Portland, OR. For the second year in a row, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) held its annual fundraiser, Celebrate Science, on KGW-TV. The May 1st benefit raised over $700,000 to support OMSI programs that keep world-class science learning accessible to families, students, educators, and community members.
OMSI President and CEO, Erin Graham, welcomed guests to the program, noting that while many museums and organizations have closed their doors for extended periods, OMSI has operated continuously for the past 15 months; “Through OMSI’s history — from our founding in 1944, we have continually innovated to meet the needs and opportunities of the communities that we serve throughout the State. We’ve been able to do this successfully because of you. As a statewide resource, OMSI is uniquely positioned to bring urban and rural communities together to innovate and create solutions to address our collective challenges and improve long-term outcomes for all our children.”
OMSI Educator Brad Alston engages audiences across the state with OMSI Virtual Classes.
Celebrate Science funds support programs like OMSI Homeroom, which offers daily affordable, high-quality care and school work support.
Long-time OMSI supporters, David and Christine Vernier, co-founders of Vernier Software & Technology shared their belief that thanks to science, things are looking better for everyone. “We believe OMSI plays a critical role in educating and inspiring people of all ages. This event is an opportunity to shine a light on the difference OMSI has made in the lives of children, families, and this community, through the current challenging circumstances.”
In the pre-show, Celebrate Science guests hosted Zoom tables to share the evening and enjoyed Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine from Vibrant Table which paired with the VIP wine packages picked up at OMSI before the event. The complementary treat packages even included crickets to snack on from Portland-owned Cricket Flours. And Senator Ron Wyden shared a special message with guests; “Clearly, organizations like OMSI are vital because they continue to inspire generations of scientists to come.”
The main Celebrate Science event was an hour-long family-friendly program featuring OMSI educators, exhibits, experiments, science demos, and highlighting OMSI programming. OMSI’s hosts, Dale Johannes and OMSI educator Rebecca Reilly, led viewers on the fastest and slowest tour of OMSI, introduced experts who shared fascinating information about COVID, and presented an inspiring segment featuring a single mother and her son. It showed that they shared the profound impact of OMSI Homeroom, an OMSI program begun in the first two weeks of the pandemic, which offers daily affordable, high-quality care and school work support. The evening offered viewers an opportunity to call in to become sustaining members and to purchase never-before-offered OMSI experiences, such as reserving the Empirical Theater for a private movie night. OMSI partnered with KGW, Meyer Pro, and Sisbro Studios to broadcast the Celebrate Science program.
Presenting sponsors were Vernier Software & Technology and the Jon V. Jaqua and Kimberly B. Cooper Fund of OCF. Jordan Schnitzer and The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation were Platinum sponsors of Celebrate Science.
About OMSI: Anyone can get involved and assist OMSI in its ongoing efforts to extend science learning across Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Visit https://omsi.edu/donate or send an email to[email protected] for more information.
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.
Portland, OR. Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) will administer $40 million of state-funded grants for community organizations to provide summer enrichment activities for K-12 aged students. The programs include day camps and outdoor programs as well as $1.2 million earmarked for parent-child summer programming for families with young children. The move is part of a substantial investment by the State of Oregon to address learning inequities and help mitigate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Oregon children and families.
With groups experiencing uneven access to stable homes, learning technology and parental teaching support, the pandemic closures will have disparate effects across the socio-economic ladder.
“The pandemic has caused widespread learning loss and social-emotional setbacks with youth, while also amplifying learning disparities across racial and socioeconomic lines,” says Lisa Bermudez, Development & Marketing Director, Bend Science Station. “The expertise, training, and connections of OCF will help organizations to successfully re-engage youth—particularly marginalized youth—and make up for lost learning this summer.”
OCF will administer two different grant programs, both funded by the State of Oregon, for summer educational and enrichment programs:
K-12 Summer Learning Grants—$40 Million
The K-12 Summer Learning Grants will prioritize community-based programs for underserved youth and families that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The grants will be available to public and nonprofit organizations that provide community-based programming including:
Support enrichment programs for learning outside of the classroom
Support arts, sports, mentoring, workforce development, science, museum education, and many other indoor and outdoor activities
A priority to programs that serve K-12 aged youth from communities of color, youth from low-income families, and youth living in under-resourced rural communities.
“Oregon Community Foundation has a history of investing in community-based out-of-school time and summer programs across the state. National and local data shows that this programming helps build a sense of belonging, develop critical social-emotional skills, and promote greater school attendance and engagement,” says Belle Cantor, Senior Program Officer for Education, OCF. “The trauma of school disruption as well as living with an elevated level of anxiety and uncertainty can have long-term negative impacts on children. This is magnified for children who already experience racial inequity.”
