JDRF Hope Gala Raises Over $500,000 to Fund Diabetes Research

JDRF Hope Gala Raises Over $500,000 to Fund Diabetes Research

Portland, Or. Over 425 guests attended the 23rd JDRF Hope Gala at the Sentinel Hotel on May 5th.  The event was Chaired by Larry & Suzanne Mackin and raised over $500,000 to fund diabetes research. Each year at the Hope Gala, the JDRF Oregon/SW Washington Chapter presents the “Living and Giving Award” to individuals or a company who are outstanding philanthropists, not only to JDRF, but to our community at large. This honor recognizes those who stand out as exemplary leaders and who have, for a long time, set the standard for  “giving back” in many ways.     Honorees receiving the 2018 Hope Gala Living & Giving Award were Jay & Renee Haladay. They took time for a photo with Judy Summers, Executive Director, JDRF Oregon/SW Washington Chapter and Gary Haines, Board President, JDRF Oregon/SW Washington Chapter.

2018 JDRF Hope Gala. Hope Gala Honoree, Jay Haladay; Gala Co-Chairs, Suzanne & Larry Mackin; Hope Gala Honoree, Renee Haladay

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 (T1D) diabetes research.   In the last twelve years, JDRF has funded over $6.7 million dollars in grants covering research taking place in Oregon.  

The Oregon/SW Washington Chapter provides support and resources to those newly diagnosed and their families as well as children and adults living with type 1 diabetes. These include Parent Coffee Groups, Children’s Art Group, T1D Adult Group, a TypeOne Nation Educational Summit, Connections Support Program, Adult and Teen Care Kits and the Bag of Hope Program for newly diagnosed children.


De La Salle North Catholic HS Luncheon Raises $273,360 for Financial Aid

De La Salle North Catholic HS Luncheon Raises $273,360 for Financial Aid

Portland, OR. The Changing Destinies Financial Aid Luncheon drew over 225 people to raise funds for financial aid for students at De La Salle North Catholic High School. The April 26th benefit raised $273,360. At the luncheon, longtime supporter Steve Spence had a chance to talk with one of the students at the North Portland school. (Photo credit, Andrea Lonas Photography)

Senior Tyler White addressing audience during keynote speech

Cooper DuBois

Giovanni Battles and Ashley Rollins, both class of 2005

Cathy Rudd & Barbara Silver with student

Cyndy Maletis

Here’s a video which explains some of the details of the unique program.

From De La Salle North Catholic HS:

Thank you to our sponsors! 

Wieden + Kennedy

Clark Foundation

OnPoint Community Credit Union

Providence Health & Services 

Reliable Credit

The Standard

Walsh Construction

Our mission is to provide an affordable, college preparatory, faith-based education to young men and women throughout the Portland metro area with limited financial resources.  Over 325 years ago, St. John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers and their schools, established the practice of providing a Christian education to the young, especially those who are most on the margins of society.  Today, along with the support and sponsorship of the De La Salle Christian Brothers (San Francisco New Orleans District), De La Salle North Catholic strives to continue this mission.

Since the school was founded in 2001, our school has continued to grow and develop into a community of dedicated teachers and staff who, along with our many corporate work-study partners and volunteers, provide our unique education to capable, motivated and interested young people.

What is so unique about our school:

  1. Our school turns no one away based on an inability to pay tuition. Even though our tuition is more than $10,000 less than any other private, Catholic high school in our area, most of our families still would find it hard to afford our low tuition.
  2. Every student in our school works five days each month at “real-world” jobs. Not only does the money they earn at these jobs off-set nearly 60% of the cost to educate each student, but the work experience is life-changing for them. We are a founding member of the Cristo Rey Network® of schools which, today, number over 30 and are located in every major urban area throughout the United States.
  3. In that we are a relatively small, faith-based school, we can provide a safe and supportive environment where students truly do “enter to learn and leave to serve” (our school’s motto).
  4. Our students don’t simply graduate high school; over 95% have been accepted to colleges and universities—each and every year.  Our students go to college with employable skills which help them pay for their college education, which ultimately, will help them break the cycle of poverty.  Their success is a result of a culture of goal setting and achieving high standards by blending rigorous academics, four years of professional work experience and Catholic morals.

So, on behalf of our religious sponsor, the De La Salle Christian Brothers, the Board of Trustees and the entire De La Salle North Catholic community, thank you for your interest and we invite you to come visit our students and experience how we are transforming Portland’s inner-city youth, one student at a time!


