Partner with Edison Breakfast Raises $190,000 for the Innovative High School

Partner with Edison Breakfast Raises $190,000 for the Innovative High School

Portland, OR.. Edison High School welcomed 390 guests to the Oregon Zoo for its annual Partner with Edison Breakfast. At the event, board member Jim Kilpatrick and his wife, Rose visited with Edison Director Patrick Maguire. Guests heard from junior Jack Holmes and former student Wilson Sherman-Burton about the importance of Edison High School.  Past parent, Anne Stein-Gray, shared her “Edison Story” about the positive impact the school has had on her family. The benefit on November 3rd generated over $190,000 to help support financial aid, technology, and professional development at the school. Edison, the only high school in Oregon and southwest Washington dedicated to students with learning differences. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus Photography)

Jade Dickey-Griffith ‘21, Shannon Quandee ’18, Kathleen Quandee, and Susan & Bill Rehm

Magdalen Livesey, alumnus speaker Wilson Sherman-Burton and one of Wilson’s favorite Edison teachers, Colin Livesey

Proud parent John Holmes and son, student speaker Jack Holmes

Jill Petty, Elizabeth Dove, past parent speaker Anne Stein-Gray
and Sharon Brown Lamberton

Mark Zaugra, Karen Asbury, and Teri Ikeda

From Edison High School:

    “Some kids have learning differences. All kids have dreams.”

Welcome to Edison High School, the only high school in Oregon and Southwest Washington dedicated to serving students with complex learning differences. Our work here is powerful and profound: helping every student reach his or her full potential.

As a small, private school, Edison High School offers an individualized curriculum that meets each student’s special needs, and maximizes the ability to learn. We also provide the emotional support that builds confidence and maturity. By empowering students with learning differences to experience academic success and personal growth, Edison does more than prepare teens for the future. We change lives.

Windermere Stellar’s Evening in Havana Raises $190,000 for Low-Income Children and Families

Windermere Stellar’s Evening in Havana Raises $190,000 for Low-Income Children and Families

Portland, OR. Windermere Stellar hosted its fifth annual Children’s Justice Center Gala Auction and the benefit raised $190,000 for Children’s Justice Center, which works to serve current victims of child abuse. With the theme of “An Evening in Havana,” real estate brokers, clients, business leaders and affiliates got into the Cuban spirit and joined in on a fun-filled evening on November 14th that included Mystery Boxes, entertainment, and a silent and live auction. Gerry Dowdy Latshaw; The Designated Broker for Windermere Stellar’s Vancouver Metro office, Gerry Dowdy Latshaw, spearheads the annual Gala Auction. (Photo credit, Shelly Fry Photography)

The event was held in Vancouver, Wash. 

“I am so proud to experience this event’s five-year evolution. It’s a direct result of Windermere Stellar’s committed real estate brokers and staff and I am grateful to call them my colleagues,” said Gerry Dowdy Latshaw, Designated Broker of Windermere Stellar’s Vancouver Metro office and the event’s spearheading force. “Working alongside organizations like the Children’s Justice Center is how we as community ambassadors can better serve those who need our help the most.”

Over the past five years, Windermere Stellar’s Vancouver branches have donated $671,300 to the Children’s Justice Center, an organization dedicated to providing aid to current victims of child abuse.

Windermere Stellar plays an integral role in its local community. Beyond acting as a necessary liaison between the community and housing, Windermere Stellar extends its ties through the Windermere Foundation. Since 1989, the Windermere Foundation has been determined to provide services and funding for low-income children and families, donating nearly $3 million to over 159 local organizations.

About Windermere Stellar:

Windermere Stellar is made up of two branch offices from Windermere Realty Trust which has offices in Portland, Vancouver, Lake Oswego, West Linn and the north Oregon coast. The company’s full-time real estate experts have the local knowledge, collaborative network and dedication to successfully guide buyers and sellers through complex real estate transactions. Brokers donate a portion of their commission from every transaction to the Windermere Foundation, which supports low-income children and families. To date, over $3.25 million has been donated to 164 local organizations local organizations through the local chapter of the Windermere Foundation.


