Portland, OR. De La Salle North Catholic’s 16th annual Changing Destinies Luncheon was held on April 22nd. The virtual luncheon raised funds for the school’s financial aid program; it supports 92% of the students who attend. The event raised $323,600. The fundraiser is important because one goal for De La Salle North Catholic is that no student be turned because of an inability to pay.
Guests were treated to a virtual tour of the school, hosted by Owen O’Brien, DLSNC Class of 2018.
Here’s a link to the video:
The virtual program included a greeting from school President Oscar Leong and Joseph McIntosh (DLSNC Class of 2022) explained the unique Corporate Work-Study education. A’Chy’Gei Motley, a graduating senior, spoke about exciting college plans. Other seniors highlighted the school’s diverse and inclusive community.
Leaders also shared a sneak peek of the new campus currently under construction and offered an invitation for guests to join them in their new gym next year. The new campus will open this coming fall and Owen and James Broadous, Vice Principal of Student Life, were excited to show the construction progress with guests.
Organizers thanks the generous event sponsors their support, including Wieden + Kennedy, the Mike & Joan Concannon, the Clark Foundation, Coast Products, Guardian Real Estate Services, Deloitte, OnPoint Community Credit Union, Reliable Credit Association, Swagelok, SSOE, and Walsh Construction. In addition, the school is very thankful for the support from its matching gift sponsors Mary & Tim Boyle, Cyndy & Ed Maletis, and Barb & Steve Spence.
Seattle, WA. Bill and Melinda Gates have announced that they are ending their twenty-seven-year marriage but will continue to serve as co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives,” the couple tweeted from their respective Twitter accounts on Monday. The foundation has given grants to many Oregon nonprofits including OHSU, local high schools, OMSI and many more.
In 2010, Bill and Melinda Gates join Warren Buffett to create the Giving Pledge, an effort to encourage America’s wealthiest families to donate the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes and charities. By 2020, the Giving Pledge includes more than 200 of the world’s wealthiest individuals, couples, and families across 23 countries.
“Bill and Melinda will remain co-chairs and trustees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” the foundation said in a statement. “No changes to their roles or the organization are planned. They will continue to work together to shape and approve foundation strategies, advocate for the foundation’s issues, and set the organization’s overall direction.” Established in 2000, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is today the world’s largest private foundation, with an endowment of $49.8 billion as of the end of 2019 and an annual grant-making budget of approximately $5 billion.
Married in 1994, Bill and Melinda Gates quickly set about giving to nonprofits. They launched the Gates Library Foundation in 1997.
Building on the belief that the power of personal computing can provide a link to knowledge and productivity for everyone, Bill and Melinda launch the Gates Library Foundation to help all U.S. public libraries offer free internet access. The Gates Library Foundation later became the Gates Learning Foundation which morphed into the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2010, the couple, together with Warren Buffett — who pledged in 2006 to give the lion’s share of his fortune to the Gates Foundation — created the Giving Pledge, a campaign to persuade billionaires to publicly commit to giving the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.
In 2015, Melinda Gates launched Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company focused on advancing gender equity, while Bill Gates has had his own investment vehicle, Gates Ventures, since 2008.
The petition for dissolution of marriage filed by Melinda Gates and posted by Yahoo! Finance shows that while the couple did not have a prenuptial agreement when they married in 1994, they do have a separation agreement that sets forth how their possessions, assets, and/or business interests will be divided. The 2021 Forbes World’s Billionaire’s List estimates Bill Gates’s net worth at $133 billion. Bill Gates transferred nearly $2.4 billion worth of stock to Melinda on the day they announced their divorce. According to the New York Times, Melinda Gates is likely to set up a new foundation or directly support the causes she supports if receives a portion of her husband’s Microsoft holdings. MacKenzie Scott, who received shares of Amazon stock worth $36 billion in her divorce from Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, has given nearly $6 billion to philanthropic causes since 2019.
“The Gates Foundation is the most important and influential philanthropic entity in the world today,” Rob Reich, a professor of political science at Stanford University, told the Times. “The divorce may have huge repercussions for the foundation and for its work across the globe.”
Portland, OR. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Hope Reigns’ and organizers are encouraging local businesses to decorate their buildings and storefronts. It’s the second year with modified activities. In 2020 some aspects of the festival were similar to the past, like the crowning of Queen Anya Anand seen above, but organizers explain, “Oregon isn’t quite ready yet for big outdoor events, and the health and safety of our community is still our top priority. The Rose Festival has been here for more than a century despite many challenges and will be here when Oregon is ready for big outdoor events again as we start down the runway to the traditional Rose Festival in 2022.”
