Oregon State University Foundation Honors Top Donors

Oregon State University Foundation Honors Top Donors

Portland, OR. The Oregon State University Foundation welcomed 19 individuals, families and businesses into the Milton Harris Society at the 2019 OSU President’s Dinner on November 6th. Named after the first donor to give $1 million dollars to OSU, the society honors donors who have contributed at this level or above. OSU President Ed Ray was among the donors welcomed into the Harris Society for his personal philanthropy to the university. Leslie & Jay Culbertson ’72 were among the over 20 honored. In the photo above, they posed with President of Oregon State University Edward John Ray (Jay and Leslie Culbertson at center) and OSU Foundation President & CEO Mike Goodwin. (Photo credit, AJ Meeker)

Andrea Pastega Vloon and Angela Snow at the benefit which was held at The Nines.

Mark and Laurie Reser

Susan Casey, Marcia Randall, and Coach Pat Casey

Mike Rich and Alex Gary

OSU President Ray and OSU Foundation President & CEO Mike Goodwin were joined by student emcees Alessandra Ferriso and Srimanyu Ganapathineedi, as well as several other student speakers, in expressing their gratitude and celebrating the impact of donors on the university community, Oregon and beyond.

New Harris Society Members:
Andrejs (Andre) J. Auskaps ‘74
Blount International
Bettyjo D. Bruner ’75 & Betty Bruner
Jane C. & Chun Chiu ’70
Barbara Brown Coles ’70 & David G. Coles ’70
Marion R. & William E. Collins
John C. Compton ’53 & Betty Kindsfather Compton ’52
Seth S. Crawford ’03, ’05 MPP & Eric B. Crawford ’07
Leslie & Jay Culbertson ’72
Marilyn Barry Duncan ’64 & Douglas J. Duncan ’78
Eldon H. Graham ’60
Deborah Zerba Hallander ’73 & Douglas C. Hallander ’71
Bruce E. Hofer ’70
William ’69 & Mary Jabs
Jimmy Powell ’69
Beth & Edward J. Ray
Cheryl Castle Rogers
Captain Guy S. Thompson
Jana & Doug Tindall ’78

Here’s a look the OSU “The New Horizon” Video:

From OSU:
Themes of risk and reward, courage and hope, vision and generosity shone throughout the 2019 OSU President’s Dinner. It is thanks to our generous donors that students, faculty, and the OSU community are empowered to seek out new horizons and improve the quality of life for all through education, service and discovery. As President Ray said during the program, “Beaver Nation is resilient, creative and remarkably successful, and our momentum as a university and as a community is absolutely unstoppable. I know the best is yet to come for Oregon State University, our graduates and all those we serve.”

St. Mary’s Academy Tops Goal of $500,000 at Food for Thought Fundraiser

St. Mary’s Academy Tops Goal of $500,000 at Food for Thought Fundraiser

Portland, OR. Nearly 700 people attended the St. Mary’s Academy 26th Annual “Food for Thought” luncheon. Organizers surpassed their fundraising goal of $500,000 which will support tuition assistance. The event on November 7th was held at the downtown Portland Hilton and attendees included Kelley Morrison Ogle ’94, Margueritte Vu Kim ’94, Rita Serralta-Poox ’20, Barre3 co-founder Sadie Lincoln, Jessica Hickox Meyer ’94 and Karis Stoudamire-Phillips ’94. Vice President of Development, 1986 graduate Emily Niedermeyer Becker, thanked donors. “We are so proud to announce we exceeded our goal of $500,000. This event has remained of the utmost importance to SMA each year, as every dollar raised allows us to continue providing exceptional education to young girls who deserve it.” The Food for Thought luncheon is the school’s largest fundraiser in support of tuition assistance. For the 2019-2020 school year, 42% of St. Mary’s Academy families were awarded over $2 million in tuition assistance.