Junior League of Portland Hosts Inaugural Rose City Women’s Summit

Junior League of Portland Hosts Inaugural Rose City Women’s Summit

Portland, OR. More than 300 attendees came to the Hilton Downtown Portland for the inaugural Rose City Women’s Summit on May 11th. The Junior League of Portland hosted the event, a fundraiser for it’s community development fund, The 1910 Campaign. Sarah Burns, JLP President noted that this event “was an incredibly successful continuation of JLP’s legacy in our community to promote the development and potential of women. Organizers included Kristin Kilshaw, President Elect JLP, Sarah Burns, President JLP, Tarana Burke, Founder #MeToo, Danielle Caldwell, Fund Development VP, Fernanda Gwinner, Chair Rose Summit, Kim McNally, Co-Chair Rose Summit, Ashley Eil, Gretchen Corbett Award Recipient, KaDo Gorman, Past President -JLP

The attendees were inspired to be the change in their own world.” The Summit focused on diversity & inclusion which was woven into all aspects of the day including the keynote speech given by Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo Movement. It was also a time to honor women who have overcome tremendous adversity in order to change the course of their life. Ashley Eil, an instrumental part of launching this year’s Summit, received the first Gretchen Corbett Award for her outstanding service as a volunteer and advocate in Portland. The Rose City Women’s Summit raised around $30,000 for New Avenues for Youth, a Portland organization dedicated to the prevention and intervention of youth homelessness, and this year’s partner with the 1910 Campaign. (Photo credit, Helen Beavers; Firefly Photography.)

Tarana Burke with sponsors; Jim Carideo Branch Manager UBS Portland & Evelyn Jones, UBS Financial Services.

Tarana Burke Luncheon

Rose Summit Attendees at Closing Plenary

Attendees were able to enjoy engaging and inspiring talks from speakers around the country and around the region including Women’s Foundation of Oregon Executive Director, Emily Evans, who shared ways we can all support women at work, at home, and in the community. Jane Schwartzberg, Executive Director at UBS, shared her courageous story of life with metastatic cancer and how a change in perception can change your life. Keynote speaker, Tarana Burke, gave a heartfelt and engaging speech on how the seed for the #MeToo movement started over 10 years ago and how the focus needs to remain on the survivors and not the perpetrators.

Lunch was sponsored by the Junior League of Portland and UBS and included speakers Kristin Kilshaw, President-Elect of the Junior League of Portland; Jim Carrideo, Managing Director of UBS Portland; and Ashley Eil, Member Junior League of Portland who shared her story of overcoming childhood homelessness and the power of a relationship to change a life. The day featured a Marketplace which showcased local and regional vendors including Paper Epiphanies, Ground Up Nut Butters, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Accessory Junkie, and provided opportunity for attendees to support local women-owned businesses.

The Junior League of Portland is an organization of more than 600 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Our House of Portland Raises $460,000 at Sold Out Glitter Gala

Our House of Portland Raises $460,000 at Sold Out Glitter Gala

Portland, OR. Over 500 supporters came out to support the annual Our House Portland gala. The sold out event raised over $460,000. Auction co-chair Tracy Curtis posed for a photo with Emcee Poison Waters and fellow co-chair Lisa Watson at the February 24th benefit. The Our House Gala “GLITTER” was a Disco themed event. Our House provides healthcare, housing, and other vital services to low-income people living with HIV. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

Kate Cary with Executive Director Mary Rita Hurley and Joe Morris 

Our House Board Member and Supporter Andrew Tweedie holds up his bid card.

Board of Directors Chair Bob Speltz supports the cause.

Stephen Cassell, with Mayor Ted Wheeler & Katrina Wheeler

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, with volunteer Marcia Lovell and Director of Volunteers Kathryn Siebert.

From Our House:

Our House has been part of the Portland community since 1988.  Our services have expanded but our commitment to people living with HIV has remained the same.  HIV is a complex and challenging disease that can often be overwhelming.  The Our House team of expert clinicians works with people with HIV who are having difficulty managing independent living.  They tailor services for each individual that defines what “living well” means to them.

Over the years we have expanded services that now range from regular in-home visits by clinical staff to 24-hour residential skilled nursing services.  As the health of a resident or client improves or declines, we are able to continue to provide services within our continuum of care.

Our programs and services include: Our House, Neighborhood Housing & Care Program, Esther’s Pantry and Tod’s Corner.

Our House maintains an inclusive community where values, experiences and identities are accepted, where respect for differences is shared and where questions, dialogue and education are encouraged.

Non-discrimination – It is the policy of Our House not to discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, age, sensory, mental, or physical ability, heritage, ancestry, national origin, political ideology, religion, or creed. This policy includes, but is not limited to, hiring, firing, layoffs, promotions, wages, training, disciplinary action, or any other terms, privileges, condition, or benefits of employment as well as non-discrimination in the providing of any services or activities of the organization.

