Oregon Historical Society Hosts History Makers Gala

Oregon Historical Society Hosts History Makers Gala

Portland, OR. The Oregon Historical Society’s (OHS) annual Oregon History Makers Awards & Dinner recognizes contemporary individuals and organizations who are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon. Pictured above are OHS Board President Mort Bishop, and 2023 Oregon History Makers Sarah Mensah, Brian B. Obie, Tillamook County Creamery Association CEO Patrick Criteser, and Liz Shuler. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

About the recipients:

Brian Obie’s revolutionizing leadership has left an indelible mark on Eugene, Oregon, creating upscale environments that celebrate local art, food, and businesses.

Sarah Mensah has forged a pathbreaking career in both the professional sports and athletic apparel industries.

Liz Shuler made history in 2021 when she was elected as the first woman president of the AFL-CIO, a federation of 56 unions with 12.5 million members.

Tillamook County Creamery Association operates production facilities in both Tillamook and Boardman, employing more than 900 people throughout Oregon. It recently exceeded $1B in retail sales.

Pat Reser and William Westphal

The gala on October 1st also raises funds for the Oregon Historical Society’s important work to collect, preserve, and interpret Oregon’s past.

Anne Naito-Campbell and Mary Lang Bishop

From The Oregon Historical Society:

Each year, the Oregon Historical Society honors living leaders and organizations that are making history through scientific discovery and exploration; innovations in business, communications, and the arts; or service in their communities. Whether they were born here, lived here, or work here, these Oregon History Makers represent the best of what the state has to offer.

Here’s more about the 2023 Oregon History Makers:



A graduate of Aloha High School and the University of Oregon, Sarah Mensah has forged a pathbreaking career in both the professional sports and athletic apparel industries. She spent almost two decades with the Portland Trail Blazers, eventually becoming one of the highest-ranking woman executives in professional sports. In 2013, Mensah joined Jordan Brand, and in 2021 made history as the first Black woman to lead Nike, North America. This year, Mensah returned to Jordan Brand as President, the first woman to hold that position. Throughout her career, Mensah has excelled at developing, empowering, and guiding culturally diverse cross-functional teams through periods of change and growth.



Brian Obie’s revolutionizing leadership has left an indelible mark on Eugene, Oregon, creating upscale environments that celebrate local art, food, and businesses. As president and principal owner of Obie Companies, Inc., his catalog of commercial and development accomplishments includes two nationally-acclaimed hotels in Eugene — the luxurious Inn at the 5th and the art-centric Hotel Gordon, named after his father — and a third, The Inn at 500 Capitol, located in Boise, Idaho. Obie is also responsible for the development of the 5th Street Public Market, and the new, beautifully designed Market Alley in Eugene. As a community volunteer, Obie has served on the Eugene City Council, as Mayor of Eugene, and as president of the University of Oregon Foundation.



A native of Milwaukie, Oregon, Liz Shuler made history in 2021 when she was elected as the first woman president of the AFL-CIO, a federation of 56 unions with 12.5 million members. The daughter of parents who both worked for Portland General Electric, Shuler began her career working for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Oregon (IBEW) before becoming chief of staff for the IBEW president. A visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, Shuler believes the labor movement is the single most powerful vehicle for progress and that unions are a central force in leading lasting societal transformations.


Tillamook County Creamery Association – BELOVED OREGON BRAND

Founded in 1909 as a farmer-owned cooperative, Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) prides itself on its commitment to bringing to market the best-tasting, highest-quality dairy products made in the most natural way possible. Guided by the belief that everyone deserves real food that makes them feel good every day, Tillamook® produces internationally recognized, award-winning cheese as well as exceptional dairy products including ice cream, butter, and yogurt. Today, Tillamook® is in one in four households in the United States and recently exceeded $1 billion in retail sales. TCCA operates production facilities in both Tillamook and Boardman, Oregon, and employs more than 900 people throughout the state. As a Certified B Corporation®, TCCA upholds a commitment to being good stewards of cows, farms, communities, and the environment.


The Oregon Historical Society is dedicated to making Oregon’s long, rich history visible and accessible to all. For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platform, educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

Support OHS: The Oregon Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Federal Tax ID 93-0391599.

Lan Su Garden Kicks off November With Floral Design Competition

Lan Su Garden Kicks off November With Floral Design Competition

Portland, OR. Move over pumpkins, the Lan Su Chinese Garden is welcoming fall with its Chrysanthemum Festival. The garden kicks off a month of floral programming in November with “Nights of the Golden Flower”, November 3-5th. This is the return of the popular chrysanthemum floral design showcase at the Chinese garden after a 4-years hiatus. (Photo credit Jeff Day Photography)

This juried floral art showcase and competition is headlined by floral artist Donald Yim with participation by over a dozen local floral artists. Ticketed guests will be treated to a special weekend of live music, floral design demonstrations, and large-scale illuminated floral art displays to enjoy in the garden after dark.

During November, Lan Su are visitors are invited to take part in floral art workshops, plant cultivation talks, horticulture tours, and delight in the garden adorned with Chrysanthemums. In traditional Chinese culture, the Chrysanthemum is considered one of the “four gentlemen” of plants (along with plum blossoms, orchids, and bamboo) and a symbol of autumn and perseverance.