Sam Romanaggi, Kathleen Dooney Niedermeyer ’83, Dr. Don Romanaggi

Gene Kim and Margueritte Vu Kim ’94

The luncheon was organized by graduates of SMA’s 1994 class, including Karis-Stoudamire Phillips, Joan Chaney, Margueritte Vu Kim, Jessica Hickox Meyer, Kelley Morrison Ogle, and Dr. Nundhini Thukkani. Sadie Lincoln, the keynote speaker and co-founder of Barre3, shared her message about wellness and finding confidence. She weighed in on her own personal struggles with self-confidence at a young age. Lincoln credits Barre3 with allowing herself to spread the message of internal resiliency to members across her studios, located locally and worldwide. “We can have a practice of being empowered from within, being confident, and standing up for ourselves,” she explained.

Another guest speaker was St. Mary’s senior and financial award recipient, Rita Serralta-Poox. She thanked her parents for their sacrifices immigrating to the U.S. in hopes of a brighter future for their family. She also thanked St. Mary’s for an array of opportunities during her four years, and allowing her to become her true self through its community, “St. Mary’s has taught me how to use my voice and I will never forget that. After high school, I plan to study law to become an immigration lawyer,” she stated during her speech.

Mary Mathews Stevens ’80, Virginia Mathews, Marilyn Whitaker and Molly Mathews Bjorklund ’85

(Clockwise from back left) Kellie Chauncey-Lance ’87, Tifani Jones Parrilli ’82, Melissa Abraham Hartnell ’87, Holly Abraham Safranski ’92, Alyx Abraham, Sara Parker, Melinda Lee

For the second year in a row, St. Mary’s Academy produced and debuted a video at the event. It focused on St. Mary’s wellness programs including athletics. In the video, current students and alumnae shared personal experiences and stories of how St. Mary’s empowered them both on and off the field.

A video about St. Mary’s Academy:


From St. Mary’s Academy:

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. For more information, here’s a link to the SMA website: St. Mary’s Academy.

U.S. Bank Invests $50,000 in Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest

U.S. Bank Invests $50,000 in Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest

Portland, OR. U.S. Bank recently gifted Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest a $50,000 Community Possible grant to help expand its Eureka! program. The grant is part of U.S. Bank’s new annual $1 million fund focused on organizations driving economic development across the country in the areas of workforce preparation, affordable housing, and arts and culture.

“Eureka! is a five-year STEM program that motivates girls to pursue post-secondary education and careers in STEM fields,” said Elizabeth Nye, executive director of Girls Inc., of the Pacific NW. “Our goal is to promote greater representation of all women in STEM fields and to increase the potential for women to access higher-paying and more secure employment. Eureka! girls graduate with the knowledge, skills and confidence to enter higher education and see themselves as an important part of the workforce of the future. We’re excited that U.S. Bank has joined us in building a more equitable future for girls in Oregon.”

Girls Inc. Pacific Northwest will use the funds to expand its Eureka! program focused on engaging girls in STEM-related fields. Through the new annual Market Impact Fund, U.S. Bank invests $50,000 grants to 20 nonprofit organizations across the country. The new Fund is in addition to U.S. Bank’s Community Possible giving platform focused on grant cycles in the areas of Work, Home and Play.

“Establishing this new Fund allows us to further focus our efforts on supporting those organizations such as Girls Inc., which are working to close historical economic gaps in the areas of greatest need,” said Stacey Dodson, Portland and Southwest Washington market president for U.S. Bank. “Our communities are stronger when people have jobs, stable housing and when their communities are connected through the arts, recreation and play. Our goal is to give larger grants to create meaningful local impact working with and through market leaders and nonprofit organizations who know their communities the best.”

