Rockaway Beach, OR. Rules for this race include, “no running alongside, throwing treats or toys, or creating a trail of bacon bits!” It was the 15th Annual Firecracker Wiener Nationals in Rockaway Beach. Organizers say the July 4th event drew more people and raised more donations for the Tillamook Animal Shelter than in previous years. Held in Sea View City Park, the races featured 8 heats and over 50 wiener dogs running their little legs down the course. One participant named Stella, seen above was cheered on at the starting gate by volunteer, Isabel Klein.
Chad Carter and Eli Newell organize and emcee the races. They say, “Our first priority is fun, and our other first priority is raising money for a good cause.”
The dachshund, also known as the wiener dog, is a short-legged, long-bodied, hound-type dog breed. The dog may be smooth-haired, wire-haired, or long-haired. Registration for each dog was a suggested $5 donation.
Rules include: Dogs may be tossed at the starting line, but they must touch the course at least once before the finish line. No “full court” dog tossing.
A long-haired dachshund named Moe was the big winner of the 2022 race.
Here’s more information about the races:
It’s simple. You just have to show up at the races from Noon to 1pm and Register your dog at the Registration Tent.
Please help us get started on time by registering as close to Noon as you can.
After that, your dog will be assigned a heat in our tournament. Then it’s up to your dog’s giant heart and his tiny little legs.
We’ll keep racing until one dog is crowned the Firecracker Grand Champion.
There is a suggested donation of $5 for race registration.
We don’t do a tournament for non-wieners. But bring your drag basset or nitro-powered labrador to compete in one of our “All Dog” races. It’s just for fun, but the sight of a dozen yorkies barelling toward the finish line is its own reward.
Other than that, the process is the same. Register at the Registration Tent on the day of the event. Registration is open from Noon to 1pm.
There is a suggested donation of $5 for race registration.
Our first priority is fun, and our other first priority is raising money for a good cause. But a sense of fair play goes a long way toward everyone having a great afternoon. With that in mind, we just have a few simple rules.
Don’t ruin anyone else’s fun.
Nothing on or over the course except the dogs themselves.That means no running alongside, throwing treats or toys, or creating a trail of bacon bits.
If it looks like a dachshund, it’s a dachshund.If your dog looks like a short german shepherd or a dachshund with a pug face, we will gladly register you in the all-breed race. That being said, please let us pet your dachshund with a pug face.
Dogs may be tossed at the starting line, but they must touch the course at least once before the finish line.No “full court” dog tossing.
When in doubt, talk to us.If something happens that makes the event less than fun, tell the emcees as soon as possible. We’ll try our best to make it right.
DID YOU MISS OUT ON GETTING YOUR FIRECRACKER WIENER NATIONAL GEAR THIS YEAR?
Great News! We’re now selling merchandise year-round. And as always, all profits go to the TIllamook Animal Shelter and help support their vital work.
West Linn, OR. The skies over Tumwater Vineyard cleared in time for party-goers celebrating Home Builders Foundation’s 25th Anniversary. The Building Hope Gala and Auction presented by California Closets on June 11th drew an enthusiastic crowd of over 300 people. During its first 25 years, Home Builders Foundation (HBF) of Metro Portland has worked with more than 30 organizations to build or improve more than 70 facilities. The facilities serve some of the most vulnerable people in our community, such as shelters for domestic violence and sex trafficking survivors, and tiny home villages for veterans.
HBF Executive Director Brenda Ketah honors the foundation’s founder Rudy Kadlub
In all, the HBF Building Hope Gala and Auction raised close to $400,000. This first fully in-person event since the pandemic is one of the top three in HBF history.
The crowd was first treated to a video origin story of Home Builders Foundation, featuring Founder Rudy Kadlub. He reflected “the ability to give back, not just with money but expertise and hands-on work is a wonderful feeling. I am so proud of the home builders here in the Portland Metro region.” Home Builders Foundation began in 1997 as the nonprofit arm of the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland. Over the years, HBF has focused on encouraging employment in home building, and building shelter for the houseless as a national affiliate of HomeAid America.
Attendees enjoy the in-person benefit.
The guests walk to the large auction tent featuring 25th Anniversary theme colors of silver, white, and Tiffany blue.
