Neighborhood House Raises Over $170,000 for Anti-Poverty Programs

Neighborhood House Raises Over $170,000 for Anti-Poverty Programs

Portland, OR. Neighborhood House hosted its 3rd annual ‘Welcome Home Hour of Hope’ Fundraiser on May 19th. This virtual event brought over 200 guests and sponsors together to support the organization’s essential anti-poverty, equity-promoting services. Hosted by KOIN’s Ken Boddie, the event raised $170,000. Neighborhood House was proud to share stories on the power of care, highlighting the parents, staff, and community leaders who support the organization’s parenting education and afterschool programs. Above, KOIN News Anchor Ken Boddie, Neighborhood House Executive Director Chris Chiacchierini, and Neighborhood House Board Member Meredith Bureau work behind the scenes at the virtual fundraiser. (Photo credit, Ellen Field)

The organization also announced the start of its Growing Our Village Capital Campaign. This campaign aims to raise funds to support the purchase and renovation of a new, improved space for Neighborhood House’s Food Pantry and Aging Services programs. Those interested in learning more about this innovative project can visit

A still from a video story on Neighborhood House’s afterschool programs for working families.

From Neighborhood House:

Our Mission:
Bringing Neighbors Together

Neighborhood House brings neighbors together to reduce hunger and homelessness and to educate both young and old, strengthening our community by providing resources to support self-reliance, economic independence, and dignity in people of all ages and backgrounds.

We Believe in Our Core

Neighborhood House is committed to offering innovative and high-quality education, anti-poverty and senior support services. Our core strengths are:

Client-focused services: Every neighbor’s different. We reach people where they are to effectively facilitate change.

Connection: We are connected to our neighbors. When we help people in need, our entire community is strengthened.

Results: Our programs make a measurable difference in the lives of our clients and in the community.

Providing Support to Overcome Everyday Challenges

Neighborhood House believes that with the right support system, anyone can overcome serious challenges in their everyday lives. As the leading Portland-area non-profit social service provider, we deliver innovative, life-changing programs for low-income people of all ages and backgrounds.

Our programs strive to prepare children for success in school and life, help families move beyond poverty, and support seniors who wish to continue living independently.

Our dedicated team serves over 8,000 low-income children, families, and seniors each year across the greater Portland area, representing a diverse mix of ethnicities and cultures, including recent immigrants from Latin America, Africa, Russia, and the Middle East.

William Temple House Style & Sustainability Luncheon Raises Over $131,000

William Temple House Style & Sustainability Luncheon Raises Over $131,000

Portland, OR. William Temple House welcomed over 200 guests at its Style & Sustainability for Social Good Luncheon. The event featured thrift store shopping tips from local “Style Activist” Judith Rizzio and a fashion show demonstrating high-quality sustainable style. Guests learned more about the nonprofit’s food pantry, counseling, thrift store, and social services at the April 19th benefit. It raised $131,700 to support the essential services provided by William Temple House. Above Thrift Store employee Damon Smythe models fashions from the William Temple House Thrift Store, as presenter Judith Rizzio explains the ensemble. (Photo credit, Alejandro Rosas – William Temple House)

Thrift Store employee Zuzu Owle modeling fashions from the William Temple House Thrift Store

Thrift Store employee Zuzu Owle modeling fashions from the William Temple House Thrift Store

Guests watching presenter Judith Rizzio, Style Activist, at the Style & Sustainability for Social Good luncheon

From William Temple House:

William Temple House provides food, counseling, clothing, and household items to Portland-area neighbors to strengthen our community. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization—Federal Tax ID 93-0559964.

Patricia Reser Center for the Arts Announces  Inaugural 2022-23 Season Reser Presents programming

Patricia Reser Center for the Arts Announces Inaugural 2022-23 Season Reser Presents programming

Beaverton, OR. The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts (“The Reser”) announces its inaugural 2022-23 Reser Presents season, which includes an eclectic international mix of artists and performances. Pink Martini featuring China Forbes and Storm Large will open the season on September 16, 17, 18 in the intimate 550-seat Mainstage Theater.

This season, The Reser continues to be a vibrant cultural hub in the heart of Beaverton, Oregon. Season highlights include performances by Pink Martini, DakhaBrakha, Amythyst Kiah, Gina Chavez, The Heart of Afghanistan, Mark O’Connor, and many more…

The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts is the first performing arts center of its kind to be built in the Portland-metro area in more than 30 years.

Global Music

DakhaBrakha (2 performances) September 30 & October 1, 2022International Guitar Night February 2, 2023

Edna Vazquez February 3, 2023

Seffarine April 21, 2022

Heart of Afghanistan May 20, 2023


Osvaldo Golijov’s Falling Out of Time November 1, 2022

Caroline Shaw & So Percussion November 11, 2022Joe Kye & The Givers May 19, 2023Intersections is a new Reser Presents series of genre-defying artists and attractions


Roots MusicAmythyst Kiah October 5, 2022

Watkins Family Hour November 13, 2022

Ron Artis and Thunderstorm Artis December 8, 2022

Gina Chavez March 11, 2023


Family Programming

Jazzy Ash & Red Yarn October 8, 2022

Smith and Yarn February 25, 2023Cenicienta: A Bilingual Cinderella Story March 4, 2023


Holiday Programming

Kalani Pe’a’s Hawaiian Christmas December 2, 2022Mark O’Connor’s Appalachian Christmas December 23, 2022

This wide-ranging season includes cutting-edge music, theater, and film by award-winning artists and emerging talent working across a broad range of disciplines.