Our House is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Portland, Oregon (USA).

27th Annual CASA Auction Raises $780,000 to Support Local Children in Foster Care

27th Annual CASA Auction Raises $780,000 to Support Local Children in Foster Care

Portland, OR. CASA for Children of Multnomah, Washington, and Columbia Counties hosted its 27th Annual CASA Auction: Singing in the Rain at the Portland Art Museum on April 6th. Auction Chair and CASA Volunteer Anna Maria Savinar had a chance to visit with The Honorable Judge Nan Waller. The evening’s presenting sponsor was Fred Meyer, and the event raised more than $780,000 in support of CASA’s mission to advocate for the rights, safety, and well being of abused and neglected children who are under the protection of the courts. This is CASA’s highest grossing auction to date, and its largest single source of fundraising revenue. (Photo credit, Julie Court Jacob)

CASA Board Vice President and Governance Chair Tom Savinar, and Auction Chair and CASA volunteer Anna Maria Savinar.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown with CASA Board Member Trey Slinkard.

CASA Executive Director Betsy Stark Miller, and CASA Board President Bill Gardner.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown addresses the audience.

The auction achieved its most successful year to-date with support from generous donors like Fred Meyer— the event’s Presenting Sponsor, and the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund— the event’s lead Challenge Match Sponsor. The audience was comprised of over 500 guests, including: Governor Kate Brown, former Multnomah County Presiding Judge Nan Waller, leaders from Portland’s corporate and philanthropic communities, CASA volunteers, CASA’s Board of Directors, and CASA’s Ambassador Board.

The honorary guests were a foster family who shared their story of adopting two biological siblings and the critical role the children’s CASA played in making the adoption possible. The foster parents expressed their gratitude to the children’s CASA volunteer who worked tirelessly for six years to help finalize the adoption. This touching story encouraged the evening’s guests to raise their paddles during the special appeal, which raised over $271,000. CASA greatly appreciates the generosity of each attendee, and would also like to thank Sheila Hamilton and Kelly Russell, the emcee and Auctioneer for the evening; the event’s success could not have been possible without them.

All proceeds raised from the auction directly impact our ability to serve more children with a CASA volunteer. A CASA passionately and tirelessly works to guide a child through the trauma of the court system. Oregon law gives CASAs unusual authority as a ‘party to the case’ so that they are able to ensure that the system does not ignore a child’s needs and that the judge has the information to act in the child’s best interests. A CASA is trained to work with judges, social workers, teachers, foster parents, and family members to guarantee that the safety and well-being of the child is front and center. This annual auction ensures the continuation of CASA’s advocacy work on behalf of our community’s foster children.

If you are interested in learning more about how to become a CASA volunteer, upcoming trainings, or future fundraising events, please contact Anne Marie Johnson, Director of Development and Communications, at 503.988.4170 or [email protected].

Volunteers Create PERIOD Packs for Needy Women

Volunteers Create PERIOD Packs for Needy Women

Portland, OR. PERIOD is a non-profit organization working to celebrate periods and provide products to those in need. On International Women’s Day, PERIOD partnered with We Work, Glad Rags, and Project Object to host its largest packing party yet. In two hours, with over 100+ volunteers from around the Portland Metro Area, workers put together over 2,000 period packs, which will be distributed to menstruators in need over the next month. 

The event was made possible by donations from Tampax and Always.

On International Women’s Day, volunteers focused on the path towards greater gender parity. Organizers say, “In order to have that fully equitable and participatory society — where all women can contribute and prosper — we must have laws and policies that ensure that menstrual products are safe and affordable for all who need them.” 

Nadya Okamoto and Vincent Forand co-founded PERIOD as high school students in 2014 after realizing that menstrual products are not reliably available to those who need them the most. 

For more information, here’s a link: https://www.period.org/

Edwards Center Honors Founder on 75th Birthday

Edwards Center Honors Founder on 75th Birthday

Portland, OR. More than 150 people including family, friends, former students, professional peers, members of the Board of Directors and Edwards Center staff wished Dr. Jean Edwards a happy 75th birthday and thanked her for the 46 plus years of dedicated service to the field of Developmental Disabilities. At the party, Jean Edwards embraced Karen Gafney who attended with her family. The celebration on March 10th at Portland Hilton’s Skyline Room also raised $15,000 for the program. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

Jean Edwards and her husband, Bryan Gergen

Drew Snodgrass of Dennis’ 7 Dees and his wife, Edward Center Board member, Chris Monty-Snodgrass of ReMax

Debbie & Board Treasurer Ken Karalus with Edwards’ Executive Leader, Allen C. Cress and his family