Bidding for auction items was fast and furious. The highlight of the evening was the auction of a basket of products made in the USA, collected by the leadership of the Home Builders Foundation. Bidding for the basket was announced as a tribute to the late HBF board member Mike Harn, of Anlon Construction. Harn was a local builder, family man, and an Army veteran who passed away after a long battle with cancer earlier this year. The basket to honor a treasured member of the HBF generated $29,000 for HBF’s projects. Former HBF Board Chair Morley was astounded saying “I’ve been to 20+ HBF auctions and never witnessed that kind of a moment honoring Mike Harn.”
Another tribute came with a video to show the St. Johns Village of tiny homes, one of HBF’s projects for the past few years. Operator Do Good Multnomah’s Chris Aiosa credits Home Builders Foundation for helping their vision for the Village come to life. “We were able to build housing like we wanted to build housing. There wasn’t any red tape or bureaucracy. It was just building housing with dignity.” In all, the HBF Building Hope Gala and Auction raised close to $400,000. This first fully in-person event since the pandemic is one of the top three in HBF history. At a time when housing is needed more than ever, the gala proceeds will help HBF begin its next 25 years in a strong position to make an impact.
From Home Builders Foundation:
During its first 25 years, HBF of Metro Portland has worked with more than 30 organizations to build or improve more than 70 facilities. The facilities serve some of the most vulnerable people in our community, such as shelters for domestic violence and sex trafficking survivors, and tiny home villages for veterans. HBF asks members of the home-building community to donate their time and materials to help service providers with their shelter projects.
Portland, OR. Portland’s new Amaterra Winery was the setting for a new nonprofit called SetPath. The organization offers free life-planning and mentoring services to young adults. At its launch party on June 1st, about 50 local leaders sipped wine and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres. SetPath founder Daniel Harkavy and Chief Hope Officer PaulHogan shared their vision for SetPath, which is already serving dozens of local young adults, aged 18 to 28. Above, PaulHogan, Kalpana Lubrano, Octavio Lubrano, Khalid Maxie (new Principal of Jesuit High) enjoy event. (Photo credit, Amy White, Khalid Maxie, Paul Hogan and Dylan Harkavy)
SetPath founder Daniel Harkavy describes the origin story of SetPath while host Werner Nistler looks on
Leslie Ganz exhorts the guests at Amaterra to support SetPath’s mission as she and her husband Mark have done.
The event was hosted by Amaterra owners Werner and Colleen Nistler along with Leslie and Mark Ganz (former Cambia CEO), the gathering was organized to create support for SetPath’s mission, which is to guide young adults to discover purpose, hope, and direction through life-planning and mentorship, free of charge.
Amaterra is located at 8150 SW Swede Hill Drive Portland, OR 97225
Amaterra uses a process that utilizes bridge cranes to allow one elevation drop to act as a multiple-level gravity-flow winemaking facility.
At the event, area philanthropists listened while the nonprofit’s leaders outlined the urgent need for SetPath’s services.
According to the nonprofit, the pandemic has taken a toll on young adults, for whom few programs exist as they move into the “defining decade” of their 20s.
Current statistics include:
• 30% of 25-to-29-year-olds live at home with their parents, delaying marriage, parenthood, and home ownership at record rates due to “crushing student debt, a runaway housing market, and the pandemic” (Fortune, 3.25.22).
• In July of 2021, 48% of young adults in the US reported struggling with serious mental health issues. • 1 million fewer students attend college in the US in 2022 than in 2020, the largest decrease in 50 years. Average college debt per student borrower: $33K.
• Inflation rose to 8.4% in spring, 2022, the highest in 40 years, making the dream of home ownership and many other daily expenses out of reach for young people.
• Over 1/3 of young adults admit to binge drinking in the past month; 40% used an illicit substance in the past year. In counterpoint to these alarming statistics, the evening at Amaterra was filled with friendship, joy, and tremendous hope, as guests saw the potential for SetPath to help young adults navigate the challenges of “adulting” on a massive scale.
Guests offered many affirmative comments and asked questions about the expansive scope of SetPath’s vision, budget, and impact so far. All present agreed that this mission, are ready to meet this moment of urgent need with creativity, structure, discipline, and hope. The gorgeous views and scintillating conversation marked what will be remembered as a historic moment of launch for another Portland nonprofit that aims to impact young lives for the better—in Portland, across the US, and someday soon, across the globe, in the inspiring tradition of the Dougy Center, Friends of the Children, the Children’s Cancer Association, and more.