Click here for a link to tickets to the chrysanthemum festival

From Lan Su Chinese Garden:

Lan Su Chinese Garden Located at 239 NW Everett Street, Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of Portland’s greatest treasures. A tranquil oasis in the heart of the city, Lan Su is a powerfully inspiring experience that takes you through time, offering a window into Chinese culture, history, and way of thinking. Lan Su Chinese Garden opens 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday through Saturday starting Oct. 15th. Admission is $14.00 with reduced rates for students and seniors. Admissions are available at www.lansugarden.org.

Local Arts Organizations are Gearing up for Fall

Local Arts Organizations are Gearing up for Fall

“The art form of opera has always been shaped by time, and we are excited to be part of its evolution,” shares Sue Dixon, General Director. “This season, we are thrilled to usher in new works, continue to share cultural touchstones, and share opera experiences on and off the stage, bringing our mission, vision, and values to life.”

And the Portland Opera isn’t the only arts organization gearing up. This fall promises to be an exciting season for arts enthusiasts, with a wide range of events and experiences to enjoy. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store from some of the city’s most prominent nonprofit arts organizations:

Oregon Symphony:
Oregon Symphony’s new season is getting underway. Featuring world-class musicians and a repertoire spanning classical to contemporary, this is a musical event not to be missed. Keep an eye out for special guest soloists and conductors throughout the season. First up: SEPTEMBER 30–OCTOBER 2, 2023 Mahler’s First Symphony.

Oregon Ballet Theatre:
Here’s a video about the Oregon Ballet Theatre’s upcoming season.

Portland Center Stage has a production of HAIR, September 30 – November 5, 2023

“Let the sunshine in! With an iconic score that changed pop culture forever, HAIR is as relevant today as it was when it radicalized a generation in 1968. This revolutionary rock musical tells the story of a group of counter-culturalists whose worlds are shaken when one of them receives his draft notice for the Vietnam War. Exploring ideas of identity, free love, community, global responsibility, and peace, HAIR reminds us that history is never far away — and that our collective voice is a powerful tool for change.”

Be sure to check each organization’s website for specific dates, ticket information, and any COVID-19 safety protocols that may be in place. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of Portland’s thriving arts community this autumn!

More about the Portland Opera’s season from the Opera:

Mozart’s comic masterpiece, The Marriage of Figaro, kicks off the season. Set in 18th-century Seville, the adventures of Figaro and Susanna unfold with wit and delight in this satire about nobility and power. Although written over 230 years ago, this empathetic comedy is an enduring example of Mozart’s sublime music, layered with a narrative that reflects on today’s society, too. The Marriage of Figaro will be performed at Keller Auditorium on October 28, November 3, and November 5 (matinee), 2023. The performances will be sung in Italian with English captions.


Next, the company will share an evening of music, song, and poetry entitled Enchanted Woods: Shakespeare & Song. Celebrating the anniversary of Shakespeare’s first folio, audience members enter Shakespeare’s woods: a literary place of transformation, love, and magic—with a program inspired by 20th century adaptations of his works. This production is curated in partnership with “Shakespeare’s First Folio: 1623–2023”, a public humanities project at Portland State University in collaboration with other regional arts organizations recognizing and celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy. This unique experience will include a “picnic” of feasting and libations, with cabaret-style seating. Enchanted Woods: Shakespeare & Song will take place at the Gregory K. and Mary Chomenko Hinckley Studio Theatre at the Hampton Opera Center on February 2, 3, 4m, 9, 10, and 11m, 2024. The performances will be sung in English with English captions.

Continuing the season, Portland Opera will present The Snowy Day, an opera in one act based on the beloved children’s book by Ezra Jack Keats. This heartwarming opera, with music by Joel Thompson and libretto by Andrea Davis Pinkney, follows the adventures of young Peter as he explores his snowy neighborhood, encountering new friends and unexpected wonders along the way. The Snowy Day is a perfect introduction to opera for young people, and a bittersweet reminder for audiences of all ages about impermanence and the wonders of youth. First premiered at Houston Grand Opera in 2021, Portland Opera’s production of The Snowy Day will mark the West Coast premiere, and the second production of this opera—continuing the company’s commitment to staging and supporting new works. The Snowy Day will take place at the Newmark Theatre on March 16, 22, and 24m, 2024. The performances will be sung in English with English captions. The matinee on March 24th will be family-friendly, a new way of welcoming the next generation of opera lovers to experience the beauty and joy of opera.

Finally, to mark the centennial of Giacomo Puccini’s passing, Portland Opera will close the 2023/24 season with Puccini: In Concert. Puccini’s works are arguably some of the most popular in opera, with more than 500 productions of La Bohème being performed around the world each year. This one-night-only concert will feature the enduring compositions from La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, and Tosca on May 11, 2024, at Keller Auditorium. The performances will be sung in Italian with English captions.