Click here for a link to a festival website event list. Programming like the Court and Porch Parade will continue this May & June 2021. This year, with Portland businesses hit especially hard from the pandemic and social unrest, the Festival is reaching back to the time when all of Portland turned out with Rose Festival-themed floral decorations. Businesses are once again being encouraged to decorate a front door, window or even building face. The Portland Rose Festival will produce an online map with the locations, so the public can walk, bike, or drive around, and share in the celebration.
The Rose Festival Porch Parade celebration runs from May 31 through June 13, 2021. (Registration is now open at this website on the Porch Parade page.) The Rose Festival Porch Parade celebration runs from May 31 through June 13, 2021. (Registration is now open at this website on the Porch Parade page.)
The Rose Festival’s Parading in Place concept wasn’t only popular in Portland, festivals across the country picked up the idea in: San Antonio, Detroit, New Orleans, Mobile, Alabama, and Washington D.C. to name just a few.
Themes for the 2021 Rose Festival Porch Parade honoring the Rose Festival’s three traditional parades include The Grand Floral, the Starlight, and the Junior parades. Porch designers are encouraged to pull out their seasonal Christmas lights and create a multi-themed concept with a Grand Floral Parade or Junior Parade in daylight hours, and a Starlight Parade theme by night. Porch Parade designers are not limited to Rose Festival themes and are encouraged to create their own family-friendly fun ideas to share with the greater Festival community.
In 2020, the Porch Parade encouraged people to decorate outside their homes.
Last year, dignitaries formed a procession to tour selected homes.
From The Rose Festival:
The Portland Rose Festival Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves families and individuals with programs and events that promote the arts, education and volunteerism. We value environmental responsibility, diversity, patriotism and our historic & floral heritage.
Portland, OR. The Puparazzi Photo Contest raised funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Fans submitted photos and supporters voted by donating money which went to the nonprofit; it was $1/vote. The winning photo entry for the K-9 Buddies category was Nessa. She had the photo above snapped during her first day on the job with Hannah and Emma. This is the eighth year of the contest and its most successful yet with nearly $40,000 raised.
Winners of the Guide Dog Puppies category, littermates Molly, Marv, and Madras, at their favorite restaurant.
Winner of the Working GDB Guide Dog category, Jagger, is pictured with his handler Tony. He and Jagger are enjoying some gorgeous spring flowers.
Waffle and Cabot were the GDB Breeder Dog category winners! They are pictured here relaxing on a nice day by the water.
The winners of the GDB Career Change Dogs category, Jamar and Jambo, are pictured striking a pose in the garden.
This year, the contest raised nearly $40,000 as the participants campaigned to raise money by rallying their friends and family to vote for their photo. An impressive 233 photos were submitted. The winners from the five GDB organizational categories have a chance of being featured in the 2021-2022 Guide Dogs for the Blind calendar, which will be distributed to over 100,000 households in the US and Canada.
This photo contest is one of the major fundraisers for the nonprofit, and provides a creative and interactive platform to donate funds to a life-changing cause. Guide Dogs for the Blind does not receive any government funding and depends on the generous support of its community and donors.
From Guide Dogs for the Blind:
Interested in supporting and learning about Guide Dogs for the Blind? GDB has another upcoming fundraising event that is open to the public and is free: It’s annual Canine Heroes Gala. The gala will be virtual this year, so attendees have the opportunity to experience cute puppies in training, meet dashing guide dogs, and hear from some amazing GDB clients, all from the comfort of your own home. There will also be a puppy delivery! Join GDB for the event on Sunday, June 6th at 5pm PT. Read more about this fundraising event at https://www.guidedogs.com/events/canine-heroes-gala.
Portland, OR. On June 20th, 2021, it’s the summer solstice and the day with the most light. Many Portland metro residents will join advocates across the world to participate in The Longest Day® to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice. This year, Rachel Martin, owner of Arthur Murray Dance Studio locations in Salem and Wilsonville, is hosting a dancing fundraiser for The Longest Day. When a friend at an Arthur Murray studio in California started hosting fundraisers for The Longest Day five years ago and encouraged other studios to follow suit, Rachel jumped on the opportunity. Each year around the summer solstice, Rachel offers heavily discounted dance lessons with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association. Together, they will use their creativity and passion to raise critical funds and awareness to advance Alzheimer’s Association® care, support, and research programs. The event coincides with Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month® in June. Look for other volunteers out seeking donations.
