You can expect scenes like this one from a previous ball when more than 800 event-goers were in attendance for Levé’s Ninth Annual Charity Ball. That year, all proceeds benefited “I Have a Dream” Oregon.
This year, along with a DJ, silent auction, and wine wall, the event will be emceed by Stumptown’s favorite drag queen, Poison Waters.
Earlier this year, Levé members volunteered at the Girls Inc. “Rappel for Her” fundraiser. There is a clear synergy with the Levé and Girls Inc partnership. Girls Inc. works to inspire school-aged girls to be strong, smart and bold, while Levé prides itself on women supporting women.
Levé, which comes from the french word “to lift,” has a unique partnership model that exposes habitual attendees to a wide scope of Portland’s thriving nonprofit community. After a competitive application and interview process, Levé selects only one of the many worthy nonprofits for the ladies to lift and support throughout the year. Previous partners include Bradley Angle, New Avenues for Youth, and Children’s Cancer Association.
At a previous ball, then Levé board president, Megan Dobson sells items from a basket.
2011 Levé board member Anne Lawrence, Levé president Kiernan Doherty and Levé vice president Megan Dobson pose right before doors opened for the 8th Annual Charity Ball at the Wonder Ballroom.
the Levé board, committee and advisory members pose for a shot before the Ball begins.
Through our diverse and growing nonprofit network, we continually enlighten ourselves and supporters about Portland’s most vulnerable and strive to give them a voice through volunteering, activism, and fundraising. We’re a bit unconventional. We believe standing for something is contagious and that giving back is fun. That’s why we take a different approach to philanthropy. By selecting and lifting up a new nonprofit each year, we create long-term relationships between our supporters and partners based on shared values and passions. We are also able to share a cause that is relevant and accessible, tailored to each year.In addition to raising immediate and unrestricted funds for our annual partners through our signature event, we seek to build long-term support by exposing a new demographic to the organization and its mission. Our hope is that they will then become lifelong supporters, helping the organizations expand their donor base and build their next generation of supporters, advocates and volunteers. Each year since our inception, Levé’s cash contributions, volunteerism and activism have grown. In total, we’ve infused nearly half a million dollars into the local nonprofit community thanks to our awesome network of supporters! By selecting a different type of nonprofit each year, our hope is that if one doesn’t resonate one year, the next year’s nonprofit’s mission will, and that our event-goers continue to support that nonprofit with time and resources well into the future. Essentially, Levé’s goal is to help nonprofit organizations widen their footprint in the community and expand their donor base, providing a platform for which to publicize the essential work.
Our credo is to do more good. Levé was born of the belief that anyone can make a difference. In fact, we know that the impact of a lot of smaller donations is often more effective than a few large ones. That’s because when we do something for someone else, that good energy ripples out; it’s contagious. It’s literally science. When we build charitable habits, we are better citizens, colleagues, parents and friends—and we inspire others to be too. And thus is the magic of the ripple effect. We consume over 10 hours of media every day. It can be difficult to cull through it all to determine what matters. That’s why we take our responsibility as (unofficial) community advisers so seriously at Levé. Since 2004, our volunteer board of young professional women has vetted hundreds of applications from local nonprofits, narrowing it down to one annual partner each year. Our unique process connects our supporters with diverse causes and trusted organizations each year, concluding with an unconventional fundraiser that is designed to teach our peers what it means to give back. Levé membership has also evolved into a “training ground” for young philanthropists. Comprised of some of Portland’s most driven and gracious women, Levé provides an opportunity to cultivate not only nonprofit endeavors, but also significant professional and personal growth. It’s not uncommon for members to get new jobs, learn new skills, or even change careers entirely based on a connection they make. Perhaps best of all, is the sisterhood and friendship we share. Together, our goal is to inspire and mobilize the next generation of givers in Portland and beyond.
Sponsored Portland, OR. On Wednesday, November 29th, a circle of artists, storytellers, and supporters will gather at the Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare HEART Reception to address issues of health, healing, and hope and how they impact women’s lives. The reception at The Evergreen PDX, at 618 SE Alder St., in Portland is from 6:00pm-8:00pm. You can learn more about it at https://www.cascadiabhc.org/give-to-cascadia/events/
Tickets are $40/each. Organizers are asking supporters to purchase tickets and kindly RSVP by November 22. If you have questions, email [email protected] or call 503.927.0630. Valet parking will be provided.
