Portland, OR. The Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) raised $1.2 million at its 18th annual Wonderball gala on September 29th to fuel its mission of prescribing joy to seriously ill children and their families. CCA welcomed more than 800 supporters to the Oregon Convention Center for a night inspired by the healing power of the great outdoors and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. It was a theme embraced by CCA Founder Regina Ellis; Jessi Duley, Founder, BurnCycle; Amy Montagne, VP/GM Global Categories, Nike; Andrea Corradini, Women’s Global Senior Footwear Product Director, Nike; May Shelstad, VP/GMM Global Merchandising, Nike.
Joanna Summers, Young Athletes Operations, Nike, Inc.; Holly Moore, Principle, Holly Moore Design; Danielle York, President, CCA; Jennifer Balint, Senior Executive Recruiter, Amazon, Inc.; Carly Grimes, Lifestyle/Home Decor Designer, Merchandiser Mom LLC
Mike Ellis, Mary Lytle, and Andy Lytle, Division VP, Jackson Family Wines and CCA Board of Directors
Stephen Bowden, Academy Mortgage; and Quinlyn, CCA-served kid dressed as woodland animal
Paul Gulick, co-founder, InFocus, and his guests Lisa and Lou Williams
Nike team featuring Sabreena Cook, Blair Cook, Ashley McMullen, Matt McMullen, Natalie Howes, and Phil Howes
Mark Barzda, Gevurtz Menashe; Michael Preisz, Preisz and Associates; and Albert Menashe, Gevurtz Menashe
Doug Fish, Fish Marketing; Michelle DeCourcy; Rosemary Colliver, Board of Directors Chair and LAIKA, Inc.; Frank Weiss, Partner, Tonkon Torp
Portland band, Lenore, set the mood for the evening with their original song, “Breathe”.
Lilly Webb, teen speaker and Jesuit High School senior, shared her uplifting story of recovery and leadership
Scott Burton, Director of Revenue Management, Regence BlueCross BlueShield, CCA Board of Directors, co-hosted the main program
Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company kicked off the evening with an immersive performance celebrating the Pacific Northwest
Presenting sponsors, Regence BlueCross BlueShield
Celebration sponsor, Randall Children’s Hospital
CS Sheffield, Co-Chair, CCA Ambassador Board and National Oncology Account Manager, Merck, interviewing Bronwyn Houston, President, Randall Children’s Hospital, Legacy Emmanuel for Facebook Live
Will Carey, family speaker, and Sasquatch
John Power, Director of Sales, PDX Property Group; Kenneth Avery, Hasson; and Josh Hackenjos, Broker, Keller Williams
Abby Guyer, VP Brand, CCA; Clare Hamill, VP Global Growth Initiatives, Nike; Judi Davis; Regina Ellis, Founder and Chief Joy Officer, CCA.
“Upon founding CCA, we knew first-hand that kids needed more than medicine, so we set out to change the conversation in pediatric healthcare at a time when no one else was talking about joy in the same breath as cancer,” said Regina Ellis, Founder and Chief Joy Officer of Children’s Cancer Association during her keynote speech. “Reflecting on the past 23 years, CCA’s trailblazing programs have leveraged music, friendship, and nature to transform moments of pain, isolation and fear in children and teens with serious illness. We are the only organization of our kind positioning joy as best practice in children’s hospitals across the nation.”
A record-breaking paddle raise was led by Kelly Russell of Artisan Auctions following inspiring addresses from Jesuit High School senior, Lilly Webb, a member of CCA’s Young Adult Alliance; and CCA parent, Will Carey, who shared the powerful ways CCA continues to support his family, even after the loss of his son Jack fourteen years ago.
Wonderball event décor featured full campsite stage and lobby sets generously provided by REI and Cabela’s respectively. Other highlights included dramatic sunrise, sunset, and night sky lighting; real Douglas Fir trees and greenery; live chainsaw art; and Sasquatch himself, complementing camping themed cocktail and dinner menus including S’mores White Russians.
Guests enjoyed live music throughout the night with performances from Out West, Lenore, and a host of Portland “troubadour” musicians who played tableside during the dinner hour before the formal program began with a dramatic traditional dance from Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company. The evening ended with a sing-a-long rendition of “Country Roads, Take Me Home” followed by an after-party for late night revelers with DJ Rev Shines at Spirit of 77.
CCA’s Wonderball was made possible by the Presenting sponsor, Regence BlueCross Blue Shield of Oregon. Additional sponsors included PDX Property Group as Lead sponsor and Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel as Celebration sponsor
You can get involved by donating to Children’s Cancer Association at JoyRx.org/donate.