Windermere Stellar and Windermere Realty Trust are part of the Windermere Real Estate network which is the largest regional real estate company in the U.S. with over 300 offices and 6,500 agents in 10 states throughout the Western U.S. and Mexico. Last year, Windermere closed over 85,000 home sales for more than $33.2 billion in volume. The Windermere family has a proud heritage of serving our neighbors via the Windermere Foundation which funds services for low-income and homeless families. Since 1989, the Windermere Foundation has contributed more than $33 million towards improving lives in the communities where we live and work. For more information, visit

High-Energy Levé Charity Ball on December 2nd Will Benefit Girls Inc.

High-Energy Levé Charity Ball on December 2nd Will Benefit Girls Inc.

Sponsored – Portland, OR.  Every December, Levé, an all-women nonprofit, hosts its annual Charity Ball—a year-end, high-energy party for a purpose. This year the 14th Annual Charity Ball will be at Castaway Portland on Saturday, December 2nd and will benefit Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest. Portland Society Page readers will get $5 off by using discount code ‘SOCIETY’ on the Charity Ball ticket page, so click here to sign up now and attend the hip benefit for just $40!

More than 800 event-goers were in attendance for Levé’s Ninth Annual Charity Ball. All proceeds benefit “I Have a Dream” Oregon.

You can expect scenes like this one from a previous ball when more than 800 event-goers were in attendance for Levé’s Ninth Annual Charity Ball. That year, all proceeds benefited “I Have a Dream” Oregon.

This year, along with a DJ, silent auction, and wine wall, the event will be emceed by Stumptown’s favorite drag queen, Poison Waters.

Earlier this year, Levé members volunteered at the Girls Inc. “Rappel for Her” fundraiser. There is a clear synergy with the Levé and Girls Inc partnership. Girls Inc. works to inspire school-aged girls to be strong, smart and bold, while Levé prides itself on women supporting women.

Levé, which comes from the french word “to lift,” has a unique partnership model that exposes habitual attendees to a wide scope of Portland’s thriving nonprofit community.  After a competitive application and interview process, Levé selects only one of the many worthy nonprofits for the ladies to lift and support throughout the year. Previous partners include Bradley Angle, New Avenues for Youth, and Children’s Cancer Association.

Again, this year the 14th Annual Charity Ball will at Castaway Portland on Saturday, December 2nd  and Portland Society Page readers will get $5 off by using discount code ‘SOCIETY’ on the Charity Ball ticket page, so click here to sign up now and attend the benefit for just $40!


Check out all the fun from previous years:

Levé board president, Megan Dobson (second from right), sells flair at the Ball. She joined by committee member Abby Lee (far right), marketing & communication chair Natasha Dagg (center) and two event guests.

At a previous ball, then Levé board president, Megan Dobson sells items from a basket.

Levé board member Anne Lawrence, Levé president Kiernan Doherty and Levé vice president Megan Dobson pose right before doors opened for the 8th Annual Charity Ball on Dec. 3 at the Wonder Ballroom.

2011 Levé board member Anne Lawrence, Levé president Kiernan Doherty and Levé vice president Megan Dobson pose right before doors opened for the 8th Annual Charity Ball at the Wonder Ballroom.

the Levé board, committee and advisory members pose for a shot before the Ball begins last Saturday. They are close to reaching their $50,000 goal.

the Levé board, committee and advisory members pose for a shot before the Ball begins.