In addition to mainstage programming, the 23/24 season will see continued progress toward the company’s strategic goal of curating collaborations or commissions that harness the creativity and spirit that is unique to this place. In the spring of 2024, Portland Opera will workshop the company’s commission of a new opera, Jubilee, by composer Damien Geter (Portland Opera’s interim Music Director and co-Artistic Advisor) and Librettist Lorene Cary. Connecting the heroic story of the original Fisk University Jubilee Singers with their current Grammy-winning descendants, Jubilee investigates Black legacy, love, death, trauma, and joy. Jubilee will be written for 8 operatic soloists and a 15-piece orchestra and will premiere in March 2026. In the coming weeks, the company will also announce a series of additional projects in development—including information about the next installment in its multi-year commitment to commission new operas about unsung Oregonian heroes for the Portland Opera to Go educational touring program, and special artist-curated public programming in addition to the mainstage subscription season. During the 23/24 season Portland Opera will also collaborate with the creative team of The Factotum, from Lyric Opera of Chicago, to support the development of this excellent and exciting new opera for a future season; as well as continue supporting the development of a new production based on Stephen King’s The Shining. Additional details about these exciting projects are forthcoming.

While new works remain in development, in fall of 2023 the company’s Portland Opera to Go educational division will present a 50-minute adaptation of Rossini’s La Cenerentola for communities throughout the region. Full of whimsy, comedy, and delight, Cinderella is the perfect first opera for kids and adults alike. This lively adaptation of Cinderella is ideal for elementary school students, with modular scenery and age-appropriate staging that focuses on multicultural and international versions of the Cinderella story. In addition to the performance, Portland Opera to Go offers an arts integrated curriculum and classroom visits.

Portland Opera will continue to share opera for free in unexpected places, with Opera a la Cart— Portland Opera’s award-winning mobile performance venue. The cart will be found around town in community gathering places throughout the summer months, at farmers’ markets, city parks, neighborhood festivals, street fairs, wineries and other public events through the Portland metro area and region.

After scaling down and adjusting the Portland Opera Resident Artist program during the pandemic, the company is delighted to welcome a new class of Portland Opera Resident Artists for the season, extending the program back to its 8-month cycle. The incoming roster of artists will be announced soon and will also include the new position of Resident Artist Collaborative Pianist. Portland Opera is grateful to supporters of the Resident Artist program, Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, James Cox and Brenda Nuckton, Eleanor Lieber Auditions Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, Drs. Fernando and Dolores Leon, George Rowbottom, Drew and Sue Snyder, The Monday Musical Club of Portland, and Carol Turtle, for helping the company support this mission critical program during the ramp out of COVID impacts.

In addition to resident artist program, in 2021, Portland Opera piloted a new program to move the art form forward by providing career advancement opportunities for individuals who have been historically underrepresented in the world of opera, in both administrative and artistic roles. The 2023 Fellowship announcement is forthcoming, along with opportunities for community partnerships and free public performances.

Portland Opera continues a company-wide transformation for strategic growth and fiscal sustainability in the context of COVID interruptions and financial challenges. As a result, this year’s programming represents a smaller season that aligns with the company’s values as fiscally responsible stewards of Portland Opera and its future. To learn more about mission, vision, values, cultural equity, inclusion, diversity, or strategic planning progress, please visit portlandopera.org.


Portland Opera 2023/24 Season Casting


The Marriage of Figaro 

October 28, November 3, 5m, 2023

Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay

Sung in Italian with English captions

The performance is approximately 3 hours, performed with one intermission.


Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettists Lorenzo Da Ponte
Count Richard Ollarsaba
Countess Esther Tonea
Figaro Jesús Vicente Murillo
Susanna Leela Subramaniam
Cherubino Deepa Johnny
Doctor Bartolo Matthew Burns
Marcellina Tesia Kwarteng
Also featuring the Portland Opera Resident Artists
Conductor Elizabeth Askren
Director Fenlon Lamb
Scenic Designer Cameron Poreous
Costume Designer Christine Richardson
Lighting Designer Connie Yun

The adventures of Figaro and Susanna unfold with wit and delight in this satire about nobility and power. Count Almaviva is determined to woo Susanna, who is engaged to Figaro—a servant in the household. The betrothed will do whatever it takes to navigate the Count’s advances; and the Countess—fed up with her husband’s infidelities—joins in the chaos, too. This empathetic comedy of twists and turns features sublime musical moments, a healthy dose of irreverence, and is a joyful reminder of our shared humanity.

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro sparkles with arias, duets and trios that have captivated audiences for centuries, including “Voi che sapete” and “Sull’aria.” Experience this grand and traditional production, set in 18th century Seville, with the dazzling sounds of the Portland Opera chorus and orchestra.

Scenery & properties provided by Arizona Opera.

Enchanted Woods: Shakespeare & Song

February 2, 3, 4m, 9, 10, 11m, 2024

The Gregory K and Mary Chomenko Hinckley Studio Theatre at the Hampton Opera Center, 211 SE Caruthers Street

Sung in English with English captions

The performance is approximately one hour and 40 minutes, performed with an intermission.

Composed by Various composers
Curator & Featured Artist Katrina Galka
Also featuring the Portland Opera Resident Artists
Director Kristine McIntyre
Musical Direction Nicholas Fox

Enter Shakespeare’s forest: a place of magic, love and transformation. Here, to honor Shakespeare’s first folio, we’ll be immersed in an evening of story and song inspired by 20th century adaptations of his enduring works. Through sweet melody and poignant poetry, we’ll celebrate the natural magic of the bard—to honor that which enchants us still, four hundred years later.

