Record-Breaking “OMSI 2019 Gala: Celebrating 75 Years” Raises Over $1.5 M

Record-Breaking “OMSI 2019 Gala: Celebrating 75 Years” Raises Over $1.5 M

Portland, OR. More than 500 people attended the annual Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s (OMSI) Gala to support efforts to spread science education across the Pacific Northwest. Governor Kate Brown, Piper Park, Kathy Rudd and Pat Reser were on hand for the May 4th gala. The benefit, which took place at OMSI, grossed more than $1.5 million through sponsorships, ticket sales and an auction, making it the nonprofit museum’s most successful event to date. This year’s gala, titled ‘Diamond Jubilee,’ commemorated OMSI’s 75th anniversary.

Trond Ingvaldsen, Turid Owren, Jon Jaqua, Kimberly Cooper and Wally Van Valkenburg

Marcia Randall and Kristin Rogers

Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle and wife Ann visit with Senator Ron Wyden (center)

Marcus Lintner, Linda Rae Hickey and OMSI Emeritus Board Chair Gary Maffei strike a pose in the Durham and Bates Photo Lounge. Photos by KLiK Concepts (Kenton Waltz and Erin Riddle)

Courtney Cooper, Christine Vernier, OMSI President & CEO Nancy Stueber, Dan Stueber and OMSI Emeritus Trustee David Vernier enjoy the cocktail reception.

Sisters Kathy Deggendorfer and Sally Bany visit with OMSI Emeritus Board Chair Gary Maffei during the cocktail hour.

Guests are showered with confetti as the record-breaking $1,535,000 total is announced.

Governor Brown celebrates the evening with the Starella Sisters.

Guests enjoy the Gala After Dark after-party.

Thomas Lauderdale, China Forbes and the entire Pink Martini collective entertain OMSI’s guests at the Gala After Dark after-party.

OMSI celebrates the notion that everyone can be a successful science learner. Regardless of where they live or how much money they have – everyone has the right to feel the joy of curiosity, the thrill of exploration and the power of innovation and problem solving. This is why funds raised at the gala are used for the museum’s statewide education outreach efforts, financial aid programs and a multitude of learning and development initiatives.

“It’s so important for everyone to have access to science and technology,” said Nancy Stueber, president and CEO of OMSI. “Science learning starts with the spark of curiosity and asking questions. We want to keep the spark alive with hands-on learning experiences. The money we raised at the gala will help us further our goals for science learning, both in the experiences we will create and the access we can provide.”

OMSI has been a part of Oregon’s community for 75 years. Founded in 1944 by a group of volunteers, who wanted to show Oregonians and the world just how special and unique this place is, the museum continues to put the “O” in its name as it serves all of Oregon. From the very beginning, the museum was built by the community for the community.

“This year’s gala was a resounding success because it demonstrates the level of commitment and support we have from the community,” said Love Centerwall, vice president of development at OMSI. “As a private, non-profit organization, about one-third of our annual budget comes from our generous donors. OMSI’s quality experiences, financial aid program, and broad reach would not be possible without them.”

Anyone can get involved and assist OMSI in its ongoing efforts to extend science-learning across Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Visit or send an email to [email protected] for more information.

About OMSI

Our Mission

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) inspires curiosity through engaging science learning experiences, fosters experimentation and the exchange of ideas, and stimulates informed action.

OMSI is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and relies on admissions, memberships, and donations to continue our educational mission, programs, and exhibits.

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2019 Grand Floral Parade Draws Thousands Downtown to Celebrate

2019 Grand Floral Parade Draws Thousands Downtown to Celebrate

Portland, OR. Let’s Festival Around the Globe was the theme of the 2019 Grand Floral Parade on June 8th.

Mya Brazile, a Senoir of St Mary’s Academy

Mya Brazile, a Senoir of St Mary’s Academy was selected Queen of Rosaria and rode with her court on a flower-laden float. Queen Mya aims to study Computer Science at a four-year university and become a Computer Scientist with skills in web design and coding.

There were hundreds entries in the parade including one from the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association, an entry from Alaska Airlines and a mini-float from Sapporo, Japan. The parade is the culmination of the Rose Festival which annually draws an estimated 500-thousand people to the Rose City. For more than 100 years, Portland families, visitors and community groups have enjoyed the Grand Floral Parade along a 4-mile route as it winds through city streets and across the river.


