425 Supporters Gather for P:earblossom’s 2015 Benefit

425 Supporters Gather for P:earblossom’s 2015 Benefit

Portland, April 25th, 2015. The annual fundraiser called p:earblossoms 2015 “perspectives” raised $234,000 to to support p:ear’s unique mentoring programs for homeless youth. Performers Laura Gibson, Linda Austion and Kaj-anne Pepper entertained the crowd at the Leftbank Annex. (Photo credit, Alicia J Rose Photography) P:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful  lives. Located on the corner of NW 6th and Flanders, p:ear has worked with these valuable youth for 13 years. Congressman Earl Blumenauer was the honorary chair of the event.

Event Chair Congressman Earl Blumenauer sharing a moment with the audience at p:earblossoms 2015  - Garrett Downen Photography

Event Chair Congressman Earl Blumenauer sharing a moment with the audience at p:earblossoms 2015 – Garrett Downen Photography

Board President Jennifer Bruml giving the Welcome Speech at p:earblossoms 2015 - Garrett Downen Photography

Board President Jennifer Bruml giving the Welcome Speech at p:earblossoms 2015 – Garrett Downen Photography

From P:ear:

p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Each year our programs serve almost 900 homeless and transitional young people ages 15 to 24.

P:EAR STRENGTHENS LIVES

To truly exit homelessness, kids must develop the internal strength, skills and foresight to make healthy choices. p:ear provides a safe, non-judgmental environment in which youth are trusted to outgrow unproductive and harmful behaviors. We offer individualized mentoring and education programs in a safe, reliable setting designed to foster trust, build self-esteem and to teach homeless and transitional kids – who all too often are regarded by society as disposable, “hopeless cases” – that they are valuable individuals with a future who have something vital to contribute to this community.

p:ear staff and volunteers serve as mentors, friends, and role models, while p:ear’s unique programs create opportunities for young people to grow intellectually, express themselves constructively, communicate in positive ways and engage in meaningful interactions with the larger community of Portland. This is not work that can be accomplished in the short-term. These are relationships based on trust that take years to cultivate and require enormous dedication to sustain.

We are committed to being there for p:ear youth over the long-haul to share failures and successes, mundane events as well as life-altering milestones.

p:ear mentors youth through education, art and recreation. Learn more about p:ear programshere.

Make a difference in the lives of p:ear youth: volunteer or make a gift. p:ear is a 501(c)(3) organization and gifts are tax-deductible. p:ear’s tax ID/EIN is 93-1327944.

Levé’s Ninth Annual Charity Ball Benefits “I Have a Dream” Oregon

Levé’s Ninth Annual Charity Ball Benefits “I Have a Dream” Oregon

Portland, December 7th. More than 800 supporters crowded the Left Bank Annex for Levé’s Ninth Annual Charity Ball. The grass-root charity created by young women in Portland selects a nonprofit each year and “I Have a Dream” Oregon was the fortunate recipient for 2012. Levé board, committee and advisory members posed for a photo before the ball. The group is close to reaching its $50,000 fundraising goal. The Levé’s auction alone raised a ground-breaking $12,000 with items like a tasting wine excursion and a wedding package.

More than 800 event-goers were in attendance for Levé’s Ninth Annual Charity Ball. All proceeds benefit “I Have a Dream” Oregon.


Nonprofits Levé has supported in the past include: p:ear, Mercy Corps, YWCA Yolanda House, Friends of the Children—Portland, Schoolhouse Supplies, Growing Gardens, Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) and Loaves & Fishes Centers.

 

 

Advisory board members Hilary Colton and Lisa Wynn

Advisory board members Hilary Colton and Lisa Wynn

Dave Murphy and past board member Vanessa Authier

Dave Murphy and past board member Vanessa Authier

Board member Courtney Francis Campbell and committee member Ali Murphy check in guests at Levé’s Ninth Annual Charity Ball.

Board member Courtney Francis Campbell and committee member Ali Murphy check in guests at Levé’s Ninth Annual Charity Ball.

 

Ashley Thomas-Pate, Tyler Colville, Gretchen Bennett & Craig Francis,

Ashley Thomas-Pate, Tyler Colville, Gretchen Bennett & Craig Francis

Anne Lawrence

Anne Lawrence

Megan Dobson

Megan Dobson

Denis O’Neill, Karen Sheppard, Bobbi O’Neill, Event Chair Maddie Andrews and Ian Smethurst

Denis O’Neill, Karen Sheppard, Bobbi O’Neill, Event Chair Maddie Andrews and Ian Smethurst

Board member Kiernan Doherty, Erin Russo Thompson and Dave Thompson

Board member Kiernan Doherty, Erin Russo Thompson and Dave Thompson

 About Levé :

A group of girlfriends founded Levé out of a desire to actively make a difference in our local community. Portland has been our home for the majority of our lives, providing us with a deep connection and passion for keeping the Pacific Northwest’s most vital resources and programming vibrant and successful. For this reason, and the desire to bring together family, friends and the community for a celebration in support of a local nonprofit, Levé hosted its first Charity Ball in 2004.

After our first event, it became quickly apparent that we are in a unique position to catalyze support from a wider network. We feel fortunate to have enjoyed a supportive community in Portland and the consistent encouragement of family and friends in all of our endeavors. For that reason, we share the sentiment that it is our responsibility to give back to the community that has provided us with so much. As young girls, we watched our parents engage with and support the services of local nonprofits. Our action is modeled on their example.