Jean-Pierre & Aaron Meyer

The Sheth Family with Jean Edwards

The Blacks and The Hannums

The Parker family

Megan Iwami and Jim Parker 

Allen C. Cress, Edwards’ Executive Leader, and his family

From Edwards Center:

We believe that people with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities have tremendous potential.  That’s why we’ve created a lifelong plan of services to provide our participants with homes, jobs, and a chance to participate in the world around them.  Since 1972 we’ve worked with our clients, their families, and their friends to ensure that adults with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to live and thrive in Oregon.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 83rd Season Features Othello and Romeo and Juliet

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 83rd Season Features Othello and Romeo and Juliet

Ashland, OR. Ticket sales are underway for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s (OSF) 83rd season, which begins with the first preview on Feb. 16 and continues through Oct. 28. The 2018 season features four plays by William Shakespeare, including Romeo and Juliet with Emily Ota (Juliet), William Thomas Hodgson (Romeo) which will open in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre in June.

Henry V, Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2012
Ashland, 2012

For 2018 there’s also a re-imagined classic musical, two West Coast premieres, one U.S. premiere and two world premieres—as well as a host of events and opportunities to further engage with the onstage works.

“Using humor, passion, poetry, heartbreak, music and much more, the playwrights, composers and other creative artists of this season give us stories that help us discover our hidden past, our present selves and our hopes for the future,” said Artistic Director Bill Rauch.

The 2018 playbill includes OthelloSense and SensibilityDestiny of DesireRodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and Snow in Midsummer in the Angus Bowmer Theatre; Henry VManahatta and The Way the Mountain Moved in the intimate Thomas Theatre; and Romeo and JulietThe Book of Will and Love’s Labor’s Lost in the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.

Tickets are for sale at osfashland.org or by calling the Box Office at 800-219-8161. High demand during Member Presale has already led to the addition of six bonus performances. In addition to the 11 plays, the 2018 season includes annual events and programming such as the Green Show—free outdoor entertainment, six nights a week in the summer and fall—a Juneteenth celebration on June 18, the Daedalus Project to raise funds for HIV/AIDS organizations on Aug. 20, an intensive Summer Seminar for High School Juniors, and the School Visit Program in fall and winter.

The 2018 season is sponsored by U.S. Bank, which has been supporting the Festival since 1978.

Here’s a complete list of the offerings:

In the Angus Bowmer Theatre

The 2018 season will open in February with OTHELLO, directed by Bill Rauch, marking the 11th time in OSF’s history that this tragedy has been produced. In addition to the title character, the play—which explores racism, religious bias, xenophobia and the more disturbing aspects of relationships—contains one of Shakespeare’s most memorable villains, Iago, as well as two of his most nuanced, compelling female characters, Desdemona and Emilia. This will be director Rauch’s first time helming the play, and he observes: “This is Shakespeare’s most intimate tragedy, and his searing indictment of a society negotiating with difference could not be a more urgent story for our times.”

Othello Chris Butler (Othello), Danforth Comins (Iago)

The cast includes Chris Butler as Othello, Alejandra Escalante as Desdemona, Danforth Comins as Iago and Amy Kim Waschke as Emilia. Full cast list and more information: osfashland.org/Othello

Running all season alongside Othello is a lively adaptation of Jane Austen’s enchanting romantic tale SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, directed by Hana S. Sharifand adapted by Kate HamillThis adaptation— full of comedic surprises and deliciously wicked social commentary—first debuted at Bedlam Theatre in New York City, directed by Eric Tucker (director of OSF’s 2017 production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) in a widely praised and often-extended production that TheNew York Times praised as “a troupe’s triumphant joy in giving defiantly theatrical form to a literary narrative.” Director Hana S. Sharif is the associate artistic director at Baltimore Center Stage.

Sense and Sensibility
Nancy Rodriguez (Elinor Dashwood)

The cast includes Nancy Rodriguez as Elinor Dashwood. Emily Ota as Marianne Dashwood, Kate Mulligan as Mrs. Dashwood, Kevin Kenerly as Col. Brandon, Armando McClain as Edward Ferrars and Nate Cheeseman as John Willoughby. Full cast list and more information: osfashland.org/SenseAndSensibility

Also opening at the top of the season, and playing through July 12, is the delicious and provocative comedy DESTINY OF DESIRE by Karen Zacarías, directed by José Luis Valenzuela. Zacarías supercharges the standard telenovela genre in this smart, sizzling, music-filled romp that follows the adventures of two girls secretly switched at birth one stormy night in small-town Mexico. Love and betrayal overflow amid a vibrant cast of classic Mexican telenovela characters, with nods to Shakespeare’s comedies and Brecht’s epic theatre. The Los Angeles Timespraised Destiny of Desire as a “terrifically entertaining theatrical roller-coaster” that “shimmers…with majestic theatrical artistry.” Director Valenzuela is the artistic director of the Los Angeles Theatre Center, an award-winning theatre and film director and a tenured professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Destiny of Desire
Vilma Silva (Fabiola Castillo), Catherine Castellanos (Sister Sonia), Armando Durán (Armando Castillo)