Hillmann Lueddemann Jr. Sweepstakes Award (Most outstanding float in the Parade) was awarded to Reser’s Fine Food.

The Governor’s Award for best depiction of life in Oregon went to Spirit Mountain Casino’s tribute to Willamette Falls in Oregon City.

The Clown Prince is the Rose Festival’s Official Mascot.

The Grand Marshal Award (Best depiction of whimsy) went to Fred Meyer.

The Queen’s Award (Most Creative float in the parade) went to Meals on Wheels People.

President’s Award (Most effective overall floral presentation) went to Cambia Portland Classic.

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Award (Best depiction of community spirit) went to Alaska Airlines.

A complete list of the winners, including bands, is below. Additionally, here are more snapshots of Portland’s biggest parade:

Equestrian awards, included the Vern Hulit Award for Excellence in Preparation, Organization and Presentation went to the Pendleton Round-Up Court.

Native or National Costume, Individual/Pair honors went to Happy Canyon Princesses, Kaia John & Kayla Fossek.

The State, Regional or Association Queen winner was Miss Rodeo Oregon, Taylor Ann Skramstad.

The One More Time Around Again Marching Band has been a fixture in the Portland Rose Festival Starlight and Grand Floral parades since 1985.  It’s one of the largest adult marching bands in the country. 

One More Time Around Again Marching Band majorettes

Puddles, the Oregon Duck mascot, made an appearance.

Rosarian Prime Minister Don Thacker

The Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers

Sister City Sapporo Japan’s float celebrated 60 years of friendship.

Sailors from the USS Independence

Black Chamber of Commerce. PCRI and the Urban League of Portland


Here’s a complete list of winners:

Royal Rosarian Award (Best craftsmanship and workmanship)

Portland Kaohsiung Sister City Association

Rose Society Award (Most effective use and display of roses)

Unitus Community Credit Union

Rose Festival Directors Award (Best depiction of volunteerism)

Royal Rosarian Foundation

Rose Festival Court Award (Best example of enthusiasm and teamwork)

Greenbrier / Gunderson

Grand Marshal Award (Best depiction of whimsy)

Fred Meyer

Theme Award (Best presentation of Rose Festival theme – Let’s Festival!)

Portland Rose Festival Foundation

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Award (Best depiction of community spirit)

Alaska Airlines

Peg Roseboro Award (Most artistic design and presentation)

Portland Rose Festival Tribute Float

Dick Powers Picture Perfect Award (Best Mini-float)

Sapporo. Japan Mini-Float

Parade Queen Award

New Westminster Hyack Festival Mini-Float

Parade Chairman Award

Battle Ground Mini-Float

Judges Award: Extra Mention

Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival Mini-Float



Band Sweepstakes (Best Band in Parade)

Sumner High School – Sumner WA

In-State Open (100 or more)

First Place – Oregon City High School – Oregon City OR

Second Place – Tualatin High School – Tualatin, OR

Third Place – Canby high School – Canby OR 

In-State Division A (99 Members or Less)

First Place –Centennial High School – Gresham, OR

Second Place – Hillsboro high School – Hillsboro, OR

Out-of-State Open (100 or more)

First Place – Prairie High School – Battle Ground, WA

Out-of-State Division A (99 Members or Less)

