Pittock Mansion Halls Decked With Boughs of Holly

Pittock Mansion Halls Decked With Boughs of Holly

Portland, OR. Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la! The Pittock Mansion has been decorated every winter for nearly a half-century. Each year the grand staircase is festooned with red and green ribbons. This year, for “A Pittock Mansion Christmas” the theme is Hobbies and Pastimes. The exhibit is on view through December 31st (closed Christmas). Museum hours are 10am-4pm and tickets for adults are $12. From opera to knitting to beekeeping, the display highlights some familiar and not-so-familiar hobbies and pastimes. See the Mansion in a whole new light as volunteer decorators creatively transform rooms into a holiday extravaganza. 
“Our annual holiday event is always popular. We love seeing new and returning visitors come up and experience something different and amazing, while still being able to engage the history of the Mansion as well,” Executive Director Marta Bones states. “We are so grateful to the many volunteers who help us make this event such a success.”
The West Bedroom decorated in the theme of Family Game Night, Circa 1914 by Sabrina Lang Stoffregen in partnership with the Portland Children’s Museum. The West Wing was home to Lucy and Edward Gantenbein, and their children, Rhoda, Georgiana, and Peter.
From Pittock Mansion: 
Parking is limited and visitors are encouraged to use a ride share service. Pittock Mansion is a historic house museum in Portland, Oregon operated by Pittock Mansion Society in collaboration with Portland Parks & Recreation.

Pittock Mansion Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The mission of the Pittock Mansion Society is to inspire understanding and stewardship of Portland history through Pittock Mansion, its collections, and programs.

“SHINE: 15 Years of Q Center” Raises Over $134,000

“SHINE: 15 Years of Q Center” Raises Over $134,000

Portland, OR. Q Center is celebrating 15 years of serving the community so the nonprofit took time to honor people who helped the organization grow. At the Q Center annual brunch, “SHINE: 15 Years of Q Center,” supporters donated over $134,000. The  December 9th benefit also featured a cabaret show. At the event, former Co-Executive Director Justin Pabalate, Executive Director Cameron Whitten, and Nick Bernier posed for a photo. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus) The mission of Q Center is to provide safe spaces, community building and empowerment for the positive transformation of LGBTQ2SIA+ communities and allies in the Pacific Northwest. 

Q Center Constellation Award honorees, Nancy Haque (North Star), Bob Speltz (Supernova), Emcee Joaquin Lopez, Board Chair Darion Demartez Jones, Shaley Howard (Quasar) and Katie Cox (Rising Sun)

Gold-glitter shoes worn by SHINE honorary Co-chair Eddy Morales

Terry Bean and Bill Dickey

Approximately 500 people attended the benefit.

From Q Center:

As the largest LGBTQ community center in the Pacific Northwest, Q Center proudly serves the LGBTQ2SIA+ communities of Portland Metro and Southwest Washington. Our drop-in and event space on North Mississippi Avenue is a frequent first stop for new arrivals in Portland, and for longtime residents who are newly out or questioning their sexual or gender identity. Q Center also serves as an information hub for friends, partners, community, and family members of LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals. We pride ourselves on our collaborative approach and seek out ways to share resources with other nonprofits and public institutions locally and statewide.

What We Do:

Q Center provides community-based support for LGBTQ2SIA+ community members seeking connection and resources. Our core programs:

  • LGBTQ Senior Community: *eRa*–Encouraging Respect for Aging is Q Center’s drop-in program for LGBTQ seniors. With membership of over 200, activities include meal sharing, peer support, creative groups, community education, and social events.
  • Affinity Groups: Q Center’s Affinity Groups program supports more than 30 peer-led groups meeting weekly and monthly in our community space. Activities include peer-based support for coming out, recovery, resource sharing, social connection, & organizing for social change.
  • Information & Referral: Our reception desk is staffed seven days a week by kind and knowledgeable volunteers who assist community members seeking LGBTQ2SIA+ community resources locally and statewide. We offer email, phone, and drop-in referrals.
  • Fiscal Sponsorships: Q Center is a fiscal sponsor and community incubator for smaller nonprofits whose aims complement our mission, vision, and values.

For more information: http://www.pdxqcenter.org/

Lead On: The Campaign for Tomorrow at Pacific University Reaches $50 Million Mark

Lead On: The Campaign for Tomorrow at Pacific University Reaches $50 Million Mark

Portland, OR. Pacific University paid tribute to the generosity of alumni and friends, recognizing its most dedicated donors and the most successful philanthropic year in school history at its annual Celebration of Giving. Pacific University College of Business dean Jim Goodrich visited with Pacific trustee Tim Schauermann ’66 and trustees chair Jerry Yoshida ’73 during the university’s annual Celebration of Giving event on November 29th. (Photo credit, Robbie Bourland from Pacific University)

Donors committed a fiscal year record $12.4 million in 2017-2018, the first year of the public phase of Lead On: The Campaign for Tomorrow at Pacific University. To date, Pacific has secured more than $50 million in gifts and pledges toward the campaign’s $80 million goal to strengthen its endowment, develop and enhance learning environments, and invest in innovation for tomorrow.

