Iron Chef Competition Raises Over $190,000 for Children’s Relief Nurseries

Iron Chef Competition Raises Over $190,000 for Children’s Relief Nurseries

Portland, OR. In its 17th year, the Portland’s Original Iron Chef event raised nearly $200,000 to help keep children safe and build strong families. Chef Christian Russell of The Steakhouse at 9900 was named the 2018 Portland’s Original Iron Chef by a popular vote. He was one of many top local chefs who participated in the culinary benefit. The funds raised will be directed toward the work of three LifeWorks NW‘s Children’s Relief Nurseries that serve children and their caregivers to intervene in situations of child abuse and neglect. Through therapeutic classrooms, parenting classes, home visits and more, the Nurseries see proven positive outcomes in family relationships and children’s development. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

Auctioneer Chris Sheik and Steve Dunn, emcee

Chef Bryant Kryck prepares appetizers

Huber’s Chef Julius Baliola

Winning appetizers prepared by Chef Christian Russell and The Steakhouse at 9900 team.

Chef Christian Russell of The Steakhouse at 9900 shows off his prize for taking top honors.

The El Gaucho Portland team takes time for a selfie.

Alto Bajo showcases traditional Mexican flavors in a modern, distinctive way. At the event it showed off this mushroom stump table decor.

Portland’s Original Iron Chef 2018 competitors included:

Greg Staerkel — Altabira City Tavern 
Bryant Kryck — Alto Bajo
Steve Cain — El Gaucho
Julius Baliola — Huber’s Restaurant
Matthew Howard — Raven & Rose
Beau Carr — Ringside Steakhouse
Tony Meyers — Serratto
Christian Russell — Steakhouse at 9900

From LifeWorks NW:

Every eight minutes in Oregon there is a report of child abuse or neglect. At LifeWorks NW we are fighting to keep children safe and families strong through the proven programs at our Children’s Relief Nurseries. 

Our mission at LifeWorks NW is to promote a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.
Portland’s Lara Tennant Wins USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

Portland’s Lara Tennant Wins USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

Vero Beach, Fla. Portland’s Lara Tennant arrived at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club having won just one match in a USGA amateur championship in eight starts, but on October 11th she captured the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship in convincing fashion. “I would say except for last year, all of the other USGA championships I played in, I probably prepared two weeks before,” explained Tennant. “With five kids I was never prepared like I am now. Since I turned 50 I was able to have the time to prepare, and I would say I have a new passion for golf.”

Making the experience even more exciting, Lara’s 78-year-old father, George Mack, served as her caddie. He was enjoying the experience even before the final round. “How can you beat this?” said Mack, “Regardless of what happens tomorrow, it doesn’t matter because we’ve had a great time.”

Tennant never trailed on Thursday, defeating Sue Wooster, 56, of Australia, 3 and 2, in the 18-hole championship match, USGA official Scott Lipsky, reported.

Tennant was able to build a cushion on the back nine on Thursday by taking advantage of some late miscues by Wooster. 

As the runner-up, Wooster receives an exemption into the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, as well as a three-year exemption into the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur and exemptions into the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.

What the Champion Receives

  • Custody of the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Trophy for one year
  • Gold medal
  • 10-year exemption in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur
  • 2-year exemption into the U.S. Senior Women’s Open
  • 2-year exemption into the U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • 2-year exemption into the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur

Here are some details about the final matchup:

56 Age 51
Lysterfield, Victoria, Australia Hometown Portland, Ore. 
N/A College University of Arizona
Round of 32 (2016, 2017) Best Previous Finish in this Championship Round of 64 (2017)
No. 5 / 87 holes played Seeding / Match Holes Played No. 10 / 83 holes played
Defeated 2013 runner-up Susan Cohn in the semifinals, 3 and 2 Notable Victory

Defeated 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Corey Weworski in the quarterfinals, 3 and 2

25 Age Started Playing 10
Has won national golf championships in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand Noteworthy Was co-medalist in her U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur debut in 2017

Has advanced to match play in all nine USGA amateur championships in which she has competed

USGA Credentials

Has been competing in USGA championships dating back to the 1983 U.S. Girls’ Junior

Did not start playing golf competitively until she was in her 40s

Fun Fact Made the first hole-in-one in U.S. Senior Women’s Open history earlier this year


The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center Still Going Strong

The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center Still Going Strong

Portland, OR. Over 200 women joined forces for the 17th annual Circle of Strength Women’s Fundraising Brunch. Guests, like excited raffle winner, Maryliz Herron, gathered at Riverside Golf and Country Club on September 29th for an afternoon of coffee, brunch, and conversation. The women had a common purpose—to raise money for women and children who cannot afford mental health care. The benefit for Northwest Catholic Counseling raised $75,000. (Photo credit, Megan Ziegenfus)

Table hostess, Diane Millemann (third from left), and her enthusiastic guests.