“In The Reser’s inaugural season, we are excited to build on the success of this spring’s Grand Opening, and welcome these ‘must see’ artists to Beaverton. This season’s programming truly embodies our mission: to be a place where audiences can discover new favorites, build community, and leave inspired,” said Chris Ayzoukian, Executive Director of The Reser. “It has been exciting to watch thousands of our community members awestruck by the quality of this new gathering place and its programming. We see people connecting around joyous arts and culture experiences, all right here in Central Beaverton.”

The Reser Presents Inaugural 2022-23 Season schedule includes:

·               September 16, 17 & 18 – Pink Martini 

·               September 30 – DakhaBrakha (in concert)

·               October 1 – DakhaBrakha (performing a live score to the silent film, Earth by Alexander Dovzhenko)

·               October 5 – Amythyst Kiah

·               October 8 – Jazzy Ash & Red Yarn

·            November 1 – Osvaldo Golijov: Falling Out of Time

·               November 9 – Film The SixTripleEight – No Mail, Low Morale

·            November 11- Caroline Shaw & So Percussion (co-presentation with Third Angle New Music)

·               November 13 – Watkins Family Hour

·               December 2 – Kalani Pe’a’s Hawaiian Christmas

·            December 8 – Ron Artis II &Thunderstorm Artis

·               December 23 – Mark O’Connor’s Appalachian Christmas

·               February 2 – International Guitar Night

·               February 3 – Edna Vazquez

·               February 5 – Letters Aloud: The Road to Fame

·               February 25 – Smith and Yarn

·               March 4 – Cenicienta: A Bilingual Cinderella Story

·               March 11 – Gina Chavez

·               April 14 – Kingston Trio

·               April 21 – Seffarine

·               May 19 – Joe Kye & the Givers

·               May 20 – Heart of Afghanistan

For further details, continue to check The Reser’s website:


In addition to Reser Presents, The Reser is thrilled to host many performances and presentations by arts and culture organizations from across the Metro area. Performances by visiting presenters will be announced on a rolling basis and can be found here:


Click here for high-res artist images and additional press materials.


About the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts

The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts (“The Reser”) unites artists, enthusiasts, individuals, and communities, linking each with a sense of shared purpose and a touch of the sublime. The Reser is the cultural heart of a flourishing community centered in Beaverton, OR. It continuously enhances the cultural life of the region, bringing people together in a space that’s warm and welcoming, and where the art we present invites discovery, wonder, and flights of imagination. The Reser eliminates barriers and thrives on access, shared experience, and open hearts. The Reser honors the cultures and customs of its diverse community and, using the awesome power of the arts, creates opportunities for deeper understanding and authentic connections between people. For more information, please visit:


We believe in the inherent magnificence of the arts and their extraordinary impact on everyday life. The mission of Patricia Reser Center for the Arts is to foster joy, imagination, connection, and understanding in our diverse community by presenting artistic, cultural, educational, and entertainment opportunities for all.


Patricia Reser Center for the Arts unites us as artists, enthusiasts, individuals, and communities, linking us all with a sense of shared purpose and a touch of the sublime. The Reser is the cultural heart of a flourishing community centered in Beaverton, Oregon. It continuously enhances the cultural life of our region, bringing people together in a space that’s warm and welcoming, and where the art we present invites discovery, wonder, and flights of imagination. This place eliminates barriers and thrives on access, shared experience, and open hearts. The Reser honors the cultures and customs of its diverse community and, using the awesome power of the arts, creates opportunities for deeper understanding and authentic connections between people.


We will present artistic, cultural, educational, and entertainment experiences of quality and relevance, performances and exhibitions that reflect the diverse interests and passions of the people we serve. We will present national and international artists and attractions; provide a performance home for regional arts organizations; promote the interests of artists; engage and develop new audiences; encourage participation in the arts; create opportunities for arts education; enhance the reputation of Beaverton as a regional destination; and strive always to be a genuine and indispensable contributor to the quality of life in our community. We will seek to counter privilege with equity and access and engage thoughtfully with the cultural aspirations of our entire community.

We will keep these commitments with a level of integrity, care, professionalism, and prudent management that honors the City of Beaverton for its extraordinary support and earns The Reser widespread recognition for the excellence of its programs and services.

Record-Breaking OMSI Gala Raises Over $1.1 Million

Record-Breaking OMSI Gala Raises Over $1.1 Million

Portland, OR. More than 350 people attended the annual Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s (OMSI) Gala on May 7th to support OMSI’s efforts to spread science education across the Pacific Northwest. David Lucas and Mike Richardson, seen above, enjoyed the cocktail reception, sponsored by Alliant Insurance. The gala, which took place inside OMSI’s historic Turbine Hall, grossed over $1.1 million through sponsorships, ticket sales, and an auction. This year’s gala, titled ‘Renaissance,’ commemorates a revival of in-person opportunities to gather, learn, and celebrate science, and connects to OMSI’s featured exhibit, The World of Leonardo da Vinci. (Photo credit, KLiK Concepts)

OMSI Emeritus Board Chair Gary Maffei, Dan Stueber, OMSI President Emeritus Nancy Stueber, and Marc Lintner reconnect during the cocktail hour.