The cast includes Armando Durán as Armando Castillo, Vilma Silva as Fabiola Castillo, Adriana Sevahn Nichols as Hortencia del Rio, Esperanza America as Pilar Esperanza Castillo, Catherine Castellanos as Sister Sonia, Eddie Lopez as Ernesto Del Rio and Al Espinosa as Dr. Jorge Ramiro Mendoza. Full cast list and more information: osfashland.org/DestinyOfDesire

Opening April 22 and running through the end of the season is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! directed by Bill Rauch. With the blessing of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, the OSF production will celebrate this groundbreaking musical’s 75th anniversary by offering a uniquely 21st-century interpretation featuring same-sex couples and other LGBTQ2+ casting, while retaining the original 1906 Oklahoma territory setting. Rauch says, “Audiences will see beloved OSF acting company members in inspired casting that celebrates the original pioneering spirit of this musical.” When Oklahoma! first opened on Broadway in 1943, Brooks Atkinson wrote in The New York Times that the show’s opening number, “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” changed the history of musical theatre, saying, “After a verse like that, sung to a buoyant melody, the banalities of the old musical stage became intolerable.”

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
Royer Bockus (Laurey), Tatiana Wechsler (Curly)

The cast features Tatiana Wechsler as Curly, Royer Bockus as Laurey, Jordan Barbour as Will Parker, Jonathan Luke Stevens as Ado Andy, Michael Sharon as Jud Fry, Barzin Akhavan as Ali Hakim and Bobbi Charlton as Aunt Eller. Full cast list and more information: osfashland.org/Oklahoma

The final show to open in the Angus Bowmer Theatre on Aug. 5 is the U.S. premiere of SNOW IN MIDSUMMER by Frances Ya-Chu CowhigDebuting in Ashland after the play’s widely acclaimed world premiere at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Snow in Midsummer is a contemporary re-imagining of the 13th-century Chinese Yuan dynasty ghost story by Guan Hanqing called The Injustice to Dou E. In Cowhig’s thrilling adaptation, a young woman named Dou Yi is sentenced to death for murder and swears vengeance before her execution, cursing her city from beyond the grave to a catastrophic drought and midsummer snow and forcing locals to face a past that no one wants to remember. TheEvening Standard praised the RSC production as “a beguiling and unexpected evening” that has “an unusual and most particular sense of grace and beauty.” Snow in Midsummer will be directed by Justin Audibert, who also served as director of the RSC production.

Snow in Midsummer
Jessica Ko (Dou Yi)

The cast features Jessica Ko as Dou Yi, Amy Kim Waschke as Tianyun, Daisuke Tsuji as Handsome Zhang, Will Dao as Rocket Wu, Cristofer Jean as Judge Wu and James Ryen as Master Zhang. Full cast list and more information: osfashland.org/SnowInMidsummer

In the more intimate Thomas Theatre

The first show to open in the Thomas Theatre will be Shakespeare’s HENRY V, opening Feb. 24 and running through Oct. 27. Audiences will see Daniel José Molina complete his immersive three-play journey in the title role following 2017’s productions of Henry IV, Parts One and TwoHenry V, one of Shakespeare’s most popular and oft-quoted history plays, will be directed by first-time OSF director Rosa Joshi, a Seattle-based director and co-founder of upstart crow collective. Joshi says “Shakespeare is my great passion. I’m always looking for what is relevant, fresh and immediate in the plays for a contemporary audience. As a director who loves classical work, I’m obsessive about asking ‘why this play, why now?’”

Henry V
Daniel José Molina (Henry V)

Each actor plays a variety of roles, and the cast includes Daniel José Molina, Jessica Ko, Michele Mais, Rex Young, Moses Villarama, Robert Vincent Frank and Tyrone Wilson. Full cast list and more information: osfashland.org/HenryV

Opening April 1 and running through Oct. 27 is the world premiere of MANAHATTA by Mary Kathryn Nagle, directed by Laurie Woolery. Nagle is a playwright, attorney, activist and citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, as well as the executive director for the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program. Woolery has previously directed The Language Archive and the world premieres of The Tenth Muse and The River Bride at OSF. Manahatta tells the story of Jane Snake, a brilliant young Native Lenape woman with a Stanford MBA. Jane reconnects with her ancestral homeland, known as Manahatta, when she moves from her home with the Delaware Nation in Anadarko, Oklahoma, to New York for a job at a major investment bank just before the financial crisis of 2008. Jane’s struggle to reconcile her new life with the expectations and traditions of the family she left behind is powerfully interwoven with the heartbreaking history of how the Lenape were forced from their land. Both old and new Manahatta converge in a brutal lesson about the dangers of living in a society where there’s no such thing as enough.

