White Ball. For the second year in a row, the event was held right on the soccer field at Providence Park. Thorns goalkeeper and Team USA member Adrianna Franch offered up her soccer cleats to the highest bidder. The benefit raised over $745,000 for to help future heart transplant patients and their families.

The Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC worked in partnership to help present the benefit.

Greg Burpee, Steven Klein, and Sarah Burpee

Jim and Kelley Dulcich

Fans had a chance to pose with Timber Joey

Steven Klein, Wendy Hill, Dave Hill, member of St. Vincent Council of Trustees Greg Specht, Phil Taggart, Karla Hansen, Sean Brennecke, Madelyn Engel, Anne Hicks, and Brendan Murphy

If you were unable to join us last night but are still interested in supporting Providence Heart Institute, you can make a donation here.

The Providence Heart Institute is the leading provider of cardiovascular care in Oregon committed to making a positive difference in every life we touch. 

We offer a full range of subspecialty services that allow us to deliver comprehensive, innovative and personalized care.

Charities Move Galas After Ceiling Damage at Portland Art Museum’s Kridel Grand Ballroom

Charities Move Galas After Ceiling Damage at Portland Art Museum’s Kridel Grand Ballroom

Portland, OR. Bridge Meadows and the Portland Opera are two of the nonprofits changing the venues in the aftermath of the damage to the Kridel Grand Ballroom located on the third floor of the Portland Art Museum’s Mark Building. When in use, the 9,000 square-foot space seats 560 people and is often the location of benefits and formal events. On September 3rd, a portion of the decorative ceiling fell inside the ballroom. No one was inside the room at the time. No artwork was damaged. Much of the collapse of the decorative ceiling was caught by a light truss. Click here for an update on the Bridge Meadows gala. 

Damage is visible in this photo From Portland Art Museum

Engineers examined the room and the rest of the Mark Building Tuesday afternoon and found no structural safety issues.

The ballroom will be closed to staff and to the public for the immediate future. Engineers and other experts will be on-site over the next few days and weeks to determine the cause.

Located at the center of the city’s cultural district, the Grand Ballroom has hosted many of Portland’s great events from weddings to celebrations of life, graduations, proms, and nonprofit fundraising events. It is home to the annual HeART of Portland event showcasing art created by Portland Public Schools students. Prior to the 2005 renovation of the former Masonic Temple, the ballroom hosted a memorable Grateful Dead concert in 1967.

“So many of us share fond memories of attending events with our friends and families in the Grand Ballroom,” said Brian Ferriso, Director and Chief Curator of the Portland Art Museum. “We are doing everything possible to return this treasured space to the community.”

The Portland Art Museum is working with organizations and groups who have upcoming events scheduled for the Grand Ballroom. Every effort is being made to accommodate the events in an alternative Museum space.

For more information, check the Portland Art Museum Website: https://portlandartmuseum.org/damage-to-kridel-grand-ballroom-ceiling-forces-closure/

FALL PREVIEW: RMHC’s Hearts & Hands Gala to Raise Much Needed Funds for Seriously Ill Children

FALL PREVIEW: RMHC’s Hearts & Hands Gala to Raise Much Needed Funds for Seriously Ill Children

Portland OR. RMHC supporters want you to join them for the Hearts & Hands Gala coming up on October 5th! It’s the biggest benefit of the year for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & SW Washington. The event will be held at The Nines (at 525 SW Morrison) and is black tie optional. Click here for a link to buy tickets or learn more about the gala.

Organizers expect the gala will raise much more than $700,000. “Guests will enjoy the wonderful company of KPTV-TV’s Shauna Parsons and Artisan Auction’s Dale Johannes, who will co-host the event this year. This beautiful evening will also feature a cocktail reception with a silent auction, a delicious dinner paired perfectly with Oregon’s finest wines, a live auction, dancing, and more!”

For nearly 35 years, supporters in our area have helped provide thousands of families with a home away from home at the Ronald McDonald House so that they can focus on the health of their child.

The 2018 Hearts & Hands Gala raised over $730,000 last year to support RMHC’s mission of providing a home away from home when families need it the most. This year’s event will celebrate RMHC’s partners and community of support that have made it possible to keep families close – without ever charging a fee. Susan Schnitzer, Phil Fogg, and Jessica Jarratt Miller are pictured in our first photo. Here are more photos from the gala last year:

Jessica Jarratt Miller, CEO of RMHC, (center) thanked donors like Gary and Christine Rood.