“The need for science literacy has reached new peaks and urgency over the past few years,” said Erin Graham, President and CEO of OMSI. “OMSI has a unique role in our community to bring people together in imagining and creating a better future. All of the money raised at the gala will support OMSI in continuing the exciting, hopeful work we do to ignite a passion for discovery in people of all ages.”

Rick Nagore and Tracy Curtis prepare for an evening of fun to support science education.

OMSI and KLiK Concepts created a photo lounge in the theme of Renaissance for guests to enjoy, courtesy of KETURI Investments.

OMSI President and CEO Erin Graham, and Gala Emcee Galen Ettlin celebrate the more than $1.1M raised through the event.

From OMSI:Founded in 1944 by a group of volunteers, OMSI was built by the community for the community and has provided innovative and high-quality science learning experiences for more than 75 years. The gala celebrates the notion that everyone can be a successful science learner, and that is why funds raised through this event are used to uplift OMSI’s multitude of programs and make them more accessible for kids and kids-at-heart across the region and from diverse communities.Presenting Sponsors of the gala were Vernier Software & Technology, the Jon V. Jaqua and Kimberly B. Cooper Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, and The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation/Jordan Schnitzer. Attendees were treated to fine food and cocktails provided by ChefStable, a performance by Reyna Tropical, one of NPR’s up-and-coming artists, and a heart-warming story of OMSI’s impact through a partnership with Witch Hazel Elementary School, the largest Title I School in Hillsboro. Eleven live auction packages were also sold, from local experiences to international travel.“After two years of virtual galas the excitement to be back in person was palpable,” said Love Centerwall, Vice President of Development at OMSI. “OMSI is a privately funded nonprofit and OMSI members and donors have a huge impact on our ability to deliver accessible science education at the museum, across Oregon, and throughout the region. Our community has faced many challenges; we were all excited about coming together in support of OMSI’s ambitious, optimistic, and inclusive vision for the future.”Anyone can get involved and assist OMSI in its ongoing efforts to extend science learning across Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Visit or send an email to [email protected] for more information.About OMSIOur MissionThe 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.

Jesuit High School Benefit Raises $1.1 Million for Programs

Jesuit High School Benefit Raises $1.1 Million for Programs

Portland, OR. Jesuit High School‘s 54th annual Auction on May 7th had a Casino Night theme. Close to 600 guests, including parents, alumni, past parents, and friends of Jesuit, enjoyed the school’s first in-person Auction since 2019. Casino Night was a community-building event and raised over $1.1 million for students and school programs. Pictured above are auction chairs Lee Davies and Lori Davies are pictured with Jesuit President Tom Arndorfer (center). Photo credit, Andrea Lonas Photography.

Jay McGrain ’96, Colleen Thomas who won a Jeep through the Casino Night Auction Raffle, and Mike McGrain ’01.

Casino Night Auction Raffle Winners included: 2021 Jeep: Colleen Thomas, Diamond Earrings: Megan & Paul Cameron, Tanzanite and Diamond Necklace: Kelli Shuster, Raffle sponsors were NW Jeep and the McGrain Family, Malka Diamonds and Jewelry, and in-kind sponsors Larry & Co., Larry Packouz & Jennifer Drake.

The benefit was held on the Jesuit campus at 9000 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. The dinner and auction were held in the Knight Gym.

Most guests stayed for casino games after the auction. (The casino games were for entertainment purposes only. Real money is never exchanged at the tables.)

Jesuit High School leaders also made a special appeal for funds to help make the weekly Mass experience more intimate, more sacred, and more comfortable for participants. Donations are still being accepted for this project and can be made at this link. 

Here’s a video about this effort:

About Jesuit High School:

Jesuit High School, located in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 1956 by the Society of Jesus and is part of a 450-year Jesuit educational tradition. Jesuit High School is a non-profit, coeducational college-preparatory school for grades 9-12 that serves students of all religious faiths.

Jesuit’s curriculum is founded in the educational philosophy of Jesuit founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and takes a holistic view of adolescent education, which includes nurturing the spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual, and aesthetic gifts each student brings to campus. Jesuit hopes to accomplish this development by demonstrating a personal concern for individuals, an articulate wisdom, enthusiasm, and a sense of community. In so doing, we hope to graduate leaders who are committed to serve God and their fellow men and women through a profound sense of justice founded in love, i.e. leaders who are “men and women for others.”

The operation of Jesuit High School is overseen by a Board of Trustees. The board ensures and provides the spiritual tone and direction of the school, consistent with the purposes and traditions of Roman Catholic and Jesuit education. The board also monitors Jesuit High School’s business affairs.

Jesuit High School is fully accreditated by AdvancEd.