Pacific University President Lesley Hallick (right) inducts Hillsboro residents Sunny Iboshi ’67 (left) and Bob Iboshi (’63) into the university’s President’s Circle during Pacific’s 2018 Celebration of Giving held Nov. 29. The President’s Circle recognizes donors who have given $100,000 or more to the university.

Pacific University President Lesley Hallick (right) inducts Professor Emeritus Byron Steiger and Dianne Steiger ’79 into the university’s 1849 Society during Pacific’s 2018 Celebration of Giving.

Pacific University professor and alumna Jaye Cee Whitehead ’00 shares her personal journey during the university’s annual Celebration of Giving.

Pacific University President Lesley Hallick (right) inducts Hillsboro resident Fay Littlefield into the university’s President’s Circle during Pacific’s 2018 Celebration of Giving. The President’s Circle recognizes donors who have given $100,000 or more to the university.


“Your generosity not only creates the future for Pacific, it also transforms the lives of students today,” said Vice President Cassie Warman.

Among them, students like keynote speaker, associate dean, sociology professor and Pacific alumna Jaye Cee Whitehead.

Whitehead, a 2000 sociology major who was the first in her rural Wyoming family to attend college, went on to earn a doctorate and return to teach at her alma mater.

“Pacific changed the trajectory of not only my life, but of my entire family line — generations to come,” she said. “My partner — who was also a first-generation student at Pacific — and I have two little Boxer children. Because of the opportunities we had at Pacific, our kids have a completely different landscape of opportunity.”

She explained that 25 percent of current Pacific students are, like her, the first in their families to go to college, and that Pacific launches more students into the middle- and upper-middle class than any of its regional peers.

“My story is the story of Pacific — and it is centrally about social mobility and community responsibility,” she said. “I personally thank you for your support, which makes this launching pad and community of care possible.”

Those recognized included nine new inductees to the university’s President’s Circle (honoring individuals and organizations who have committed a cumulative $100,000 or more) and one new inductee to the 1849 Society (honoring those who have committed a cumulative $1 million or more)

Professor Emeritus Byron Steiger and wife Dianne ’79 are the newest members of the 1849 Society. He taught sociology at Pacific for 34 years, and the Steigers have since created a scholarship for Pacific sociology majors who plan to pursue graduate studies, as well as the foundation for an endowment that will give financial support to first-year Pacific faculty members.

New members of the President’s Circle include:

Albertsons Companies (Boise, Idaho) | A major supporter of Pacific’s School of Pharmacy, Albertsons sponsors many school events and the Albertsons-Safeway Pharmacy Scholarship has supported 29 Pacific students since 2009.

Julie Berglund Baker and Doug Baker (Carlsbad, Calif.) | Julie Berglund Baker serves on the Pacific Board of Trustees, and the couple has supported Boxer athletics, the College of Optometry and the establishment of Pacific’s College of Business.

Essilor of America (Dallas, Texas) | The company has been strong supporters of Pacific’s College of Optometry for almost two decades, where they created the Essilor Optical Technology Lab and recently supported the renovation of Jefferson Hall.

Robert ’63 and Sunny ’67 Iboshi (Hillsboro) | This alumni couple has supported a wide range of Pacific initiatives for more than four decades, including the Pacific Excellence Fund, Boxer Athletics and an endowed scholarship for students from Hawai’i.

Dr. Peter and Judy Kohler (Beaverton) | Peter Kohler serves on the Pacific Board of Trustees, and the couple’s philanthropic support includes the Kohler Endowment for Undergraduate Research to support the pursuit of undergraduate student research at Pacific through scholarships, stipends, travel support and equipment.

Fay Littlefield (Hillsboro) | The mother of a College of Optometry alumna and faculty member, Littlefield created an endowed scholarship for rural optometry students, as well as an award for public health outreach in the college.

Chuck and Connie Quinn (Clovis, Calif.) | The parents of a Pacific student funded the resurfacing of the baseball facility’s infield with a synthetic turf to expland competition opportunities for student-athletes and community teams.

