Jesuit High School’s 51st Annual Auction Raises Over $1 Million

Jesuit High School’s 51st Annual Auction Raises Over $1 Million

Portland, OR. Over 600 guests including current parents, alumni, past parents and friends enjoyed a festive evening at Jesuit High School’s 51st Annual Auction: Jazz Night in New Orleans. The Knight Center was transformed into a jazz club with music, Creole cuisine and colorful décor. Auction Chair Katherine Kreutzer, Major Program Director Anne Robinson, JHS President Tom Arndorfer, Auction Co-Chair Mary Murphy celebrated at the festive evening on May 4th. This year’s auction exceeded expectations with over $1,045,000 raised.

Past JHS President John Gladstone welcomes longtime Jesuit supporters Sally Fallow, Rose Kilpatrick and Jim Kilpatrick to campus.

Guests enjoyed Creole cuisine from Pearl Catering and mini King Cakes from Nola Doughnuts during the Auction dinner.

Current Jesuit parents Yufen Steen and Lori Davies had fun bidding on unique items during the silent auction portion of the evening.

Guests look at the one-of-a-kind custom golf cart up for bid during the super silent auction.

Administrators thanked the auction chairs, volunteers and supporters for helping with the single largest yearly fundraising event at Jesuit High School.

A special appeal focused on the need to continue to grow the general endowment to provide deserving students with financial aid and other educational opportunities. A record $425,000 was raised during the special appeal highlighting seniors receiving assistance and their gratitude for a Jesuit education. Jesuit thanked he Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation for a Challenge Gift of $50,000 which was matched by 50 $1,000 donors.

From Jesuit High School:

We are tremendously grateful for the generous support of our Presenting Sponsors: Clearview MRI, R.H. Parker United Foundation and Touchmark and Colleen and Werner Nistler.

Congratulations to our Auction Raffle winners: Desiree Baldocchi – Tuition for One Year, Julie Gorman – Jeep Renegade Latitude 4×4, and Brian Trebbien ’02 – Dazzling Diamond Earrings!

Jesuit High School is the only Jesuit secondary school in the state of Oregon and was established in 1956 by the Society of Jesus. We are a Catholic, college-preparatory, coeducational school for students grade 9 through 12 that provides a comprehensive, transformative education.

Save the date for next year’s Auction on May 2, 2020.

Guide Dogs for the Blind Annual Caps and Tails Benefit Raises $225,000

Guide Dogs for the Blind Annual Caps and Tails Benefit Raises $225,000

Portland, OR. Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) held its annual fundraising luncheon event, Caps and Tails, on June 1st at the Downtown Hilton. At the event, a GDB litter of puppies met their volunteer puppy raisers for the first time. Caps and Tails featured a luncheon and graduation ceremony for guests to enjoy. With dogs, GDB staff and clients, guests were able to experience first-hand some of the services that Guide Dogs for the Blind provides its clients. All of GDB’s services are funded by donations and community support. (Photo credit, Morry Angell)

GDB Vice President of Marketing Karen Woon, Project Runway Season 11 winner Michelle Lesniak, and Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Chairman of the Board Tom Kowalski, with his guide dog Dynamo, at the event.

A new GDB graduate and his guide dog being honored during the graduation ceremony.

GDB’s annual fundraiser, Caps and Tails, featured a graduation ceremony of GDB teams.

Guests bidding during the fundraising portion of Caps and Tails.

The first portion of Caps and Tails featured a graduation of guide dog teams. GDB “teams” refer to the pairing of GDB clients who are blind or visually impaired along with their new guide dog. After being accepted to receive a GDB guide dog, each client comes to GDB’s campus for two weeks. During this time they learn to work with their new guide dog, and adjust to the guide dog lifestyle. This training ends with a GDB graduation ceremony. After years of work, dedication and training spent on each dog by numerous GDB employees, community members and volunteers, it’s a very emotional ceremony. Members of the GDB training staff, puppy raisers and the clients themselves, shared stories about their experience with Guide Dogs for the Blind. Guests were able to learn more about the background of graduates and their experiences with the organization.