Levé is a completely volunteer-run organization. Our board is made up of young, professional women who are sharing our time, resources and expertise with causes we value. We believe the work we do for Levé is not only making us better individuals and members of our community, but also better employees and students—mastering skills, building leadership and inspiring creativity.

“I Have a Dream” Foundation – Oregon was founded in 1990 to help low income children reach success in school and college.

We deliver a proven combination of core services to students: long-term relationships with caring adults, academic and personal/social support services, and creating a “culture of college” within schools and the students’ families.

Since 1990, ten entire 3rd grade classes have been “adopted” with supportive services to help student

dreamers succeed through college. Our organization has been able to more than double graduation rates for these students and impact the community through reduced discipline problems and juvenile delinquency. Nearly 900 students have benefited from “I Have a Dream” Foundation programs in Oregon through this model.

 In 2010, we established the first “Dreamer School” in the nation. This bold new initiative will expand the impact from 300 to 3,000 kids per year, all within this decade. Our first Dreamer School, Alder Elementary, is one of the most poverty-stricken schools in the state and serves as a beacon of light for the community with its programs and services. “I Have a Dream” is partnering with over a dozen other non-profit organizations to transform the lives of every student in this school. Within the next several years, additional Dreamer Schools will be added throughout Oregon.

 

 

Organically Grown Company Celebrates p:ear With Ecotrust Terrace Party

Organically Grown Company Celebrates p:ear With Ecotrust Terrace Party

Portland, July 21st.  The Organically Grown Company hosted a fundraising party for one of its favorite charities: the mentoring program for homeless and transitional teens called p:ear. Marketing Communications Specialist for Organically Grown, Tonya Haworth, and Marketing Manager, Stacy Kraker, organized the event.

Nate Engkjer, a p:ear employee, Steph Chase, the Development and Community Relations Manager, and Beth Burns, the Executive Director, enjoy the early hours of the event.

Nate Engkjer, a p:ear employee, Steph Chase, the Development and Community Relations Manager, and Beth Burns, p:ear’s Executive Director

A view of the Ecotrust terrace where the event was held.

The party was on the Ecotrust terrace at 721 NW 9th Avenue.

The green table cloths were filled with food supplied by the Phresh Organic Catering Company.  Some dishes included a tomato basil salad, roasted potatoes, and chicken breast with Oregon honey-chipotle barbecue sauce.

Phresh Organic Catering Company served up tomato basil salad, roasted potatoes, and chicken breast with Oregon honey-chipotle barbecue sauce.

Organically Grown Company is employee and grower owned. Every summer the company gives boxes of fresh produce to the p:ear kitchen to help feed hungry teens.

This fundraiser for p:ear looked over the Sundown at Ecotrust event which began at 5:30 and helped entertain guests.

This fundraiser for p:ear had views of the “Sundown at Ecotrust” event happening below.

Mo and Don Mayfield look over the terrace with Tonya McMillan and her son Koen.

Mo and Don Mayfield look over the terrace with Tonya McMillan and her son Koen.

Tyler Clear and Brian Cook take a moment to smile while gathering a plate full of food!

Tyler Clear and Brian Cook gave a thumbs-up to the organic food at the party.

 

Baby May had a wonderful time looking throughout the terrace at the growing tomatoes and blueberries.

Baby May had a wonderful time looking at the terrace tomato plants and blueberry bushes .

Melyssa Sharp, Katie Trudeau and Sean McConahay take a look at the sun-filled outdoor area.

Melyssa Sharp, Katie Trudeau and Sean McConahay

Organic Grown Company is the largest wholesaler of organic fruits, vegetables and herbs within the Pacific Northwest.  It was founded by farmers who purchase 90% of their products directly from the growers themselves.

Kristi Yoder and Rachel Ebert laugh while enjoying the atmosphere of the event.

Kristi Yoder and Rachel Ebert enjoyed the atmosphere.

Matt Mylet, Jae Easterbrooks and Laurie Landeros take a quick picture after getting some drinks from the inside bar.

Matt Mylet, Jae Easterbrooks and Laurie Landeros take a quick picture after getting some drinks from the inside bar.

From p:ear:

Each year “p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives”.  Throughout this process, p:ear helps serve around 900 “homeless and transitional young people” who vary in age from 15 to 24.

To truly exit homelessness, kids must develop the internal strength, skills and foresight to make healthy choices. p:ear provides a safe, non-judgmental environment in which youth are trusted to outgrow unproductive and harmful behaviors. We offer individualized mentoring and education programs in a safe, reliable setting designed to foster trust, build self-esteem and to teach homeless and transitional kids – who all too often are regarded by society as disposable, “hopeless cases” – that they are valuable individuals with a future who have something vital to contribute to this community.

p:ear staff and volunteers serve as mentors, friends, and role models, while p:ear’s unique programs create opportunities for young people to grow intellectually, express themselves constructively, communicate in positive ways and engage in meaningful interactions with the larger community of Portland. This is not work that can be accomplished in the short-term. These are relationships based on trust that take years to cultivate and require enormous dedication to sustain.

We are committed to being there for p:ear youth over the long-haul to share failures and successes, mundane events as well as life-altering milestones.

p:ear mentors youth through education, art and recreation.

Story by Genevieve Reaume.