Portland, OR. Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington have donated more than 30,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies for distribution to homebound seniors through Meals on Wheels People, more than doubling their total donation in 2021. On May 24th, local Girl Scouts visited the Meals on Wheels People Central Kitchen in Southwest Portland to assist with the large cookie delivery, and help pack meal deliveries for recipients, including boxes of Lemon-Ups Girl Scout Cookies in each delivery.
Girl Scout Selling Cookies During the Annual Sale Period
“We are so grateful for the generosity of the Girl Scouts organization,” said Suzanne Washington, Chief Executive Officer at Meals on Wheels People. “Donations like this inspire us; we believe it showcases the idea that people of any age can make a difference in their community. This donation allows us to provide homebound older adults in our community with some of their favorite treats, such as Thin Mints and Samoas—and it considerably reduces our costs for providing desserts with our meals, freeing up funds that we can reinvest into other critical programs.”
During the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program, customers can opt to donate their purchased cookies through the Girl Scout Gift of Caring program.
More than 57,000 boxes of cookies donated through the Digital Cookie platform are distributed to older adults and people in need throughout the region via several partnerships with social service agencies, including Meals on Wheels People.
“We’re delighted to present this Girl Scout Cookie donation on behalf of the Girl Scouts who worked hard to collect them and the generous customers who donated them,” said Shannon Evers, Chief Executive Officer at Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. “Girls learn so much by participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program—from goal setting to money management—and with the Gift of Caring program, they also learn first-hand the power of working together with others to give back to their community. It’s heart-warming to think about the joy these cookies will bring to local seniors, and our girls are truly proud of their part in that.”
Esther (Essie) Kiblinger, a 12-year-old troop member with the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington shared a heartwarming interaction with a customer this year: “When I called [a customer] to ask if she wanted to purchase cookies, she said she didn’t want to buy any cookies for herself, but when I told her about the option to donate cookies to Meals on Wheels People, she felt really passionate about the cause and decided to purchase $200 worth of cookies to donate to Meals on Wheels People. It made me really happy to know she wanted to support such a great organization, and I loved hearing her story.”
About Meals on Wheels People: Meals on Wheels People has been changing lives, one meal at a time, since 1970. We provide more than a meal to thousands of older adults in the greater Portland metro area. Our service not only alleviates hunger and social isolation but allows seniors to live independently with dignity in their own homes. Aging in place reduces depression, falls, and hospitalization as well as the high cost of institutional care. For more information, visit mowp.org.
About the Girl Scout Cookie Program: A little more than a century ago, girls began participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program. To learn more about the history of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, visit girlscoutcookies.org.
About Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington: In partnership with more than 6,800 adult members, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington prepares more than 11,500 girls in grades K-12 for a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. GSOSW’s programs in civic engagement, financial literacy, the outdoors, and STEM serve girls in 35 counties in Oregon, and Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties in Southwest Washington. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information or to join Girl Scouts today, visit girlscoutsosw.org.
Portland, OR. The Junior League of Portland celebrated women leaders at its Annual Luncheon at the Portland Golf Club after 2 years of being canceled due to the pandemic. The nonprofit organization gathered generations of women leaders to honor the significant achievements of honorees; Jillian De Garmo 2022, Julie Branford 2020 and Kaycee Wiita 2021. Above, Judy Jorgensen, Sustainer Representative & Board Member, Jillian De Garmo, 2022 Sustainer of the Year, and Alex Johnson, 2022 Junior League President pose for a photo during the May 19th, luncheon.
