Edwards Center Luncheon Raises Over $350,000 to Help Those With Developmental Disabilities

Edwards Center Luncheon Raises Over $350,000 to Help Those With Developmental Disabilities

Portland, OR. The Edwards Center’s Annual Luncheon Celebrate Success drew 400 guests to the Multnomah Athletic Club. The benefit on October 11th raised Over $350,000 to help enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. Eva Norland posed with participants Tuanne Deklotz and Marla Kleinheinz. Behind them, stood staffer Cassie Cretian. The nonprofit offers training, education, employment, housing and social opportunities. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

Pat Reser, Reser’s Fine Foods and her husband Bill Westphal. Pat was the Keynote speaker for the event.

New Executive Director, Allen Cress, with founder Dr. Jean Edwards and Art Pascuzzi, Milwaukee Crane

Founder, Dr. Jean Edwards, Jean Uzelac and sister, Marlene Burns

Ann Perrins, Board Member and family guardian to sister Dee Yerke with Allen Cress, Executive Director, Edwards Center

Elizabeth Austin, Founder EC Dr. Jean Edwards and Sean Kuni, Wayne D. Kuni & Joan E. Kuni Foundation

David Butler with wife, Michelle Neiss Butler and Richard and Mary Norgart, who have a sister, Sue, in the program.

Craig and Linda Hannum offered a $100,000 matching grant to honor their daughter Amy, who benefits from the Edwards Center program. 

From the Edwards Center:

We live every day in support of these core values

  • Excellence

    Providing the best to people with developmental disabilities.

  • Individuality

    Encouraging decision-making and expression of choice.

  • Ability

    Emphasizing an optimistic and compassionate attitude in supporting participants as they overcome challenges.

  • Respect

    Facilitating dignity and respect for all individuals through personal and environmental safety, cleanliness and privacy.

  • Productivity

    Encouraging productiveness and engagement, whether through employment, artistic expression, socializing or other activities.

  • Integration

    Fostering and creating opportunities for participating in their communities with people without disabilities.


For more information: http://edwardscenter.org/

Pat Reser Pledges $13 Million to Beaverton Arts Foundation

Pat Reser Pledges $13 Million to Beaverton Arts Foundation

Beaverton, OR. The Beaverton Arts Foundation announced a $13 million dollar pledge from Pat Reser, through the Reser Family Foundation, to help fund a new center for the arts in Beaverton. Chris Ayzoukian, Jordan Schnitzer, Lani Faith, Pat Reser, and Mayor Denny Doyle were on hand for the announcement on July 17th. It brings the private fundraising goal down to a little over $9M. With this news also came the announcement of the official name of the facility, the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

Patricia Reser poses with the sign stating that the official name of the facility will be the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts.

Geno Biggi and Beaverton City Councilor Mark Fagin


Mark Reser, David Vernier, Christine Vernier, Francesca Kim, Julie Vigeland, Roy Kim, Bill Westphal

Vocalist Julianne Johnson with Mayor Denny Doyle and the ACMA Jazz Band

A large crowd gathered to hear the announcement


Here’s more information about the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts;

The Vision

Art has the power to transport us and inspire our imaginations—it enables us to imagine the unimaginable.

Art connects us to the past, the present and the future, sometimes simultaneously.

Art lets us see ourselves and our own community through a different and more compassionate lens.

Art dares us to dream.

Beaverton has always been a city where anything is possible and for years, our community has dreamed of a dedicated performing arts center in the heart of the city—a world-class destination that makes the arts possible for all and celebrates a thriving arts community.

With thought-provoking performances, stunning visual arts, educational programming and unique multicultural expression, the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will be a breathtaking leap forward for our entire community. 

The Concept

As a state-of-the-art facility, the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will present the best in local, regional and national concerts and touring productions. The center will welcome all and serve as a catalyst for personal, cultural and economic growth, as well as increased civic pride and engagement.