The event speaker, Jennifer Pepin, inspired the theme for this year, “The Art of Healing.” Diagnosed with bi-polar disorder in her 20’s, Jennifer shared about her own mental health journey. Jennifer is the owner of the J. Pepin Art Gallery, located in the Pearl District. In an effort to break down stigma, the gallery only features artists living with mental illness. Jennifer believes that by working together, the landscape of mental health can be one of hope, dreams, and believing in a more accepting world.

A room full of women dedicated to empowering other women in their community.

Event speaker and former NCC client, Marchelle Carl

Marchelle Carl was the client speaker of the event. She first came to NCC for counseling as a young child and has continued off and on through adulthood. The Center and its staff have walked with Marchelle, offering support through the struggles, losses, and pains of life. Marchelle would not have been able to access counseling if not for the sliding scale fee offered at The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center. Through their generosity, the women gathered at Circle of Strength expressed their belief that no woman or child should ever be denied access to counseling. 
Here’s a video about the program:

From Northwest Catholic Counseling Center:

For three decades The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center has worked for social justice – the idea that we all share a common humanity, have a right to equal treatment, are due a fair allocation of community resources, and are valued in our diversity. Recent events, including hateful and degrading rhetoric and violent attacks against minorities, call to the Staff and Board of NCC to redouble our commitment and stand firm in our values. As we move forward, NCC will speak out more on injustice on our website and Facebook pages. We will educate more on mental health issues and those needing help. We will look for public opportunities to show our solidarity with others. 

13th Annual Bridge Meadows IMAGINE Gala Supports Intergenerational Housing

13th Annual Bridge Meadows IMAGINE Gala Supports Intergenerational Housing

Portland, OR. Hundreds of supporters flocked to the Portland Art Museum for the 13th Annual Bridge Meadows IMAGINE Fall Auction & Gala. (Bridge Meadows supports former foster youth, adoptive families and elders in a residential setting.) At the September 20th benefit, leaders of the nonprofit announced that they’re looking for new sites in Oregon to build intergenerational housing. Auction items included the Bridge Meadows Courtyard in Felt created by Xander Griffith Art. (Photo credit, Paul Rich)

KGW’s Drew Carney and auctioneer Johnna Wells

Supporter, Howard Hedinger, hits the photo book with some young Bridge Meadow fans.

Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective intergenerational choir

Executive Director Dr. Derenda Schubert

This is a video from the most recent ribbon cutting of the Bridge Meadow complex in Beaverton: 

From Bridge Meadow:

Bridge Meadows is a unique multi-generational community with locations in North Portland and Beaverton where children formerly in foster care, adoptive parents and elders – those over 55 – find a true home built with love and the shared vision of a better tomorrow. Children move from the instability of foster care placements to permanent homes and families where they find the stability, caring connections and educational support they need to succeed and re-calibrate the trajectory of their lives. Parents receive essential resources and guidance, while elders find safe, affordable housing and an opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of families and children- all while building meaningful social connections that keep them active and healthy. By leveraging the power of place, permanence and purpose, Bridge Meadows helps three generations transform individual vulnerability into collective strength.

Portland Opera Poised to Launch 2018/19 Season with Romantic La Traviata

Portland Opera Poised to Launch 2018/19 Season with Romantic La Traviata

Portland, OR. Portland Opera is pulling out all the stops to build excitement for its first big production of the season next month. It is holding an open rehearsal of the organization’s chorus as they prepare for November’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata. The outdoor public working rehearsal on Sunday, October 7th will be held in Director Park (815 SW Park Ave) from 2:00-4:00 pm and will feature the opera chorus. In addition to the rehearsal, downtown shoppers are getting a glimpse of some of the costumes for the production.

The Mercantile at 7th and Alder has a special La Traviata costume in the window.

Portland Opera’s Costume Director Christine A. Richardson and her staff are working on dozens of period ensembles.

Christopher Mattaliano, Portland Opera’s general director, supervises every the detail of the productions. “I am very excited to begin our new season with a traditional production of a work by one of my favorite composers, Giuseppe Verdi,” says Christopher Mattaliano. “This magnificent score and story are deeply human, and although it was composed 165 years ago, the situations and characters continue to resonate with audiences today.”

Sets and costumes are a big part of the spectacle of the opera experience. 

Romanian soprano Aurelia Florian makes her Portland Opera debut as the tour de force heroine. The famous Italian opera, La Traviata, tells the story of the brilliant and beautiful Parisian courtesan Violetta Valéry and her forbidden love. Haunted by illness, Violetta navigates sexual politics and societal expectations as she endures a broken heart.

Portland Opera will present four performances of La Traviata on November 2, 4 (matinee), 8, and 10 at the Keller Auditorium. Tickets start at $35 and are available, or by calling 503-241-1802.

From 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. The company produces both classic and contemporary opera, which are performed in the Keller Auditorium, Newmark Theatre, and the Gregory K. and Mary Chomenko Hinckley Studio Theatre at the Hampton Opera Center. All performances are sung in the original language with English surtitles projected above the stage.

Portland Opera’s 2018/19 season features Verdi’s La Traviata, Laura Kaminsky’s As One,the annual Big Night concert, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, and Philip Glass’s In the Penal Colony.  The company is also a committed educational partner, touring 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.

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