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, Longest Day participants can support the event “virtually” through “at-home” and “social-distance” activities – biking, hiking, playing bridge, knitting, and more – to shine a light on the more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and the more than 11 million family members and friends providing care and support.
“We are thrilled to have so many supportive local teams participating in The Longest Day,” said Stephanie Foster, The Longest Day event manager, Alzheimer’s Association Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter. “Together, the strength of our light will outshine the darkness of Alzheimer’s.”
Key facts about Alzheimer’s include:
● Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
● More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and more than 11 million family and friends are providing care and support.
● In Oregon alone, there are more than 69,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and more than 155,000 family members and friends caring for them.
Visit alz.org/thelongestday for more information and to register.
About the Alzheimer’s Association® The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia®. For more information, visit alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.
Portland, OR. Over 150 guests tuned in to support Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp‘s second annual virtual gala and online auction. It raised over $156,000. Art Edwards was the host of the event. Over the course of the hour-long event on April 21st, guests watched videos and heard personal stories of how Camp has impacted and changed their lives.
Each year, MHKC offers 8 weeks of Main Camp, where campers enjoy a one-to-one camper-counselor ratio with the option for outgroup adventures, including Trip & Travel, Tent & Travel, and Lakeside Camp where campers pitch tents on Trillium Lake, paddle canoes, go whitewater rafting and more. June brings the opportunity for new campers to experience MHKC through Family Camp, while experienced campers can come back to Camp in the snow through two weekend winter retreats.
Executive Director Dave McDonald addressed supporters during the online event.
The show ended with a tribute to long-time supporter and professor emeritus, Ann Fullerton who was instrumental in creating and growing the long-standing Portland State University/MHKC capstone program. To see a recording of this event, please go to www.mhkc.org/gala.
June brings the opportunity for new campers to experience MHKC through Family Camp, while experienced campers can come back to Camp in the snow through two-weekend winter retreats.
Here’s a video about the camp:
There are few places where individuals with disabilities can spend a week joyfully focusing on their abilities. For over 85 years, Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp (MHKC) has offered incredible outdoor recreational programming for campers with developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities at its fully accessible 22-acre campsite in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
On any given summer day, our campers are catching fish, conquering their fear on the adventure course and zipline, splashing at the pool, riding a horse for the first time, whitewater rafting, paddling a canoe on Trillium Lake, and dancing the night away at campfire. Wheelchair-accessible trails and innovations such as adaptive saddles, harnesses, and bicycles make the traditional camp experience available to all. Camp doesn’t just offer outdoor activities, it offers a chance for people with disabilities to make new friends and build community in a friendly, non-judgmental environment where they can feel empowered and included.
Portland, OR. St. Mary’s Academy challenged supporters to dream big at its 33rd annual auction and they responded, raising $851,000 for the all-girls, Catholic, college-prep high school. Hayden Thomas, Tom Fink, Greg Bell, Greg Meyer posed for a photo at the virtual event on April 17th. This year’s four auction co-chairs were all St. Mary’s Academy dads. In addition to Bell, the co-chairs included Tom Fink, past parent to three St. Mary’s alumnae: Amy ’95, Jeani ’97, and Molly ’99 and current member of the St. Mary’s Board of Directors; Greg Meyer, parent to current student Avery ’24; and Hayden Thomas, past parent to Claire ’04 and Lauren ’07 and current Board member.
Guests from across the country joined the live, webcast event for an hour and a half of entertainment, testimonials, and bidding on auction packages, including a 10-day trip to Molokai, Hawaii, a sailing experience on America’s Cup yacht in San Diego, and a private dinner for 8 at Cellar Z at Zupan’s Market.
The webcast event was co-hosted by Cathy Marshall, Managing Editor and former news anchor for KGW News channel 8 and Greg Bell, longtime Oregonian, author, motivational speaker, and father to Sofia ‘23, a current St. Mary’s student.
During the live event, current students shared how St. Mary’s has dared them to dream. Liana, class of 2023 shared, “St. Mary’s dares me to dream by challenging me to be my best self.”
Sophia, class of 2022, shared, “St. Mary’s dares me to dream by inspiring me to pursue my passions and giving me the resources to grow into a responsible leader.”
Rose, class of 2023, shared, “St. Mary’s dares me to dream by teaching me to be a decisive, strong young woman.”