The Junior League of Portland, Oregon is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Julie Branford, 2020 Sustainer of the Year, and Alex Johnson, 2022 Junior League President
Award winner for 2020, Julie Branford has been with the Junior League since 1977. Julie Branford is a trailblazer and has been pushing the envelope. As a working professional during her time as an active, when most women in the League did not pursue work outside of the home, she successfully challenged the Junior League of Seattle’s rule that members were required to move to Sustainer status when they turned 40. Outside the League, she has received numerous accolades for her service to several community organizations. One of Julie’s main volunteer activities includes being a Past President and board member of the BRAINet (Brain Research Awareness and Information Network), a community outreach group for the neuroscience department at OHSU. She has sat on the Board of Trustees for Willamette University for 13 years, earning the title of Life Trustee Emeritus. Her board experience includes being Alumni Association President for two years, the Alumni Association President for Cleveland High School, and receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award Committee Chair award for her outstanding service and commitment. Julie has also held several leadership positions with the Multnomah Athletic Club, including Membership Committee and Human Resources Committee for the Board, the Communities Committee, and House Committee. She was President of the Canyon Creek Homeowners Association for four years and has sat on the Governance Committee for Nordic Northwest. Recently Julie has been involved with the ARCS Foundation (Advancing Science in America). Oregon Chapter and is their current President.
Kaycee Wiita, 2021 Sustainer of the Year and Alex Johnson, 2022 Junior League President
Award winner for 2021, Kaycee Wiita has been a dedicated member of the Junior League since 1988. She has served on numerous committees within both the Junior League of Orange County and Portland. She has served as the JLP President from 2003-2004 as well as Treasurer and the Nominating Chair. She has also taken on leadership roles as the At-Large Director and Area VI Director for the Association of Junior Leagues International. Kaycee served on the board of directors of the Association of Junior Leagues International (New York, NY) where she served on the Linkage and the Advancement Committees. As one of her peers stated; “She has been an outstanding member of the community doing exceptional volunteer work to benefit immeasurable numbers of people. She has always been willing to step forward to lend her exceptional skills and talents.
Jillian De Garmo, Judy Jorgensen, Kaycee Wiita, Julie Branford and Alex Johnson
A few of the honorable mentions regarding the leadership attributes of the honorees: Award winner for 2022, Jillian De Garmo has been a dedicated member of the Junior League of Portland, having served as the President in 2002-03, a Chair of the Sustainer Engagement Committee in 2017-2018, and the Sustainer Representative to the Board from 2019-2021. As one of Jill’s many nominators stated, “For over 20 years Jill’s wisdom and continuity have been instrumental in moving JLP forward to be a viable and modern organization that trains women to be leaders in the community while addressing pressing community needs.”
From Junior League of Portland:
A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT
Since our founding in 1910, the members of the Junior League of Portland have been developing programs and partnering with organizations in the area to improve our community. Our mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Junior League is a women’s organization for leadership and volunteerism. It is a place to find like-minded women who value making a positive difference in the community, serving their community, and developing their leadership skills.
Junior League of Portland is the fourth oldest League in the Association of Junior Leagues International and the first on the west coast. Through our 110 years, several of Portland’s nonprofit programs and agencies that have improved the well-being of women, children, and families in the Portland community can attribute their roots to the Junior League of Portland. Some of our accomplishments are programs and services such as Kids on the Block, establishing Race for the Cure in Portland, and launching the “Between the Lines” program.
Our members are passionately committed to our community and are accomplished leaders who have used their Junior League training to develop programs, serve on nonprofit boards, serve in public office, and enhance their leadership skills related to their professional work.
Our current focus is Ending the Cycle of Violence Against Women and Children. We regularly review our focus to be sure we are helping to close the gap on unmet or underserved needs in our community. We are in the process of a full assessment of our Portland community to be sure we are active in serving the current needs of our community.
The Junior League of Portland welcomes all women who work to make a difference in their community through volunteering and activism. If impacting your community in a positive way and developing or refining your leadership skills while having fun with remarkable women interests you, the Junior League of Portland may be the volunteer organization for you!
The work of the Junior League of Portland could not be accomplished without the support of our partner organizations, generous donors, passionate advocates, and friends. Thank you for choosing to support the Junior League of Portland and joining us as we continue to improve our wonderful community.