Join us in the forest for a picnic, and toast to the magic of Shakespeare! This immersive experience will include cabaret-style seating, libations, as well as savory and sweet treats. We’ll soak in beautiful melodic and tonal music including works by Benjamin Britten, Betsy Jackson King, and other celebrated composers, as we travel through A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, The Tempest, and more.

Featuring voice, piano, and a woodwind quintet from the Portland Opera Orchestra


The Snowy Day

March 16, 22, 24m, 2024

7:30 PM | 2PM Family friendly matinee

Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland

Sung in English with English captions.

 The performance is approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes performed without an intermission

Composed by Joel Thompson
Libretto by Andrea Davis Pinkney, based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats
Peter Flora Hawk
Mama Lianna Wimberley Williams
Billy Adrian Rosales
Also featuring the Portland Opera Resident Artists
Conductor Damien Geter
Director Omer Ben Seadia
Scenic Designer Amy Rubin
Costume Designer Jessica Jahn

Smiling snowmen, snow angels, and warm bubble baths: experience the magic of Ezra Jack Keats’ beloved children’s book come to life on the opera stage. The Snowy Day follows the adventures of young Peter as he explores his neighborhood on a snowy day, making new friends and encountering unexpected wonders along the way.

With music by Joel Thompson and libretto by Andrea Davis Pinkney, the west coast premiere of this new opera is a celebration of imagination, nature, and friendship. The Snowy Day is a perfect introduction to opera for young people, and a joyful reminder for audiences of all ages about impermanence and the wonders of youth.

Commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera
Premiered by Houston Grand Opera in December 2021
Special thanks to the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation


Puccini: In Concert

May 11, 2024, 7:30PM

Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay Street, Portland

Sung in Italian with English captions.

The performance is approximately 90 minutes, performed without an intermission.

Conductor Damien Geter
Soloist Malcolm MacKenzie
Soloist Karen Vuong
Soloist Anthony Kalil
Also featuring the Portland Opera Resident Artists


One hundred years after his death in 1924, we celebrate a one-night-only concert

featuring Giacomo Puccini’s enduring compositions. Experience the drama and passion of these cultural touchstones and iconic music, brought to life by an exciting ensemble of featured guest artists.

The performance will feature selections from Tosca, Turandot, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, and more! The Portland Opera Orchestra and Chorus will take center stage in this unforgettable celebration of one of the world’s most beloved composers.


Subscriptions for Portland Opera’s 23/24 season are available now; and single tickets will be on sale on August 8, 2023. For more information, and to purchase subscriptions, visit portlandopera.org, or call Patron Services at 503-241-1802.

Portland Opera is grateful for the ongoing philanthropic support from our individual patrons and generous donors, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Community Foundation, Regional Arts and Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the Arts Education & Access Fund, special support from The CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund, and The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program,

Dates, programming, artists, and details for Portland Opera’s 23/24 season are subject to change.


Contact: Silja Tobin, Manager of Marketing and Communications; [email protected]

Interviews and more details are available upon request.

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18th Annual Changing Destinies Luncheon Raises $347,000

18th Annual Changing Destinies Luncheon Raises $347,000

Portland, OR. The 18th annual Changing Destinies Luncheon was held in the Knight Nation’s gym. Students were excited to showcase what makes De La Salle North Catholic (DLSNC) special: its Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP). Pictured above are Colleen Thrift, Ashleigh DeVilliers, and Carolyn Murphy. (Photo Credit, Andrea Lonas)

student and Brother Rafael Rodriguez, FSC

A student helps Brother Rafael Rodriguez, FSC, address the attendees at the April 27 fundraiser.

Joanne Bruno and Kristine Wilkins

Mary Boyle, Gay Jacobsen, Cyndy Maletis, Barbara Silver

Gail Jubitz is pictured with a student

School leaders say they were grateful to Portland community for helping raise $347,000. This means a significant 89% of the students will now receive the much-needed financial aid.

De La Salle North Catholic isn’t just any high school. It’s the only one in the Pacific Northwest that offers a unique blend of top-notch college preparatory education and a corporate work-study program, specially designed for the students of Portland who need it most. With the help of corporate partners, students to take control of their future through quality education.

For those who want to learn more about the nonprofit’s mission and how it is transforming lives, head over to www.delasallenorth.org.

OMSI 2023 Gala Raises Over $1 Million to Support Science Education

OMSI 2023 Gala Raises Over $1 Million to Support Science Education

Portland, OR. The annual Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Gala garnered significant support for science education initiatives across the Pacific Northwest. With more than 350 attendees, the gala on May 6th, hosted within OMSI’s historic Turbine Hall, achieved a remarkable milestone by raising over $1 million through various avenues, including sponsorships, ticket sales, paddle raises, and an auction. Above, Presenting Sponsor, Jordan Schnitzer, and Renata Baranow posed for a photo at the Gala’s cocktail hour. The theme of this year’s gala, aptly titled ‘Kaleidoscope,’ embraced the vibrant colors and playful spirit of OMSI’s recently revitalized brand.

