Oregon Episcopal School Virtual Auction Raises Over $600,000

Oregon Episcopal School Virtual Auction Raises Over $600,000

Portland, OR. For the first time, Oregon Episcopal School (OES) went virtual for its annual auction instead of the traditional in-person event. In the end, through the silent online auction, the live stream, and the paddle raise, the 2020 OES Auction raised over $600,000. Pictured above are Randy Moe, Sara Berglund, Erin Drinkward, Kathleeen Drinkward and (back row) Tammy Moe, Dave Drinkward ‘97, Nancy Martin, and Shreve Woods.

“We are learning so much!” said OES Head of School Mo Copeland, who was part of the live audience for the March 14th virtual event in the school’s state-of-the-art design center. “The ‘150 Virtual Auction’ went off without a glitch.” Oregon Episcopal School parents gathered in small groups at The Sentinel Hotel to watch the school’s live virtual auction via cell phone and computer.

Virtual auction speakers OES Board Chair Dan Drinkward ’95, Chief Financial Officer Gretchen Reed, Head of School Mo Copeland, and Associate Head of School Peter Kraft, share a quiet moment before going live. Auction Consultant Lauren Dully Clark is at right.

Auction Committee Chair Jaime Sales (left), Emcee Peter Buonincontro (center, a theater and performing arts teacher and assistant director of residential life), and Auctioneer Johnna Wells, share a laugh between package offerings.

Board Chair Dan Drinkward ’95, spoke of the school’s resiliency in tough times. “The virus threw us for a bit of a loop, but our committee this year not only planned an unbelievable event but then pivoted a 180 two days ago and came up with what we have tonight which is just blowing the doors off all expectations.”

OES’s state-of-the-art design center was the technical hub for the 34th annual auction.

With a mandate from Governor Kate Brown to limit gatherings of 250 due to coronavirus, OES’s auction planning committee had less than 48 hours to decide whether to cancel the much-anticipated auction entirely or move forward in a new way. In true OES fashion, the committee was open to trying a virtual event, and called in The AV Department to transform a space in the school’s design center into a full-scale broadcast studio.

“The design space became a perfect stage and the development team did an amazing job of using our auction decor to set the feel,” Auction Chair Jaime Sales said. “It was an emotional thing to see when I walked into the finished space.”

Pete Buonincontro, OES theater and performing arts teacher and assistant director of residential life, was a hilarious and uplifting emcee, and Johnna Wells tag teamed as auctioneer. Local artist Scot Crandal played jazz standards on the piano in the background.

Small watch parties were scattered throughout the city, in homes and elsewhere. Some attendees even dressed in the requisite “black-tie” while watching the creative live stream from hotel rooms.

“The overwhelming response was that people loved being in the comfort of their own homes or with small groups of friends to watch and bid,” Sales said. “I received a lot of photos of people with their formal gowns and tuxes . . . and their slippers! It was also fun to see that families, including the kids, could get excited and be a part of it.”

“We’re letting the dust settle in terms of total dollars raised, but whatever the final number, the OES community showed up in a big way,” said Madeline Pruett, director of development.

More information on OES can be found on its website: https://www.oes.edu/



DoveLewis Veterinary Hospital Loans Ventilator to Hospital for Humans in Spokane, Washington

DoveLewis Veterinary Hospital Loans Ventilator to Hospital for Humans in Spokane, Washington

Portland, OR.  With resources in demand at a level surpassing recent memory, medical professionals are looking beyond their usual network for support. DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital has loaned a ventilator to a human hospital in Spokane, Washington, which picked up the machine on Tuesday.

“They’re at capacity and told us that this one ventilator would help many people,” said Dr. Shana O’Marra, DoveLewis’ Chief Medical Officer and board-certified critical care specialist. “Yes, we’re an animal hospital, but we help people, too, and if we can share our resources to help even more people, we will.” In addition to the direct loan to the Washington hospital, the Portland-based nonprofit organization responded to a call from the American College of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care to register surplus equipment with the hopes of bolstering the resources of in-need human hospitals in whatever way it can.

But for a high-traffic hospital like DoveLewis which expects to care for 25,000 patients this year, resource-sharing is a balancing act. The organization is complying with the governor’s executive order to make available any surplus personal protective equipment (PPE), but supplies are diminishing. Hospital leadership has organized an internal response committee to develop practices to prolong PPE supplies and implement social distancing policies that still allow the 24/7 team to care for animals in the throes of an emergency.