Portland, OR. Neighborhood House hosted its 3rd annual ‘Welcome Home Hour of Hope’ Fundraiser on May 19th. This virtual event brought over 200 guests and sponsors together to support the organization’s essential anti-poverty, equity-promoting services. Hosted by KOIN’s Ken Boddie, the event raised $170,000. Neighborhood House was proud to share stories on the power of care, highlighting the parents, staff, and community leaders who support the organization’s parenting education and afterschool programs. Above, KOIN News Anchor Ken Boddie, Neighborhood House Executive Director Chris Chiacchierini, and Neighborhood House Board Member Meredith Bureau work behind the scenes at the virtual fundraiser. (Photo credit, Ellen Field)
The organization also announced the start of its Growing Our Village Capital Campaign. This campaign aims to raise funds to support the purchase and renovation of a new, improved space for Neighborhood House’s Food Pantry and Aging Services programs. Those interested in learning more about this innovative project can visit www.nhpdx.org.
A still from a video story on Neighborhood House’s afterschool programs for working families.
From Neighborhood House:
Bringing Neighbors Together
Neighborhood House brings neighbors together to reduce hunger and homelessness and to educate both young and old, strengthening our community by providing resources to support self-reliance, economic independence, and dignity in people of all ages and backgrounds.
We Believe in Our Core
Neighborhood House is committed to offering innovative and high-quality education, anti-poverty and senior support services. Our core strengths are:
Client-focused services: Every neighbor’s different. We reach people where they are to effectively facilitate change.
Connection: We are connected to our neighbors. When we help people in need, our entire community is strengthened.
Results: Our programs make a measurable difference in the lives of our clients and in the community.
Providing Support to Overcome Everyday Challenges
Neighborhood House believes that with the right support system, anyone can overcome serious challenges in their everyday lives. As the leading Portland-area non-profit social service provider, we deliver innovative, life-changing programs for low-income people of all ages and backgrounds.
Our programs strive to prepare children for success in school and life, help families move beyond poverty, and support seniors who wish to continue living independently.
Our dedicated team serves over 8,000 low-income children, families, and seniors each year across the greater Portland area, representing a diverse mix of ethnicities and cultures, including recent immigrants from Latin America, Africa, Russia, and the Middle East.
Portland, OR. William Temple House welcomed over 200 guests at its Style & Sustainability for Social Good Luncheon. The event featured thrift store shopping tips from local “Style Activist” Judith Rizzio and a fashion show demonstrating high-quality sustainable style. Guests learned more about the nonprofit’s food pantry, counseling, thrift store, and social services at the April 19th benefit. It raised $131,700 to support the essential services provided by William Temple House. Above Thrift Store employee Damon Smythe models fashions from the William Temple House Thrift Store, as presenter Judith Rizzio explains the ensemble. (Photo credit, Alejandro Rosas – William Temple House)
Thrift Store employee Zuzu Owle modeling fashions from the William Temple House Thrift Store
Thrift Store employee Zuzu Owle modeling fashions from the William Temple House Thrift Store
Guests watching presenter Judith Rizzio, Style Activist, at the Style & Sustainability for Social Good luncheon
From William Temple House:
William Temple House provides food, counseling, clothing, and household items to Portland-area neighbors to strengthen our community. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization—Federal Tax ID 93-0559964.
Beaverton, OR. The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts (“The Reser”) announces its inaugural 2022-23 Reser Presents season, which includes an eclectic international mix of artists and performances. Pink Martini featuring China Forbes and Storm Large will open the season on September 16, 17, 18 in the intimate 550-seat Mainstage Theater.
This season, The Reser continues to be a vibrant cultural hub in the heart of Beaverton, Oregon. Season highlights include performances by Pink Martini, DakhaBrakha, Amythyst Kiah, Gina Chavez, The Heart of Afghanistan, Mark O’Connor, and many more…
The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts is the first performing arts center of its kind to be built in the Portland-metro area in more than 30 years.
DakhaBrakha (2 performances) September 30 & October 1, 2022 International Guitar Night February 2, 2023
Edna Vazquez February 3, 2023
Seffarine April 21, 2022
Heart of Afghanistan May 20, 2023
Osvaldo Golijov’s Falling Out of Time November 1, 2022
Caroline Shaw & So Percussion November 11, 2022 Joe Kye & The Givers May 19, 2023 Intersections is a new Reser Presents series of genre-defying artists and attractions
Roots Music Amythyst Kiah October 5, 2022
Watkins Family Hour November 13, 2022
Ron Artis and Thunderstorm Artis December 8, 2022
Gina Chavez March 11, 2023
Jazzy Ash & Red Yarn October 8, 2022
Smith and Yarn February 25, 2023 Cenicienta: A Bilingual Cinderella Story March 4, 2023
Kalani Pe’a’s Hawaiian Christmas December 2, 2022 Mark O’Connor’s Appalachian Christmas December 23, 2022
This wide-ranging season includes cutting-edge music, theater, and film by award-winning artists and emerging talent working across a broad range of disciplines.