At Girls Inc., girls participating in the Eureka program discover their ability to excel in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Women earn just 18% of all computer science and engineering degrees in the U.S, even though these paths provide great earning potential and represent top jobs of the future. This investment from U.S. Bank helps ensures that girls in Portland are building the skills and gaining the confidence to pursue education and careers in STEM and thus ensuring girls have opportunities to be financially independent and exercise control over their futures.
On Saturday, Nov. 16, the girls will visit the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry to work alongside U.S. Bank volunteers. The girls will create 3D versions of their favorite characters from beads, design and make their own buttons, create a card that lights up, learn how to illustrate digitally and create a mini version of themselves with Photoshop. The event will include 20 girls and will take place between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Learn more about its social responsibility work here: www.usbank.com/csr2018 or www.usbank.com/community.

About Girls Inc. Pacific Northwest:
Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy. Our comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. These positive outcomes are achieved through three core elements: people – trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships; environment – girls-only, physically and emotionally safe, where there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and mutual respect; and programming – research-based, hands-on and minds-on, age-appropriate, meeting the needs of today’s girls. Join us at girlsincpnw.org.

About U.S. Bank:
U.S. Bancorp, with 74,000 employees and $488 billion in assets as of September 30, 2019, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The Minneapolis-based bank blends its relationship teams, branches and ATM network with mobile and online tools that allow customers to bank how, when and where they prefer. U.S. Bank is committed to serving its millions of retail, business, wealth management, payment, commercial and corporate, and investment services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner, a commitment recognized by the Ethisphere Institute naming the bank a 2019 World’s Most Ethical Company. Visit U.S. Bank at usbank.com or follow on social media to stay up to date with company news.

Sold Out Tennis Ball Raises $250,000 for Portland Tennis & Education

Sold Out Tennis Ball Raises $250,000 for Portland Tennis & Education

Portland, OR. The fourth annual Tennis Ball to benefit Portland Tennis & Education (PT&E) was a “smashing” success. On November 2nd over 365 education advocates, philanthropists, business leaders, tennis players, and other supporters packed the Melody Event Center in Southeast Portland. They raised $250,000 which is a record for PT&E and will be earmarked for afterschool programs that feature academic support and tennis coaching for low-income students. (Photo credit, Matt Banner)

Scholar athlete Leilani shares the story of her 10 years in the PT&E program.

At the event, board members Susie Hunt Moran, Executive Director Jorge Fuenmayor and board member Harry Aldrich pose for a photo.

Guests gathered around tables decorated with vintage wooden tennis racquets for cocktails, dinner, and live and silent auctions and had the opportunity to hear from two longtime PT&E students who shared their stories and the impact the program has made in their lives.

From Portland Tennis & Education:

Portland Tennis & Education (PT&E) is dedicated to the academic success and lifelong health of Portland’s underserved youth and their families. PT&E students, known within the organization as scholar-athletes, participate in a year-round, tuition-free program that includes academic tutoring, project-based learning, fitness, outdoor education, science and music clubs, and tennis. Students enter the program as young as kindergarten and often stay until they graduate high school, meaning they receive consistent, ongoing support to help them succeed. Life skills are taught at every stage of the program, ranging from eye contact and a firm handshake to writing a resume and preparing for a job interview. 100% of PT&E Scholar Athletes have graduated high school on-time and continued on to college or professional careers.



Record-Breaking Crowd at Jesuit Financial Aid Luncheon Raises $540,000

Record-Breaking Crowd at Jesuit Financial Aid Luncheon Raises $540,000

Portland, OR. The 17th annual Jesuit High School Financial Aid Luncheon was held on campus in the Knight Center. A record-breaking crowd of over 625 guests included alumni, current parents, grandparents, and friends of the school. The October 16th luncheon raised $540,000, and since its launch in 2003 the annual event has raised over 6 million for student financial aid. Speakers included alumni parent Gladys Lalic, keynote speaker Tim Boyle who is the President and CEO of Columbia Sportswear and graduated from Jesuit in 1967, and Jesuit senior Yosan Tewelde. Each shared stories of their journey with guests. This academic year 27% (or 332 students) are receiving over 3 million dollars in financial aid. The school relies on fundraising events like the luncheon to reach its budgeted goal each year. (Photo credit, Bob Kerns)

Financial Aid Luncheon Chairs and JHS current parents Marni Goodman and Desiree Baldocchi celebrate a successful event.