Portland Garment Factory created a photo lounge backdrop in the theme of Kaleidoscope for guests to enjoy. Presenting Sponsors Christine and David Vernier, and Kimberly Cooper and Jon Jaqua, get their photos taken by KLiK Concepts.

Portland Garment Factory created a photo lounge backdrop in the theme of Kaleidoscope for guests to enjoy at the May 6th event Here, Presenting Sponsors Christine and David Vernier, and Kimberly Cooper and Jon Jaqua, get their photos taken by KLiK Concepts.

Joe Bingold, OMSI’s incoming Board Chair, kicks off the Gala program with an inspiring story.

Guests generously express their commitments to science education through the Gala’s paddle raise. Included at the table in the foreground are Mike and Karie Richardson and their guests, Mike Erickson, David Lucas, Jeff Heatherington, Ruslan Kamalov, Jimmie Herrod, Michael and Marietta Harrison, Cheri Cooley-Hick, and Ken Hick.

OMSI President and CEO Erin Graham

Erin Graham, President and CEO of OMSI, expressed, “For OMSI, this year represents a period of exciting growth, rejuvenation, and the sowing of seeds for the future. OMSI plays a unique role in our community by uniting individuals in envisioning and cultivating a greener, more equitable future. The funds generated from the gala will further OMSI’s mission to ignite a passion for discovery in people of all ages.”

Founded in 1944 by a dedicated group of volunteers, OMSI has been a pillar of science education for over 75 years, offering innovative and high-quality learning experiences. As a privately funded nonprofit, OMSI heavily relies on the support of its members and donors to make a lasting impact. The gala underscores the belief that everyone can become a successful science learner, and the funds raised during the event will be channeled into enhancing OMSI’s diverse range of programs and making them more accessible to children and adults from various communities across the region.

The gala’s Presenting Sponsors included Jordan Schnitzer/The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, Vernier Science Education, and the Jon V. Jaqua and Kimberly B. Cooper Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. Attendees were treated to delectable cuisine and cocktails provided by Devil’s Food Catering, enjoyed a performance by Jimmie Herrod, a local singer-songwriter and finalist from America’s Got Talent, and were moved by a heartwarming story highlighting OMSI’s impact through inclusive and accessible bilingual Play Labs for young children and their families. The event also featured eleven live auction packages, ranging from local experiences to international travel.

Love Centerwall, Vice President of Development at OMSI, shared, “The OMSI Gala embodies a celebration of science, community, and curiosity, and this year our supporters truly stepped up, contributing over $1 million! The enthusiasm for our mission and our vision for the future was palpable—tonight, we witnessed an extraordinary commitment to OMSI and our mission to deepen and expand our programs throughout the region.”

About OMSI: 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 that relies on admissions, memberships, and donations to sustain its educational mission, programs, and exhibits. You too can join OMSI in its ongoing mission to promote science education across Oregon and the broader Pacific Northwest. Visit [www.omsi.edu/donate](www.omsi.edu/donate) or contact [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) for more information.

Assistance League of Greater Portland Raises Over $166,000 With Fashion Show

Assistance League of Greater Portland Raises Over $166,000 With Fashion Show

Portland, OR. After a three year covid hiatus, the Assistance League of Greater Portland’s Promenade Portland returned with a crowd of 250 guests admiring spring fashions with a travel theme from local boutiques. Event Co-Chairs Penne Chapin-Zeigen and Tuni Garrigues welcomed the crowd. “We are so happy to be back together for this special event,” proclaimed Garrigues, “Today, we each have a chance to make a real impact on the lives of the people we serve.” At the event, JoAnn Quilala, volunteer stylist for Assistance League, modeled an ensemble from Assistance League’s Thrift Shop.

Assistance League of Greater Portland President Mary Johnson presents the 2023 Community Service Award to U.S. Bank, accepted by Abdul Rutherford

Assistance League of Greater Portland President Mary Johnson presents the 2023 Community Service Award to U.S. Bank, accepted by Abdul Rutherford

Peggy Albertine, Operation School Bell chair, models a dress and accessories from the Arrangement

Peggy Albertine, Operation School Bell chair, models a dress and accessories from the Arrangement

Jane Murphy, volunteer with Assistance League's marketing team, sports a dress and cardigan from Paloma Clothing

Jane Murphy, volunteer with Assistance League’s marketing team, sports a dress and cardigan from Paloma Clothing

Assistance League of Greater Portland’s Promenade Portland returned on April 24, 2023, after a 3 year hiatus, to a room full of 250 guests enjoying lunch, fashions and camaraderie in support of local community service programs.

Assistance League of Greater Portland’s Promenade Portland returned on April 24, 2023, after a 3 year hiatus to support of local community service programs.

Featured boutiques included Adorn, the Arrangement, Assistance League of Greater Portland’s Thrift and Consignment Shop, Folly, Oxalis, Paloma Clothing and Pig’ments. Local entertainer Poison Waters emceed the event and Shauna Parsons of KPTV’s Good Day Oregon spoke about how each of Assistance League’s five community service programs fulfill a human need for dignity in addition to furthering educational equity, victim assistance and youth support.