O’Marra even made the hospital’s first homemade batch of hand sanitizer and shared the recipe on atdove.org, the hospital’s international distance-learning site for veterinary professionals. “We’re getting creative with the resources that we do have and sharing as much information as possible,” said O’Marra. “It’s a scary time, but I’m proud to see people rally together for the sake of their patients—human and animals, alike.”

From DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital:

DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital, established in 1973 and based in Portland, Oregon, is the only nonprofit, 24-hour emergency and intensive care unit in the region. With over 45 years of service to the community, DoveLewis has treated more than 500,000 animals. DoveLewis also has seven donor-supported community programs that serve animals in need and the animal-loving community. For more information, please visit dovelewis.org.

Nike, Inc. and Company Leaders Will Donate Over $15 Million to Coronavirus Relief Efforts

Nike, Inc. and Company Leaders Will Donate Over $15 Million to Coronavirus Relief Efforts

Portland, OR. The Nike Family is coming out in support of COVID-19 relief efforts including funds for the Oregon Food Bank and Oregon Community Foundation. Nike, Inc. explained the donation in a statement:

In light of the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak impacting our teammates, friends and family, we are coming together to support communities where our employees live and work. Nike’s leaders, the Nike Foundation and Nike are committing more than $15 million to COVID-19 response efforts.

Chairman Emeritus and co-founder Phil Knight and wife Penny; NIKE, Inc. Executive Chairman of the Board Mark Parker and wife Kathy; and NIKE, Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe and wife Eileen, are personally donating a combined $10 million to the following: $1 million to the Oregon Food Bank, $2 million to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund created by the Oregon Community Foundation, and $7 million to Oregon Health & Science University to improve statewide care coordination in Oregon, increase patient access, and ramp up operational readiness for expanded diagnostic testing for COVID-19.

Phil Knight has been involved at OHSU for many years and in 2015 he joined Good Morning America Anchor Robin Roberts and Dr. Brian Druker for an interview.

In addition, the Nike Foundation announced a $1 million donation to the global COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, created by the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, to fund efforts by the World Health Organization and partners to support countries preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Nike Foundation is also doing the following:

  • $1 million to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, formed by the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation
  • $1 million to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund, formed by the Oregon Community Foundation
  • $1 million ($1.1 million) to support the company’s partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The money will be given to the King Baudouin Foundation
  • $250,000 to the Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis, Tennessee, where Nike has a large presence and distribution center
  • $250,000 to the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, formed by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
  • $500,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund, formed by the Boston Foundation

Nike also gave roughly $1.4 million to the China Youth Development Foundation in January to help provide supplies and equipment to frontline workers.

To further support communities where NIKE employees live and work, we will also support a two-to-one match for any donations to support COVID-19 responses locally, nationally and internationally.

Nike closed stores in multiple countries around the world including in the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Customers can continue to shop on Nike.com and on our Nike apps.

Rose Festival Organizers Pivot and Create Online Program for 15 New Princesses

Rose Festival Organizers Pivot and Create Online Program for 15 New Princesses

Portland, OR. The Portland Rose Festival is having to pivot due to the current COVID-19 crisis and some events for the 2020 Rose Festival will be postponed. Organizers are cautiously evaluating conditions and hope to offer some events at the appropriate time. But for court members, their experience will be different than the group enjoyed in 2019.

1st Row: Michelle Le (DD), Mariel Bunnage (PRFF Staff), Doré Young (FHS), Melyssa Okazaki (CC)
2nd Row: Grace Gentner (SMA), Brenda Ortegon Briceño (PHS), Jensen Kailen (ME), Anya Anand (LHS)
3rd Row: Kimberly Huynh (MW), Linda Gunselman (Court Committee Co-Chair), Wren Louis (MHS), Natalie Cetina-Huchin (JHS)
4th Row: Dyllan Newville (RHS), Emma Laboe (WHS), Roserina Chipen (BHS), Carmella Thomas (GHS)
5th Row: Zoey Weesner (CHS)

Festival administrators announced the following about the 2020 festival:

“It has become clear that the proper timing is not our original dates of May 22 through June 7. As Portland’s Official Festival, we will work with city leaders to identify the appropriate timing for the 2020 Rose Festival. Rose Festival has inspired the community for more than a hundred years through many challenging times, and we have learned to evolve our traditions as necessary. We look forward to being part of the healing process after the current crisis has passed.

One major Rose Festival milestone has already occurred: the announcement of the 2020 Rose Festival Court presented by Unitus Community Credit Union. The announcement of princesses was taken online and organizers have shifted to an online model to carry on this tradition. We will continue to follow the decisions of festival organizers and report what the COVID-19 crisis will mean for the 2020 festival.