Guests pack the Knight Center on Jesuit’s campus to support the Financial Aid program.

Student Emcees Danny Murphy ’20 and Ria Debnath ’20 entertain guests with stories about life as Jesuit students.

Guests enjoy visiting with student volunteer Eva Grunkemeier ’20 at the luncheon.

Jesuit President Tom Arndorfer and Principal Paul Hogan

Here’s a video about the event:

From Jesuit High School:

We are incredibly grateful for Tim and Mary Boyle’s tremendous commitment to the education of Jesuit students through their generous matching gift of all funds raised at the event!
Special thanks to Financial Aid Luncheon Chairs Desiree Baldocchi and Marni Goodman, the Financial Aid Luncheon Committee, sponsors and volunteers who spent countless hours ensuring the success of this critical event.
We are especially grateful for our additional matching gift sponsors The Bernice Heffernan Family Foundation with support of Pat & Tricia Heffernan and an Anonymous donor. Thanks to their commitment to Jesuit education, all new and increased gifts to the Financial Aid Luncheon were matched up to $20,000. We are humbled by their support and the support of our generous school community.

For more information about Jesuit High School: https://www.jesuitportland.org/

150 Guide Dogs for the Blind Alumni Reunite in Portland

150 Guide Dogs for the Blind Alumni Reunite in Portland

Portland, OR. Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) held its 2019 Alumni Reunion in Portland during the weekend of October 18th. Over 150 attendees, many of whom were blind or visually impaired, traveled to Portland with their guide dogs from across the U.S. and Canada. (Photo credit, Morry Angell, Guide Dogs for the Blind.)

GDB reunion attendees visit The Portland Art Museum for a special tactile art exhibit tour.

The first day of the reunion featured activities for attendees to experience Portland through the senses of taste, touch and sound. Activities included indoor rock climbing and a walking tour of downtown Portland. Each activity was chosen with blind and visually impaired visitors in mind to create a tactile experience.

GDB reunion attendees and guide dog teams experience the indoor rock climbing class.

Saturday featured various educational sessions for GDB alumni, as well as friends and family members. Some of these sessions included: a quality of life workshop hosted by the OHSU Casey Eye Institute, a discussion for sighted attendees on ways to support their blind or visually impaired friend or family member and a beginner’s guide to identifying North American bird songs.

GDB guide dog teams explore downtown Portland as part of a Walking and Tasting Tour.

The 2019 Alumni Reunion ended with a red carpet celebration and a screening of the IFC-produced documentary film Pick of the Litter, which follows a litter of GDB puppies on their journey to become trained guide dogs. The film was shown in anticipation of the upcoming Disney-produced documentary TV series of the same name, scheduled to air on the Disney+ platform starting on December 20th.

Here’s the trailer of that documentary:

From Guild Dogs for the Blind:

GDB has a Portland area campus in nearby Boring, Oregon. Various GDB events take place at the Boring campus throughout the year, as well as campus tours and graduations that are open to the public. Interested members of the public can find more information on the nonprofit’s Boring campus tours and graduations here.


Oregon Humane Society Receives $107,500 Grant from PetSmart Charities to Support Second Chance Program

Oregon Humane Society Receives $107,500 Grant from PetSmart Charities to Support Second Chance Program

Portland, OR. The Oregon Humane Society was granted $107,500 from PetSmart Charities on November 18th. This money is earmarked for the Oregon Humane Society’s Second Chance Program. The program was created to help other overflowing shelters move animals to communities with eager adopters for a second chance at a new life. Originally the Second Chance program helped dogs and puppies, but in 2019, the Oregon Humane Society opened a new Cat and Kitten Intake Center to accommodate large transports of cats and kittens. In Madera, California, they were struggling with a cat overpopulation for years. With this new Second Chance Program, more than 200 cats and kittens have been transported to OHS as a part of this grant.