Tanis Parenteau (Jane)

The cast features Tanis Parenteau as Jane/Le-le-wa’-you, Rainbow Dickerson as Debra/Toosh-ki-pa-kwis-i, Sheila Tousey as Mother/Bobbie, Steven Flores as Luke/Se-ket-tu-may-qua, Jeffrey King as Peter Minuit/Peter Stuyvesant/Dick, Danforth Comins as Joe/Jakob and David Kelly as Michael/Jonas Michaelius. Full cast list and more information: osfashland.org/Manahatta

The final show to open in the Thomas Theatre on July 14 will be the world premiere of THE WAY THE MOUNTAIN MOVED  by Idris Goodwin, commissioned by OSF’s American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle. This powerful journey into the genesis of the Transcontinental Railroad explores the often untold perspectives of an iconic chapter in American History and the events that shaped the country’s moral and environmental future. In a remote desert in the 1850s, four men—a U.S. Army lieutenant, a sharpshooter, a botanist and an artist—set out to survey a route for the new continent-spanning railroad. After being scattered on separate odysseys, they cross paths with lost pioneers, cautious Native Americans and an African-American Mormon couple unsure whether to befriend, fight or flee the newcomers. Whose dreams will prevail? The director of The Way the Mountain Moved is May Adrales, who directed the wildly popular Vietgone in OSF’s 2016 season.

The Way the Mountain Moved
Christopher Salazar (Shippah), Christiana Clark (Martha), Sara Bruner (Phyllis Cooke), Al Espinosa (Luis Núñez Arista)

The cast includes Al Espinosa as Luis Núñez Arista, Rex Young as George Harris, Julian Remulla as Jonathan Handle, Michael Gabriel Goodfriend as Lt. Gerald Smith, Christopher Salazar as Shippah, Rodney Gardiner as Orson, Christiana Clark as Martha and Sara Bruner as Phyllis Cooke. Full cast list and more information: osfashland.org/TheWayTheMountainMoved

Allen Elizabethan Theatre

The open-air Allen Elizabethan Theatre season will begin with previews on June 5, and outdoor productions will run though Oct. 14. The official opening weekend is June 15-17.

Shakespeare’s tragedy ROMEO AND JULIET will open first in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Inspired by the natural mirror of the play’s progression from light to darkness, the production is directed by Dámaso Rodríguezartistic director of Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre. Rodríguez says, “Audiences will see a production steeped in lush period detail and historical context that considers the effects of the religious and social order of the time as the source of the ancient grudge between Montague and Capulet. This look to a century far in the past will echo our polarized present.” In addition to his four years leading Artists Rep, Rodríguez’s directing credits include work at Playwrights’ Center, Pasadena Playhouse, Intiman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Laguna Playhouse, A Noise Within, The [email protected] Court, Naked Angels and Furious Theatre, which he co-founded and co-artistic directed.

Playing the title roles are William Thomas Hodgson and Emily Ota. Others in the cast include Sara Bruner as Mercutio, Derek Garza as Tybalt, Robin Goodrin Nordli as Nurse, G. Valmont Thomas as Capulet, Kate Hurster as Lady Capulet, Richard Elmore as Montague and Monique Holt as Lady Montague, Michael J. Hume as Friar Laurence, Christiana Clark as Prince Escalus, Armando McClain as Paris and Julian Remulla as Benvolio. Full cast list and more information: osfashland.org/RomeoAndJuliet

Opening June 16 on the outdoor stage is THE BOOK OF WILL, playwright Lauren Gunderson’s lively, funny and poignant comedy about the creation of Shakespeare’s First Folio that feels tailor-made for the OSF acting company. The Book of Will, to be directed by Christopher Liam Moorecenters on the efforts of Henry Condell and John Heminges, two members of Shakespeare’s theatre company, to bring his plays to publication against seemingly insurmountable odds. The Boulder Weekly praised the 2017 world premiere of The Book of Will as a “thoughtful rumination on mortality, a touching ode to the power of love and a laugh-out-loud comedy,” adding “Shakespeare lovers will kick themselves, hard, if they don’t get to a performance of The Book of Will.” Lauren Gunderson will be the first female playwright with a completely original play on OSF’s Allen Elizabethan stage in its 83-year history. Director Christopher Liam Moore is in his eighth season as an actor and director with OSF and was the director of 2017’s Shakespeare in Love.