Assistance League of Greater Portland honored U.S. Bank with its Community Service Award for outstanding business partnership and community support. U.S. Bank was a sponsor of the event, as was O’Donnell Law Firm LLC, Audi Beaverton and Porsche Beaverton, Advanced Wealth Management, Albina Co., Inc., ESP Painting, Mahaffy Real Estate Group, Northwest Control Company, Imc., NW Natural, OnPoint Community Credit Union, Sundown Publications, and Timberline Lodge. Over $166,000 was raised to help support Assistance League’s local community service programs, which serve more than 4,000 people each year.

From Assistance League of Greater Portland: Assistance League of Greater Portland has been transforming lives and strengthening community since 1965. Assistance League volunteers serve the community with programs, including Operation School Bell®, which provides new clothes which provides new clothes for children in great need; Assault Survivor Kits®, providing fresh outfits for victims in 17 emergency care centers; activities for youth in residential treatment at Janus Youth’s Cordero House; Scholarships in Trades for vocational students in community college; and new in 2023, PROFITS which provides retail training opportunities for transitional students seeking independence. Assistance League Thrift and Consignment Shop is located at 4000 SW 117th Avenue in Beaverton and is currently open on Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 4:00 p.m. with donations accepted Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visit the website for updates on hours open at https://www.assistanceleague.org/greater-portland/ ####

Portland Philanthropist Joe Weston Receives Catholic Charities Highest Honor

Portland Philanthropist Joe Weston Receives Catholic Charities Highest Honor

Portland, OR. Real estate developer and philanthropist Joe Weston was honored with the Catholic Charities Single Candle Award. Standing in the photo above, are his son Joe, former wife Marilyn, and daughter Tiffany. (Andie Petkus/Catholic Charities)

The Portland philanthropist received the honor at a fundraising gala that raised more than $600,000 for some of the neediest Oregonians. Catholic Charities of Oregon is a provider of affordable housing and other services to families, migrants, refugees, and people who are homeless. The nonprofit awarded its highest honor on April 21st.

Here’s a video about Joe Weston:

At Catholic Charities of Oregon, Germaine’s Kitchen and Café, a workforce development program and hot meal site, contracts to send hot meals to local shelters and the agency’s women’s drop-in center.

In an acceptance speech, Joe Weston said philanthropy requires not only cash, but those who step forward to give time and talent. “If you have money but don’t have volunteers, you have nothing,” Weston told a crowd of more than 400 gathered at the Portland Art Museum. Weston grew up poor in Portland but saved money from a job at Franz Bakery to buy his first duplex in the 1950s while a student at Central Catholic High School. Now, he owns and manages buildings throughout the region, many of them apartments for working families of modest income.

A supporter of Catholic Charities and other good causes in the Portland area, Weston has announced that the bulk of his wealth will go into his foundation after he dies. His foundation already has given more than $200 million over the past three decades and after Weston’s death, it will have assets of about $3 billion for more good works. “He had nothing. He achieved enormous wealth, and he doesn’t want it for himself,” said George Passadore, a friend who serves as a trustee for the Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation.

Max Williams, past president and CEO of the Oregon Community Foundation, which manages the fund, said Weston’s philanthropy is linked to his Catholic values. “He lives the social Catholic mindset of giving back to the community and doing good to those who need it,” Williams explained. “He is pretty crusty but underneath that he has a heart of gold,” said Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith of the Archdiocese of Portland. “Catholic Charities of Oregon helps the poorest and the most vulnerable. This is what Joe is doing, too.” Marilyn Weston, the former wife who has remained a good friend, calls Weston a saint. “He is such a good man who worked so hard and rarely even let himself really enjoy life. But he gets joy from giving.”

His children, Tiffany and Jeff, love and admire him. Jeff said that though Weston was busy with work, he always had time for his children. Tiffany hopes she can pass his spirit of generosity to her child and stepchild. “The greatest impact my father had on me was teaching me to be of service to all others,” she said. “Joe Weston has a magnanimous heart,” said Msgr. Tim Murphy, the President Emeritus of Central Catholic High School who has known Weston since grade school at All Saints Parish. When Msgr. Murphy thinks of the hardworking Weston, a parable comes to mind. Jesus told the tale of workers in a vineyard, some of whom worked all day and others who showed up late in the afternoon, but who all received the same wage. “Joe would whisper in the Lord’s ear,” Msgr. Murphy said. “It’s OK. Give everybody the same.” Before the crowd honored Weston, they donated more than $600,000 to Catholic Charities, which now is focused on Oregon’s homelessness and housing crises, plus refugee resettlement.

Catholic Charities outreach workers go to camps in Portland to work with houseless people and begin a path to housing and self-sufficiency. The agency offers a drop-in center for homeless women. Catholic Charities is a major provider of transitional housing with services, a key step in helping people move from the streets to permanent housing. Catholic Charities also has developed and manages more than 800 units of affordable housing in western Oregon. “Housing is not a commodity. It is a basic human right that goes beyond physical shelter,” said Natalie M. Wood, executive director of Catholic Charities of Oregon. “While we continue to help by providing housing and the necessary wraparound services, we must come together to address the complex social challenges that keep far too many Oregonians from achieving the fullness of life God intended for them.” The crowd gave Wood an ovation for that comment.