This kitten was transported as part of the Second Chance Program. OHS plans on two trips per month from the Madera region through August 2020.

Deborah Turcott, acting president of PetSmart Charities, believes strong partnership is the key to success for this and other transport programs.“Pet transport is one of the strongest examples of how animal welfare organizations come together to solve for pet homelessness,” she explained. “And our funding to the Oregon Humane Society in this way brings our mission of finding loving homes for homeless pets come to life in communities across the country and in areas of great need.”

Cat Pictured From Oregon Humane Society’s Second Chance Program

A video from the Oregon Humane Society:

Did You Know: Second Chances from Oregon Humane Society on Vimeo.

A video from PetSmart Charities:

More from the Oregon Humane Society:

OHS is the largest humane society in the Northwest and adopts more animals from its Portland shelter than any other single-facility shelter on the West Coast. OHS puts no time limits on how long animals remain at the shelter—a pet stays available for adoption for as long as needed to find a loving home. If a pet in the care of OHS needs medical attention, the OHS veterinary hospital provides the pet with the same level of care you would want your own pet to receive. Founded in 1868 by noted humanitarian Thomas Lamb Eliot, OHS is the fourth-oldest humane society in the nation. Eliot initially established OHS to stop the neglect and abuse of draft animals. The mission expanded to include companion animals and, until 1933, orphaned children.

More from PetSmart Charities:

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought the leadership that brings people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 600,000 shelter pets each year. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting almost $400 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 16 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

Lend a Hand This Holiday Season – Oregon Ranks Third in Nation for Volunteering

Lend a Hand This Holiday Season – Oregon Ranks Third in Nation for Volunteering

Portland, OR. Did you know that 43% of Oregonians volunteered in 2018? Many volunteered at Human Solutions to help ensure that homeless and low-income families can build pathways out of poverty. Oregon ranks third in the nation, behind Utah and Minnesota for the percentage of the population that volunteers. In city rankings, Portland ranks fifth of all cities with 44% of citizens volunteering. (The full list of rankings is included in this story, near the end. In last place: Florida.)

We’d like to tip our hats to those who give of their time for others! Thank you!

We’ve got some idea for volunteering this holiday season if you’d like to join the crew, there are hundreds of opportunities. Hands-on Greater Portland is a great place to start. You can sort by date, interest, location, etc.

We have a list of over 150 local nonprofit partners with live links on our Partners Page. All your favorites are there! Like Meals on Wheels. Here’s a video about their program:

You can check out organizations that offer special holiday volunteer opportunities by interest, like the following:

Portland Animal Welfare
Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) hosts monthly clinics that offer free veterinary services to the homeless and impoverished. Medical, creative and logistical volunteers are always needed. Volunteers are always welcome at rescue shelter Animal Aid and the Oregon Humane Society.

Helping the Homeless
Bridgetown Inc. helps Portland’s homeless population. You can volunteer at its weekly Night Strike event that brings food, clothing, haircuts, and supplies to people under the Burnside Bridge. There are also opportunities to help at Portland Homeless Family Solutions shelters and with local service-providing organization Outside In. 

Oregon Food Bank
Keeping the pantry stocked at the Oregon Food Bank is a big job that typically falls to volunteers. Sign up as an individual or as a group.

Friends of Trees
Keep Portland and the surrounding area green with Friends of Trees, which is always looking for volunteers to plant trees in local soil.

Meals on Wheels People
Volunteer to deliver hot meals to the homebound elderly for the holidays with Meals on Wheels People, which is looking for volunteers now. You can also use your car to give rides to the elderly or disabled with Ride Connection.

Helping a Home
A home can be a meaningful thing – it can also be pretty costly. You can help by volunteering at the ReBuilding Center, a Portland organization that reclaims and recycles rebuilding and remodeling materials, selling them at a low cost. For the home decor side of things, there’s Community Warehouse, which provides basic household furnishings to Portland’s more vulnerable populations.