Grants are intended to be used towards ensuring youth and families have access to summer learning and enrichment programs. The pandemic has had wide and varied impacts on youth and families across the state and therefore these grants are intended to ensure youth and families have opportunities to help them address the educational, social, emotional, and other impacts of the pandemic.
OCF will accept, review, and award grants on a rolling basis throughout the spring to ensure programs have funds in hand to begin planning and implementation. OCF will seek the advice of a diverse, community-based advisory committee throughout the granting process to ensure that the program is meeting community priorities.
The application form can be found on the OCF website at:
The Early Childhood Summer Support Grants will support enrichment programs for learning by providing services for approximately 600 children (from birth to 5 years of age) and their parents. These grants will help deliver 12 weeks of parent-child summer programming, including group classes and activities that offer social and learning opportunities for young children and their parents, playgroups, and kindergarten readiness programs.
“The birth to five years are the most critical years for the development of young brains, and parent-child relationships are the foundation of healthy development,” says Mary Louise McClintock, Senior Education Strategy and Policy Advisor, Oregon Community Foundation. “Through Early Childhood Summer Support grants, OCF will support opportunities for young children and their parents – especially those disproportionately impacted by the trauma and isolation of the pandemic – to play and learn with other children and families.”
To apply for a grant or learn more about this program, please visit:
About Oregon’s Summer Learning and Child Care Package for Kids
The state of Oregon is seeking to fund programs that build trusting relationships, connection, and care for children over the summer months, in the critical time between the end of this school year and the beginning of the next. To learn more, please see:
Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) puts donated money to work in Oregon – more than $100 million in grants and scholarships annually. Since 1973, OCF grantmaking, research, advocacy and community-advised solutions have helped individuals, families, businesses and organizations create charitable funds to improve lives for all Oregonians. Impactful giving–time, talent and resources from many generous Oregonians–creates measurable change. For more information about OCF, please visit: oregoncf.org.
Portland, OR. Mount Hood Medical Center raised nearly $40,000 at its annual Denim & Diamonds event to support the expansion of the cardiac services at the hospital. This year’s event included an online auction and virtual livestream program on May 7th. Legacy Mount Hood is expanding its cardiology services, including the construction of two cardiac catheterization suites for emergency care. To complement these new services, they have nearly completed a three-year, $600,000 campaign to fund the expansion of their cardiac education and rehabilitation programs available to the community.
Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center.
Mount Hood Medical Center.
Money raised from the Denim & Diamonds virtual event will support community education, nutrition counseling, new exercise equipment, and financial aid for patients with limited resources.
From Mount Hood Medical Center:
Mount Hood Medical Center is East Multnomah County’s full-service community hospital and part of Legacy Health – a nonprofit health system driven by a mission to improve the health of those around us.
Portland, OR. De La Salle North Catholic’s 16th annual Changing Destinies Luncheon was held on April 22nd. The virtual luncheon raised funds for the school’s financial aid program; it supports 92% of the students who attend. The event raised $323,600. The fundraiser is important because one goal for De La Salle North Catholic is that no student be turned because of an inability to pay.
Guests were treated to a virtual tour of the school, hosted by Owen O’Brien, DLSNC Class of 2018.
Here’s a link to the video:
The virtual program included a greeting from school President Oscar Leong and Joseph McIntosh (DLSNC Class of 2022) explained the unique Corporate Work-Study education. A’Chy’Gei Motley, a graduating senior, spoke about exciting college plans. Other seniors highlighted the school’s diverse and inclusive community.
Leaders also shared a sneak peek of the new campus currently under construction and offered an invitation for guests to join them in their new gym next year. The new campus will open this coming fall and Owen and James Broadous, Vice Principal of Student Life, were excited to show the construction progress with guests.
Organizers thanks the generous event sponsors their support, including Wieden + Kennedy, the Mike & Joan Concannon, the Clark Foundation, Coast Products, Guardian Real Estate Services, Deloitte, OnPoint Community Credit Union, Reliable Credit Association, Swagelok, SSOE, and Walsh Construction. In addition, the school is very thankful for the support from its matching gift sponsors Mary & Tim Boyle, Cyndy & Ed Maletis, and Barb & Steve Spence.
Seattle, WA. Bill and Melinda Gates have announced that they are ending their twenty-seven-year marriage but will continue to serve as co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives,” the couple tweeted from their respective Twitter accounts on Monday. The foundation has given grants to many Oregon nonprofits including OHSU, local high schools, OMSI and many more.
