Portland Society Page Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Top Ten Stories of 2021

Portland Society Page Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Top Ten Stories of 2021

Portland, OR.  A message from Editor, Elisa Klein. Portland Society Page is marking its tenth-anniversary publishing nonprofit news for free! 2,217 articles later, we’re still going strong with thousands of weekly readers. We’ve also launched society page websites in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. One of the particularly gratifying roles I’ve enjoyed over the past year is mentoring dozens of interns from up and down the west coast. It has enabled me to share my enthusiasm for journalism with students from UCLA, Berkeley, U of O, University of Washington, and many more universities. Also, a huge thanks to my husband, Steven Klein who has been an enthusiastic supporter and terrific proofreader for the past ten years!

Elisa Klein

Elisa Klein, Editor

The indomitable Betty White who lived to be 99-years-old said, “It’s your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.”

Your interest in the nonprofit community offers hope. Together, let’s look forward to a better and brighter 2022!

Thank you,

Editor and Publisher, Elisa Klein



2021 UPDATE: For a second year, necessary Covid-19 restrictions meant that many volunteers had to stay away from the charities they love. Supporters who usually flock to galas were often social distancing, some organizations moved forward with caution by holding hybrid events. Some sectors, like human services, have seen a surge of donations, while arts organizations have struggled mightily without the benefit of ticket sales.

The generosity of our community remains constant. Donations brought hope to thousands of our friends and neighbors. The thankful include the elderly living alone receiving hot meals, children with learning differences finding support through zoom, brilliant performance artists feeding their families with grant money, and bone-tired frontline workers using donated personal protective equipment.

Now, we’ll share the stories you read most this year in reverse order.


10. Portland knifemaker Alex Horn created commemorative knives from the rubble of the Twin Towers. 

Portland Knifemaker Raises Money for 9/11 Charity by Creating Knives From Twin Towers Rubble

9. The Home Builders Foundation (HBF) raised a record amount to help build and renovate shelters.

Home Builders Foundation Raises a Record $510,000 With In-Person Benefit

8. The Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation announced new funds that will be distributed to local nonprofits.

Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation on Track to Grant $9 Million in 2021

7. ‘Top ten stories from 2020’ was a popular article. 

Top Ten Portland Society Page Stories of 2020

6. Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny ranked 4th nationally in philanthropic giving for 2020.

Phil and Penny Knight Rank 4th in Nation for Charitable Donations in 2020

5. The 2021 Christmas Ships Parade was a hit.

2021 Christmas Ships Parade Ready to Set Sail

4. Portland Parks & Recreation brought back some popular programs for summer 2021.

Portland Parks & Recreation Revives 2021 Summer Programming

3. People were ready to get “glammed up” again!

Dazzling Post-Covid Social Events Call for ‘Revenge Glamour’

2. The search was on for 4th of July fireworks.

Fireworks Fans Look for Fourth of July Celebrations in the Sky

  1. The Thayer Family Foundation raised $535,000 with an outdoor in-person gala.

Thayer Family Foundation Raises $535,000 to Help House Veterans

So there you have it, the most-read stories of 2021 on Portland Society Page! We look forward to providing our coverage of local nonprofit news in 2022. Upward on onward!

Fireworks Fans Look for Fourth of July Celebrations in the Sky

Fireworks Fans Look for Fourth of July Celebrations in the Sky



Many folks plan to watch fireworks displays online or on broadcast TV. One favorite coming back with gusto is Macy’s July 4th Fireworks Show. “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” will air on KGW starting at 8:00 pm. The show is returning this year to its pre-pandemic levels of pyrotechnics for July 4th. Below is a video from pre-covid times.

PBS will stream a show as well, check out this link for more info: https://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/. The show is broadcast to millions of viewers on PBS and streaming platforms as well as to our troops watching around the world on the American Forces Network. Where to watch: PBS, Sunday, July 4, from 8-9:30 p.m. ET. NPR member stations nationwide will broadcast the audio, and the show will also stream on FacebookYouTube and on PBS’ webpage, and be on video on demand from July 4-18.


Below is a list from the Statesman Journal of other community firework displays that are set to return in 2021.

Detroit Strong Revival Celebration

A weekend of celebration including a barbeque, parade and pancake feed will finish up with fireworks over Detroit Lake.

When: Fireworks start at dusk, about 10 p.m., on Saturday, July 3.

Location: Detroit Lake.

Information: detroitlakeoregon.org/events/

Independence Days

The annual event will close each day with fireworks at dusk. A wristband must be purchased in advance and only 8,000 total will be available.

When: Fireworks start at dusk on Saturday and Sunday, July 3 – 4.

Location: Riverview Park, downtown Independence.

Cost: Wristband must be purchased in advance: $2 for ages six and older, free for ages five and younger.

Information: independencedays.org

Keizer: Mavericks League

The league may be new but the fireworks tradition at Volcanoes Stadium will continue this year with fireworks displays following the evening games on Friday and Sunday.

When: Following games on Friday and Sunday, July 2 and 4.

Location: Volcanoes Stadium, 6700 Field Of Dreams Way Northeast, Keizer.

Cost: Tickets start at $6.

Information: mavericksindependentleague.com

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Lincoln City

After putting a pause on over 60 years of fireworks last year, the annual display returns with two opportunities. A fireworks display will be offered Saturday over Devils Lake followed by the city-sponsored event on Sunday over Siletz Bay. Both shows offer plenty of viewing opportunities from parks or beaches in the vicinity.

When: Fireworks start at dusk both Saturday and Sunday, July 3 – 4.

Location: Devils Lake on Saturday, Siletz Bay on Sunday.

Information: oregoncoast.org

Mill City

The two-day Fourth of July Celebration in Mill City will feature the ‘Mutt Show’ on Saturday followed by a parade and fireworks display on Sunday.

When: Fireworks at dusk on Sunday, July 4.

Location: Kimmel Park, SE Sixth Ave.

Information: facebook.com/groups/MillCity4thCelebration/

Mt. Angel

A weekend of celebrations will be capped off with live music from the Marion County Citizens Band and a fireworks show on Sunday evening.

When: Concert at 8:30 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m. Sunday, July 4.

Location: Sports fields between Kennedy High School and Mt. Angel Middle School.


St. Paul Rodeo

The rodeo will close each day with fireworks near the arena following the evening musical performance.

When: Nightly at about 10 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday, June 30 – July 4.

Location: St. Paul Rodeo Arena, 20025 Fourth St. NE.

Cost: Tickets for evening events start at $20.

Information: stpaulrodeo.com


A fireworks display will return to the Stayton High School grounds on Sunday evening.

When: About 10 p.m., Sunday, July 4.

Location: View from streets around Stayton High School, 757 W Locust St.

Information: facebook.com/Stayton4thofJulyCelebration/


Turner will be celebrating with a fireworks display over Turner Lake. No viewing of the fireworks will be allowed from on the lake. There will be a charge to park. Proceeds from parking will go to volunteer organizations from Cascade High School.

When: 9:45 p.m., Sunday, July 4.

Location: Turner Lake Park, 6801 Turner Road SE.

Cost: $10 to park at Turner Lake Park, $5 to park at businesses on Third Street.

Information: cityofturner.org