Here’s a video about Jesuit HS:

Junior Achievement Celebrates Kidder Mathews Ribbon-Cutting at BizTown

Junior Achievement Celebrates Kidder Mathews Ribbon-Cutting at BizTown

Portland, OR. Junior Achievement volunteers like Olivia Arce and Genevieve Klein, seen above in green aprons, are helping kids get back to business after months of sitting idle due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Local leaders in Oregon and Southwest Washington said they’re, “excited to announce Kidder Mathews’ new storefront in JA BizTown®! Kidder Mathews is the largest independent commercial real estate firm on the West Coast.” The ribbon-cutting on April 18th was part of the nonprofit’s ongoing effort to get support from the local business community for the program. BizTown features a large indoor commerce-oriented town square. There are storefronts and workspaces for banks, restaurants, retail shops, manufacturers, and services‚ most of which are sponsored and branded by Pacific Northwest businesses.

Kidder Mathews team cuts the ribbon on its new storefront at the Junior Achievement BizTown. The team includes Brendan Murphy, Jordan Carter, Steve Bowers, Steven Klein, Peter Stalick, Clay Newton, Olivia Arce and Genevieve Klein.

Genevieve Klein and Olivia Arce extended their day to volunteer within the Kidder Mathews workspace at JA BizTown. “I love JA BizTown,” exclaimed Klein, “I wish I had gone through a program like this when I was younger. I have a business degree, and even in college, I never learned personal finance in the way JA teaches it.” Genevieve’s father, Steven Klein is the Managing Director of Kidder Mathews office in Portland. He has fond memories of participating in Portland’s Junior Achievement program as a student in the 1970s. 

Here’s a video about BizTown produced by Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington:

After having 18 hours of classroom instruction, local 5th-grade students get to try their hand at running a business in “BizTown“.

Junior Achievement’s BizTown has served over 100,000 students since it opened in 2007.

The SE Portland facility is a $5 Million business immersion educational center that helps kids get a hands-on feel for working in the grown-up world.

About Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington:

Junior Achievement (JA) is thankful to have great partners, like Kidder Mathews, who were ready and eager to step up during the pandemic. Kidder Mathews supports all Junior Achievement offices and students along the West Coast; Portland, Ore, has the only Kidder Mathews JA BizTown site! Therefore, we are extremely appreciative of this partnership and look forward to more collaboration in the future!

Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington serves thousands of students each year. Students not only navigate the intricacies of jobs and being members of the community, but also discover the abundance of opportunities available within their cities. Since 1950, Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington (JA) has been empowering local students by giving them the knowledge and skills they need to manage their money, plan for their futures, and make smart academic, career, and economic choices.

The local JA office located at 7830 SE Foster Road serves 35,000 kids in Oregon and Washington. For more information, see

Constructing Hope Workforce Training Center Re-Opens Doors

Constructing Hope Workforce Training Center Re-Opens Doors

Portland, OR. Constructing Hope is a nonprofit that trains low-income people to work in the construction industry. The organization hosted a Grand Re-opening on April 21st to showcase new additions that can accommodate larger classes and more job training options. The building, at 405 NE Church St, can now host up to 160 students annually for training. At the event, Executive Director Pat Daniels greeted former Oregon State Senator and Constructing Hope board member Robert Boyer, seen above. A new boardroom is named after Boyer.

With this expansion, Constructing Hope will help more low-income people of color enter careers in the skilled construction trades
with middle-class wages to support themselves and their families. Constructing Hope graduates typically start work as construction apprentices earning over $20hr with opportunities for advancement to journeyman wages of $35/hr. or more. Graduates enter careers as carpenters, laborers, sheet metal workers, roofers, electricians, heavy equipment operators, ironworkers, painters, bricklayers, and plumbers/steamfitters.
Over the past five years, CH has placed 326 graduates into new careers with an average starting wage of $23/hr. Graduates have been 80% people of color, 55% returning citizens (formerly incarcerated), and 100% unemployed or underemployed.

Guests arriving at the Hoffman Construction Training Center.

The new interior (training room) mural is for students only, and all students who have participated in the program should see themselves in the mural. A central theme of the training room mural is action-oriented images showing students learning and working in the trades. Another mural theme is personal growth and transformation. Tapping into the strength of our ancestors is another theme.

There’s a new outside mural. The exterior mural honors African American pioneers in the construction field, the founders of the Constructing Hope Program (Irvington Covenant Church), and the faithfulness and perseverance of the Executive Director, Pat Daniels. The mural will honor and respect the historically Black community, ancestors, and struggle for access in the construction field.

Example of the type of equipment Constructing Hope provides to its trainees.

From Constructing Hope:

Constructing Hope would like to thank our partners at Prosper Portland, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Hoffman Construction Company and Pence Construction who funded the Workforce Training Center renovations and additions.

The program provides a no-cost, 10-week, construction skills, and life skills training program for disadvantaged men and women. The pre-apprenticeship allows women to learn construction trade skills and helps them secure a living wage job. The program aims to break down barriers by providing three years of career placement, mentorship, and supportive services. Constructing Hope is doing the work to help reduce recidivism for these women.

Constructing Hope serves people of color, those formerly incarcerated, and low-income adults looking to gain skills to access a high-paying career in construction. The construction workforce has a major labor shortage and Constructing Hope is working to fill that gap and has placed over 1,000 graduates into apprenticeships since 1995.