Portland, OR. Do you know of a school or nonprofit (in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Yamhill or Columbia counties in Oregon, or in Clark County, Washington) in need of funds? Be sure to share this information about a grant application for the Nike Community Impact Fund. Many local nonprofits have benefited including a group, posing with Nike Paralympian Gold Medalist Will Groulx, working to provide soccer for all Portland youth.
Grants are one-year awards of $5,000 to $20,000. Eighty percent of the grants support projects that deliver impact through the lens of sport and physical activity, while the remaining 20 percent support organizations and projects that address community challenges through innovative solutions.
Since 2010, the Nike Community Impact Fund (NCIF) has been administered from Nike World Headquarters by a committee of employee volunteers that has awarded 300 cash grants totaling more than $3.2 million dollars to local programs that promote sports and physical activity for youth and address pressing community needs. Through this fund, Nike employees award at least $550,000 per year to nonprofits and schools in the Metropolitan Portland region and in Southwest Washington.
The Spring 2013 Nike Employee Grant Fund recipients.
In 2016, NCIF expanded from an Oregon-focused program to include the backyards of all Nike Community Stores in the U.S. These additional stores include: East Los Angeles, South Chicago, downtown Detroit, New Orleans, Washington DC’s Ivy City neighborhood and Flatbush, Brooklyn. Each of these Nike Community Stores will offer $40,000 in annual grants, of $5,000 each, to eight local non-profit groups that make physical activity, play and sport a highly valued part of everyday life.
As part of the program’s expansion, NCIF will engage a committee of employee volunteers from each of the local communities where grants will be awarded. During this fiscal year’s granting cycle, Nike employees will help award nearly $800,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations and schools across communities in the U.S.
Nike believes in the power of sport to change the world. We know that sport is inspiring and unifying, and creates opportunities for individuals and communities to realize their full potential.
Portland, OR. Stormy weather didn’t deter people from attending Oregon Harvest Dinner at the Oregon Food Bank’s NE Portland warehouse. A record breaking $670,000 was raised to support hunger relief programs in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. “By coming together we can feed the human spirit and end hunger,” said Susannah Morgan, CEO of Oregon Food Bank. “I was delighted to hear from so many people about their desire to make sure no one is hungry.”
Oregon Food Bank board member Syd Hannigan chaired the October 15th benefit which was emceed by Ken Boddie and Jenny Hansson of KOIN 6. Fred Meyer was presenting sponsor and other major sponsors included Whole Foods, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Hampton Affiliates, Northwest Farm Credit Services, and Safeway Albertsons.
The event also honored the 2016 Hunger Hero Award winners. Sponsored by Mike and Libby Crawford, awards were presented to just a few of the many individuals, business and groups for their commitment to eliminating hunger.
Blues legend Reggie Houston provided entertainment for guests at Oregon Harvest Dinner.
Oregon Food Bank supporters Judy and Brad Johnson attended Oregon Harvest Dinner.
Oregon Food Bank Board Chair Josh Hinerfeld (Interim COO, SeQuential) and board member Kerri Hoyt-Pack (VP, Global Brand, Direct-to-Consumer, Nike).
Libby & Mike Crawford, John Gehrs (Pacific Foods), Susannah Morgan, Peter Stoll, Molly Ott & Isiah Ott (Polehn Farms), Patti Whitney-Wise.
Board member Arnie Gardner (Nike) is retiring from the board and was honored for his 16 years of service to Oregon Food Bank.
The five Hunger Heroes awards given included:
Donor of the Year – Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger (OLAH): For their humble and relentless commitment to raise funds for Oregon Food Bank and support the mission.
Food Donor of the Year – Pacific Foods: For their significant and ongoing donations of healthy food to ensure everyone has access to good nutrition.
Jackie Fearing Volunteer Award – Peter Stoll: For his boundless energy, dedication and compassion in helping others who struggle with hunger.
Leadership Award – Polehn Farms: For taking action to ensure people living in the Columbia Gorge have enough to eat
Jerry Tippens Advocacy Award – Patti Whitney-Wise: For her tenacious efforts to fight the root causes of hunger by promoting food programs and working on policies to provide pathways out of poverty.
Next year’s Oregon Harvest Dinner has been set for October 21, 2017.
Portland, OR. Applications are now open for the next round of the Nike Community Impact Fund, with $250,000 in cash grants being offered to nonprofits and schools in Portland and SW Washington. Want to apply? Or can you help get the word out? Applications are due by December 1, 2016.
The Nike Community Impact Fund is an innovative approach to grant making in partnership with the Oregon Community Foundation, that engages Nike employees and Nike store staff in Oregon and across the United States to directly impact the local communities where they live and work.