The Book of Will
Kevin Kenerly (Richard Burbage), Jeffrey King (John Heminges), David Kelly (Henry Condell)

The cast features David Kelly as Henry Condell, Kevin Kenerly as Richard Burbage, Catherine Castellanos as Elizabeth Condell, Jeffrey King as John Heminges, Kate Mulligan as Rebecca Heminges, Cristofer Jean as Ralph Crane, Kate Hurster as Alice, Jordan Barbour as Ed Knight, Jonathan Luke Stevens as Marcus and Daniel T. Parker as Ben Jonson. Full cast list and more information: osfashland.org/TheBookOfWill

Shakespeare’s LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST, directed by Amanda Dehnertopens June 17. Instinct does battle with intellect in this charming and linguistically nimble, music-filled comedy about a group of young male scholars, led by King Ferdinand of Navarre, who swear themselves to three years of chastity, contemplation and scholarship. That plan is quickly derailed when a group of lovely, witty and playful ladies arrive on the scene. Linguistic and physical hijinks abound in Shakespeare’s delicious comedy with a cast of indelible supporting characters and a surprising twist of an ending. Festival audiences have previously been treated to director Dehnert’s inventive and provocative stagings of My Fair Lady, Into the Woods and 2011’s Julius Caesar, among others.

Love’s Labor’s Lost
Stephen Michael Spencer (Berowne), Jennie Greenberry (Rosaline)

The cast includes Daniel José Molina as King of Navarre, Alejandra Escalante as Princess of France, Stephen Michael Spencer as Berowne, Jennie Greenberry as Rosaline, Dan Poppen as Dumaine, Jeremy Gallardo as Longaville, Richard Howard as Don Armando, Vilma Silva as Boyet, Cedric Lamar as Costard and Robin Goodrin Nordli as Holofernes. Full cast list and more information: osfashland.org/LovesLaborsLost

2018 Dates to Remember

Season opening weekend: Feb. 23-25
Sign Interpreted Performance Weekends: May 25-27, July 6-8, Sept. 14-15
Allen Elizabethan Theatre opening weekend: June 15-17
Green Show performances: June 15-Oct. 14
Daedalus Project Variety Show and Play Reading: Monday, Aug. 20
Allen Elizabethan Theatre closing weekend: Oct. 12-14
Angus Bowmer Theatre and Thomas Theatre closing weekend: Oct. 27-28


Othello by William Shakespeare
February 16 – October 28
Opens February 23
Directed by Bill Rauch

Sense and Sensibility by Kate Hamill
February 17 – October 28
Opens February 24
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Hana S. Sharif
West Coast Premiere

Destiny of Desire by Karen Zacarías
February 18 – July 12
Opens February 25
Directed by José Luis Valenzuela

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
April 18 – October 27

Opens April 22
Music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs
Original dances by Agnes de Mille
Directed by Bill Rauch                       

Snow in Midsummer by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
August 2 – October 27
Opens August 5
Directed by Justin Audibert
U.S. Premiere


Henry V by William Shakespeare
February 21 – October 27
Opens Feb. 24
Directed by Rosa Joshi

Manahatta by Mary Kathryn Nagle
March 28 – October 27
Opens April 1
Directed by Laurie Woolery
World Premiere

The Way the Mountain Moved by Idris Goodwin
July 10 – October 28
Opens July 14
Directed by May Adrales
World Premiere/American Revolutions


Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
June 5 – October 12
Opens June 15
Directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson
June 6 – October 13
Opens June 16
Directed by Christopher Liam Moore
West Coast Premiere

Love’s Labor’s Lost by William Shakespeare
June 7 – October 14

Opens June 17
Directed by Amanda Dehnert

Founded by Angus Bowmer in 1935, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) has grown from a three-day festival of two plays to a nationally renowned theatre arts organization that presents an eight-month season of up to 11 plays that include works by Shakespeare as well as a mix of classics, musicals, and world-premiere plays and musicals. OSF’s play commissioning programs, which include American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle, have generated works that have been produced on Broadway, throughout the American regional theatre, and in high schools and community theatres across the country. The Festival draws attendance of more than 400,000 to approximately 800 performances every year and employs approximately 575 theatre professionals.

OSF invites and welcomes everyone, and believes the inclusion of diverse people, ideas, cultures and traditions enriches both our insights into the work we present on stage and our relationships with each other. OSF is committed to equity and diversity in all areas of our work and in our audiences.