Portland-Based Footwear Company Offers Free Boots to Workers on the Front Lines During COVID-19 Crisis

Portland-Based Footwear Company Offers Free Boots to Workers on the Front Lines During COVID-19 Crisis

Portland, OR. Footwear manufacturer KEEN has pledged to give out 100,000 pairs of its shoes and boots, “to the workers on the front lines and the families at home fighting through the COVID-19 crisis.” Company leaders released a statement which included this message: “While shoes may not be a priority for some at this moment, making shoes that help people get outside and get the job done is what KEEN does best.  KEEN is working with fans to create a movement based on helping others,” the Portland, Ore.-based manufacturer stated.

Here are the company instructions for the giveaway:

The process is to receive free boots is nomination based, so just provide your email to keenfootwear.cominstructions and a verification code will be sent almost immediately. You’ll enter that code along the nominee’s email address and a personal note (optional). KEEN will then reach out to selected nominees to obtain information including mailing address, shoe size and type of shoe or boot desired.

“The Together We Can Help initiative is fundamentally about enabling people to take positive action and build connection in a time of increasing isolation. We believe allowing people to “pay it forward” by providing someone in their community with a free pair of shoes, will help build connection at a time of great need,” said Erik Burbank, KEEN Global GM Outdoor, Lifestyle, Kids.

Keen Covid Giveaway
The KEEN Utility line is highly regarded for boots that balance ergonomics, comfort and safety, and this is a fast and free way to thank any truck or van driver, warehouse worker, or first responders. Common features include waterproof membranes, no-slip soles and lightweight carbon-fiber toes. Several were highlighted at the first-ever Industrial Wearable Fashion Show held by sister brand Industry Week last year. There are dozens of options to choose from, most named after American cities. Here are a few the company said are ideal for drivers:

Flint II Work Boot

Keen Utility Flint Ii

  • KEEN.ReGEN lightweight midsole for superior underfoot cushioning and shock absorption
  • Slip-resistant EH-rated rubber outsole
  • KEEN.Dry waterproof, breathable membrane
  • Asymmetrical steel and carbon safety toe
  • Antimicrobial lining
  • Models for men and women
  • Sport model also available

KEEN Utility Portland Medium Duty Work Boot

Keen Utility Portland

  • KEEN.BELLOWS FLEX technology that flexes and folds with up to three times less torque than other work boots
  • Feels like wearing a sneaker, but as durable as an industrial workboot
  • Asymmetrical carbon-fiber safety toes
  • Antimicrobial lining
  • KEEN.KonnectFit heel-capture system offers a locked-in, securefit and feel.
  • Abrasion-, oil- and slip-resistant rubber outsole


Artists Repertory Theatre Virtual Gala Raises Over $130,000

Artists Repertory Theatre Virtual Gala Raises Over $130,000

Portland, OR. Just two days before its annual gala, Artists Repertory Theatre (ART) made the difficult decision to cancel its 2020 benefit scheduled for March 14th. The decision was based on Governor Kate Brown’s recommendations to suspend all large gatherings.
The nonprofit theatre company pivoted to a “virtual paddle raise,” and its community of supporters responded: 170+ donors gave more than $130,000 total, or an average gift of $760. Gifts ranged from $10 to $10,000 and also came from ART staff and artists, the broader community that supports theatre and the arts. Administrators expressed their gratitude for this, “amazing” outpouring of support.

It’s good news because Governor Brown’s executive order limiting gatherings of 25 or more people until at least mid-April, has also forced the nonprofit to postponed the final production of its current season. The theatre company will continue to follow developments in the coming weeks before announcing new performance dates.

Indecent by Paula Vogel was the last production staged. It was directed by Josh Hecht, choreographed by Adin Walker

From ART:

We are continuing to conduct business as our staff works remotely; don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions! Our Box Office window at Portland Center Stage has been temporarily closed, but staff can be reached at 503.241.1278 or at [email protected] and will return your call or email within 48 hours. Our administrative staff can be reached by email or phone (a full directory can be found here).

We’ve been hard at work in the past few months securing venues and creating a dynamic line-up of plays for our upcoming 2020/21 season, but we have made the decision to delay the announcement of our next season until there is more clarity as to when public assembly will once again be safe. We appreciate your patience and support as we use this time to stay flexible and responsive.