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Portland Opera Announces 2022/23 Season

Portland Opera Announces 2022/23 Season

Portland, OR. Portland Opera’s 2022/23 season will feature the cultural touchstone Carmen. Maya Lahyani (seen above) will make her Portland Opera debut in the title role of Carmen. Also on the schedule, Thumbprint, a new opera inspired by the story of Mukhtar Mai, a trailblazing Pakistani human rights activist; the company’s first production of the iconic and magical Dvořák opera Rusalka; and an exciting one-night-only concert featuring celebrated opera composer and jazz great Terence Blanchard. The season will also include the world premiere of a youth opera inspired by the life and experiences of Beatrice Cannady Morrow for the regional Portland Opera to Go tour, and additional community and educational programming throughout the year.

“It brings us great joy to present the 22/23 season to the city of Portland!” shares Priti Gandhi, Artistic Director. “This year signifies so much for us as a community. As we begin to reconnect with our neighbors, with ourselves – we invite you to come back and reconnect with the power of live opera once again. This is a season that will fill your soul with the thrill of powerful new voices, compelling stories, and brilliant music-making. As we bring beloved classics – as well as debut operas – to our stages, we continue our journey in embracing the many ways this beautiful art form expresses itself.”

Kelly Kaduce, Rusalka, with the water nymphs (Act 3)rin the Minnesota Opera Production of RUSALK

LA Opera’s presentation of Thumbprint, a contemporary opera-theatre work by Kamala Sankaram explores the deep family ties and tribal traditions that empowered Mukhtar Mai to become the first female gang-rape victim in Pakistan to bring her attackers to justice. In lieu of a financial settlement, she requested that a school be constructed for educating girls to help prevent the humiliation of signing their name with only a thumbprint. (Photo Credit: Lawrence K. Ho)

Portrait of musician Terence Blanchard at his home in New Orleans, LA.

The season begins with one of opera’s most loved works—Georges Bizet’s masterpiece Carmen. This grand production, the directorial vision of legendary mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, will take place at Keller Auditorium November 5, 11, 13m, 2022. Featuring recognizable and melodic gems like the Habanera and the Toreador Song, Bizet’s opera is a true classic. “Portland Opera is excited to present Carmen, an opera that for many people was their first opera, or is their favorite opera,” says Damien Geter, Portland Opera’s Interim Music Director and Artistic Advisor. “The opera abounds with familiar tunes that have crossed into the realm of pop culture. We are so fortunate to be able to bring this timeless classic to Portland under the vision of the one of the world’s most beloved Carmens: Denyce Graves.”

The 2022/23 season continues with Thumbprint, a piece by composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist Susan Yankowitz inspired by the story of Mukhtar Mai—a trailblazing Pakistani human rights activist who is a victim of sanctioned gang rape. “We want to tell human stories that can empower, and lift up women,” shares Sue Dixon, General Director. “Thumbprint does this beautifully when Mukhtar Mai chooses to advocate for her life over the tradition of suicide when dishonor comes to her Pakistani family. Her continued fight for justice for all women, serves as a beacon of hope for those who find themselves in impossible situations.” Portland Opera will present 4 performances of Thumbprint, March 18, 22, 24, 26m, 2023 at the Newmark Theatre.

In April 2023, Portland Opera will present Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka for the first time in the company’s history. This piece, based on a centuries-old folktale with roots in Slavic mythology, tells the story of a water nymph who falls in love with a prince. “The world of magical creatures and mermaids exists just beyond our realm, waiting in long-ago memories,” shares Priti Gandhi, Artistic Director. “Dvořák’s lush and richly textured soundscape takes this world and transforms it into a musical experience that gently settles into your soul. When the water sprite Rusalka sings her famous “Song to the Moon”, yearning for her human lover, one feels the touch of magic and childhood again.” Portland Opera will present 3 performances of Rusalka April 22, 28, 30m, 2023 at Keller Auditorium.

On May 26, 2023, Portland Opera will welcome jazz great and celebrated opera composer Terence Blanchard to the company for the first time with a special one-night-only concert “Absence: Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet.” This special event, conducted by Portland Opera’s Interim Music Director and Co-Artistic Advisor Damien Geter, will feature guest soloists soprano Karen Slack, Portland Opera’s co-artistic advisor, and Will Liverman, who was last seen with the company in La Bohème in 2017, as well as the talented musicians of the Portland Opera Orchestra. “What an honor to share the stage with my dear friend the extraordinary Grammy award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard,” says Karen Slack. “A prolific artist and an American treasure! I am filled with both gratitude and excitement that Portland Opera is presenting him alongside the thrilling E-Collective band, Turtle Island Quartet and the magnificent baritone Will Liverman. This promises to be a night the city of Portland won’t forget!”