In 2010, Bill and Melinda Gates join Warren Buffett to create the Giving Pledge, an effort to encourage America’s wealthiest families to donate the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes and charities. By 2020, the Giving Pledge includes more than 200 of the world’s wealthiest individuals, couples, and families across 23 countries.
“Bill and Melinda will remain co-chairs and trustees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” the foundation said in a statement. “No changes to their roles or the organization are planned. They will continue to work together to shape and approve foundation strategies, advocate for the foundation’s issues, and set the organization’s overall direction.” Established in 2000, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is today the world’s largest private foundation, with an endowment of $49.8 billion as of the end of 2019 and an annual grant-making budget of approximately $5 billion.
Married in 1994, Bill and Melinda Gates quickly set about giving to nonprofits. They launched the Gates Library Foundation in 1997.
Building on the belief that the power of personal computing can provide a link to knowledge and productivity for everyone, Bill and Melinda launch the Gates Library Foundation to help all U.S. public libraries offer free internet access. The Gates Library Foundation later became the Gates Learning Foundation which morphed into the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2010, the couple, together with Warren Buffett — who pledged in 2006 to give the lion’s share of his fortune to the Gates Foundation — created the Giving Pledge, a campaign to persuade billionaires to publicly commit to giving the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.
In 2015, Melinda Gates launched Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company focused on advancing gender equity, while Bill Gates has had his own investment vehicle, Gates Ventures, since 2008.
The petition for dissolution of marriage filed by Melinda Gates and posted by Yahoo! Finance shows that while the couple did not have a prenuptial agreement when they married in 1994, they do have a separation agreement that sets forth how their possessions, assets, and/or business interests will be divided. The 2021 Forbes World’s Billionaire’s List estimates Bill Gates’s net worth at $133 billion. Bill Gates transferred nearly $2.4 billion worth of stock to Melinda on the day they announced their divorce. According to the New York Times, Melinda Gates is likely to set up a new foundation or directly support the causes she supports if receives a portion of her husband’s Microsoft holdings. MacKenzie Scott, who received shares of Amazon stock worth $36 billion in her divorce from Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, has given nearly $6 billion to philanthropic causes since 2019.
“The Gates Foundation is the most important and influential philanthropic entity in the world today,” Rob Reich, a professor of political science at Stanford University, told the Times. “The divorce may have huge repercussions for the foundation and for its work across the globe.”
Portland, OR. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Hope Reigns’ and organizers are encouraging local businesses to decorate their buildings and storefronts. It’s the second year with modified activities. In 2020 some aspects of the festival were similar to the past, like the crowning of Queen Anya Anand seen above, but organizers explain, “Oregon isn’t quite ready yet for big outdoor events, and the health and safety of our community is still our top priority. The Rose Festival has been here for more than a century despite many challenges and will be here when Oregon is ready for big outdoor events again as we start down the runway to the traditional Rose Festival in 2022.”
Click here for a link to a festival website event list. Programming like the Court and Porch Parade will continue this May & June 2021. This year, with Portland businesses hit especially hard from the pandemic and social unrest, the Festival is reaching back to the time when all of Portland turned out with Rose Festival-themed floral decorations. Businesses are once again being encouraged to decorate a front door, window or even building face. The Portland Rose Festival will produce an online map with the locations, so the public can walk, bike, or drive around, and share in the celebration.
The Rose Festival Porch Parade celebration runs from May 31 through June 13, 2021. (Registration is now open at this website on the Porch Parade page.) The Rose Festival Porch Parade celebration runs from May 31 through June 13, 2021. (Registration is now open at this website on the Porch Parade page.)
The Rose Festival’s Parading in Place concept wasn’t only popular in Portland, festivals across the country picked up the idea in: San Antonio, Detroit, New Orleans, Mobile, Alabama, and Washington D.C. to name just a few.
Themes for the 2021 Rose Festival Porch Parade honoring the Rose Festival’s three traditional parades include The Grand Floral, the Starlight, and the Junior parades. Porch designers are encouraged to pull out their seasonal Christmas lights and create a multi-themed concept with a Grand Floral Parade or Junior Parade in daylight hours, and a Starlight Parade theme by night. Porch Parade designers are not limited to Rose Festival themes and are encouraged to create their own family-friendly fun ideas to share with the greater Festival community.
In 2020, the Porch Parade encouraged people to decorate outside their homes.
Last year, dignitaries formed a procession to tour selected homes.
From The Rose Festival:
The Portland Rose Festival Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves families and individuals with programs and events that promote the arts, education and volunteerism. We value environmental responsibility, diversity, patriotism and our historic & floral heritage.