After the graduation ceremony Chris Benninger, President and CEO of Guide Dogs for the Blind, shared more about the life-changing mission and services that GDB offers. Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Chairman of the Board, Tom Kowalski, also shared his powerful story as a GDB graduate, and the impact that having a GDB guide dog has had on his life. Guests and event sponsors helped raise over $225,000 for the organization, with each donation directly supporting GDB’s important work.

Caps and Tails concluded with a puppy delivery, featuring Project Runway Season 11 winner, Michelle Lesniak, presenting a litter of GDB puppies to their volunteer puppy raisers. Volunteer puppy raisers are responsible for socializing and taking care of GDB puppies for about the first year of their lives. Caps and Tails concluded with each puppy heading off with their new puppy raiser to begin their journey of becoming a GDB guide dog.

From Guide Dogs for the Blind:

As a nonprofit that receives no government funding, Guide Dogs for the Blind’s mission is made possible entirely by the support of donors. Caps and Tails is one of the many ways to support Guide Dogs for the Blind. To learn more about ways to support Guide Dogs for the Blind, please visit GDB graduation ceremonies also take place every two weeks at the nonprofit’s Boring, Oregon campus, and are open to the public. You can learn more about those ceremonies by visiting

Nike Benefits as Women’s World Cup Breaks Global TV Viewership Records

Nike Benefits as Women’s World Cup Breaks Global TV Viewership Records

Portland, OR. The FIFA Women’s World Cup is underway in France and over the first weekend of play, at least one sports network reported a 11% rise in viewership compared to the 2015 tournament. A surge in viewers is positive news for Portland-based Nike, because the company will get more eyes on its new advertisements, several of which have a “girl power” message.

Online viewership of the Women’s World Cup streaming content has spikes 310% compared to 2015.

Many U.S. viewers are cheering for the defending champions, the U.S. Women’s National Team, which won its first game against Thailand on Tuesday. The USA team will play its second game against Chile on Sunday, June 16th. Amid the sport’s growing popularity, Nike is debuting a short film to inspire young girls.

The new advertisement was created by Portland’s Wieden + Kennedy for Nike. It’s called called “Dream Further.” Here’s a look at the messaging for young women:

The new campaign is an extension of the “Kids are made to play” messaging aimed at drawing attention the importance of keeping kids active.

For more information about “Kids are made to play here’s a link:

The FIFA Women’s World Cup runs through July 7th.

Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Poised to Buy Land for Willamette Falls Riverwalk

Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Poised to Buy Land for Willamette Falls Riverwalk

Oregon City, OR. Leaders of The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde are poised to purchase two sites along the Willamette River in Oregon City. (Tribe members have taken ceremonial fish at the falls for the past three years.) Cheryle A. Kennedy, the Chairwoman of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, explained, “Recently, the Tribe was blessed with the opportunity to place two properties within our Clackamas County homelands under purchase and sale agreements. The first property is a parcel of land that includes more than a mile of waterfront along the Willamette River. This property will provide us with access to the river as well as open up new opportunities to work with our partners on future projects. The second property, is the 23-acre Blue Heron site at Willamette Falls. That’s the site earmarked for the Willamette Falls Riverwalk project.”

The news was welcomed by the Willamette Falls Trust  which is the organization spearheading the revitalization of the falls including the Willamette Falls Riverwalk project.

Trust leaders explained that the development of the Riverwalk can proceed even if there is a land sale. With a construction contractor signed, Riverwalk Phase 1 construction remains scheduled to begin in spring 2020, with completion in spring 2022.

With a fundraising goal of $35 million for Phase One of the Riverwalk, $19.5 already contributed by the Willamette Falls Legacy Project partners, and an additional $7 million donated by individuals, the project has now raised more than 75% of the funds needed to meet the goal. A capital campaign to raise the remaining $8 million is currently underway.

Willamette Falls has always been cornerstone Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde tribal culture. In 2018 the Grand Ronde Tribe received a permit from the Oregon Department of State Lands to construct a fishing platform on state lands at Willamette Falls.