Artist who will be featured at the Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare HEART Reception include the following:
The Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare HEART Reception is just one of the activities drawing people to the organization. The nonprofit is also celebrating a successful round of fundraising at its inaugural Gala: Bridging a Culture of Caring and already planning for the next year’s Gala which will take place on April 5th, 2018 at Peter Corvallis Productions Warehouse.
Event organizers for the 2017 gala thanked their supporters saying, “With our heartfelt gratitude, we thank our 360 Gala guests whose generosity made it possible to set an exceptional record for our inaugural Gala – raising nearly $300,000. We are grateful for our sponsors, donors, guests, volunteers, and our community partners for joining us in our goal to open the new Garlington Health & Wellness Center in spring 2018. Our Gala featured an incredible circle of Portland community members, supporters, volunteers, caregivers, artists and musicians who collectively Bridge a Culture of Caring throughout Portland. Thank you for creating a remarkable evening in support of mental health care, wellness and affordable housing for all!”
Arvie Smith was honored at the 2017 Gala: Bridging a Culture of Caring.
Mrs. Yvonne Garlington, Jr.
And also coming up:
Cascadia capital campaign donors, prospective supporters and community members sign up for a:
Hard Hat Construction Preview Tour of the Garlington Campus 4pm to 5pm Thursdays at the Garlington Campus…
2017: November 16, 30; December 7, 14 2018: January 11, 18, 25; February 8, 15, 22 or March 1
Tours begin promptly at 4pm.
Wear closed-toe shoes.
Community Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration of the Garlington Campus is scheduled for May 4, 2018.
ABOUT CASCADIA BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE: Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is a private, not-for-profit whose mission is to provide healing, homes and hope for people living with mental health and addiction challenges. For information on Cascadia’s comprehensive range of innovative clinical and housing support programs. www.cascadiabhc.org.
As of April 1, 2017, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) and part of a national two-year demonstration project to measure the benefits of expanding the integration of mental, substance use and physical health care. Cascadia’s three CCBHC clinics in Portland will expand this federal designation of services and serve as models for an innovative approach to mental health that treats each patient holistically, leading to improved mental and physical health, lower catastrophic care costs, and reduced stigma surrounding mental health and substance use. This project places Oregon in the national spotlight for health care reform. Oregon was one of just eight states chosen to participate in the two-year program, and Cascadia is one of only 13 organizations selected statewide.
Portland, OR. The 110th Annual Albertina Kerr Luncheon is coming Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Hilton in Downtown Portland, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. There will be a complimentary lunch for this donor cultivation and Kerr community supporter event.
Organizers write, “Join us for our 110th Annual Luncheon and discover what Albertina Kerr has been up to and where it is headed. Hear inspiring stories directly from our Kerr community and discover what Kerring is all about.”
Portland, OR. Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington will recognize the outstanding leadership and community contributions of Rukaiyah Adams and DJ Wilson at the Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Luncheon. There are still tickets available for the September 26th luncheon at the Portland Hilton Hotel, located at 921 SW 6th Ave, with a reception at 11 a.m. and a luncheon at noon.
Here’s a link for tickets:
Here’s more about these distinguished honorees.
Rukaiyah Adams is the Chief Investment Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust. Under her leadership, Meyer invests in a diversified portfolio of global equities, fixed income, private equities, real estate, commodities and hedge funds. Before joining Meyer, she ran the $6.5 billion capital markets fund at The Standard. Adams is also the Chair of the Oregon Investment Council. Adams holds a BA with academic distinction from Carleton College, a JD from Stanford Law and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
DJ Wilson is president and general manager of the KGW Media Group in Portland, Oregon, a position she has held since July 2007. Wilson has held numerous community board positions over the last 20 years. She is currently the Board Chair of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters and The Classic Wines Auction, and the Chair Elect for the Portland Business Alliance. In 2012, Wilson was inducted into the Edward R. Murrow Hall of Achievement and was the recipient of the Portland Business Alliance “No Glass Ceiling” award. Wilson is also a past Portland Business Journal Women of Influence/Orchid Award recipient, recognizing top female leaders in the Portland region.
The Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Luncheon recognizes outstanding women leaders for their contributions to the community. Honorees exemplify the Girl Scout mission as women of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Luncheon proceeds allow GSOSW to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), enhance four priority program areas: Financial Literacy, Healthy Living, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and Outdoor Leadership, and support various Girl Scout activities and programs for nearly 15,000 girls throughout Oregon and SW Washington.
Please contact Shannon Spencer at (503) 977-6843 or [email protected] for any questions.
For information on sponsoring the 2017 Marie Lamfrom Women of Distinction Luncheon, contact Shannon Spencer at (503) 977-6843 or [email protected].
Here’s a look at some of the photos from last year’s event:
Marie Lamfrom’s Family: Sally Bany, Eva Labby, Gert Boyle and Rachael Bany Sneddon
Both Girl Scout Alumni, KGW Anchor/Emcee Laural Porter and KGW General Manager DJ Wilson
Laural Porter, KGW News Anchor and host of KGW’s current affairs show, emceed the event on September 19th with more than 560 Girl Scout alumnae and community supporters in attendance. The event raised over $160,000 to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and enhance programs in financial literacy, healthy living, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and outdoor skills for more than 14,000 girls throughout Oregon and SW Washington.
Jyoti and Karina Shah, both Girl Scout Highest Award recipients. Karina was the 2016 Gold Award speaker at the luncheon sharing her project of providing technology training to older adults in retirement facilities.
Girl Scout Alumni Robyn Shuey and GSOSW Board Member Barbara Gibbs proudly display their uniform sash.
Honorees and – Judge Adrienne Nelson, 2015 Honoree, Peggy Maguire, 2015 Honoree, Dr. Judith A. Ramaley, 2016 Honoree, Sally Bany, 2016 Honoree, Governor Barbara Roberts, 2013 Honoree, Barbara Alberty, 2014 Honoree, and Mary Shaver, 2014 Honoree
A testament to the value of investing in girls’ leadership, Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Karina Shah shared her experience in the leadership program. “Looking back at my 12 years in Girl Scouts, it’s hard to think of what I would do and who I would be without this organization. Girl Scouts has taught me so many important life skills and values. It has shown me how to be a leader, to respect myself and others, to build healthy relationships, to advocate for myself and to think about other people. The experiences Girl Scouts has brought me are endless and I can’t thank enough the people who have made my Girl Scouting experience possible.”
The event’s success was bolstered by a $25,000 Challenge Grant generously given by Wells Fargo. The match was met and exceeded thanks to the incredible support of alumnae and community. The event’s Gold Sponsors included The Standard and Portlandia Club Inc. Silver sponsors are Brown and Brown, Ferguson Wellman, Cambia and Garrett Hemann Robertson P.C.
“You know what Bluebird would say… a Girl Scout can do anything,” honoree Sally Bany reflected on her grandmother, Marie Lamfrom who served as a troop leader for a special needs troop in Portland for 35 years. She served on the Girl Scout council’s board of directors and received the highest award a Girl Scout adult can receive, the Thanks Badge. Lamfrom co-founded the company that would become Columbia Sportswear.
For more information, or to express interest in sponsoring the 2017 Women of Distinction Luncheon, contact Shannon Spencer at [email protected] or call 503-977-6843.
About Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington
Our council serves nearly 15,000 girl members in 37 counties with the help of over 10,000 adult members. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Every opportunity in Girl Scouting develops these essential skills in an all-girl, inclusive, safe environment. Our century of success is demonstrated by the fact that 70 percent of female CEOs on the Fortune 500 list and 59 percent of women serving in the U.S. Congress are Girl Scout alumnae.
Portland, OR. The 30th annual Oregon International Air Show will take place September 22nd – 24th and a portion of the money made will be given to local nonprofits. One of missions of the air show is to give back to the community and there’s still time to apply for one of the organization’s grants. In 2017, organizers gave 30 different organizations a total of $54,850. Since 1988, more than $2.1 million has been donated to the community and over six hundred different projects have been supported. The deadline for this year’s application is September 30th. Click here for a link: Grant Application.
The Air Show offers grants of up to $5000.00 per request. Award amounts are contingent on the overall financial success of the Air Show. The goal of the awards committee is to disperse all awarded grants in January/February of 2018.