“In The Reser’s inaugural season, we are excited to build on the success of this spring’s Grand Opening, and welcome these ‘must see’ artists to Beaverton. This season’s programming truly embodies our mission: to be a place where audiences can discover new favorites, build community, and leave inspired,” said Chris Ayzoukian, Executive Director of The Reser. “It has been exciting to watch thousands of our community members awestruck by the quality of this new gathering place and its programming. We see people connecting around joyous arts and culture experiences, all right here in Central Beaverton.”
The Reser Presents Inaugural 2022-23 Season schedule includes:
For further details, continue to check The Reser’s website: thereser.org.
In addition to Reser Presents, The Reser is thrilled to host many performances and presentations by arts and culture organizations from across the Metro area. Performances by visiting presenters will be announced on a rolling basis and can be found here: thereser.org/shows-and-events.
The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts (“The Reser”) unites artists, enthusiasts, individuals, and communities, linking each with a sense of shared purpose and a touch of the sublime. The Reser is the cultural heart of a flourishing community centered in Beaverton, OR. It continuously enhances the cultural life of the region, bringing people together in a space that’s warm and welcoming, and where the art we present invites discovery, wonder, and flights of imagination. The Reser eliminates barriers and thrives on access, shared experience, and open hearts. The Reser honors the cultures and customs of its diverse community and, using the awesome power of the arts, creates opportunities for deeper understanding and authentic connections between people. For more information, please visit: https://thereser.org/.
We believe in the inherent magnificence of the arts and their extraordinary impact on everyday life. The mission of Patricia Reser Center for the Arts is to foster joy, imagination, connection, and understanding in our diverse community by presenting artistic, cultural, educational, and entertainment opportunities for all.
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts unites us as artists, enthusiasts, individuals, and communities, linking us all with a sense of shared purpose and a touch of the sublime. The Reser is the cultural heart of a flourishing community centered in Beaverton, Oregon. It continuously enhances the cultural life of our region, bringing people together in a space that’s warm and welcoming, and where the art we present invites discovery, wonder, and flights of imagination. This place eliminates barriers and thrives on access, shared experience, and open hearts. The Reser honors the cultures and customs of its diverse community and, using the awesome power of the arts, creates opportunities for deeper understanding and authentic connections between people.
COMMITMENTS TO THE COMMUNITY
We will present artistic, cultural, educational, and entertainment experiences of quality and relevance, performances and exhibitions that reflect the diverse interests and passions of the people we serve. We will present national and international artists and attractions; provide a performance home for regional arts organizations; promote the interests of artists; engage and develop new audiences; encourage participation in the arts; create opportunities for arts education; enhance the reputation of Beaverton as a regional destination; and strive always to be a genuine and indispensable contributor to the quality of life in our community. We will seek to counter privilege with equity and access and engage thoughtfully with the cultural aspirations of our entire community.
We will keep these commitments with a level of integrity, care, professionalism, and prudent management that honors the City of Beaverton for its extraordinary support and earns The Reser widespread recognition for the excellence of its programs and services.
Portland, OR. More than 350 people attended the annual Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s (OMSI) Gala on May 7th to support OMSI’s efforts to spread science education across the Pacific Northwest. David Lucas and Mike Richardson, seen above, enjoyed the cocktail reception, sponsored by Alliant Insurance. The gala, which took place inside OMSI’s historic Turbine Hall, grossed over $1.1 million through sponsorships, ticket sales, and an auction. This year’s gala, titled ‘Renaissance,’ commemorates a revival of in-person opportunities to gather, learn, and celebrate science, and connects to OMSI’s featured exhibit, The World of Leonardo da Vinci. (Photo credit, KLiK Concepts)
OMSI Emeritus Board Chair Gary Maffei, Dan Stueber, OMSI President Emeritus Nancy Stueber, and Marc Lintner reconnect during the cocktail hour.