The scaffold allows the Grand Ronde Tribe to safely harvest ceremonial fish at Willamette Falls at the time of year when their ancestors historically took the first fish from the Falls. The Tribe has taken ceremonial fish at the falls for the past three years.

Here’s a Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde video about that project:

The Willamette Falls Legacy Project released a statement which explained its support of the new developments: The Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde have been a strong partner on the future first phase of the Riverwalk project, actively participating in the project’s Native American Advisory Board and engaging with programming and interpretation planning as the project has advanced. This project has been strengthened by the participation of the tribes and tribal organizations active on the project – The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. We remain committed to working closely with sovereign tribal governments to realize a new vision for Willamette Falls, alongside federal, state, regional and local governments and the local community.

Click for more information about the Willamette Falls Trust

From Willamette Falls Trust:

Our Mission

Our mission is to champion and sustain a world-class Willamette Falls experience that offers year-round access to the grandeur of the Falls, historic and cultural interpretation, healthy habitat, public open spaces, and that showcases the hospitality of historic Oregon City.

Willamette Falls Trust is the organization bringing people and communities together to make the new vision for a world-class public space along the Willamette River in Oregon City, Oregon a reality.

We are raising the funds and creating the partnerships to support the first phase of transformation, which includes an overlook at the precipice of the Falls, a connection to Oregon City’s downtown, and opportunities to explore history.

We work closely with Willamette Falls Legacy Project—the public-sector collaboration that kick-started this work—and others, as we steward the collective vision for Willamette Falls. The project has the support of Governor Kate Brown, state legislators, local and regional council members—and has been designed with input from thousands of Oregonians.


Beatles Fans Unite at Oregon Historical Society Exhibit

Beatles Fans Unite at Oregon Historical Society Exhibit

Portland, OR. Thousands of Oregon Beatles fans have been visiting the Oregon Historical Society’s (OHS) new Beatles exhibit. Over 100 objects and interactive elements fill the gallery, some on exhibit for the first time. One of the most prominent cases features Paul McCartney’s jacket from The Beatles’ historic 1965 Shea Stadium concert.

This display case at OHS shows the jacket which was worn. McCartney also wore this iconic jacket when The Beatles performed in Portland, Oregon, at the Memorial Coliseum on August 22, 1965.

Curated by the GRAMMY Museum and Fab Four Exhibits, this exhibit, called Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!, covers the period from early 1964 through mid-1966, a time when the band affected nearly every aspect of pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media, and music. Here’s a video of the 1965 Shea Stadium concert, which was the first of its kind:

Later, Ringo Starr said about the concert: “If you look at the film footage you can see how we reacted to the place. It was very big and very strange. I feel that on that show John cracked up. He went mad; not mentally ill, but he just got crazy. He was playing the piano with his elbows and it was really strange.”

Paul McCartney said, “It’s like this: You make a noise and they make a noise, and it’s the noise together that counts. It’s the bible, really, with Cecil B. De Mille and 60,000 extras.”

The Oregon Historical Society’s version of the exhibit also features the original performance contract and rider to bring The Beatles to Portland, as well as an original press pass. 

Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney wave from limo as they leave the Portland Airport for the Coliseum. Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

This mock-up of The Beatles’ “Ed Sullivan Show” setup from Feb. 9, 1964, is part of a new exhibit.

Other exhibition highlights include:

  • Ringo Starr’s black-on-black striped suit worn in The Beatles’ debut film A Hard Day’s Night and Ringo’s Abbey Road crosswalk jacket
  • Paul McCartney’s original handwritten lyric sheet for the song, “What You’re Doing” (August 1964)
  • Handwritten set lists from The Beatles’ concerts, including the earliest known set list (Grosvenor Ballroom, June 1960) and the one used onstage at the group’s first-ever American concert (Washington D.C., February 11, 1964)
  • Gold records of I Want To Hold Your Hand and Rubber Soul
  • Venue contracts from the band’s American tours
  • An eye-popping display of mass-produced merchandising items
  • Kid-friendly interactive elements including a virtual drumming lesson from Ringo and a playable home-made skiffle bass

The exhibit featuring many photos of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and John Lennon is on display at the Oregon Historical Society through November 12, 2019.