Later, the crowd had a standing ovation to a Ukrainian refugee who escaped the war in her homeland and is building a life in Portland.

Olena Leshchynska,

Olena Leshchynska, Ukrainian Refugee

Catholic Charities has come alongside us during this terrifying journey,” said Olena Leshchynska, who sheltered with her teen daughter in a Kyiv basement when Russian bombs started pounding the city. “Catholic Charities has calmed our fears. And helped us to process, reorient, connect, and navigate this new reality. We have formed a community, learned English, and found work. Though we hurt, we feel hope.”

A team of local donors sponsored the Celebration of Hope gala to build up the work of Catholic Charities. Platinum sponsors were The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon; B.P., Lester and Regina John Foundation; PeaceHealth; Colleen and Werner Nistler and Touchmark; and Walsh Construction Company. Gold sponsors were Becker Capital Management; Chiles Foundation; First Republic Bank; Oregon Catholic Press; Pacific Seafood – in memory of Tom Dulcich; Jerry and Sandra Parsons; Providence Health and Services and John and Mary Anne Wagner. About Catholic Charities Since 1933, Catholic Charities in Oregon has been bringing hope, resources and advocacy to the poorest and most vulnerable throughout the state, regardless of faith, race or condition in life. The organization serves as the professional social service arm of the Archdiocese of Portland yet is funded completely through grants and donations. For more information call (503) 231-4866, or go to www.catholiccharitiesoregon.org. PHOTOS LESHCHYNSKA, OLENA Olena Leshchynska, a refugee from Ukraine, speaks April 21 at the Catholic Charities Celebration of Hope gala in Portland. (Andie Petkus/Catholic Charities) WESTON AND FAMILY Real estate developer and philanthropist Joe Weston, seated, holds the Catholic Charities Single Candle Award April 21 backed by his family: son Joe, former wife Marilyn and daughter Tiffany. (Andie Petkus/Catholic Charities) VIDEOS Celebration of Hope 2023: https://youtu.be/4dlsCVviUbw Joe Weston, Single Candle Award: https://youtu.be/tMBgPSKZ29c Olena’s Refugee Story: https://youtu.be/kL4D51mylso Catholic Charities: https://youtu.be/9JXkr8efLzM

Black, White & Bubbles Gala Benefits Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp

Black, White & Bubbles Gala Benefits Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp

Portland, OR. Over 220 guests came together at the Oregon Golf Club to celebrate Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp’s 38th Annual Auction and Gala. It was the first fully “in-person” gala since 2019. Above, Donor, Karen Anderson raised her paddle in support of MHKC. The benefit on April 14th, raised $225,000 to support Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp, a local nonprofit providing equitable access to outdoor recreation for individuals with developmental disabilities. Attendees were treated to tray-passed bubbles from the Stoller Wine Group while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and listening to music from MHKC’s very own, Staff Infection Band. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

Featured Camper, Harrison Halstead with parents, Chip and Kristi

Longtime MHKC supporters, Wendy Anderson & Gary Pope

Executive Director, Dave McDonald and KGW News Channel 8 Reporter & Emcee, Art Edwards

Executive Director, Dave McDonald and KGW News Channel 8 Reporter & Emcee, Art Edwards

Auctioneer, Dale Johannes working his magic!

Auctioneer, Dale Johannes working his magic

About Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp:

There are few places where individuals with disabilities can spend a week joyfully focusing on their abilities. For over 85 years, Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp (MHKC) has offered incredible outdoor recreational programming for campers with developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities at its fully accessible 22-acre campsite in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

On any given summer day, our campers are catching fish, conquering their fear on the adventure course and zipline, splashing at the pool, riding a horse for the first time, whitewater rafting, paddling a canoe on Trillium Lake, and dancing the night away at campfire. Wheelchair accessible trails and innovations such as adaptive saddles, harnesses, and bicycles make the traditional camp experience available to all. Camp doesn’t just offer outdoor activities, it offers a chance for people with disabilities to make new friends and build community in a friendly, non-judgmental environment where they can feel empowered and included.

Each year, MHKC offers 8 weeks of Main Camp, where campers enjoy a one-to-one camper-counselor ratio with the option for outgroup adventures, including Trip & Travel, Tent & Travel, and Lakeside Camp where campers pitch tents on Trillium Lake, paddle canoes, go whitewater rafting and more. June brings the opportunity for new campers to experience MHKC through Family Camp, while experienced campers can come back to Camp in the snow through two weekend winter retreats.

As camper Renae told us: “At Camp, I can fly!”

Brilliance Benefit for Edison High School Raises Over $326,00.

Brilliance Benefit for Edison High School Raises Over $326,00.

