Portland, October 29th, 2015. More than 200 guests convened at the Nines Hotel to support Raphael House of Portland’s mission to provide a safe haven from domestic violence. The benefit raised $230,000. Gala emcee, Brenda Braxton of KGW-TV, received a standing ovation for her 10+ years supporting the event. Portland Board Chair Rick Lesniak gave her a “thank you” bouquet. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus) Destinations is named in honor of the domestic violence survivors served by Raphael House of Portland. For families fleeing violence, getting to Raphael House is a key milestone in their journey, and this accomplishment is often a turning point in their lives.
Katrina Wheeler, Raphael House of Portland Executive Director Teri Lorenzen and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler pose for a photo.
Guest speaker Rolando Cruz and his wife Araceli give generously during the special appeal, as fellow supporters hold their bid cards high.
Staff from Bronze Sponsors Nike/Jordan gather for a photo in the Nines Hotel ballroom.
Lisa Watson and Shannan Troyer of Cupcake Jones pose with Andrew Tweedie of Wells Fargo Bank.
Stacy Dalgarno and Annemie Willaims of 100 Women Who Care Portland say cheers to Raphael House during cocktail hour.
Raphael House of Portland Board Members Rick Lesniak and his friends enjoy a selection of Blue Star Donuts won during the Dessert Dash.
House Speaker Tina Kotek calls out the evening’s Golden Ticket Raffle winner, who took home the live auction package of their choice.
Brenda Braxton started the night’s program which included dinner, a live auction featuring 14 packages, and a dessert dash. State Treasurer Ted Wheeler took the stage and described Raphael House’s local impact. “Raphael House is there every step of the way to attack domestic violence on every front,” Wheeler said. “They’re there to educate. They’re there to intervene and they’re there to provide community outreach. When there are domestic violence survivors who exercise that tremendous courage that’s required to leave an abusive relationship, Raphael House is there to help them and provide safety and security.”
The evening’s theme centered around Raphael House’s education and prevention programming, which works to fulfill the organization’s mission of preventing future violence through innovative, awareness-raising services. As the only domestic violence agency in Portland with a full-time Education Coordinator, Raphael House was recently asked to support a program within all eleven Portland Public high schools called Coaching Boys into Men. This curriculum provides athletic coaches with the resources they need to promote respectful behavior among their players and help prevent relationship abuse, harassment, and sexual assault.
“We are grateful to the community for sharing our commitment to making the Portland Metro a healthier and safer place for everyone,” said Executive Director Teri Lorenzen. “This generous support not only helps us provide assistance for people experiencing violence, but also helps us break the cycle of violence through prevention and education.”
This fundraising effort was made possible thanks to generous supporters and guests. The Standard served as the evening’s Silver Sponsor with additional major support from Cambia Health Solutions, Nike/Jordan Brand, Wells Fargo Bank, and Brown & Brown Northwest. Challenge Match Sponsors included Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, Meyer Memorial Trust, and the Detwiler Family Foundation. Z’IVO Wines, Stoller Vineyards, Bethel Heights Vineyard, Girardet Vineyards, Lemelson Vineyards, and Owen Roe Winery donated the evening’s wine selections.
From Raphael House of Portland:
As the largest domestic violence shelter in Multnomah County, our agency has been providing life-saving services to families for more than 37 years. Annually, we provide 130 adults and children with emergency shelter; support more than 1,200 callers on a 24-hour access line; and offer ongoing self-sufficiency programming and housing assistance to an additional 400 survivors.
Portland, August 6th. The Friends of Tryon Creek have just received a $150,000 three-year grant from Meyer Memorial Trust to support their efforts towards future sustainability.
The nonprofit is reporting: The funds are part of a $370,000 capacity building project that will improve the organization’s fundraising ability, education program infrastructure and overall marketing program, and will directly support the addition of a Development Director position over that time span.
“This kind of support is the result of years of organizational success through the commitment of a core group of people who have made environmental education and restoration a priority”, says David Cohen, Executive Director for the Friends. “It is nice to be recognized for that and for the huge efforts of so many who brought us to where we are today.” The Trust’s award recognizes the recent efforts by the Friends’ Board, staff and volunteers to develop a clear vision for the future and a forward-thinking strategic plan to achieve those goals. It also affirms that the Friends’ work in public land conservation and environmental education has ever-growing value to the broader community. The Friends’ capacity building effort has also received support from the Community Grants Program of the Oregon Community Foundation and the Gray Family Friends of Tryon Creek Education Fund.
For over 40 years, the Friends of Tryon Creek have been offering a range of educational programs for all ages. Most significant is the School Field Trip Program serving 5,000 students annually with the goal of using this strategically located natural area as an outdoor classroom to connect children directly to nature and instill an ethic of stewardship in each child. In addition, the Friends’ popular Nature Day Camp Program, which provides a safe and nurturing environment for 900 children each summer, is a program where they make meaningful connections with others as well as with the natural world. The Friends also offer adult programs, teacher workshops, a Backyard Habitat Program and Landscaping for Conservation series, additional children’s camps and workshops, and special events with strong educational components throughout the year.
About the Friends of Tryon Creek
The Friends of Tryon Creek are a catalyst for cultivating a lifelong relationship with nature using Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Oregon’s only urban state park, as our classroom. We are known throughout the region for our exceptional environmental education programs and stewardship opportunities.
Tryon Creek State Natural Area is located at 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd in southwest Portland. The 670-acre park currently welcomes over 385,000 visitors each year and is home to over 200 species of birds, mammals and amphibians. Visitors enjoy miles of hiking trails, a paved bicycle path and equestrian trails.
Portland, July 19th. Charity movers and shakers learned about new social media at workshop organized by Meyer Memorial Trust. Amy Sample Ward, Holly Ross and Eleigh Doineau from NTEN offered advice. NTEN and PAGATIM joined forces to educate over 175 nonprofit leaders.
Laura Mansfield is the Co-Founder of PAGATIM, Marie Deatherage is the Director of Communication & Learning for the Meyer Memorial Trust, Tara Rojas is from PAGATIM, and Mike Phillips is from Myer Memorial Trust
We work with and invest in organizations, communities, ideas and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon.
As of December, 2011, Meyer Memorial Trust had made 6,687 awards for more than $554 million since it began operating in 1982. The man behind the Meyer Memorial Trust – Fred G. Meyer – was ahead of his time. His values – to innovate, take risks, embrace diversity, adapt to changing circumstances, contribute to economic development/parity and to develop the power of the mind – continue to create and inform our culture, influencing what we do and how we do it.
We fulfill our mission using a mix of strategic, proactive and responsive investments, including grant-making, loans, initiatives, commissioning research, supporting policy advocacy and a range of community and nonprofit engagement strategies.
First called the Fred G. Meyer Charitable Trust, this foundation was created by the late Fred G. Meyer, who built the chain of retail stores bearing his name throughout the Pacific Northwest. When Mr. Meyer died in 1978 at the age of 92, his will established the charitable trust, bequeathing it nearly two million shares of stock in Fred Myer Inc. In 1982, most of the designated funds were transferred from the estate and the charitable trust began operating. All stock in Fred Meyer Inc. was sold prior to the transfer.
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