Dwight Taylor ’29 (Washington, D.C.) | The late Mr. Taylor’s children facilitated a gift to Pacific from his estate to create the Dwight D. Taylor Endowed Scholarship, awarded to students who have demonstrated academic excellence and financial need.

Gordon Zimmerman (McMinnville) | A longtime friend of Pacific’s music and history programs, the late Mr. Zimmerman left a bequest to create two scholarships, one for students of each department.

In an evening rife with gratitude, Pacific also highlighted the transformational impact that generosity is already making on the university’s students, programs and communities by unveiling five donor-funded learning environments:

The EyeSmile Outreach Program | Through a generous $1 million gift from an anonymous donor, Pacific established the EyeSmile Outreach Program to maximize mobile healthcare provided by the College of Optometry and School of Dental Hygiene Studies. The gift built two new state-of-the-art mobile clinics and also funded the creation of a new clinic coordinator position to run the program and coordinate the care.

The Brim Family Outdoor Learning Center | A gift from Trustee Evie Brim funded the construction of this outdoor classroom in the Pacific University Early Learning Community. The ELC serves children ages 3 through 8 and offers an environment for future teachers to study best practices in early childhood education, including nature- and place-based learning.

The Essilor Classroom & Weberling Classroom | As part of the renovation of Jefferson Hall and the Pacific EyeClinic Forest Grove, donors Essilor and Doug ’72, OD ‘74 & Eileen Weberling each funded extensive upgrades to classrooms serving College of Optometry students.

Baseball Infield Synthetic Turf | Through a significant gift from parents Chuck and Connie Quinn, the infield of the university’s baseball facility received a major upgrade with the addition of synthetic turf.

From Pacific University: 

Pacific University is a small, but diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. At Pacific University, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience.

The Standard Charitable Foundation Announces Five Grants to Local Nonprofits

The Standard Charitable Foundation Announces Five Grants to Local Nonprofits

Portland, OR. The Standard Insurance Company’s charitable foundation announced five grants, totaling $65,000, to local nonprofits. The Dougy Center was awarded $10,000. It’s a national nonprofit that started in Portland where children, teens and young adults and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. 

The grant will enable Dougy Center to print and distribute copies of a Teen Grief Journal and an After a Death activity book for children ages 5-12.

“These grants will help individuals and families facing challenges enhance their self-sufficiency, education and employment opportunities,” said Greg Ness, president of The Standard Charitable Foundation and chairman, president and CEO of The Standard. “These grants will help individuals and families facing challenges enhance their self-sufficiency, education and employment opportunities.”

BedMart’s Leah Breen and Transition Projects Staff Member.

$25,000 was awarded to Transition Projects to expand its outreach and service navigation to people sleeping unsheltered in Downtown Portland. A Mobile Engagement team provides street-level support through engagement and relationship building to successfully connect people to shelter, health and wellness services and housing.

Financial Beginnings Oregon: $10,000 was awarded to Financial Beginnings Oregon toward their three core educational programs for youth and adults, aimed at providing personal financial management skills.

Shadow Project: $10,000 was awarded to Portland, Oregon-based Shadow Project to build capacity allowing the organization to expand its reading coaching initiative for children with disabilities to nine public schools.

United Way of Jackson County: $10,000 was awarded to the United Way of Jackson County to purchase and renovate a permanent home in downtown Medford, Oregon. The space will be used for community groups to gather and collaborate on key social issues including education, homelessness, housing and addiction.

The foundation’s giving, which recently passed $1.5 million in grants, is separate from the corporate giving of The Standard. Since 2007, The Standard Charitable Foundation, The Standard and its employees and retirees have contributed more than $35 million in grants and social investments. To learn more about The Standard Charitable Foundation, please visit www.standard.com/foundation.

About The Standard Charitable Foundation:

The Standard Charitable Foundation is the charitable foundation of The Standard. Founded in 2006, the foundation’s mission is to make a positive difference in communities by supporting community development, education, disability and health organizations. While the foundation has a broad goal of making a positive difference in communities, it places special emphasis on helping individuals and families who have experienced a loss or setback such as a major disability or the loss of a loved one. Since 2007, The Standard, its employees and retirees and The Standard Charitable Foundation have contributed more than $35 million in grants and social investments.

About The Standard:

The Standard is a family of companies dedicated to helping you achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. In business since 1906, we are a leading provider of financial protection products and services for employers and individuals. Our products include group and individual disability insurance, group life, dental and vision insurance, voluntary (employee-paid) benefits, absence management services, and retirement plans and annuities for employers and individuals. For more information about The Standard, visit www.standard.com or follow us on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn.