From Levé:
Through our diverse and growing nonprofit network, we continually enlighten ourselves and supporters about Portland’s most vulnerable and strive to give them a voice through volunteering, activism, and fundraising. We’re a bit unconventional. We believe standing for something is contagious and that giving back is fun. That’s why we take a different approach to philanthropy. By selecting and lifting up a new nonprofit each year, we create long-term relationships between our supporters and partners based on shared values and passions. We are also able to share a cause that is relevant and accessible, tailored to each year.In addition to raising immediate and unrestricted funds for our annual partners through our signature event, we seek to build long-term support by exposing a new demographic to the organization and its mission. Our hope is that they will then become lifelong supporters, helping the organizations expand their donor base and build their next generation of supporters, advocates and volunteers. Each year since our inception, Levé’s cash contributions, volunteerism and activism have grown. In total, we’ve infused nearly half a million dollars into the local nonprofit community thanks to our awesome network of supporters! By selecting a different type of nonprofit each year, our hope is that if one doesn’t resonate one year, the next year’s nonprofit’s mission will, and that our event-goers continue to support that nonprofit with time and resources well into the future. Essentially, Levé’s goal is to help nonprofit organizations widen their footprint in the community and expand their donor base, providing a platform for which to publicize the essential work.
Our credo is to do more good. Levé was born of the belief that anyone can make a difference. In fact, we know that the impact of a lot of smaller donations is often more effective than a few large ones. That’s because when we do something for someone else, that good energy ripples out; it’s contagious. It’s literally science. When we build charitable habits, we are better citizens, colleagues, parents and friends—and we inspire others to be too. And thus is the magic of the ripple effect. We consume over 10 hours of media every day. It can be difficult to cull through it all to determine what matters. That’s why we take our responsibility as (unofficial) community advisers so seriously at Levé. Since 2004, our volunteer board of young professional women has vetted hundreds of applications from local nonprofits, narrowing it down to one annual partner each year. Our unique process connects our supporters with diverse causes and trusted organizations each year, concluding with an unconventional fundraiser that is designed to teach our peers what it means to give back. Levé membership has also evolved into a “training ground” for young philanthropists. Comprised of some of Portland’s most driven and gracious women, Levé provides an opportunity to cultivate not only nonprofit endeavors, but also significant professional and personal growth. It’s not uncommon for members to get new jobs, learn new skills, or even change careers entirely based on a connection they make. Perhaps best of all, is the sisterhood and friendship we share. Together, our goal is to inspire and mobilize the next generation of givers in Portland and beyond.

Community Recognition


  • 2012: Willamette Valley Development Officers (WVDO ) – Crystal Award recipient
  • 2012: March of Dimes – White Rose Honor
  • 2011: Girls Inc., Power of the Purse Purse-o-nality
  • 2010: Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Awards, Outstanding Volunteer Program
  • 2010: Bank of America, Local Hero Award – awarded to board member Megan Dobson for activating her middle school students to get involved in Philanthropy using Levé’s model of giving back.

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Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare HEART Reception To Feature Artists and Storytellers

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare HEART Reception To Feature Artists and Storytellers

Sponsored Portland, OR. On Wednesday, November 29th, a circle of artists, storytellers, and supporters will gather at the Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare HEART Reception to address issues of health, healing, and hope and how they impact women’s lives. The reception at The Evergreen PDX, at 618 SE Alder St., in Portland is from 6:00pm-8:00pm. You can learn more about it at

Tickets are $40/each. Organizers are asking supporters to purchase tickets and kindly RSVP by November 22. If you have questions, email [email protected] or call 503.927.0630. Valet parking will be provided.

Artist who will be featured at the Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare HEART Reception include the following:

Jamila Clarke- photography

Maya Vivas- ceramic

Leslie Vigeant- painting

Jo Lundberg- painting

 Leslie Dorcus- printmaking

The Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare HEART Reception is just one of the activities drawing people to the organization. The nonprofit is also celebrating a successful round of fundraising at its inaugural Gala: Bridging a Culture of Caring and already planning for the next year’s Gala which will take place on April 5th, 2018 at Peter Corvallis Productions Warehouse.

Event organizers for the 2017 gala thanked their supporters saying, “With our heartfelt gratitude, we thank our 360 Gala guests whose generosity made it possible to set an exceptional record for our inaugural Gala – raising nearly $300,000. We are grateful for our sponsors, donors, guests, volunteers, and our community partners for joining us in our goal to open the new Garlington Health & Wellness Center in spring 2018. Our Gala featured an incredible circle of Portland community members, supporters, volunteers, caregivers, artists and musicians who collectively Bridge a Culture of Caring throughout Portland. Thank you for creating a remarkable evening in support of mental health care, wellness and affordable housing for all!”

