Portland, OR. Promenade Portland, Assistance League of Greater Portland’s fashion show, put the spotlight on local boutiques to a crowd of 345 guests at the Multnomah Athletic Club on April 9, 2018. Walking the runway were member volunteers from the nonprofit and its Advisory Council. Dressed in a spring floral dress, local entertainer Poison Waters was front and center – the emcee for the event. Another highlight of the event was the presentation of the national Operation School Bell® Award, the recipient being the emcee, Poison Waters. This award is to honor someone in the community who, through significant financial, in-kind or service support, have had a direct, powerful and positive effect on Operation School Bell.
Operation School Bell Award
Assistance League Member Janice Cushman at the auction table
The event grossed $143,000 for the local chapter of Assistance League and its community service programs. Assistance League of Greater Portland, celebrating their 20th year of clothing children through their flagship philanthropy, Operation School Bell, clothed 4,041 children in Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro this school year. We have seen a huge growth in our program since the first year, in which we gave jackets to 38 students.
Seven local boutiques provided fashions for the show, including Adorn, Monique’s Boutique, Janelle James Boutique, Paloma Clothing, Garnish, Rachelle M Rustic House of Fashion, and Union Rose. Fashions from Assistance League Thrift Shop were also featured.
Sponsoring the event were O’Donnell Law Firm, LLC, Albina Co., Inc., NW Natural, US Bank, Silver Lining Jewelry, Alaska Airlines, Porsche Beaverton, Audi Beaverton, Fred Meyer, Dustin Funes of the Meadows Group Inc., Realtors, Seams to Fit, and PacTrust. Local merchants also donated generously for the live and silent auctions.
From Assistance League of Greater Portland:
Assistance League of Greater Portland has been improving lives through community-based programs since 1965. Assistance League member volunteers provide five community service programs. The programs serve local families in need by providing new school clothing, enrichment activities for troubled youth, personal history books for foster and abused children, emergency clothing for assault victims and a scholarship program. In addition to grants, sponsorships and donations, funds are raised at Assistance League Thrift and Consignment Shops at 4000 SW 117th Avenue in Beaverton.
We are one of 120 Assistance League chapters across the nation, each one developing philanthropic programs to meet the needs in the local community.
Portland, OR. The Edwards Center 10th Annual Luncheon on October 6th raised $195,000.00 for programs and services for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The “Find One Hundred Ways” luncheon at the Multnomah Athletic Club featured Portland’s own contemporary jazz pianist, Tom Grant who posed for a photo with Jessica Leitner and Jean Edwards. Tom Grant became involved with Edwards Center because of his own special interest in services provided to people with developmental disabilities. Dirk Fournier of the Fournier Group was the Master of Ceremonies and was the presenting sponsor at the event. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)
Tom Grant’s music is the inspiration for this positive and creative video.
From The 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.
Portland, September 14th. MIKE Program supporters enjoyed an upbeat fundraiser at the Multnomah Athletic Club. The nonprofit raised over $50,000 to help empower youth to be health leaders—ambassadors for health—through education, mentorship and community outreach. (Photo credit, Anna M. Campbell)
MIKE Program Board of Directors member Brent Barnett, Roy Jay, An Autumn Evening Chair Kathe Fradkin, and Keith Lyons presided over the successful evening.
Former Oregon State Senator Margaret Carter, who serves as director of Community Engagement with Oregon Health & Human Services, and Bobbie Dore Foster, executive director of The Skanner News and member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Board of Directors, joined in the fun during the festive evening.
MIKE is an acronym for: Multicultural Integrated Kidney Education. The program works to fight chronic disease conditions which harm kidneys including obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. These health issues are are increasingly impacting our children, especially low income and minority children.
Supporters work to empower more youth to be health leaders to counter chronic diseases of diabetes, high blood pressure . They explain that By 2020, Medicare expenses for kidney failure in the U.S. are expected to reach $54 billion.
Annually, MIKE Program empowers over 160 diverse youth in the Portland Metro Area to be ambassadors of health. MIKE Program recruits and trains caring adults to match with the youth on a 1:4 ratio, supporting them in the teens’ educational and experiential environments. The customized curriculum meets national health promotion and career related learning standards, as the teens develop individualized health promotion projects for their communities. MIKE Program provides critical interventions to the dire health consequences of poor nutrition, physical inactivity, risky behaviors, and poor access to health care.
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