During the 2022/23 season, the company will also continue its commitment to education and community engagement, including Portland Opera to Go, a program that travels to schools and communities throughout the region with 50-minute operas. This fall, Portland Opera will share the world premiere of a new opera inspired by the life and history of Beatrice Morrow Cannady—a renowned civil rights advocate and the co-founder of the Portland, Oregon chapter of the NAACP. Created with composer Dave Ragland and librettist Marry McCallum, this new commission is designed for school and family audiences, with curriculum targeted for students in fourth through 9th grades. This production is set to tour schools and communities throughout the state and region. “We know that the community is still struggling with impacts from school closures during the pandemic,” explains Alexis Hamilton, Manager of Education and Community Engagement. “We are hoping to use our operatic superpowers to help our educational partners re-engage with arts learning and live events as we share Beatrice’s story while helping students to understand the future by engaging and empathizing with our past.”“The ability to realize our mission, vision, and values continues to grow in these moments when we share this beautiful art form together,” adds Sue Dixon, General Director, “and that happens not just on stage or in the recital hall, but in classrooms, in community gatherings, in our business practices, at every level.” Throughout the season, Portland Opera will produce a host of community engagement activities and professional development initiatives. Opera a la Cart, Portland Opera’s mobile performance venue that brings live opera performance directly into the community spaces where people gather will be found around town again in 2022, along with pop-up performances that have become part of Portland Opera’s community activities during pandemic closures. The company will welcome a new class of Portland Opera Resident Artists back to the revamped program for an 11-week intensive and will announce a new roster of artists in the coming weeks. In addition to the program for emerging artists, the company recently piloted a new program for BIPOC artists/administrators, named Portland Opera’s Ensemble Leaders Fellowship program. The 2022 Fellowship announcement is forthcoming, along with opportunities for local internships, community partners, and free public performances. To learn more about cultural equity, inclusion, diversity, or strategic planning progress, please visit

Here are more details about the season: 

Portland Opera 2022/23 Season Casting

Carmen – Georges BizetNovember 5, 11, 13m, 2022


Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay

Sung in French with English captions 

The performance is approximately 3 hours, performed with one intermission. 

In addition to the ticketed performances at Keller Auditorium, digital access will be available for a limited time on Portland Opera Onscreen.  




Georges Bizet


Henri Meilhac & Ludovic Halévy


Maya Lahyani

Don José

Matthew Pearce


Richard Ollarsaba


Ariana Wehr


Darren Drone

El Dancairo

Zachary Lenox



Michael Ellis Ingram

Original Production & Staging

Denyce Graves

Associate Director and Choreographer 

Eric Sean Fogel

Scenery & Properties Designer 

Riccardo Hernandez

Costume Designer 

Oana Botez

Lighting Designers 

Robert Wierzel & Amith Chandrashaker

Set in early 1820s in Seville, Spain. Carmen is a factory worker, free spirit, and the toast of the town. She is brave, beautiful, and independent. She falls in and out of love like “a rebellious bird that no one can tame.” Then one day, in the busy streets outside of the bullfighting ring, her ex violently and tragically rejects her choice to move on.

Known for her legendary portrayal of the title role of Carmen, Denyce Graves makes her directorial debut with this production, which will first be staged by Minnesota Opera in May. Eric Sean Fogel makes his Portland Opera debut as Associate Director and Choreographer, along with conductor Michael Ellis Ingram, who leads the Portland Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani, a regular on the Metropolitan Opera stage, makes her Portland Opera debut in the title role of Carmen, a role she has previously sung with San Francisco Opera, Arizona Opera, and Opera Maine. Matthew Pearce, currently a Cafritz Young Artist at Washington National Opera, makes his Portland Opera debut as Don José. The cast also features Richard Ollarsaba as Escamillo, Ariana Wehr as Micaëla, and Darren Drone as Zuniga, all in their company debuts, as well Zachary Lenox, last seen on the Portland Opera stage in the 2021 production of Tosca, as Sciarrone.

Thumbprint – Kamala SankaramMarch 18, 22, 24, 26m, 2023

Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway

Sung in English with English captions 

The performance is approximately ninety minutes, performed without an intermission.  

In addition to the ticketed performances at the Newmark Theatre, digital access will be available for a limited time on Portland Opera Onscreen 


Composed by

Kamala Sankaram

Libretto by

Susan Yankowitz



Maya Kherani


Indira Mahajan




Alok Kumar


Omar Najmi

Annu/Young Girl/Reporter 

Samina Aslam



Maria Badstue


Omer Ben Seadia

Thumbprint is inspired by the story of Mukhtar Mai—a trailblazing Pakistani human rights activist who is a victim of sanctioned gang rape. She defied expectations to take her own life after the attack, deciding to live and seek justice. Her hope: open a village school for girls to learn to read and write, so that they may avoid the humiliation of signing their names with only a thumbprint.


This libretto originates from a series of interviews with Mai, paired with a score that is a dynamic collision of Hindustani and European opera influences. This piece features flute, violin, viola, upright bass, piano, and percussion.

Conductor Maria Badstue, recipient of a prestigious 2019-2021 Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship, makes her Portland Opera debut conducting Thumbprint. Omer Ben Seadia, whose recent credits include productions at Houston Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and Calgary Opera, makes her debut as stage director.