Here’s a list of the national volunteer statistics from the Corporation for National and Community Service:

Rank States Rate
1 Utah 51.0%
2 Minnesota 45.1%
3 Oregon 43.2%
4 Iowa 41.5%
5 Alaska 40.6%
6 Nebraska 40.2%
7 District of Columbia 39.8%
8 Montana 38.8%
9 Maine 38.7%
10 Idaho 37.9%
11 North Dakota 37.4%
12 Wisconsin 37.4%
13 Kansas 36.5%
14 Maryland 36.3%
15 South Dakota 36.3%
16 Vermont 36.0%
17 Washington 35.7%
18 New Hampshire 35.7%
19 North Carolina 35.1%
20 Indiana 34.9%
21 Pennsylvania 34.2%
22 Virginia 34.0%
23 Ohio 33.2%
24 Wyoming 32.7%
25 Massachusetts 32.6%
26 Colorado 32.4%
27 Oklahoma 32.0%
28 Missouri 31.9%
29 Delaware 31.8%
30 Connecticut 31.8%
31 Tennessee 31.3%
32 South Carolina 30.8%
33 Rhode Island 30.7%
34 Arizona 30.0%
35 Arkansas 30.0%
36 Michigan 29.4%
37 Texas 28.4%
38 Illinois 28.1%
39 Kentucky 28.1%
40 West Virginia 28.1%
41 Hawaii 28.0%
42 Alabama 27.4%
43 New Mexico 27.1%
44 Georgia 26.5%
45 New Jersey 26.1%
46 Louisiana 25.8%
47 California 25.4%
48 New York 25.3%
49 Nevada 24.4%
50 Mississippi 23.8%
51 Florida 22.8%


1 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metro Area 46.3%
2 Rochester, NY Metro Area 45.6%
3 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Area 45.0%
4 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI Metro Area 44.6%
5 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area 44.3%
6 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Metro Area 43.3%
7 Pittsburgh, PA Metro Area 38.1%
8 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area 38.1%
9 Raleigh, NC Metro Area 38.0%
10 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metro Area 37.6%


Beaverton Officials Celebrate Groundbreaking at Patricia Reser Center for the Arts

Beaverton Officials Celebrate Groundbreaking at Patricia Reser Center for the Arts

Beaverton, OR. Groundbreaking for The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts launched construction of the first of its kind facility to be built in the Portland-metro area in more than 30 years. On November 13th, Chris Ayzoukian of Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, lead donor Pat Reser and Lani Faith of the Beaverton Arts Foundation used their ceremonial shovels to dig in.

Thomas Lauderdale and 180-voice choir celebrate the new regional performing arts center.

A crowd of about 400 attend the ceremony at the site of the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts. It’s adjacent to the Beaverton Round which is near Hall Boulevard and SW Millikan Way.

Lead donor, Pat Reser, addresses the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Center for the Arts. It’s set to open in the fall of 2021.

“As we approach the realization of this performing arts facility, we have been provided a once-in-a-generation opportunity within our community to broaden exposure to the arts, including artists and arts education,” said Pat Reser, chair of the capital campaign for the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts.“This center will provide a place to celebrate artistic expression in all of its forms and it is my strong conviction that both the arts and our community will continue to flourish, impacting residents for decades to come.”

“I’m thrilled that this long-held personal dream and our community vision of a vibrant downtown with culture and arts at our heart is becoming a reality,” said Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle. “This center is a benefit to our city, the region and beyond. I’m counting down the days to opening and the opportunity to share this wonderful asset for many to enjoy.”

Together with emcee and Eye on the NW host Natali Marmion, Mayor Doyle, the Beaverton City Council and Beaverton Urban Redevelopment Agency Board welcomed lead donor Patricia Reser, as well as Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford, among others. To highlight the center’s mission of bringing a diverse range of artists and audiences together, a nearly 200-voice choir – especially assembled for the occasion – performed “True Colors” and “All You Need is Love,” including an audience singalong led by Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini. The choir included members from iSing Choir, Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, Portland Lesbian Choir, Arts & Communication Magnet Academy Choir, Southridge High School Choir and others, along with singers Marilyn Keller, Maddie Green and members of Big Horn Brass.