Portland, OR. Each year, Edison High School hosts the Brilliance Benefit, an evening of friendship, food, and fundraising. This year, attendees enjoyed cocktails, dinner, a live auction, and a casino night after-party. The Brilliance Benefit on March 11th, raised over $326,00. Above, Edison Principal Dan Keller is joined by his wife, Emily, and proud Edison parents Laurine and Alfredo Apolloni. (Photo credit, Tom Cook)

Longtime Edison teacher Maureen Manning is joined by beaming Edison parents Kathleen and David Hapeman

Longtime Edison teacher Maureen Manning is joined by beaming Edison parents Kathleen and David Hapeman

Edison President Mike Schwab and Board Vice Chair Pat Becker, Jr. are joined bu supportes Dr. Don V. Romanaggi and his wife Sally Romanaggi.

Edison President Mike Schwab and Board Vice Chair Pat Becker, Jr. are joined by support Dr. Don V. Romanaggi and his wife Sally Romanaggi.

The Hotchkiss family beams after Quincy Hotckiss '23 bravely shared his story and the difference Edison made in his life.

The Hotchkiss family beams after Quincy Hotckiss ’23 bravely shared his story and the difference Edison made in his life.

Edison President Mike Schwab celebrates with supporter Max Williams.

About Edison High School:

Edison High School empowers students with learning differences to experience academic success and personal growth while preparing them for the future. We are guided by a set of Core Values. Edison is student-centered and characterized by attunement, collaboration, dedication, accessibility, and organization; our students become future-ready. We have a very low student:teacher ratio, an excellent student support program, a unique educational approach and methodologies specific to students with learning differences. Learn more on our General Information tab!

Student Profile

Edison High School is open to students who have learning differences such as Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Tourette syndrome, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Visual Perception and Nonverbal Learning Disorders. Students are referred by parents, schools, counselors, tutors and medical professionals. Each student and family is interviewed prior to admission and evaluated by staff to ensure a good fit. We have a close-knit community, a welcoming and safe environment and vibrant student life.

The History of Edison High School

Our school was founded in 1973 as the Tree of Learning. For many years, students were taught in portable classrooms on the Jesuit High School campus. In 1992, we moved into a brand-new building of our own, changing our school’s name to Thomas A. Edison High School in honor of the famed American inventor who had a learning difference. In 2014, we streamlined the school’s name to Edison High School. Students also take classes in a satellite building in the Valley Plaza next door.

Edison High School is accredited through AdvancED (formerly Northwest Association of Accredited Schools).

American Heart Association’s 2023 Benefit Raises Record $1 Million

American Heart Association’s 2023 Benefit Raises Record $1 Million

Portland, OR. The American Heart Association’s 2023 Heart Ball at the Hyatt Regency brought together hundreds of people and raised a record $1,026,607. Funds raised will support the work of the American Heart Association Heart of Oregon & SW Washington to fight heart disease and stroke with a specific focus on addressing high blood pressure, CPR education, nutrition security, tobacco, and the youth vaping crisis.

merican Heart Association’s 2023 Heart of Oregon & SW Washington Heart Ball

One in four Oregon residents is diagnosed with hypertension, the leading cause of cardiovascular disease and stroke. “Whether it’s teaching CPR in the community, providing education and awareness of heart disease or funding research for treatments, the American Heart Association is devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease. I am delighted to support this cause and celebrate the achievements of the Heart of Oregon & SW Washington campaign,” said Mason Evans, President & CEO, JH Kelly.

The Heart Ball was a culmination of the Heart of Oregon & SW Washington, a year-round campaign focused on engaging community leaders in making a significant impact on health equity and the mission of the American Heart Association. The ball marks a moment to reflect, honor and celebrate the progress made toward equitable health through the determination, dedication, and passion of all community members who support the campaign. A highlight of the evening featured the story of 8-year-old Will Rasay, a heart hero. Will is thriving today because of the research funded by the American Heart Association. Will and his family were special guests of honor.

These members of the Executive Leadership Team gave their time and resources to help make an extraordinary impact in saving lives: Mason Evans, JH Kelly president and CEO; Brian Johnston, Dallas Glass CEO; Travis Baker, Andersen Construction president and COO; Shon DeVries, Propel Insurance sales executive; Tom Larkin, Sokol Larkin partner; Nima Darabi, Hoffman Construction vice president; Tim Loy, Mallory Safety & Supply president; Eric Grasberger, Stoel Rives member; Josh Condon, Howard S Wright project executive; Cynthia Cameron, HUB International employee benefits vice president; Julian Allen, McKinstry Oregon construction business development; Steve Fein, Moss Adams regional managing partner.

“The Heart of Oregon & SW Washington campaign is one of the American Heart Association’s largest generators of funds for research and education about cardiovascular disease and stroke. The success of Heart Ball ensures that tremendous breakthroughs continue to happen,” said Nick Brodnicki, American Heart Association executive director for Oregon and southwest Washington. “Thank you to all of our advocates, volunteers and sponsors for championing equitable health and bold solutions for a world of longer, healthier lives in Oregon and southwest Washington.”

The Heart of Oregon & SW Washington campaign and the Heart Ball support the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, which aims to reduce barriers to healthcare access and quality. The American Heart Association is the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all. For more information on how to support the Association visit heart.org/oregon. The Heart of Oregon & SW Washington Heart Ball was sponsored by JH Kelly, Hoffman Construction Company, OHSU Health, UA290/PMCA. A full list of sponsors can be seen at pdxheartball.heart.org.

About the American Heart Association:

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us onheart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.