Portland, October 29th, 2015. More than 200 guests convened at the Nines Hotel to support Raphael House of Portland’s mission to provide a safe haven from domestic violence. The benefit raised $230,000. Gala emcee, Brenda Braxton of KGW-TV, received a standing ovation for her 10+ years supporting the event. Portland Board Chair Rick Lesniak gave her a “thank you” bouquet. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus) Destinations is named in honor of the domestic violence survivors served by Raphael House of Portland. For families fleeing violence, getting to Raphael House is a key milestone in their journey, and this accomplishment is often a turning point in their lives.
Katrina Wheeler, Raphael House of Portland Executive Director Teri Lorenzen and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler pose for a photo.
Guest speaker Rolando Cruz and his wife Araceli give generously during the special appeal, as fellow supporters hold their bid cards high.
Staff from Bronze Sponsors Nike/Jordan gather for a photo in the Nines Hotel ballroom.
Lisa Watson and Shannan Troyer of Cupcake Jones pose with Andrew Tweedie of Wells Fargo Bank.
Stacy Dalgarno and Annemie Willaims of 100 Women Who Care Portland say cheers to Raphael House during cocktail hour.
Raphael House of Portland Board Members Rick Lesniak and his friends enjoy a selection of Blue Star Donuts won during the Dessert Dash.
House Speaker Tina Kotek calls out the evening’s Golden Ticket Raffle winner, who took home the live auction package of their choice.
Brenda Braxton started the night’s program which included dinner, a live auction featuring 14 packages, and a dessert dash. State Treasurer Ted Wheeler took the stage and described Raphael House’s local impact. “Raphael House is there every step of the way to attack domestic violence on every front,” Wheeler said. “They’re there to educate. They’re there to intervene and they’re there to provide community outreach. When there are domestic violence survivors who exercise that tremendous courage that’s required to leave an abusive relationship, Raphael House is there to help them and provide safety and security.”
The evening’s theme centered around Raphael House’s education and prevention programming, which works to fulfill the organization’s mission of preventing future violence through innovative, awareness-raising services. As the only domestic violence agency in Portland with a full-time Education Coordinator, Raphael House was recently asked to support a program within all eleven Portland Public high schools called Coaching Boys into Men. This curriculum provides athletic coaches with the resources they need to promote respectful behavior among their players and help prevent relationship abuse, harassment, and sexual assault.
“We are grateful to the community for sharing our commitment to making the Portland Metro a healthier and safer place for everyone,” said Executive Director Teri Lorenzen. “This generous support not only helps us provide assistance for people experiencing violence, but also helps us break the cycle of violence through prevention and education.”
This fundraising effort was made possible thanks to generous supporters and guests. The Standard served as the evening’s Silver Sponsor with additional major support from Cambia Health Solutions, Nike/Jordan Brand, Wells Fargo Bank, and Brown & Brown Northwest. Challenge Match Sponsors included Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, Meyer Memorial Trust, and the Detwiler Family Foundation. Z’IVO Wines, Stoller Vineyards, Bethel Heights Vineyard, Girardet Vineyards, Lemelson Vineyards, and Owen Roe Winery donated the evening’s wine selections.
From Raphael House of Portland:
As the largest domestic violence shelter in Multnomah County, our agency has been providing life-saving services to families for more than 37 years. Annually, we provide 130 adults and children with emergency shelter; support more than 1,200 callers on a 24-hour access line; and offer ongoing self-sufficiency programming and housing assistance to an additional 400 survivors.
Dayton, OR. August 18th. It was an elegant evening at Stoller Vineyards with dinner prepared by award-winning chefs and all proceeds benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest to support life-changing friendships. The event was called “Perfect Pairings” and special thanks went to David Anderson, Genoa; Sunny Jin, Jory; Daniel Mondok, Paulee; and Trent Pierce, Wafu who gave their time and talent.
Big Brothers Big Sisters recognized Nike as its 2011 Corporate Partner of the Year. The award was received by Tim Hershey, Big Brothers Big Sisters board member and Nike Vice President and General Manager, Direct to Consumer North America.
Big Brothers Big Sisters also honored Robert Kessi, 2011 Big Brother of the Year; Julia Marrocco, 2012 Big Sister of the Year; and Ryan Shaw, 2012 Big Brother of the Year. Robert Kessi has been matched with Little Brother Juwan for 10 years.
Some Instagram photos sent in by Big Brother/Big Sister Columbia Northwest show the lovely summer evening.
The Perfect Pairings inaugural event! Duck Pond Cellars and Stoller Vineyards paired their northwest wines with elegant cuisine.
No auction, paddle-raise or table captain collections. If attendees were moved to support the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters, they had an opportunity to fill-in the back of a puzzle piece to complete the “Big Picture”.
Perfect Pairing task force: Steve Wright, Aequitas Capital; Emily Bachand, Stoller Vineyards, Judi Charman, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Jim Clark, Business Strategy Consulting; Tim Hawkins, Ivey; Leslie Tuomi, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Jenny Schwenke, Express Employment Professionals; Tracy Correa, Express Employment Professionals; Rob Wente, Ivey; and Brittney Wright, Duck Pond Cellars.
The Stoller winery is a solar-generating, gravity-flow winery that combines progressive, environmentally-friendly design with gentle, traditional winemaking practices that minimize damage.
Catering services provided by Plate & Pitchfork. Music by Midnight Honey. Event marketing support provided by Ivey.
The Stollers also have a grand opening of their new tasting room. The celebration will be held on September 10th.
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between volunteers and children, ages six through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest has several other events coming up: Organizers invite you to learn how all children can reach their potential at a “Start Something” event: Vancouver Luncheon on September 27, Cowlitz Luncheon on October 23 and Portland Breakfast on November 15th.
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