Nestled near to The Round between SW Cedar Hills Boulevard and SW Hall Boulevard, the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will include a 550-seat theater, art gallery, rehearsal, workshop and meeting space, lobby, outdoor plaza and adjacent parking structure. With innovative offerings in the performing arts – theater, music and dance – the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will be a beacon for civic engagement, creative learning and greater social cohesion.

“I’m excited about the many possibilities at the center to bring regional and national artists and attractions to Beaverton in a professional and intimate setting,” said Chris Ayzoukian, general manager for Patricia Reser Center for the Arts. “It will be a welcoming regional destination for many kinds of events and arts education programs that will highlight the cultural diversity of Beaverton and create more access to the arts for all.”

On July 17, 2018, the Beaverton Arts Foundation announced a gift of $13 million to the project. This transformative pledge made possible by Patricia Reser is an investment that provides nearly one-third of the $51 million in project costs needed to build the Center. Another $21.9 million is coming from public sources, including a land donation and a new City Transient Lodging Tax (TLT). In total, 96 percent of the construction costs have already been identified through public and private philanthropic investment.

“It has truly been inspiring to see how the community has stepped up in support of the vision for the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts,” said Lani Faith, executive director for the Beaverton Arts Foundation, the fundraising partner for the new center for the arts. “The dream of a vibrant stage and central gathering place has been in the hearts and minds of residents for many years, and it’s an incredible privilege to watch it come to life.”

The project’s design and construction team includes Skanska USA Building Inc., Gerding Edlen and OPSIS Architecture.

From the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts:

The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will be the first performing arts center of its kind to be built in the Portland-metro area in more than 30 years. Nestled near to The Round between SW Cedar Hills Boulevard and SW Hall Boulevard, the facility will include a 550-seat theater, art gallery, rehearsal, workshop and meeting space, lobby, outdoor plaza and adjacent parking structure. With innovative offerings in the performing arts – theater, music and dance – the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will be a beacon for civic engagement, creative learning and greater social cohesion. For more information, please visit: centerfortheartscampaign.org and beavertonoregon.gov/prca.


Ohana Oasis Raises Funds to Help Grieving Parents Heal

Ohana Oasis Raises Funds to Help Grieving Parents Heal

Portland, OR.  ‘Ohana Oasis hosted its 3rd annual “Giving for Joy Gala” at the Multnomah Athletic Club on November 9th. The goal of the event is to create an evening of joy while raising funds to send parents grieving the loss of a child on a healing retreat in Hawaii. The retreats are a revitalizing experience for parents, and a safe space to be with others who have gone through the painful death of a child. At the benefit, featured speakers Kristi Kimball, the nonprofit’s founder Heidi Low, and Quinn Kimball posed for a photo. The benefit also included some crowd-pleasers such as the Wine Wall and Dessert Dash. (Photo credit, Blaine + Bethany Photography)

Meryl Riddle dashes for her dessert. Organizers offered a champagne welcome with live music, a silent auction, and live auction.

125 supporters listen to Kristi Kimball share about her daughter Lila, her experiences at the ‘Ohana Oasis retreat, and the way she’s been impacted by Lila’s life.

Gala Chair, Becka Carter shares why she works to put on this gala every year.

From Ohana Oasis:

Ohana means family and an oasis is a refuge. Ohana Oasis is a safe and peaceful space for bereaved parents to spend a week beginning a new way of life.  Retreats create a revitalizing personal experience for each parent, as well as a safe space to be with others who have gone through the painful death of a child. Through Ohana Oasis they can hear and share their own fears, struggles, questions, joys and hopes echoed by others. Next year’s event will be held on Saturday, November 14th at the Multnomah Athletic Club.

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