Top Ten Portland Society Page Stories of 2017

Top Ten Portland Society Page Stories of 2017

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Here’s the list of the top ten stories (in reverse order to build your suspense) on PortlandSocietyPage.com during 2017.

#10. Jesuit High School’s 49th Auction Raises Over $1 Million

Portland, OR. Cultivating Tomorrow was the theme of Jesuit High School’s annual auction. The event on April 29th was held in the school’s Knight Center and drew 650 supporters. Principal Paul Hogan, posed for a photo with action co-chairs Wendy Pernas, Kim Takla and Jesuit President Tom Arndorfer.  JHS cleared the million-dollar mark with $1,020,916 raised in gross revenue. Organizers thanked their Presenting Sponsors – Clearview MRI, Touchmark and Colleen and Werner Nistler. Jesuit’s auction is the school’s largest fundraiser.

Here’s a link to the story for more: https://www.portlandsocietypage.com/2017/06/04/jesuit-high-schools-49th-auction-raises-over-1-million/

#9. National Charity League Honors Class of 2017

Portland, OR. After six years of service to the community, 26 high school seniors from The National Charity League, Inc. Portland Chapter were honored at a special celebration at the Sentinel Hotel on April 30th.  Most of the young women, including Bailey Cook, Shannon Kehoe, Genevieve Klein, and Jennie Menendez, began volunteering with their mothers during seventh grade and in total, the seniors worked 3,700 hours.

Here’s a link to the story for more: https://www.portlandsocietypage.com/2017/05/13/national-charity-league-honors-senior-class-of-2017/

#8. French American International School’s Fête du Vin Celebrates Community

Portland, OR. Fête du Vin on November 4th brought together some of Oregon’s best wineries and restaurants, uniting the diverse and progressive community that surrounds the French American International School. FAIS Parent & Alumni relations Manager, KaDo Gorman posed for a photo with Fete Committee members Raphaelle Robert, Julia Bannon, Michelle Reeves, and Paul Willenberg.

Here’s a link to the story for more: https://www.portlandsocietypage.com/2017/11/25/french-american-international-schools-fete-du-vin-celebrates-community/

#7. Top Ten Portland Society Page Stories of 2016

Portland, OR. This story had the list of the top ten stories on PortlandSocietyPage.com for 2016.

Here’s a link for more: https://www.portlandsocietypage.com/2016/12/31/top-ten-portlandsocietypage-com-stories-of-2016/

#6. Ignite 2017 Black & White Ball Draws 1,000 People

Portland, OR. Ignite 2017, the Black & White Ball, was Oregon’s largest LGBTQ gala and dance party and biggest fundraiser of the year. Nearly 1,000 people attended the November 4th benefit for Basic Right Oregon including Val Solorazano, Shannon Scott and Bill Dickey. More than $320,000 was raised at the Black & White Ball to support policy, advocacy and education work statewide to ensure that LGBTQ Oregonians in every community in Oregon experience equality.

Here’s a link for more: https://www.portlandsocietypage.com/2017/11/11/ignite-2017-black-white-ball-draws-1000-people/

#5. Oregon Food Bank Gala Honors Hunger Heroes & Breaks Fundraising Record

Portland. OR. Oregon Food Bank’s warehouse underwent a glittering transformation for the Oregon Harvest Dinner and by the end of the evening, attendees and sponsors had contributed more than $760,000 to support hunger relief in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Mary Ellen Hannigan and outgoing Oregon Harvest Dinner event chair Syd Hannigan celebrated the record-breaking success of the gala. 500 guests enjoyed silent and live auctions, blues music by Reggie Houston and a seated dinner at the October 21st benefit.

Here’s a link for more: https://www.portlandsocietypage.com/2017/11/04/oregon-food-bank-gala-honors-hunger-heroes-breaks-fundraising-record/

#4. Portland Art Museum’s 125th Anniversary Gala Sparkles

Portland, OR. More than 700 people attended the Portland Art Museum’s 125th Anniversary Gala and After Party celebration on September 23rd, featuring a performance by the Grammy Award-winning, Portland-raised jazz musician Esperanza Spalding. The event raised more than $750,000 in additional support to help ensure that the innovative exhibitions, education programs, and partnerships that have been the Museum’s hallmarks will continue to thrive. Guests like Anne and Jim Crumpacker enjoyed red carpet treatment and had dinner in the historic galleries designed by Pietro Belluschi.

Here’s a link for more: https://www.portlandsocietypage.com/2017/10/06/portland-art-museums-125th-anniversary-gala-sparkles/

#3. Rock Stars Help Raise $1.4 Million to Benefit Oregon Military Museum

Portland, OR. Gene Simmons joined KISS guitarist and Portland native Tommy Thayer — along with KISS bandmates Paul Stanley and Eric Singer —for a surprise performance at the close of the “All-Star Salute to the Oregon Military” fundraising gala Feb. 18th. The exclusive event raised $1.4 million toward completing the construction of the $20 million Oregon Military Museum named after Tommy’s father, Brigadier General James B. Thayer. Rockers Alice Cooper, Robby Krieger of the Doors, Danny Seraphine from the band Chicago, and Will Lee from The Late Show with David Letterman, also performed.