36th Annual Providence Festival of Trees Raises $1.6 Million

36th Annual Providence Festival of Trees Raises $1.6 Million

Portland, OR. The 36th annual Providence Festival of Trees wrapped up after four days of holiday fun and 20,000 visitors enjoying the most impressive and uniquely decorated trees in the festival’s history. 

It was also a year of record-breaking fundraising for Providence Children’s Health. Between the tree auction and ticket sales, the festival raised $1,610,000 for newborn services. The money will fund research in delayed umbilical cord clamping – a study being done by Providence researchers to boost infant brain development. Funds will help Providence Beginnings – a program for underserved and at-risk pregnant women. Proceeds will also help clinical teams in rural communities get help with high-risk deliveries through Providence telemedicine.

The People’s Choice Award for the public show was Tree-Ranosaurus Rex
Sponsor: CIDA Inc./ LKA Fundraising & Communications

The designers were Lynne Sheppard, Connie Poppy and Jim Sheppard.

The fundraiser kicked off with a auction on November 29th. 

Dave Salesky of KATU broadcasting the weather live from the Festival floor.

Archbishop Sample visits with friends to kick off the Christmas season.

Over 850 people were in attendance.

Patrick Lamb Band performs with Derrick McDuffy and Kingdom Sound.

Guests enjoy a photo op among the beautiful trees.

Tree Name: Twilight at Timberline
Sponsor: The Kendall Family
Designers: Leslie Radke, Sandy Miller, Martin Stone, Carol Nielsen and Judy Han

Tree Name: Natale Italiano Sportivo
Sponsor: Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo
Designers: Nicole Schatz, Judi Smith, Rawlen Smith and Chuck Stevens

Tree Name: Who? Who’s coming to town?
Sponsor: iHeart Media
Designers: Sandy Miller, Shelly Hamann, Mark Johnson, family and friends

Tree Name: Home Sweet Home
Sponsor: Northwest Society of Interior Designers
Designers: Gayle Standage, Terrance Mason, Susie Buchanan, Judy Cusack, Brittany Kurtz, Kaitlyn Danna, Jared Hermann, and Mark Tracy

From Providence:

Many thanks to the donors, community partners and local businesses who generously provided financial support and in-kind gifts – and to the hundreds of volunteers who worked long hours to create the festival’s magic and help local children make special holiday memories.

28th Annual B.U.L.L. Session Fundraisers Lift Spirits of Local Kids

28th Annual B.U.L.L. Session Fundraisers Lift Spirits of Local Kids

Portland, OR. Nicole Brown and her son Brantley shared their story and the help they received from B.U.L.L. Session during the charity’s 2018 auction. B.U.L.L.(Business, Union and Labor Leaders) hosts one of the Northwest’s largest charity events to benefit one of the community’s most valuable assets: children.

The nonprofit’s annual fundraiser in September included an auction at the Portland Art Museum and a golf tournament at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club. Money raised was handed out on November 14th. Since its inception in 1991, the B.U.L.L. has raised over $6.5 million. Charity recipients for 2018 included: Albertina Kerr’s Crisis Psychiatric Care Unit, Gales Creek Camp Foundation, March of Dimes, Shriners Hospital for Children – Portland, Swindells Resource Center of Providence Child Center, and Wheel to Walk Foundation.

Checks, including one signifying the $6.1 total raised since 1991, were presented at a reception held at the offices of the National Electrical Contractors Association. 

Fundraisers also included “Spring Break” at Topgolf in Hillsboro, Oregon, in May.

At the annual auction, Jim McKune made a special donation on behalf of the Union Contractors Group.

Representing PacWest Communications were Dan Cushing, Bill Cross, Chris West, and Nate Eggers.

Winners from the North Course morning golf tournament were Joe Mollusky, Colin Moar, Jeff Lage, not pictured; Todd Predmore of Skanska.

From B.U.L.L. Session:

Board of Directors for B.U.L.L. Session, a 501(c)(3) organization:

Tim Gauthier, President – Oregon Columbia Chapter NECA,
Mark Daskalos, Secretary/Treasurer – Charter Mechanical,
Jim Brady, Arctic Sheet Metal Company,
Dave Johnston – IBEW Local 48,
Jason Kaufman – US Bank,
David Kreifels – Laurelhurst Market,
Jim Link – SKANSKA,
John Mohlis – Retired,
Jim Moss – Retired,
James Anderson – UOE Local 701,

2018 Charities:

Here’s more information about the 2018 charity beneficiaries:

Albertina Kerr’s Crisis Psychiatric Care

Albertina Kerr’s Children’s Crisis Psychiatric Care Facility provides short-term residential care and 24-hour access to mental health professionals for children experiencing urgent mental health crises. Through the Crisis Psychiatric Care program, Albertina Kerr works to stabilize children in crisis, provide effective mental health treatment, and ultimately return the child safely to their home or a less intensive level of care.