OSF’s mission statement: “Inspired by Shakespeare’s work and the cultural richness of the United States, we reveal our collective humanity through illuminating interpretations of new and classic plays, deepened by the kaleidoscope of rotating repertory.”

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2018 season runs from Feb. 16 through Oct. 28. For more information and to purchase tickets visit osfashland.org or call 1-800-219-8161.

Portland to Host 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in February

Portland to Host 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in February

Portland, OR. Portland is set to host the 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships on February 22-24 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  The event, organized by the nonprofit Oregon Sports Authority, will bring more than 1,600 figure skaters from 89 of the nation’s top synchronized skating teams, and serve as the U.S. selection event for the 2018 World Synchronized Skating Championships. Tickets, starting at $25 per day plus applicable service fees, are now on sale at rosequarter.com.

Northernettes Synchronized Skating

Here’s a video featuring the Skyliner team from New York.

Nexxice Junior Synchronized Skating Team

Northernettes Synchronized Skating

Synchronized skating consists of teams of eight to 20 skaters on the ice performing routines in unison.  Teams are judged on their ability to work simultaneously, choreographing circular, linear, block, wheel, and intersection elements to music.  Teams are required to perform difficult step sequences involving a number of complicated turns and movements.  Skaters range in age from 9 to 65.  Teams will qualify for the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships at two sectional competitions taking place this week in Estero, Florida, and next week in Wichita, Kansas.

“We are honored that U.S. Figure Skating has entrusted Portland to host this prestigious event,” said Bill Cloran, president of the Oregon Skating Council and co-chair of the Local Organizing Committee.  “The amazing athleticism and artistry displayed by synchronized skating teams is truly an awesome sight to witness in person.”

This will be the first time that Portland has hosted the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, after hosting the 2016 Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships and the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.  The event is expected to attract more than 5,000 visitors, generating approximately $2.3 million in economic impact for the area.  U.S. Figure Skating will work with the Oregon Skating Council, Oregon Sports Authority, Travel Portland and Rose Quarter to produce the championships.  Local sponsors include Bank of the West, Morel Ink and Providence Sports Medicine.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome so many skaters to Portland,” said Jim Etzel, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority.  “This is a national championship event that will be very exciting for Oregonians to witness, as well as a tremendous economic impact for our hotels, restaurants and retail businesses at the perfect time of year.”

More information about the championships, including a schedule of events, can be found at ussynchrochampionships.com.

Oregon Sports Authority
The Oregon Sports Authority has served as the state’s sports economic development arm for more than two decades, injecting more than $200 million into Oregon’s economy through sports tourism. Supported by more than 150 annual members, the non-profit organization works relentlessly to enhance the state’s economy and quality of life by attracting sports events and franchises.

U.S. Figure Skating
U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 750 member clubs, collegiate clubs, school-affiliated clubs and more than 1,000 registered Learn to Skate USA programs representing more than 184,200 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.

Partner with Edison Breakfast Raises $190,000 for the Innovative High School

Partner with Edison Breakfast Raises $190,000 for the Innovative High School

Portland, OR.. Edison High School welcomed 390 guests to the Oregon Zoo for its annual Partner with Edison Breakfast. At the event, board member Jim Kilpatrick and his wife, Rose visited with Edison Director Patrick Maguire. Guests heard from junior Jack Holmes and former student Wilson Sherman-Burton about the importance of Edison High School.  Past parent, Anne Stein-Gray, shared her “Edison Story” about the positive impact the school has had on her family. The benefit on November 3rd generated over $190,000 to help support financial aid, technology, and professional development at the school. Edison, the only high school in Oregon and southwest Washington dedicated to students with learning differences. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus Photography)

Jade Dickey-Griffith ‘21, Shannon Quandee ’18, Kathleen Quandee, and Susan & Bill Rehm

Magdalen Livesey, alumnus speaker Wilson Sherman-Burton and one of Wilson’s favorite Edison teachers, Colin Livesey

Proud parent John Holmes and son, student speaker Jack Holmes

Jill Petty, Elizabeth Dove, past parent speaker Anne Stein-Gray
and Sharon Brown Lamberton

Mark Zaugra, Karen Asbury, and Teri Ikeda

From Edison High School:

    “Some kids have learning differences. All kids have dreams.”

Welcome to Edison High School, the only high school in Oregon and Southwest Washington dedicated to serving students with complex learning differences. Our work here is powerful and profound: helping every student reach his or her full potential.

As a small, private school, Edison High School offers an individualized curriculum that meets each student’s special needs, and maximizes the ability to learn. We also provide the emotional support that builds confidence and maturity. By empowering students with learning differences to experience academic success and personal growth, Edison does more than prepare teens for the future. We change lives.