Here’s a link for more: https://www.portlandsocietypage.com/2017/03/04/big-name-entertainment-stars-help-raise-1-4-million-to-benefit-oregon-military-museum/

#2. Children’s Cancer Association’s Annual Wonderball Raises $1.4 Million

Portland, OR. It was high-fives all around as Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) raised $1.4 million at its 17th annual Wonderball gala on October 7th. Leaders Rosemary Colliver, founder Regina Ellis and Andy Lytle celebrated the donations which will fuel CCA’s mission of prescribing joy to seriously ill children and their families. Organizers welcomed nearly 850 supporters to the Oregon Convention Center for an “Age of Aquarius” themed night they say was inspired by the abundant love and optimism of the Woodstock era.

Here’s a link for more: https://www.portlandsocietypage.com/2017/10/21/childrens-cancer-associations-annual-wonderball-raises-1-4-million/

#1. “Classically American” Oregon Symphony’s Gala Raises Over $1 Million

Portland, OR. The popping of celebratory champagne, the Rex Putnam High School Marching Band, and applause from the nearly 400 attendees provided a fitting end to the Symphony’s annual gala, which marked another first in the organization’s 120-year history – shattering the $1 million gala fundraising mark. Guests of Oregon Symphony’s Gala 2017, “Classically American” arrived to a tented reception in the Park Blocks adjacent to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. In attendance were State Architect Alice Wiewel, Liz Fuller, President of Gard Communications, Representative Brent Barton, Jordan Schnitzer, OSA President Scott Showalter, Portland State University President Wim Wiewel, and Mayor Ted Wheeler.

Here’s more on the story: https://www.portlandsocietypage.com/2017/04/08/classically-american-oregon-symphonys-gala-raises-over-1-million/

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National Charity League Honors Class of 2017

National Charity League Honors Class of 2017

Portland, OR. After six years of service to the community, 26 high school seniors from The National Charity League, Inc. Portland Chapter were honored at a special celebration at the Sentinel Hotel on April 30th.  Most of the young women, including Bailey Cook, Shannon Kehoe, Genevieve Klein, and Jennie Menendez, began volunteering with their mothers during seventh grade and in total, the seniors worked 3,700 hours.

2017 Recognition Event Senior Class

In addition to volunteering with their mothers, the Class of 2017 hosted a carnival for 35 foster kids in grade school. They partnered with Project Lemonade to reach out to foster children in the Portland-metro area and Friends of the Children for the gym and outdoor space. Activities included a dunk tank, crafts, and basketballputting.

Dara Wilk, 2016-2017 Chapter President with Madeline Borok
and Alyssa Froude

Savannah and Sonia Niebergall

The Parker Family

Kristen and McCall Phillips

Michele and Molly Porter

Genevieve and Elisa Klein, Portland Society Page Editor

Kari and Kylie Rice

Reagan and Colleen Rundle

Julie and Grace Summers

Sarah and Carly Allen

Michelle and Grace Becker

Julie and Madeline Borok

Bailey Cook and Wendy Keeton

Pam and Lizzy Delaporte

Molly and Catie Ellis

Lanelle and Ava Fechner

Noreen and Jaclyn Flood

Kathleen and Megan Foesch

Stephanie and Alyssa Froude, who was honored with the Yellow Rosebud Award.

Carlin and Sarah Gram hold their awards. Sarah Gram was honored with the Hourglass Award, Merci Award, and Senior Service Award. The Mother-Daughter Award went to Carlin and Sara Gram.

Emma and Catarina Hunter

Molly and Stella Kalomiris

Shannon and Allison Kehoe

Lucy and Denise Koury

Amy and Bella Marconi

The Menendez family

Ashley and Ann Mepham

From the Portland Chapter of the National Charity League:

National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) is a non-profit organization of mothers and daughters in seventh through twelfth grades committed to community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences. Our national organization started in 1947 and has grown to over 50,000 members in 215 chapters in 21 states across the country. The NCL Portland Chapter started in 1995 and currently consists of over 325 mothers and daughters, including Provisional and Sustainer members. We are proud to support the following organizations:

Albertina Kerr
Children’s Cancer Association
Camions of Care
Children’s Book Bank
Dress for Success
Friendly House
Komen Portland Race for The Cure
Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Humane Society
Oregon Zoo
Portland Children’s Museum
Portland Rescue Mission
Project Lemonade
Project Linkage
Providence Child Center for Medically Fragile Children Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Ronald McDonald House East
Ronald McDonald House West
Rose Haven
SOLV- Friends of Trees
Special Olympics
St. Anthony Village
Street Light Shelter – Janus Youth Programs
PDX Homeless Family Solution

2017 Recognition Event Committee CO-CHAIRS were Stephanie Froude Christy Parker

COMMITTEE MEMBERS were Elisa Klein, Sonia Niebergall, Colleen Rundle, and Julie Summers

CLASS OF 2017 GRADE LEVEL ADVISORS were Michelle Becker, Kathleen Foesch, and Michele Porter