First Place – Battle Ground High School – Battle Ground, WA

Second Place – Columbia River High School -Vancouver WA

Third Place – Shu-Te Home Economics & Commercial High School – Kaohsiung, Taiwan 


Out walkers/Parent Support

Sumner High School – Sumner, WA


Oregon City High School – Oregon City, OR

Flags/Dance Team

Shu-Te Home Economics & Commercial High School – Kaohsiung, Taiwan


Vern Hulit Award for Excellence in Preparation,

Organization and Presentation

Pendleton Round-Up Court

Native or National Costume, Individual/Pair

Happy Canyon Princesses, Kaia John & Kayla Fossek

Fancy Dress

Maggie Constantino and Cloud

Equestrian Group

Clark Co. Fair Mounted Patrol

Horse Drawn Wagon or Carriage

Special ‘T’ Carriage Co. – Teresa Ritchey & Roy

State, Regional or Association Queen

Miss Rodeo Oregon


Rodeo or Fair Queen

Miss Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo, Makenzie Matthews


Rodeo or Fair Queen and Court

Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo


Senior Scooper

            DJ Glenn Hadduck


Park Bureau Scooper

Happy Festival Scoopers



Portland Opera’s The Barber of Seville is High Voltage Entertainment

Portland Opera’s The Barber of Seville is High Voltage Entertainment

Portland, OR. The Barber of Seville is considered one of the great comic operas and Portland Opera is staging a large scale production at the Keller Auditorium on June 7th, a matinee on the 9th, and two more evening performances June 13th, and 15th. John Moore as Figaro, Aleksandra Romano as Rosina, and Jack Swanson as Count Almaviva star in the production. Gioachino Rossini’s opera tells the story of the Count Almaviva, who has fallen for the charming Rosina, and enlists the help of the town barber Figaro to assist in winning her affection. Together they try to outwit her guardian Dr. Bartolo, who also vies for her hand. (Photo by Cory Weaver/Portland Opera.)

A scene from Portland Opera’s 2019 production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Photo by Cory Weaver/Portland Opera.

Here’s a video about the production:

Eduardo Chama as Doctor Bartolo, Jack Swanson as Count Almaviva, Aleksandra Romano as Rosina, John Moore as Figaro, and Adam Lau as Don Basilio in Portland Opera’s 2019 production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Photo by Cory Weaver/Portland Opera.

“This production of The Barber of Seville is high energy and high voltage,” says stage director and Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “We’re embracing the conventions of opera, which can be a ridiculous art form, and not apologizing for it. Rossini’s piece sparkles, and I can’t wait to bring this production of one of the most popular opera buffas back to the stage.”

Portland Opera Music Director George Manahan conducts the performance, in a production created by stage director Christopher Mattaliano, set designer Allen Moyer, costume designer James Scott, and lighting designer Paul Palazzo. The cast stars baritone John Moore, who was last seen at Portland Opera as Papageno in The Magic Flute, as the scheming barber, Figaro. Aleksandra Romano, who made her Portland Opera debut in 2016 as Isabella in The Italian Girl in Algiers, joins the cast as Rosina. Tenor Jack Swanson will make his Portland Opera debut as Almaviva, a role he has recently sung with Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Glyndebourne. Eduardo Chama, last seen as Don Magnifico in last season’s La Cenerentola, will sing the role of Doctor Bartolo.

The cast also features bass Adam Lau in his Portland Opera debut as Don Basilio, former Portland Opera Resident Artist Antonia Tamer as Berta, and 2018/19 Resident Artists Geoffrey Schellenberg and Thomas Cilluffo as Fiorello and An Officer.

Jack Swanson as Figaro and Eduardo Chama as Doctor Bartolo in Portland Opera’s 2019 production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Photo by Cory Weaver/Portland Opera.

From Portland Opera:

The Barber of Seville was made possible by generous gifts from OregonLive/The Oregonian, Remy Wines, Portland Internetworks, and Wave Form Systems, Inc. Portland Opera is grateful for the ongoing support of the Arts Impact Fund, The Collins Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, and Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Fun Facts

Portland Opera performed The Barber of Seville for the first time in 1966. The company has since performed the opera in 1970, 1976, 1984, 1995, 2004, and 2010. For a visual timeline of the company’s performances of the piece, please see the attached PDF.

Although written by different composers, The Barber of Seville is a prequel to Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Both operas are based on a trilogy of plays by Pierre Beaumarchais.

Rossini claimed that he wrote The Barber of Seville in 13 days! He borrowed from his own works to compose this score – you can hear music from six other Rossini operas in this piece.

Tickets and Information

Performances take place at 7:30PM at the Keller Auditorium, with the exception of the matinee on June 9, which begins at 2:00 PM. One hour prior to each performance, audience members are invited to a pre-show lecture on the first balcony of the Keller Auditorium.

The Barber of Seville will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.
Portland Opera is a proud participant in Arts for All—providing $5 tickets for Oregon Trail Card holders.