Emily Niedermeyer Becker ’86, Vice President for Development, shared her thoughts following this year’s event. “We couldn’t be more thankful to our community of supporters who stepped up in ways unimagined to support the young women of St. Mary’s Academy. In the midst of an incredibly challenging year for our city, our country, and our world, they confirmed their commitment and belief in the power of an all-girls education. We are thrilled to be able to continue making St. Mary’s Academy accessible for any young woman, regardless of their financial situation, and are so proud to be graduating the future women leaders of tomorrow.”
Thomas shares his inspiration for being involved in this year’s event. “St. Mary’s has a long history of excellence, and I am always proud to say my daughters went to school there. What I admire most about SMA is the focus on the growth and development of young women. St. Mary’s is an institution that serves its mission so well and has done so from the very beginning. Annually, the auction is one of St. Mary’s signature events. It is not only a critical fundraiser but a joyful celebration of the SMA community, and I feel privileged to be involved in this year’s event.”
The live event was preceded by a week-long silent auction with over 250 packages available for bidding. Additionally, St. Mary’s again held its much-anticipated raffles for both a 2020 Range Rover Evoque S and a $5,000 travel gift certificate. Participants could also purchase tickets for a “Golden Ticket”, allowing the winner to select their choice of any of the live auction packages. This year’s Golden Ticket winner was Marcy Moore Forman ’67 and she selected an Italian Dinner for 8 with wine pairings in a location of her choosing. Upon learning she held the winning ticket, she exclaimed, “Wow, that is so great! Now I have to figure out how to whittle down my guest list!” Forman is a St. Mary’s Academy alumna, and her granddaughter will be joining St. Mary’s as a freshman in the fall.
Here’s a video about the school:
About St. Mary’s Academy:
Mission Statement: St. Mary’s Academy, sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary since 1859, is a Catholic high school for young women, providing a challenging college-preparatory education in a vibrant learning environment. Guided by the values and charism of the Sisters, St. Mary’s fosters a diverse community, educates the whole person by nurturing spirituality, encouraging creativity, promoting justice, and inspiring a sense of global interdependence to prepare students for service and leadership.
Portland, OR. Students are still working online, but almost 25,000 community members tuned in to Portland Community College Foundation’s fundraiser, Tomorrow Together. PCC broadcasted this event on KOIN (Channel 6) and online at pcc.edu/tomorrowtogether. The Foundation exceeded its fundraising goal, raising $318,000 (and counting!) for student scholarships.
Ebony Frison is a student who says PCC feels like home.
Portland Community College Foundation envisioned a more equitable tomorrow alongside the community during Tomorrow Together. The one-hour program was filled with inspiring stories, high-energy Punjabi dancing and the most adorable farm animals.
Those who tuned in on April 10th, heard from PCC students and alumni, as well as hometown favorites such as The Honorable Margaret Carter, musician Thomas Lauderdale, author Mitchell S. Jackson, singer Julianne Johnson-Weiss and more. Well-known Portland philanthropist Anne Naito-Campbell donated $50,000 towards PCC student success. The event was presented by Comcast.
This annual fundraising event supports scholarships for PCC students, including scholarships for those coming from traditionally underserved communities, first-generation college students and students of color. PCC Foundation Interim Executive Director, Christina Kline said, “This spring, we had a record number of students apply for scholarships. We are eager to continue to help our students pursue their dreams of education and a brighter future.”
To watch or rewatch the event, visit pcc.edu/tomorrowtogether.
From Portland Community College:
As the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, PCC serves over 60,000 full-time and part-time students. We offer high-quality education and opportunities for our students, which in turn contributes to the vibrancy of Portland’s economic community.
We aim to educate a skilled workforce, prepare students to successfully transfer to four-year schools, enrich the community through lifelong learning, build a greener workforce and shrink our carbon footprint, and be a sound financial steward of public dollars.
Four comprehensive campuses, eight centers and dozens of independent locations throughout the community offer courses and provide student services. Online Learning gives students the ability to take classes off campus.
Four comprehensive campuses, eight centers and dozens of independent locations throughout the community offer courses and provide student services. Online Learning gives students the ability to take classes off campus.
Portland, OR. The “Chair Affair 2021” was a virtual affair to celebrate the fact that Community Warehouse has been serving under-furnished neighbors for the past 20 years. Dale Johannes and Anna Kurnizki, Community Warehouse’s Interim Executive Director, were hosts for the event.
The event featured inspiring stories from people whose houses have been transformed into homes. The event on March 10th raised $262,311 which will be used to connect essential furnishings to neighbors in need throughout the region. Many staff and volunteers helped make the event happen.