In response to rapidly shifting recommendations, all in-person classes and public events are postponed until restrictions on public assembly are lifted. If you are enrolled in a class, we will be in contact with you directly. We’re doing our best to move as much as we can to remote/video-conferencing; we hope you’ll partner with us in exploring these new ways to connect and learn together.

Thank you for staying engaged and supportive of Artists Rep. The effects of COVID-19 will be felt across the arts community. While every organization is facing unprecedented challenges, the livelihood of individual artists is at stake with every postponed or canceled performance. If you want to help provide financial assistance to members of the Portland-area theatre community facing a medical or personal emergency, Portland Area Theatre Alliance’s Valentine Fund is a resource; to support independent/freelance artists facing lost income, consider the PDX Artists Relief Fund. If you’d like to show your support directly to Artists Rep, you can do so by the link below our signatures.

All of us here at Artists Rep are grateful for your generous support. We will continue to monitor the ever-evolving situation. As we do so, we look forward to once again sharing stories that matter.

We are also appreciative of Vibrant Table Catering & Events, who manages the venue we were planning to use. While food had already been purchased for the event, VT donated as much as possible to Urban Gleaners, a Portland non-profit that helps connect communities in need with surplus food. It has been moving to witness the many ways businesses and individuals alike are striving to support each other.


Federal Trade Commission Warns Consumers About Coronavirus Charity Scams

Federal Trade Commission Warns Consumers About Coronavirus Charity Scams

Portland, OR. The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers about fake charities trying to capitalize on the generosity of donors. When major health events, like the Coronavirus, happen some thieves use names that sound like real charities to cheat supporters out of their money. Therefore, It pays to research organizations before giving. Money lost to bogus charities means fewer donations to help those in need. The Federal Trade Commission has some advice about nonprofit organizations at this link. It also specifies that you should never buy a gift card or use a wire transfer to donate.

Coronavirus scams social media graphic

The Federal Trade Commission also warned of other scams like the following:

Undelivered goods: Online sellers claim they have in-demand products, like cleaning, household, and health and medical supplies. You place an order, but you never get your shipment. Anyone can set up shop online under almost any name — including scammers.

What to do: Check out the seller by searching online for the person or company’s name, phone number and email address, plus words like “review,” “complaint” or “scam.” If everything checks out, pay by credit card and keep a record of your transaction. If you’re concerned about the pricing of products in your area, contact your state consumer protection officials. For a complete list of state Attorneys General, visit naag.org.

Fake emails, texts and phishing: Scammers use fake emails or texts to get you to share valuable personal information — like account numbers, Social Security numbers, or your login IDs and passwords. They use your information to steal your money, your identity, or both. They also use phishing emails to get access to your computer or network. If you click on a link, they can install ransomware or other programs that can lock you out of your data. Scammers often use familiar company names or pretend to be someone you know. Here’s a real-world example of a scam where phishers pretend to be the World Health Organization (WHO).

A fake email has the logo of the World Health Organization on it. (Sophos Ltd.)

WHO fake email graphic

Other scammers have used real information to infect computers with malware. For example, malicious websites used the real Johns Hopkins University interactive dashboard of Coronavirus infections and deaths to spread password-stealing malware.

What to do: Protect your computer by keeping your software up to date and by using security software, your cell phone by setting software to update automatically, your accounts by using multi-factor authentication, and your data by backing it up.

Robocalls: Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes.

What to do: Hang up. Don’t press any numbers. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.

Misinformation and rumors: Scammers, and sometimes well-meaning people, share information that hasn’t been verified.

What to do: Before you pass on any messages, and certainly before you pay someone or share your personal information, do some fact-checking by contacting trusted sources. For information related to the Coronavirus, visit What the U.S. Government is Doing. There you’ll find links to federal, state and local government agencies.

Here’s a video about how you can report a scam:

To learn more, visit:

Want more information on the latest scams we’re seeing? Sign up for consumer alerts. If you come across any scams or suspicious claims, report them to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

Portland Art Museum Offers Virtual Walk-Through of Mount St. Helens Exhibit

Portland Art Museum Offers Virtual Walk-Through of Mount St. Helens Exhibit

Portland, OR. The Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center are currently closed and staff members are working remotely. Administrators are committed to bringing art and film to supporters and they’re offering links and resources to keep people engaged. There are many free online opportunities for enrichment.

On the Museum’s YouTube channel, there’s a virtual walk-through of “Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art” with curator Dawson Carr.

When the museum is open, the USGS footage below runs on a loop.

Curators also encourage art lovers to start exploring Online Collections.

You can Learn about art conservation, or listen to conversations with guest curators, artist and more.