Arvie Smith was honored at the 2017 Gala: Bridging a Culture of Caring.

Mrs. Yvonne Garlington, Jr.

And also coming up:

Cascadia capital campaign donors, prospective supporters and community members sign up for a:

Hard Hat Construction Preview Tour of the Garlington Campus
4pm to 5pm Thursdays at the Garlington Campus…

2017: November 16, 30; December 7, 14
2018: January 11, 18, 25; February 8, 15, 22 or March 1

Tours begin promptly at 4pm.
Wear closed-toe shoes.

Tours are limited in size, kindly RSVP early to: [email protected]

Community Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration of the Garlington Campus is scheduled for May 4, 2018.

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is a private, not-for-profit whose mission is to provide healing, homes and hope for people living with mental health and addiction challenges. For information on Cascadia’s comprehensive range of innovative clinical and housing support programs.

As of April 1, 2017, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) and part of a national two-year demonstration project to measure the benefits of expanding the integration of mental, substance use and physical health care. Cascadia’s three CCBHC clinics in Portland will expand this federal designation of services and serve as models for an innovative approach to mental health that treats each patient holistically, leading to improved mental and physical health, lower catastrophic care costs, and reduced stigma surrounding mental health and substance use. This project places Oregon in the national spotlight for health care reform. Oregon was one of just eight states chosen to participate in the two-year program, and Cascadia is one of only 13 organizations selected statewide.

Artistic Director Chris Coleman Leaving Portland Center Stage to Head for Denver

Artistic Director Chris Coleman Leaving Portland Center Stage to Head for Denver

Portland, OR. Ted Austin, board chair for Portland Center Stage at The Armory, announced that Artistic Director Chris Coleman will depart The Armory at the end of the current 2017 – 2018 season to become artistic director of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ (DCPA) Theatre Company.  The official announcement was made on November 14th. (Coleman is pictured earlier this fall at the opening night party for “Fun Home” with his husband Rodney Hicks.)

“Chris Coleman’s impact on Portland Center Stage at The Armory for the past 17 years has been transformational,” said Board Chair Ted Austin. “Under his leadership, the theater has grown from a locally respected company producing six plays a year in a rented facility, to a nationally recognized leader in the field, producing eleven plays annually in two theaters in our beautiful home, The Armory. Audiences have more than doubled in size, and our budget has grown from $3 million to more than $10 million. It is no surprise that other theaters would see him as a strong candidate to bring new strength to their company, but it is still with a heavy heart that we wish him the best in his new adventure.”

“It has been the honor of my life to lead Portland Center Stage at The Armory for the past 17 (and a half) years, and one of the hardest parts of this decision was knowing that I would be leaving a city, a company, colleagues and friends that I have come to cherish deeply,” said Coleman.

Mary Boyle, immediate past board chair of the theater, noted that “the national reputation of Portland Center Stage at The Armory can be directly linked to the great work and advocacy of Chris Coleman in his 17 years as artistic director at this great Oregon institution.”

Coleman was the second artistic director at Portland Center Stage, following the company’s evolution to a theater independent from its founding organization, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He came to Portland from Atlanta, where he was the founding artistic director of Actors’ Express Theater. At the time he moved to Portland, Portland Center Stage produced primarily a mix of classic plays and established contemporary pieces. In the years since, Portland Center Stage at The Armory has expanded its repertoire to include both classic and new musicals; numerous world premieres; adaptations of classic and contemporary novels; and experimental fare. In addition, since the move to its new home at The Armory, Portland Center Stage has gained a national reputation in the field for its work in community engagement, serving more than 30,000 people through community programs on top of the more than 125,000 annually who attend the plays.

“We are fortunate that Chris will be with us through the rest of the season, as the board and staff craft a vision and carry out a search for our next artistic leader. He has two more projects to direct this season (Astoria: Part One and Part Two and Major Barbara), several more to produce, and will lead the company through the rest of this season,” noted Austin. “We look forward to spending time with him over the next few months and celebrating with him the continued success of Portland Center Stage at The Armory.”