Partners like the Jami LeBaron from ROSE Community Development describe the respect and dignity that under-furnished neighbors find. “I’ve helped a single mother of three come in and furnish her home. We came to this location [Community Warehouse in Tualatin] and shopped around. For her, I think that it absolutely filled her with joy to bring home beds, and bring home a couch, and it made a huge difference for her.”
Roz Babener is the founder of Community Warehouse. She highlighted the growth of Community Warehouse over the past 20 years. “We opened our doors in 2001. The first location that we had was just some big garage doors in a storage unit area, and we’ve grown from there.”
Former Client Megan Renee was a Community Warehouse furniture recipient. Megan and her daughters enjoy dinner at the table with lively conversation. “Every night we sit at the table and we have dinner and we talk about our day. It’s important to me that I give them that foundation to build from.”
Megan and her daughters relaxing together on their couch.
Enthusiasm for Community Warehouse’s mission was focused on the essential service that Community Warehouse provides. Testimonials included a mother’s story of resilience despite the challenges caused by disruptions from COVID-19.
Anna Kurnizki, Interim Executive Director explained, “Our mission of giving and receiving invites and inspires everyone to give back. Even during the pandemic, when each of us is in some way struggling, everyone is stepping up – with love for each other.”
As the only furniture bank in the tri-county region, Community Warehouse provides the necessary support for housing stability. After being deemed an essential service during the shutdown, Community Warehouse remained open to provide fundamental items to families throughout the region. Items such as beds and pots and pans enabled families to shelter in place safely.
Our clients receive essential items critically important for a safe and healthy home, such as a bed to sleep on and tables to eat meals at. These basic items are paramount in ensuring and maintaining housing stability. As a former client explained: “My goals were getting an apartment and providing for my daughter financially, getting on my feet and off of assistance. Furniture was a huge financial burden, so that helped me get the stability to achieve my goals.” Community Warehouse has been sustainably serving the most vulnerable members of the community for 20 years, growing from a grassroots drive to help refugee families from the former Soviet Union to an established 501c3 nonprofit working with 250+ referring agencies to serve 60 families per week. In 2020 alone, CW provided essential furnishings to over 2,800 people, including 900 children under 18. Our clients include people transitioning from homelessness, domestic violence survivors, refugees and immigrants, veterans, and many other individuals and families recovering from crises. 67% of our clients are people of color and 70% are female-headed households.
You can help, too! Drop off your donations of new or gently-used furniture and household items at one of the Warehouse locations in NE Portland and Tualatin. Visit Community Warehouse’s website to learn about most-needed items and donation guidelines: www.communitywarehouse.org.
Portland, OR. College Possible Oregon held a private event at a unique location called the Kann Winter Village. Guests dined in private yurts and in the process raised $26,000. College Possible Oregon is a nonprofit working to make college admission and success possible for students from low-income backgrounds through coaching and support.
Portland chef and James Beard nominee Gregory Gourdet is the mastermind behind the Kann Winter Village. He presented slow-cooked, family-style staples from his native Haiti. The event celebrated the cuisine of Haiti, the world’s first black-led republic. (Portland Chef Gregory Gourdet is pictured above on the left with College Possible Executive Director Emielle Nischik and Jon Loomis, CFO of Baseballism)
College Possible student alumna Herico speaks at Kann Winter Village event, held on April 18th,
The evening began at 4 p.m. with a brief, socially distanced program about College Possible. Guests were escorted into their private yurts to enjoy the multiple-course dinner and drinks.
On other nights, a Kann Winter Village dinners were offered as a perk of being an American Express cardholder. 13 restaurants nationwide, served patrons in winter pop-ups. The Portland yurts were outside of The Redd which is at 831 SE Salmon Street.
The Kann Winter Village is closing up for the season on April 25th
The name Kann (“cane” in Haitian Creole) pays homage to the memory of merchants parading the streets — barrels overflowing with sugarcane — calling out to the delight of anyone who wanted a taste of the sweet, crunchy, freshly-harvested snack.
Only 28% of Oregon students from low-income backgrounds participate in college. We’re working to increase that number. College Possible Oregon was started in 2012 and began serving students the following year. We have gone from serving 130 students in our first year to over 1,500 currently. Ninety percent of our students are the first in their family to attend college and 69% identity as students of color.
Through the generous support of our volunteers, community partners, individuals, foundations and businesses, College Possible will continue to help more students achieve their dream of college graduation.
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