Nike Paralympian gold medalist and rugby wheelchair athlete Will Groulx and grant recipient representative Christine Getman, Education Program Coordinator, Incight. Grant: To raise awareness and promote inclusive recreation opportunities in the community through a 12-week hand-cycling series for individuals with disabilities.
A committee of Nike store employees and other Nike employees award grants to organizations that give youth early, positive experiences in sport and physical activity and strengthen communities. Nike has awarded more than 330 non-profit organizations in Portland and SW Washington with $3.5 million since the program began in 2010.
Grants are one-year awards of $5,000 to $20,000 each with a total of $250,000 being offered to nonprofits and schools in the greater Portland area (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill and Columbia Counties in Oregon; and Clark County in SW Washington) in support of projects that:
Deliver impact through the lens of sport and physical activity.
Address community challenges through innovative community-based solutions.
Applications are due December 1, 2016 and must be submitted online at nike.com/ncif
Portland, September 27th, 2014. CCA’s 14th Annual Hero Gala was dubbed an evening of romp & circumstance,. The event rocked the Oregon Convention Center to the tune of $1.16 million with a star-studded crowd. More than 850 guests were entertained by the likes of The Decemberists, Patrick Lamb, Ural Thomas with Ragen Fykes and Moorea Masa, Luz Elana and Tiburones, March Fourth Marching Band, Wanderlust Circus, Sneakin’ Out, and Nu Shooz. Taylor and her Chemo Pal mentor, Alyssa Willamson, were shining bright with their beautiful face paintings.
Dr. Janice Olson, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Program, Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Regina Ellis, CCA Founder and CEO, and CCA Board Member, Andrea Corradini, Senior Merchandising Director, Emerging Markets Running, Nike, Inc., get into the spirit of the playful night.
Former Portland Trail Blazer, Terry Porter, Suzie Porter, CCA Board Chair, Andy Lytle, and Mary Lytle.
Nike’s Tinker Hatfield, Vice President, Design & Special Projects, and CCA Chemo Pal mentor and longtime supporter, David Brown, Merchandise Director, NIKE Inc.
The Wanderlust Circus entertained Gala goers throughout the entire Wonderball.
Portland Trail Blazer, Steve Blake, and his wife, Kristen, longtime supporters of CCA.
Artist Rochelle Carr with CCA Ambassador Board Member, Bryce Amato, posing in front of Rochelle’s wall of cheerful and thoughtful artwork.
Regina Ellis, CCA Founder and CEO, with Chris Funk, from The Decemberists and Black Prairie.
Paul Gulick, CCA Board Chair Emeritus, Co-Founder, In-Focus, Founder, Clarity Visual Systems, and Michelle Decourcy of Michelle Decourcy Collection.
Dynamic duo Valerie Day and John Smith, aka Nu Shooz, get Wonderball guests off their feet with a live performance of their Billboard Top 100 song that spent 15 weeks in the Top 40 in 1986 – “ I Can’t Wait.”
Chemo Pal mentor, George Mollas and his mentee, Nicholas, celebrating the occasion in style.
Members of The Decemberists, Patrick Lamb, Ural Thomas with Ragen Fykes and Moorea Masa, Luz Elana and Tiburones, March Fourth Marching Band, Wanderlust Circus, Sneakin’ Out, and Nu Shooz goofing off during rehearsal for the Wonderball.
CCA Founder’s Society member, Marsha Brockmeyer, celebrates with CCA VP Brand, Abby Guyer.
The sign says it all 14th Annual CCA Hero Gala: Wonderball!
Opus Events Agency CEO and CCA Board Member, Grant Hammersley, with CCA Board Member Tim Cooper, Senior Vice President, Brown & Brown Northwest.
The Decemberists front man, Colin Meloy, serenades Wonderball guests with the help of bandmates, Jenny Conlee and Chris Funk (not pictured), and the March 4th Marching Band.
Jennifer and Jeff Nyburg, Wonderball Presenting Sponsors Angela and CS Sheffield, and Wesley Sheffield.
Jordan Roquemore, Beaverton High School Marching Tech, leads members of the Beaverton Marching Ensemble, in a rousing rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In” to transition revelers to the Portland Ballroom for the evening’s program.
CCA Board Member, Andrea Corradini, Senior Merchandising Director, Emerging Markets Running, Nike, Inc., and Cholee Thompson, Owner and President, Ryan Artists, share a ballerina/fairy bonding moment.
“We invited our best friends to “come out and play with CCA” and that they did. We are blown away by their generosity and so grateful they stand united with us in the belief that JOY MATTERS for seriously ill kids, teens, and their families.” said Regina Ellis, Founder and CEO of CCA.
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