Portland Center Stage at The Armory is the largest theater company in Portland and among the top 20 regional theaters in the country. Established in 1988 as a branch of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the company became independent in 1994 and has been under the leadership of Artistic Director Chris Coleman since 2000. Around 160,000 visitors attend The Armory annually to enjoy a mix of classical, contemporary and world premiere productions, along with a variety of high quality education and community programs. 11 productions are offered each season, in addition to roughly 400 community events created — in partnership with 170+ local organizations and individuals — to serve the diverse populations in the city. As part of its dedication to new play development, the company has produced 21 world premieres and presents an annual new works festival, JAW: A Playwrights Festival. Home to two theaters, The Armory was the first building on the National Register of Historic Places, and the first performing arts venue, to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.


The Dougy Center’s Portraits of Courage Inspire Grieving Children

The Dougy Center’s Portraits of Courage Inspire Grieving Children

Portland, OR. The Portraits of Courage fall luncheon at the Sentinel Hotel set a record for the Dougy Center, raising over $98,000 for grieving children and families served by the nonprofit. Dougy Center participant, Amy de Guzman, told supporters about the challenging journey she has been on with her young son since the death of her husband. The purpose of the event was to highlight The Dougy Center’s grief support group program, community trainings and interventions which the nonprofit provides locally, nationally and internationally. (Photo credit, Ilona LaRue Photography)

Betsy Maust, Diana Mitchell and event co-chair Mimi Mello enjoy time together at the Portraits of Courage Fall Luncheon

Bidder paddles raised high as event emcee, Jeff Gianola, KOIN 6 News anchor, starts the paddle raise.\\

The Dougy Center has supported grieving children worldwide for over 35 years, and have provided grief support to over 40,000 grieving children, teens, young adults, and their family members. The Dougy Center does not charge a fee for services nor does it receive government funding or insurance reimbursements. 

From The Dougy Center:

The mission of The Dougy Center is to provide support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. Through our Pathways Program we provide a safe place for families facing an advanced serious illness.

The Dougy Center, the first center in the United States to provide peer support groups for grieving children, was founded in 1982. A courageous boy named Dougy Turno died of an inoperable brain tumor at the age of 13. In the two months prior to his death, he was a patient at Oregon Health Sciences University, where Beverly Chappell, at the request of Swiss psychiatrist and pioneer in the field of death, dying and bereavement, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, supported Dougy and his family during his treatment. Bev quickly observed Dougy’s ability to bond with other teens facing serious medical issues, how he intuitively knew he was dying, and how he helped other kids talk about their fears. After his death, Bev envisioned a place where children, teens, and their parents coping with the death of a family member, could share their experience with others who understood, who didn’t tell them to “get over it” or judge how they chose to grieve. The first grief support groups met in Bev’s home and has grown from that grassroots effort to become a sought after resource for children and families who are grieving. It is still the only year-round child-centered program offering peer support groups to grieving families in our community.

Today, The Dougy Center serves around 500 children and their 350 adult family members each month. Our 68 open-ended peer support groups meet every other week and are divided by age, type of death (illness, sudden death, murder, suicide) and who died (parent, sibling). Concurrent adult support groups meet at the same time for the caregiver of the child or teen who is attending group. Since our founding, The Dougy Center has served 40,000 children, teens and their families and has received national and international acclaim for our pioneering peer support model for helping children cope with the death of a family member.

We provide educational materials about children and grief and training opportunities to local and national agencies in need of our expertise. We are widely known for our groundbreaking grief support group model, and our expertise has spread nationally and internationally. Around the world, The Dougy Center’s pioneering model has been replicated through our trainings and the trainings of programs we’ve trained. We now estimate that there are over 500 organizations worldwide that are using our peer support group model and credit the Center with their founding.

The Dougy Center relies on the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations. We receive no government funding and are supported entirely by private donations and professional training fees. We never charge families for our services.

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