“The need for science literacy has reached new peaks and urgency over the past few years,” said Erin Graham, President and CEO of OMSI. “OMSI has a unique role in our community to bring people together in imagining and creating a better future. All of the money raised at the gala will support OMSI in continuing the exciting, hopeful work we do to ignite a passion for discovery in people of all ages.”
Rick Nagore and Tracy Curtis prepare for an evening of fun to support science education.
OMSI and KLiK Concepts created a photo lounge in the theme of Renaissance for guests to enjoy, courtesy of KETURI Investments.
OMSI President and CEO Erin Graham, and Gala Emcee Galen Ettlin celebrate the more than $1.1M raised through the event.
Founded in 1944 by a group of volunteers, OMSI was built by the community for the community and has provided innovative and high-quality science learning experiences for more than 75 years. The gala celebrates the notion that everyone can be a successful science learner, and that is why funds raised through this event are used to uplift OMSI’s multitude of programs and make them more accessible for kids and kids-at-heart across the region and from diverse communities.
Presenting Sponsors of the gala were Vernier Software & Technology, the Jon V. Jaqua and Kimberly B. Cooper Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, and The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation/Jordan Schnitzer. Attendees were treated to fine food and cocktails provided by ChefStable, a performance by Reyna Tropical, one of NPR’s up-and-coming artists, and a heart-warming story of OMSI’s impact through a partnership with Witch Hazel Elementary School, the largest Title I School in Hillsboro. Eleven live auction packages were also sold, from local experiences to international travel.
“After two years of virtual galas the excitement to be back in person was palpable,” said Love Centerwall, Vice President of Development at OMSI. “OMSI is a privately funded nonprofit and OMSI members and donors have a huge impact on our ability to deliver accessible science education at the museum, across Oregon, and throughout the region. Our community has faced many challenges; we were all excited about coming together in support of OMSI’s ambitious, optimistic, and inclusive vision for the future.”
Anyone can get involved and assist OMSI in its ongoing efforts to extend science learning across Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.omsi.edu/donate or send an email to [email protected] for more information.
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.
Portland, OR. Jesuit High School‘s 54th annual Auction on May 7th had a Casino Night theme. Close to 600 guests, including parents, alumni, past parents, and friends of Jesuit, enjoyed the school’s first in-person Auction since 2019. Casino Night was a community-building event and raised over $1.1 million for students and school programs. Pictured above are auction chairs Lee Davies and Lori Davies are pictured with Jesuit President Tom Arndorfer (center). Photo credit, Andrea Lonas Photography.
Jay McGrain ’96, Colleen Thomas who won a Jeep through the Casino Night Auction Raffle, and Mike McGrain ’01.
Casino Night Auction Raffle Winners included: 2021 Jeep: Colleen Thomas, Diamond Earrings: Megan & Paul Cameron, Tanzanite and Diamond Necklace: Kelli Shuster, Raffle sponsors were NW Jeep and the McGrain Family, Malka Diamonds and Jewelry, and in-kind sponsors Larry & Co., Larry Packouz & Jennifer Drake.
The benefit was held on the Jesuit campus at 9000 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. The dinner and auction were held in the Knight Gym.
Most guests stayed for casino games after the auction. (The casino games were for entertainment purposes only. Real money is never exchanged at the tables.)
Jesuit High School, located in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 1956 by the Society of Jesus and is part of a 450-year Jesuit educational tradition. Jesuit High School is a non-profit, coeducational college-preparatory school for grades 9-12 that serves students of all religious faiths.
Jesuit’s curriculum is founded in the educational philosophy of Jesuit founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and takes a holistic view of adolescent education, which includes nurturing the spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual, and aesthetic gifts each student brings to campus. Jesuit hopes to accomplish this development by demonstrating a personal concern for individuals, an articulate wisdom, enthusiasm, and a sense of community. In so doing, we hope to graduate leaders who are committed to serve God and their fellow men and women through a profound sense of justice founded in love, i.e. leaders who are “men and women for others.”
The operation of Jesuit High School is overseen by a Board of Trustees. The board ensures and provides the spiritual tone and direction of the school, consistent with the purposes and traditions of Roman Catholic and Jesuit education. The board also monitors Jesuit High School’s business affairs.
Jesuit High School is fully accreditated by AdvancEd.
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