Program Results

Through a comprehensive set of interventions, the Children’s Crisis Psychiatric Care Program works quickly to achieve outcomes that have an immediate effect on the lives of those served. The program’s intensive, one-on-one work with children and families increases the likelihood:

  • Children in crisis quickly stabilize and return safely and successfully to the community.
  • Children learn skills to stay safe, preserve relationships, and be successful at home and school.
  • The adults in the child’s life are supported in understanding, planning for and meeting the child’s needs and feel connected to and supported by their community.

Support of the B.U.L.L. Session is vital to Albertina Kerr’s work.  The generous donation helps to raise critical funds and awareness for children, families in need.

Thank you for your support.

Gales Creek Camp Foundation 

Kids come to Gales Creek Camp in many different states of physical and mental health. The stress and anxiety of having a lifelong, life-threatening disease–one that relentlessly demands attention, singles them out, and tries every day to limit their potential–is universal for anyone living with autoimmune diabetes. Before they can get up in the morning and be a kid, before they can walk outside and breath in a new day, before they can think about who they want to be, they have to grab their medical devices, their needles, and their vials–and they have to make sure they will live another day.

Camp is a place of true belonging for kids who often feel fragile and isolated. Many are uncertain about what they can actually accomplish. At GCC we show them all the ways they are not limited, while helping them cope with the one very serious way they are.

March of Dimes

Too many babies are born too soon. Premature birth is a serious problem that threatens the lives of about 400,000 babies each year in the United States and 15 million globally. That’s why we’re funding new research to find the causes of premature birth and develop ways to prevent it. Throughout our organization’s history, March of Dimes has tackled complex health issues facing moms, babies and families – and solved them. We aim to make premature birth our next breakthrough and ensure that every baby has a fighting chance.

We help families cope with the challenges of having a critically ill newborn, whether due to prematurity or a birth defect.  We work with women to reduce the known risk factors that lead to preterm birth and proceeds from the B.U.L.L. Session Events helps March of Dimes in Oregon and SW Washington improve the quality of maternity care and high-risk pediatric care for all pregnant women and newborns.

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Portland

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland celebrates more than 93 years of providing compassionate healthcare for the children throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Portland hospital is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty care, conducting innovative research, and offering outstanding healthcare teaching programs.

The Portland Shriners Hospital focuses on a wide range of pediatric orthopedic conditions, from fractures to rare diseases and syndromes. Services include inpatient and outpatient surgery; physical, occupational and speech therapy; orthotics and prosthetics; outpatient clinics; low radiation EOS Imaging System and a motion analysis center. All services are provided in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

With donations from the B.U.L.L. Session, we can continue our mission of providing expert care to children.

Swindells Resource Center at Providence Child Center

Learning your child has special needs, developmental delays or disabilities is life changing, isolating and scary. Where do I go from here? What do I do next? Located at Providence Child Center and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Swindells Resource Center supports parents and caregivers of these children.

The kind and compassionate staff at Swindells know firsthand what parents and caregivers are going through. Parents gain the knowledge and confidence they need to be the best advocates for their child. Thanks to your support, we can provide free resources, information and education to communities throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. Through our vast lending library, educational events, support services, parenting classes and referral guidance, we connect families, caregivers and others to information and training.

In 2016, we made more than 29,720 points of contact, 903 care notebooks were distributed, and 2,579 people attended one of the 43 speaker events offered at little or no cost thanks to the overwhelming generosity of donors like you.

Because of you, we can serve the most vulnerable in our community.

Wheel to Walk Foundation

Joaquin is a darling 3 year old born with numerous physical delays and needs assistance with standing and walking. With so many global delays, Joaquin needed help to increase his muscle tone, coordination and strengthen his hips and legs. Wheel to Walk purchased this $1,200 gait trainer for him. This device has been incredible to help provide him with independence, increase strength in his legs and he is on his way to be able to walk on his own someday.

It is children like Joaquin that Wheel to Walk continues to help, and thanks to B.U.L.L. Session Charity Events, we are able to purchase life improving equipment for children with disabilities when they are unable to obtain them through insurance.  Examples of items we provide are therapy bikes, gait trainers, shower chairs, adaptive strollers, adaptive car seats, wheelchairs and modifications, communication devices, patient lifts, and cranial helmets, just to name a few.

Wheel to Walk Foundation strongly believes that no child with a disability should go without essential equipment that could improve the quality of their life and help them thrive.

The 2019 auction will be September 9, 2019 at the Portland Art Museum.

Click here to register.

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