A new film premiering June 28th called, Yesterday is also likely to bring The Beatles to a new generation of fans. Here’s a synopsis of the new film: A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed. Here’s a trailer for Yesterday:

Here’s more information about The Oregon Historical Society:


Oregon Historical Society 
1200 SW Park Ave. 
Portland, OR 97205

(503) 222-1741 
[email protected]

Museum Hours

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Sundays: Noon – 5pm


Members FREE
Multnomah Co. Residents (with proof of residency*) FREE
Adults $10
Students & Teachers (with ID) $8
Seniors (60+) $8
Youth (6 – 18) $5
Children (5 & under) FREE

*Proof of Multnomah County residency can include a State Issued Identification Card, Driver’s License, or utility bill.  Library cards and TriMet passes are not valid forms of ID.

Record-Breaking “OMSI 2019 Gala: Celebrating 75 Years” Raises Over $1.5 M

Record-Breaking “OMSI 2019 Gala: Celebrating 75 Years” Raises Over $1.5 M

Portland, OR. More than 500 people attended the annual Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s (OMSI) Gala to support efforts to spread science education across the Pacific Northwest. Governor Kate Brown, Piper Park, Kathy Rudd and Pat Reser were on hand for the May 4th gala. The benefit, which took place at OMSI, grossed more than $1.5 million through sponsorships, ticket sales and an auction, making it the nonprofit museum’s most successful event to date. This year’s gala, titled ‘Diamond Jubilee,’ commemorated OMSI’s 75th anniversary.

Trond Ingvaldsen, Turid Owren, Jon Jaqua, Kimberly Cooper and Wally Van Valkenburg

Marcia Randall and Kristin Rogers

Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle and wife Ann visit with Senator Ron Wyden (center)

Marcus Lintner, Linda Rae Hickey and OMSI Emeritus Board Chair Gary Maffei strike a pose in the Durham and Bates Photo Lounge. Photos by KLiK Concepts (Kenton Waltz and Erin Riddle)

Courtney Cooper, Christine Vernier, OMSI President & CEO Nancy Stueber, Dan Stueber and OMSI Emeritus Trustee David Vernier enjoy the cocktail reception.

Sisters Kathy Deggendorfer and Sally Bany visit with OMSI Emeritus Board Chair Gary Maffei during the cocktail hour.

Guests are showered with confetti as the record-breaking $1,535,000 total is announced.

Governor Brown celebrates the evening with the Starella Sisters.

Guests enjoy the Gala After Dark after-party.

Thomas Lauderdale, China Forbes and the entire Pink Martini collective entertain OMSI’s guests at the Gala After Dark after-party.

OMSI celebrates the notion that everyone can be a successful science learner. Regardless of where they live or how much money they have – everyone has the right to feel the joy of curiosity, the thrill of exploration and the power of innovation and problem solving. This is why funds raised at the gala are used for the museum’s statewide education outreach efforts, financial aid programs and a multitude of learning and development initiatives.

“It’s so important for everyone to have access to science and technology,” said Nancy Stueber, president and CEO of OMSI. “Science learning starts with the spark of curiosity and asking questions. We want to keep the spark alive with hands-on learning experiences. The money we raised at the gala will help us further our goals for science learning, both in the experiences we will create and the access we can provide.”

OMSI has been a part of Oregon’s community for 75 years. Founded in 1944 by a group of volunteers, who wanted to show Oregonians and the world just how special and unique this place is, the museum continues to put the “O” in its name as it serves all of Oregon. From the very beginning, the museum was built by the community for the community.

“This year’s gala was a resounding success because it demonstrates the level of commitment and support we have from the community,” said Love Centerwall, vice president of development at OMSI. “As a private, non-profit organization, about one-third of our annual budget comes from our generous donors. OMSI’s quality experiences, financial aid program, and broad reach would not be possible without them.”

Anyone can get involved and assist OMSI in its ongoing efforts to extend science-learning across Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Visit or send an email to [email protected] for more information.

About OMSI

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.

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