Portland, OR. The Puparazzi Photo Contest raised funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Fans submitted photos and supporters voted by donating money which went to the nonprofit; it was $1/vote. The winning photo entry for the K-9 Buddies category was Nessa. She had the photo above snapped during her first day on the job with Hannah and Emma. This is the eighth year of the contest and its most successful yet with nearly $40,000 raised.
Winners of the Guide Dog Puppies category, littermates Molly, Marv, and Madras, at their favorite restaurant.
Winner of the Working GDB Guide Dog category, Jagger, is pictured with his handler Tony. He and Jagger are enjoying some gorgeous spring flowers.
Waffle and Cabot were the GDB Breeder Dog category winners! They are pictured here relaxing on a nice day by the water.
The winners of the GDB Career Change Dogs category, Jamar and Jambo, are pictured striking a pose in the garden.
This year, the contest raised nearly $40,000 as the participants campaigned to raise money by rallying their friends and family to vote for their photo. An impressive 233 photos were submitted. The winners from the five GDB organizational categories have a chance of being featured in the 2021-2022 Guide Dogs for the Blind calendar, which will be distributed to over 100,000 households in the US and Canada.
This photo contest is one of the major fundraisers for the nonprofit, and provides a creative and interactive platform to donate funds to a life-changing cause. Guide Dogs for the Blind does not receive any government funding and depends on the generous support of its community and donors.
From Guide Dogs for the Blind:
Interested in supporting and learning about Guide Dogs for the Blind? GDB has another upcoming fundraising event that is open to the public and is free: It’s annual Canine Heroes Gala. The gala will be virtual this year, so attendees have the opportunity to experience cute puppies in training, meet dashing guide dogs, and hear from some amazing GDB clients, all from the comfort of your own home. There will also be a puppy delivery! Join GDB for the event on Sunday, June 6th at 5pm PT. Read more about this fundraising event at https://www.guidedogs.com/events/canine-heroes-gala.
Portland, OR. On June 20th, 2021, it’s the summer solstice and the day with the most light. Many Portland metro residents will join advocates across the world to participate in The Longest Day® to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice. This year, Rachel Martin, owner of Arthur Murray Dance Studio locations in Salem and Wilsonville, is hosting a dancing fundraiser for The Longest Day. When a friend at an Arthur Murray studio in California started hosting fundraisers for The Longest Day five years ago and encouraged other studios to follow suit, Rachel jumped on the opportunity. Each year around the summer solstice, Rachel offers heavily discounted dance lessons with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association. Together, they will use their creativity and passion to raise critical funds and awareness to advance Alzheimer’s Association® care, support, and research programs. The event coincides with Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month® in June. Look for other volunteers out seeking donations.
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, Longest Day participants can support the event “virtually” through “at-home” and “social-distance” activities – biking, hiking, playing bridge, knitting, and more – to shine a light on the more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and the more than 11 million family members and friends providing care and support.
“We are thrilled to have so many supportive local teams participating in The Longest Day,” said Stephanie Foster, The Longest Day event manager, Alzheimer’s Association Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter. “Together, the strength of our light will outshine the darkness of Alzheimer’s.”
Key facts about Alzheimer’s include:
● Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
● More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and more than 11 million family and friends are providing care and support.
● In Oregon alone, there are more than 69,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and more than 155,000 family members and friends caring for them.
Visit alz.org/thelongestday for more information and to register.
About the Alzheimer’s Association® The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia®. For more information, visit alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.
Portland, OR. Over 150 guests tuned in to support Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp‘s second annual virtual gala and online auction. It raised over $156,000. Art Edwards was the host of the event. Over the course of the hour-long event on April 21st, guests watched videos and heard personal stories of how Camp has impacted and changed their lives.
Each year, MHKC offers 8 weeks of Main Camp, where campers enjoy a one-to-one camper-counselor ratio with the option for outgroup adventures, including Trip & Travel, Tent & Travel, and Lakeside Camp where campers pitch tents on Trillium Lake, paddle canoes, go whitewater rafting and more. June brings the opportunity for new campers to experience MHKC through Family Camp, while experienced campers can come back to Camp in the snow through two weekend winter retreats.
Executive Director Dave McDonald addressed supporters during the online event.
The show ended with a tribute to long-time supporter and professor emeritus, Ann Fullerton who was instrumental in creating and growing the long-standing Portland State University/MHKC capstone program. To see a recording of this event, please go to www.mhkc.org/gala.
June brings the opportunity for new campers to experience MHKC through Family Camp, while experienced campers can come back to Camp in the snow through two-weekend winter retreats.