The Northwest Film Center also has many online options:

The Climb directed by Michael Angelo Covino, United States, 2020 was a Northwest Film Center favorite. 

Available resources for the Film Center include:

There are learning opportunities for homebound kids: Check out the Poster Project, a series of teaching resources featuring 30 artworks from across the Museum’s collection, each including information about the artist as well as activities created by educators.

Stay tuned for more online resources and upcoming programs.

The Portland Art Museum & Northwest Film Center reached out to supporters with this message:

You are some of our most dedicated, engaged, and enthusiastic supporters. We want you to know that your generosity does not go unnoticed and that we are mindful of the impact our closure has on your experience. Many of you have already donated back your admission tickets or renewed your membership. We are extremely grateful to our community as these gifts ensure the longevity and health of the Museum and Film Center during this difficult time.

We also want to reassure members of both the Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center that we will be offering extensions on expiration dates to make sure that you don’t lose any time with us while we are closed. This change will be made electronically so that once we reopen your extension will be reflected at the admissions desk or box office. More details will be communicated soon, but in the meantime, stay safe.

The truth is, arts organizations—and artists—across our city and state need your support now more than ever. With your help, the Museum and Film Center will play a role in our community’s healing and restoration.

Arts Council of Lake Oswego Moves Forward with Outdoor Sculpture Contest

Arts Council of Lake Oswego Moves Forward with Outdoor Sculpture Contest

Lake Oswego, OR. It’s time for the people to speak. The Arts Council of Lake Oswego is marking its 20th anniversary and holding its annual People’s Choice contest to pick a new sculpture for the “Gallery Without Walls.” Four sculptures are on-loan, including “Unrestrained Force” created by Breezy Anderson, pictured above. The sculptures are all are in the running to become a permanent part of the City of Lake Oswego collection.

Voting is open and anyone who lives or works in Lake Oswego can cast a vote. Online voting will end at 5 p.m., May 31st, and mailed ballots must also be postmarked by May 31st. The winner will be announced in early June. In addition, the winning artist and sculpture will be honored at the Gallery Without Walls Celebration held September 12th at the Windward in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego.

You can stroll outside to see the nominated sculptures. Here are the four choices:

#1 Fortress by Vicki Lynn Wilson – made from cement, steel, and stoneware clay. The sculpture is located on A Avenue and 1st Street.

For more information on Vicki Lynn Wilson click here.

#2 Unrestrained Force by Breezy Anderson – constructed of steel. The sculpture is located on Evergreen Road and 2nd Street.

For more information on Breezy Anderson click here.

#3 Know Time by Ben Mefford – created from basalt. The sculpture is located on A Avenue and 4th Street.

For more information on Ben Mefford click here.

#4 Emerald Jade Prayer Wheel by Rick True- fashioned of copper and steel. The sculpture is located on the corner of B Avenue and 2nd Street.

For more information on Rick True click here.

Here’s a link where you can vote online.

From Arts Council of Lake Oswego:

In an effort to further stem the spread of COVID-19, the Arts Council of Lake Oswego encourages the community to vote online this year at http://artscouncillo.org/peoples-choice-2020 or by clicking the VOTE NOW button below! Also, look for paper ballots inserted into the LO Review on April 30th, along with ads that readers are able to cut out and mail in. Plus, ACLO will have paper ballots available at their office located at 520 1st Street, Lake Oswego with a secured ballot box for returns, to comply with social distancing protocols.

Edison High School’s “Brilliance Benefit” Raises Over $325,000

Edison High School’s “Brilliance Benefit” Raises Over $325,000

Portland, OR. Edison High School students, faculty, and staff were joined by 300 guests at The Sentinel on March 7th  for Edison High School’s “Brilliance Benefit.” The more than $325,000 raised will go toward financial aid, technology, and professional development. At the event, longtime Edison supporters, Emily and John Holmes Alex browse the silent auction with Ginny Blosser.

Winner of the Pat Karamanos Award, Mike Arthur (2nd from the left) and his family are joined by Jesuit Principal, Paul Hogan (1st on the left).

New Edison President Mike Schwab thanks event co-chairs, Karin and Terry O’Loughlin.

Edison Board Member Summer Widmer (center in yellow) enjoys the evening with her guests.

Sherry and Robert Millis enjoy their first auction as Edison parents.

Desiree Baldocchi and Kim Jacobson are ready to enjoy the evening.

Here’s a video about Edison:

From Edison:
Edison is the only high school in Oregon and southwest Washington dedicated to students with complex learning differences and currently enrolls 100 students.
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