The Breitling Jet Team from France and the Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagle fly in formation at the 2016 Oregon International Air Show presented by Standard TV & Appliance (photo courtesy of the Oregon International Air Show)
Oregon International Air Show Mission is the following: Provide a safe, family event that promotes aviation, honors military and veterans, involves community, and contributes to charitable organizations in Oregon.
Matt Younkin and the Beech 18 performed at the 2016 Oregon International Air Show at Hillsboro Airport.
The Oregon Air National Guard celebrated 75 years with a special private event at the Oregon International Air Show with their specially painted F-15 Eagle as a backdrop.
From The Oregon International Air Show:
The Oregon International Air Show, presented by Standard TV & Appliance, celebrates its 30th year in 2017. The Air Show has been the State of Oregon’s largest aviation event since 1988. This community event is one of the largest charitable events in Oregon and draws an average of 65,000 people to the Hillsboro Airport each year. We gladly accept donation requests from community groups and encourage volunteerism from service clubs, non-profits, businesses and the community.
Applications may be submitted electronically or by US mail and must be postmarked by the deadline below:
Sponsored Story: Portland, OR. Water is often called the most precious substance on our planet and on Wednesday, October 11th, you’ll learn why from nationally acclaimed scientist Geraldine Richmond PhD. She will be the keynote speaker at the Oregon Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS). The chapter’s signature event is the “Recognizing Genius” Scholar Awards Luncheon. (Photo note: The University of Oregon chemist was honored by President Obama in 2013 with the National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor awarded by the U.S. government.)
The luncheon at the Portland Art Museum will also showcase ARCS Oregon Chapter’s 71 current scholar award recipients who are top local graduate students in science, medicine and engineering.
Dr. Richmond has the charisma you expect from a keynote speaker and her research using laser spectroscopy and computational methods has special relevance to current issues in energy production. Recognition for her work includes:
Presidential Chair in Science and professor of chemistry at UO
Recipient of the 2018 Priestley Medal, highest honor awarded by the American Chemical Society
Founder and Director of COACh, a grassroots organization in the U.S. that is working to increase the scientific success and leadership capacity of women scientists and engineers.
Luncheon guests can look forward to mingling with prominent business and community underwriters, our scholars, university faculty from OHSU, OSU, and UO, and key community supporters. Plan to arrive at 11:00 a.m. so you’ll have time to explore the cutting edge science presented at the Poster Session hosted by ARCS scholar award recipients.
Funds raised from the Scholar Awards Luncheon provide scholar awards for PhD candidates in science and technology disciplines at OHSU School of Medicine and School of Nursing, Oregon State University, and University of Oregon. These scholars will fill the STEM pipeline and contribute to innovation and scientific discovery in Oregon and around the world.
Community support helps make these awards possible and we thank all of our underwriters, especially our Einstein Presenting Sponsors:
Hoffman Construction/Julie and Wayne Drinkward
OHSU and the OHSU Foundation
Oregon State University and the OSU Foundation
University of Oregon
It’s not too late to be a luncheon underwriter—your commitment will support Oregon scholars at Oregon universities and you will receive acknowledgement in the printed program and onscreen at the Scholar Awards Luncheon. Please contact ARCS Oregon member Barb Sage for more information about underwriting the Scholar Awards Luncheon, or hosting a table at the Scholar Awards Luncheon. You can email Barb at [email protected]
OHSU President Joe Robertson; OSU President Ed Ray; President, CEO, and Director of Columbia Sportswear Tim Boyle; UO President Michael Schill
ARCS Foundation Portland scholars from OSU and OHSU were honored to receive their awards for the academic year.
Founding member ARCS Portland, Ellen Richardson; Dr. Joe Robertson, OHSU President; ARCS Portland member Beth Ray
“We believe that investments in American scientists studying with Oregon’s premier doctoral programs in science, medicine and engineering build a vital pipeline of intellectual capital for our businesses and for society’s well being. Through our scholar awards, ARCS supports and nurtures these exceptional young women and men at OHSU and Oregon State University,” explained organizers.
Keynote speaker Dr. Mark Abbott, ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter President Jean Josephson
ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter President Jean Josephson, Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray
Supporters had a chance to meet and mingle with the 50 ARCS scholars for the 2013-14 academic year. They are graduate students from OHSU and Oregon State University and their research in medicine, engineering, nursing, forestry and earth sciences.
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