Soprano Maya Kherani, whose credits include roles with Glyndebourne, Opera San José, and a recent performance locally with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, makes her company debut in the role of Mukhtar Mai. Soprano Indira Mahajan, winner of the Kennedy Center’s Marian Anderson Vocal Award, makes her Portland Opera debut as Mukhtar’s Mother, the Minister, and Reporter. Tenor Alok Kumar, whose recent credits include roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and Los Angeles Opera, makes his debut as Faiz, Police Office, Reporter, and Villager. Also making their Portland Opera debuts, tenor Omar Najmi sings the roles of Shakur, Abdul, Imam, Reporter, Mastoi, and Villager, and soprano Samina Aslam sings the roles of Annu, Young Girl, and Reporter.

Originally commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and the Here Center for the Prototype Festival, Thumbprint premiered in 2014 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center.


Mukhtar Mai is still striving for change, justice, and safety. Learn more about The Mukhtar Mai Women’s Organization and her activism at 



Rusalka – Antonín DvořákApril 22, 28, 30M, 2023

Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay Street, Portland

Sung in Czech with English captions. 

The performance is approximately 3 hours, performed with two intermissions.  


In addition to the ticketed performances at Keller Auditorium, digital access will be available for a limited time on Portland Opera Onscreen  

Composed by

Antonín Dvořák

Libretto by

Jaroslav Kvapil based on the fairy tales of Karel Jaromír Erben and Božena  Němcová



Karen Vuong

The Prince

Limmie Pulliam

Vodnik “The Spirit of the Lake”

Andrew Potter


Jill Grove

The Foreign Princess

Othalie Graham



Elias Grandy


Eric Simonson

Scenery and Properties Designer 

Erhard Rom

Costume Designer 

Kärin Kopischke

Projection Designer 

Wendall K. Harrington

Lighting design 

Robert Wierzel


In this centuries-old folktale with roots in Slavic mythology, a water nymph falls in love with a prince. With the help of the moon and a witch, she defies her father’s advice— giving up her home and voice to win the prince’s love on dry land. When it does not go to plan, the regretful prince seeks redemption, and heartbreak reigns in the land of true love.

Elias Grandy, General Music Director of the Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra Heidelberg makes his Portland Opera debut conducting Rusalka. Eric Simonson, writer and director for film, television, theatre, and opera, makes his company debut as stage director. Scenery and Properties are designed by Erhard Rom, costumes are designed by Kärin Kopischke, projections are designed by Wendall K. Harrington, and lighting is designed by Robert Wierzel.

Soprano Karen Vuong, whose recent credits include roles with Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera, and Tiroler Festspiele, makes her Portland Opera debut in the title role of Rusalka. Tenor Limmie Pulliam, whose recent credits include roles with the Los Angeles Opera, and Vashon Opera, makes his debut as the Prince. Mezzo-soprano Jill Grove makes her company debut as Ježibaba, a role she has sung with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, as well as New Orleans Opera. Also making their Portland Opera debuts are bass Andrew Potter as Vodnik “The Spirit of the Lake,” and soprano Othalie Graham as the Foreign Princess.

Scenery, properties, projections, and costumes for this production were constructed by Minnesota Opera Shops and are owned by Minnesota Opera and Boston Lyric Opera.  



Absence: Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet 

A One-night-only ConcertMay 26, 2023, 8:00PM

Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay Street, Portland

Sung in English with English captions. 

The performance is approximately 1 hour, 50 minutes. 




Damien Geter


Karen Slack


Will Liverman




Terence Blanchard


Charles Altura


Taylor Eigsti

Electric Bass

David Ginyard, Jr.


Oscar Seaton


Turtle Island Quartet  


David Balakrishnan


Gabriel Terracciano


Benjamin von Gutzeit


Naseem Alatrash


In May 2023, Portland Opera will welcome two-time Oscar nominee, six-time Grammy-winner, and acclaimed opera composer (Fire Shut Up In My Bones and Champion) Terence Blanchard to the Keller Auditorium for an exciting one-night-only gala celebration.

This special event, conducted by interim music director and co-artistic advisor Damien Geter, will feature the E-Collective, Turtle Island Quartet, guest soloists soprano Karen Slack, Portland Opera’s co-artistic advisor, and Will Liverman, as well as the talented musicians of the Portland Opera Orchestra.

This performance is an optional addition to a season subscription. Single tickets are available from $35. A limited number of post-show celebration reception tickets are available for $250, in part as a tax-deductible contribution in support of Portland Opera’s bright future.

Subscriptions for Portland Opera’s 22/23 season are available now; and single tickets will be on sale on May 24. For more information, and to purchase subscriptions, visit, or call Patron Services at 503-241-1802.

Portland Opera appreciates the ongoing support of our generous donors, The Collins Foundation, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Community Foundation, Regional Arts and Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the Arts Education & Access Fund, special support from The CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund, and The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program. 

Dates, programming, artists, and details for Portland Opera’s 22/23 season are subject to change. Portland Opera is committed to the health and safety of our audiences, artists, and company members. The company is working with health authorities and medical advisors to continue to adhere with local, state, and federal guidelines. To create a safe and enjoyable experience for all, Portland Opera may implement staff and patron precautions, which may include face coverings, symptom screenings, temperature checks or other recommended safety measures.  