Here’s a video about the camp:
There are few places where individuals with disabilities can spend a week joyfully focusing on their abilities. For over 85 years, Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp (MHKC) has offered incredible outdoor recreational programming for campers with developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities at its fully accessible 22-acre campsite in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
On any given summer day, our campers are catching fish, conquering their fear on the adventure course and zipline, splashing at the pool, riding a horse for the first time, whitewater rafting, paddling a canoe on Trillium Lake, and dancing the night away at campfire. Wheelchair-accessible trails and innovations such as adaptive saddles, harnesses, and bicycles make the traditional camp experience available to all. Camp doesn’t just offer outdoor activities, it offers a chance for people with disabilities to make new friends and build community in a friendly, non-judgmental environment where they can feel empowered and included.
Portland, OR. St. Mary’s Academy challenged supporters to dream big at its 33rd annual auction and they responded, raising $851,000 for the all-girls, Catholic, college-prep high school. Hayden Thomas, Tom Fink, Greg Bell, Greg Meyer posed for a photo at the virtual event on April 17th. This year’s four auction co-chairs were all St. Mary’s Academy dads. In addition to Bell, the co-chairs included Tom Fink, past parent to three St. Mary’s alumnae: Amy ’95, Jeani ’97, and Molly ’99 and current member of the St. Mary’s Board of Directors; Greg Meyer, parent to current student Avery ’24; and Hayden Thomas, past parent to Claire ’04 and Lauren ’07 and current Board member.
Guests from across the country joined the live, webcast event for an hour and a half of entertainment, testimonials, and bidding on auction packages, including a 10-day trip to Molokai, Hawaii, a sailing experience on America’s Cup yacht in San Diego, and a private dinner for 8 at Cellar Z at Zupan’s Market.
The webcast event was co-hosted by Cathy Marshall, Managing Editor and former news anchor for KGW News channel 8 and Greg Bell, longtime Oregonian, author, motivational speaker, and father to Sofia ‘23, a current St. Mary’s student.
During the live event, current students shared how St. Mary’s has dared them to dream. Liana, class of 2023 shared, “St. Mary’s dares me to dream by challenging me to be my best self.”
Sophia, class of 2022, shared, “St. Mary’s dares me to dream by inspiring me to pursue my passions and giving me the resources to grow into a responsible leader.”
Rose, class of 2023, shared, “St. Mary’s dares me to dream by teaching me to be a decisive, strong young woman.”
Emily Niedermeyer Becker ’86, Vice President for Development, shared her thoughts following this year’s event. “We couldn’t be more thankful to our community of supporters who stepped up in ways unimagined to support the young women of St. Mary’s Academy. In the midst of an incredibly challenging year for our city, our country, and our world, they confirmed their commitment and belief in the power of an all-girls education. We are thrilled to be able to continue making St. Mary’s Academy accessible for any young woman, regardless of their financial situation, and are so proud to be graduating the future women leaders of tomorrow.”
Thomas shares his inspiration for being involved in this year’s event. “St. Mary’s has a long history of excellence, and I am always proud to say my daughters went to school there. What I admire most about SMA is the focus on the growth and development of young women. St. Mary’s is an institution that serves its mission so well and has done so from the very beginning. Annually, the auction is one of St. Mary’s signature events. It is not only a critical fundraiser but a joyful celebration of the SMA community, and I feel privileged to be involved in this year’s event.”
The live event was preceded by a week-long silent auction with over 250 packages available for bidding. Additionally, St. Mary’s again held its much-anticipated raffles for both a 2020 Range Rover Evoque S and a $5,000 travel gift certificate. Participants could also purchase tickets for a “Golden Ticket”, allowing the winner to select their choice of any of the live auction packages. This year’s Golden Ticket winner was Marcy Moore Forman ’67 and she selected an Italian Dinner for 8 with wine pairings in a location of her choosing. Upon learning she held the winning ticket, she exclaimed, “Wow, that is so great! Now I have to figure out how to whittle down my guest list!” Forman is a St. Mary’s Academy alumna, and her granddaughter will be joining St. Mary’s as a freshman in the fall.
Here’s a video about the school:
About St. Mary’s Academy:
Mission Statement: St. Mary’s Academy, sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary since 1859, is a Catholic high school for young women, providing a challenging college-preparatory education in a vibrant learning environment. Guided by the values and charism of the Sisters, St. Mary’s fosters a diverse community, educates the whole person by nurturing spirituality, encouraging creativity, promoting justice, and inspiring a sense of global interdependence to prepare students for service and leadership.
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