A limited number of rush tickets (for seniors, students, and United States Armed Forces personnel and their families) are available for performances of The Barber of Seville. Student rush tickets are available online on the Monday before the performances. Call 503-241-1802 Monday through Friday from 10am-5pm for more information.

The performance on June 9 at 2pm will include an audio description of the visual and physical events on stage for patrons who are blind or have low vision. For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance is visually translated with English text projected above the stage.

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Tickets for The Barber of Seville are now available, starting at $35. For more information, and to purchase tickets visit or call Patron Services at 503-241-1802. For more information, patrons may also contact the Opera Concierge at [email protected] Monday through Friday from 10am-5pm.

The Barber of Seville Cast and Creative Team

Count Almaviva Rosina
Dr . Bartolo Don Basilio Berta
An Officer

Conductor Director
Costume Designer Scenic Designer Lighting Designer

About Portland Opera

Portland Opera exists to inspire, challenge, and uplift our audiences by creating productions of high artistic quality that celebrate the beauty and breadth of opera.

Since 1964, Portland Opera has contributed to the cultural, artistic, and economic landscape of the city and region that we love. We celebrate the beauty and breadth of the opera repertoire with performances that take place in the Keller Auditorium, Newmark Theatre, and the Gregory K. and Mary Chomenko Hinckley Studio Theatre at the Hampton Opera Center. The company is also a committed educational partner, touring fully staged operas to schools and community centers throughout Oregon and SW Washington region each year, in addition to a host of other efforts designed to make opera accessible for all.


Chess for Success Game Changer Luncheon Raises $125,000

Chess for Success Game Changer Luncheon Raises $125,000

Portland, OR. Over 150 business and community leaders gathered at the Downtown Portland Hilton for the Chess for Success Game Changer luncheon. Stephanie Kralevich from KPTV was the Master of Ceremonies and posed for a photo board member Gwen Thompson. Business leader and alumna of Chess for Success, Chi Nguyen spoke to the crowd about the effect chess has had on her life, and then she reunited with her old chess coach who also happens to be the King of Chess, Steve Rosenfeld. Chess for Success raised $125,000, which is more money for the program than last year. (Photo credit, Brighid Hackett)

Keynote Speaker Chi Nguyen and her chess coach, the King of Chess, Steve Rosenfeld

Shawn Engelberg, Charlie Engelberg (board chair), Nancy Young, and Curits Young (Executive Director)

The luncheon was held on May 2nd.

Laura Katheryn Smith, Phil Margolin (founder and board member), Gwen Thompson (board member), Michael Malone (Program Manager)

From Chess for Success:

Chess for Success is much more than a recreational, after-school club. It’s an intervention and educational support, provided at no cost to families, that closes the achievement gap for economically disadvantaged and minority youth.

Through learning chess, students develop high-level critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that improve self-esteem, behavior, and academic performance, including attendance, grades, and test scores.

Long-term, our goals include improving high-school graduation rates, participation in STEM programs and careers, and college/workplace readiness, ending the cycle of poverty for at-risk youth.

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Trillium Family Services 4th Annual Black and Gold Gala Raises $350,000

Trillium Family Services 4th Annual Black and Gold Gala Raises $350,000

Portland, OR. Supporters rallied to offer hope to families and support mental health in Oregon by attending the fourth annual Trillium Family Services “Keep Oregon Well” Gala on Saturday, May 18th at The Sentinel Hotel.  Trillium Group CEO Kim Scott presented Joanne McClarty with the Lifetime Achievement Award. (Photo credit, Tom Cook)

Emma Chamberlain & Dr. Andy Adler raise their paddles

Emcee: Anna Mallery

Trillium Family Services President Jamie Vandergon

Entertainment by Hit Machine

From Trillium Family Services:

Trillium Family Services is Oregon’s largest provider of mental and behavioral healthcare for children and families and has been ranked as one of the most effective children’s mental health organizations in the state. From residential psychiatric treatment to mental health advocacy in the streets, we are committed to transforming the state of Oregon into a safer, more supportive place for all people to live, work, play and learn.
A special thanks to all of our sponsors and table hosts who made this event possible, including:

Presenting Sponsor
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon

Gold Sponsors
Jean Meaks-Koch/Positively People
The Standard

Silver Sponsors
Park Academy

Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsor
David & Shirley Pollock

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