Features include:

  • Modern, well-equipped multipurpose theatre
  • Classrooms, meeting and conference rooms
  • Art gallery and exhibit space
  • Café
  • Outdoor plaza
  • Lobby and gathering areas

Visit the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts page on the City of Beaverton’s website to learn more.

The Location

The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will be nestled adjacent to The Round, between SW Cedar Hills Boulevard and SW Hall Boulevard, accompanied by a public parking garage and just steps away from light-rail transit.

Why Now?

Greater Beaverton is an ethnically diverse area with so much to share, truly an international community poised to be the artistic and cultural jewel of Washington County. That’s why building a modern performing arts center is a key component of the Beaverton Community Vision action plan — and it’s why various partners and stakeholders have been planning for the Center for the Arts since 2004 (see The History below).

Together, we’ve created a vision that values connection to the arts and healthy collaboration, community access — so that every resident feels ownership — and excellence in design, amenities and impact. The time to make it happen is now.

The Campaign

A unique public-private partnership was created to fund the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, and 80% of the funding has already been secured. The Beaverton Arts Foundation is proud to serve as the project’s private fundraising partner, leading the drive to secure $9.6 million in remaining private capital needs. Ready to be a partner with us?


Medical Teams International Raises $1.43 Million With Great Adventure Benefit

Medical Teams International Raises $1.43 Million With Great Adventure Benefit

Tigard, October 13th. Medical Teams International supporters celebrated in style at the Great Adventure Auction where 600 guests, and the hard work of 180 volunteers, helped raise $1.43 million dollars. Medical Teams International CEO Jeff Pinneo with wife Janey had the chance to welcome guests to the 7th annual event. Ororganizers say more than 470,000 people around the world will be helped, thanks to the generosity of donors. The funds will be put to use for programs that help save and improve lives in areas of the world most affected by disaster, poverty and conflict.

“The compassion and generosity demonstrated at the Great Adventure Auction was truly overwhelming,” said Jeff Pinneo, CEO of Medical Teams International. “We are grateful for this blessing of support that allows us to effectively serve suffering people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty.”

Emcee Matt Zaffino of KGW and Auction Chair Phil Lane of Pexus of Portland draw the winning raffle ticket for a Lexus sedan

Emcee Matt Zaffino of KGW and Auction Chair Phil Lane of Lexus of Portland draw the winning raffle ticket for a Lexus sedan

Pat Reser and Dr. Tom Martin tell about their recent travel with MTI to Uganda

Pat Reser and Dr. Tom Martin tell about their recent travel with MTI to Uganda

singer Julianne Johnson-Weiss dazzles the crowd with her soulful voice

singer Julianne Johnson-Weiss dazzles the crowd with her soulful voice

From Medical Teams International:

Medical Teams International is a Christian global health organization, demonstrating the love of Christ to people affected by disaster,conflict and poverty. We deliver medical and dental care, humanitarian aid, and holistic development programs to all people in need, regardless of religion, nationality, sex, or race. We respond to disasters around the world—and here at home—by sending teams of volunteer medical professionals and medical supplies to care for the sick and injured. We also mobilize long-term health promotion initiatives, collaborating with established partners within each community to ensure that our programs have a sustainable impact.

Formerly Northwest Medical Teams, Medical Teams International was founded in 1979 by Oregon businessman Ron Post. Since 1979, we have sent more than 2,200 volunteer teams and shipped more than $1.5 billion in lifesaving medical supplies around the world.

Last year alone, we helped more than 2.1 million people in 72 countries.

Learn about international volunteering, local volunteering and donating.

Medical Teams International delivers personal hygiene and medical items to 70 social service agencies in the northwest. These agencies received $1,136,125 in humanitarian aid during the 2011 fiscal year. The list of agencies is on our Pacific Northwest Partners page.

Here’s a video of the work of the nonprofit: Two volunteers tell personal stories of how their faith inspired action that is making an impact in the lives of people suffering in Uganda. This video was shown at the Great Adventure Auction.