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp Raises Over $150,000 at In-Person Gala

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp Raises Over $150,000 at In-Person Gala

West Linn, OR. On April 22nd, supporters of Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp (MHKC) gathered both virtually and in-person to raise over $150,000. Funds raised at MHKC’s Auction & Gala go toward its mission of helping empower children and adults with developmental disabilities and provide equitable access to outdoor recreation. MHKC’s Emcee, Art Edwards & MHKC Board Member, Tammy Miller posed for a photo. (Photo credit, Justin Tucker)

Over 70 guests were in attendance at the Meteor Lounge at West Linn’s Youth Music Project while guests were able to also tuned in virtually. (Photo credit, Justin Tucker)

Special Appeal Honoree: Nell Carlson and her parents, Steve & Juanita Carlson

MHKC VIP In-Person event

Here’s a video about the camp:

From Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp (MHKC):

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.

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.

As camper Renae told us: “At Camp, I can fly!”

St. Mary’s Academy Raises Over $1,000,000 at 34th Annual Gala

St. Mary’s Academy Raises Over $1,000,000 at 34th Annual Gala

Portland, OR. St. Mary’s Academy hosted its annual gala on April 9th and raised over $1,000,000. Guests gathered in-person once again to support the young women of St. Mary’s Academy at the school’s 34th annual auction: The Future is Bright. Guests included Lee and Marilyn Whitaker, Virginia Mathews, and Judie Simpson. (Photo credit, Greg Kozawa)

Bob Harold, Patricia and John Cheney

2022 St. Mary’s Auction Co-Chairs: Wendy Chan, Kim Patterson, Jennifer Wallenberg, Heidi Bell

Karis Stoudamire-Phillips ’94 and friend

Caitlin Whitty ‘08, Ashley Whitty ’02, Mya Brazile ‘19

Kristen Russo ’95 and friends

Jessica Hickox Meyer ’94 and Greg Meyer

Karen and Terry Newsom, Jill Newsom

Sarah Bracelin, Emily Niedermeyer Becker ’86, Stephanie Simpson-Narin

Sr. Maureen Delaney SNJM, Sr. Mollie Reavis SNJM, Christina Friedhoff, Steve Percy, Tom Fink

The event featured entertainment, testimonials, and bidding on auction packages, including a Zac Brown Band VIP experience, a week stay in Paris, a South African safari adventure and a private dinner for 20 at Portland-favorite Papa Haydn. For the first time in event history, St. Mary’s hosted an after-party with music and dancing.Emily Niedermeyer Becker ’86, Vice President for Development, captured the feeling in the room, “It was a magical night filled with incredible generosity, support, excitement and fun. Our community loved being back together to celebrate our rich 162 years of all-girls, Catholic education in downtown Portland and committed over $1m in support to St. Mary’s Academy. The future certainly is bright for our students, faculty, staff and community.”This year’s five auction co-chairs were all St. Mary’s Academy moms, including Heidi Bell, mom to Caroline ’25; Wendy Chan, mom to Mia ’25; Mechell Hansen, mom to Grace ’22 and Amelia ’25; Kim Patterson, mom to Jenna ’24 and Alex ’26; and Jennifer Wallenberg, mom to Madeline ‘25. Chan shares the impact of St. Mary’s on young women, “Having a St. Mary’s education in today’s world is so important for developing students into powerful, compassionate and contributing members of a community. St. Mary’s helps young women discover their passions, know themselves and use their voices to effectuate change for the better.”During the live event, current faculty members, alumnae and sisters, Ashley Whitty ’02 and Caitlin Whitty ‘08, credited St. Mary’s for molding them into the women leaders and educators they are today. As mothers of girls, Ashley, a St. Mary’s English teacher, and Caitlin, Director of Service, know firsthand the challenges facing young women in today’s world. They dedicate their careers to St. Mary’s because they know they would not be the independent, confident and heart-forward women they are without their SMA education. For the Whitty sisters, working at St. Mary’s gives them a chance to give back to their school and make a meaningful investment in young women.This year’s event also included a champagne toast and tribute to President Christina Friedhoff who will be retiring at the end of this school year after 30 years of service. In announcing her retirement, Friedhoff shared, “Throughout my entire career at St. Mary’s Academy, my efforts were sustained and inspired by my deep belief in the potential of young women. That belief motivated me to want to do my best each and every day to distinguish the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary’s mission of all-female Catholic education. Partnering with talented faculty and staff, administrators, the Board of Directors, alumnae and families, I was part of achievements that further the unique mission of St. Mary’s Academy in downtown Portland.”The live event was preceded by a week-long silent auction with over 200 packages available for bidding. Additionally, St. Mary’s again held its much-anticipated raffles for a 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport, a $5,000 travel gift certificate, and a pair of 3ctw+ Malka diamond hoop earrings. Participants could also purchase tickets for a “Golden Ticket,” allowing the winner to select their choice of any of the live auction packages.From St. Mary’s Academy:Located in the heart of downtown Portland, OR, St. Mary’s Academy is the state’s oldest continuously operating school and only all-girls school. Founded in 1859 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, St. Mary’s Academy serves 660 young women in grades 9-12. The school’s college acceptance rate is 100% and SMA students achieve, excel and are recognized locally, regionally and nationally in academic fields, leadership, STEM, the arts, athletics, community service and extra- and co-curricular activities.