There’s room for everyone at the table!

Organizers explain, “What began as one House with 17 guest rooms has evolved into four beautiful Houses across the state with 69 rooms. If you are interested in supporting your local Ronald McDonald House, please join us at the Hearts & Hands Gala! Purchase a ticket or table today – seats are going fast! Click here for ticket information.”

From Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Oregon & SW Washington:

Our Mission

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Oregon & SW Washington provides access to medical care, a “home away from home,” and a community of support for seriously ill or injured children and their families.

Keeping Families Close Since 1984

After two years of planning, the first Oregon Ronald McDonald House opened in 1984 within walking distance of OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children. In 1997, two more Ronald McDonald Houses opened: one in Bend, serving families who traveled for care at St. Charles Medical Center, and a second in Portland, just steps away from Randall Children’s Hospital on the campus of Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

In order to meet the evolving needs of our families and to increase capacity, our Houses have undergone various remodels and relocations. What began as one House with 17 guest rooms has evolved into three beautiful Houses with 56 rooms. For more than three decades, our dedicated staff and volunteers have offered comfort and support, a well-stocked kitchen, and a comfortable bed to more than 35,000 families, reminding everyone who enters our Houses that they are always at home and never alone.

Part of a Global Family

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & SW Washington is part of a global network of Ronald McDonald Houses and programs that serve nearly 6,000,000 children and families annually. Since 1974, our network of local chapters have been making children happier and healthier by keeping families together and giving them a place to rest and heal. Tailored to meet the urgent needs of each community, these programs can now be found in more than 60 countries and regions across the globe.

Our Financial Health

Our Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child — not where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. Families are invited to stay at our Houses for free and offered meals and snacks, which removes a major barrier for families who may not be able to find alternative housing. In Portland, the average hotel costs $175 per night. At our Houses, it’s always $0.

Community Reports

Every year, we create an annual report to share family stories, and update donors and supporters about our programs and financial health. To review previous years’ reports, click here.

Editor’s note: Fall Preview is a PortlandSocietyPage.com feature and is sponsored content.

Pittock Mansion Holds Drawing for VIP Tickets to Downton Abbey Film

Pittock Mansion Holds Drawing for VIP Tickets to Downton Abbey Film

Portland, OR. Focus Features is teaming up with the Pittock Mansion to give away VIP tickets to see an advanced screening of the new Downton Abbey the movie.

Visitors see the chance of winning a VIP ticket to the advanced screening as an exciting opportunity.

Visitors to the Mansion can enter for a chance to win starting Monday, September 9th through Friday, September 13th during museum hours. The Pittock Mansion is open 10:00 am-4:00 pm and admission for adults is $12.00.
The advanced screening is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18th at 7:00 pm at a local Portland theater.
In addition to the VIP ticket giveaway, Focus Features will be onsite Friday, September 13th from noon-3:00 pm to give away five prize packages featuring a Downton Abbey weekender bag, umbrella, and more.

Filming of the Downton Abbey movie took place Highclere Castle.

The film is set in 1927–1929, and features a royal visit to Downton Abbey by King George V and Queen Mary.

“Visitors to Pittock Mansion often compare the magical world of Downton Abbey to what they are experiencing when they tour the museum,” Associate Director Jennifer Gritt explains. “We are so thrilled to be able to partner with Focus Features and give our visitors a chance to see this film before it hits theaters.”

The “Register to Win” box will be located on the lower level outside the Mansion’s current exhibit Portland’s World’s Fair: Souvenirs of the Lewis and Clark Exposition.

From Pittock Mansion: 

Built in 1914, Pittock Mansion tells the story of Portland’s transformation from pioneer town to modern, industrialized city through the history and legacy of one its most influential families, the Pittocks. Saved from demolition by dedicated citizens in 1964, the Mansion and surrounding estate was purchased by the City of Portland and opened to the public as a historic house museum.

In 2007, the nonprofit Pittock Mansion Society took over museum operations. The Society works in collaboration with Portland Parks & Recreation to operate and preserve the historic buildings. Pittock Mansion is supported by general admission, memberships, donations, grants, and museum store purchases.

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