Portland, OR. The Fred Astaire Dance Studios hosted the 2019 Northwest Dance Championships on August 23rd and 24th at the Downtown Hilton. Guest judge Tony Dovolani, from Dancing with the Stars, posed for a photo with Battle Royale couple competitors Ryan Lockhart & Danelle Newman from San Diego and Ilya Velednitsky & Mariya Ilchenko from Phoenix. 2019 Northwest Dance Championships raised $30,000 for Tony Dovolani’s Foundation for Special Needs Children.
Sydney Webber, Jan Lampe, and Timber Joey without his hardhat.
Melissa and Hayden Staley made the Northwest Dance Championships Professional Battle Royale event a Mom and daughter fun night out.
Attendees enjoyed a cocktail hour where they placed bids for various auction items and had the opportunity to meet Tony Dovolani.
Timber Joey, Sydney Webber, and Jessi Aillon (Fred Astaire Dance Studios Portland co-owner and Northwest Dance Championships event coordinator).
Sydney Webber (left) mingles with the team from Artisan Auctions.
Attendees enjoy a spin around the dance floor prior to the professional Battle Royale couples performances.
The winners of the inaugural Northwest Dance Championships Professional Battle Royale were Aaron & Iryna Desoto from Longview, NJ. Presenting them with the award (an ax to represent Portland) was Timber Joey and Tony Dovolani.
Guest judge Jim Carter and Alex Aillon (Fred Astaire Dance Studios Portland co-owner).
Jessi & Alex Aillon, co-owners of Fred Astaire Dance Studios Portland, worked set to create an event where competitors and visitors would experience the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Portland, March 12th, 2016. Over 500 supporters of the ALS Association Oregon and SW Washingtonconverged on the Oregon Convention Center at the “Spring into Action” Gala. The event raised over $350,000 to support care services for local families living with ALS, participation in public policy efforts and critical research into finding treatments and a cure. Valerie Hurst, a reporter with KATU, was the event emcee. (photo credit, Michael Keo)
Valerie Hurst, emcee, and Graham Crow, auctioneer, share a moment reflecting on Valerie’s father who is living with ALS in Massachusetts.
Timber Joey joined the celebration to support the mission and help auction off an exclusive Timbers package in the Live Auction.
Lance Christian, Executive Director, shares ALS research updates from Dr. Joe Beckman with the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University
From The ALS Association:
Since its inception in 2002, our local chapter of The ALS Association is the central source for services and education for people with ALS, their families, caregivers, and health care professionals in all of Oregon and the six counties of SW Washington. The progression of ALS varies significantly from one person to another. Responding to each person’s individual needs, our local chapter is available to provide vital services and reliable information.
A sampling of services provided free of charge:
On-staff Care Services Coordinators who offer individual support and home visits to assess the needs of those living with ALS, suggest equipment and help families plan for the future.
A Medical Equipment Loan Program that shares equipment to aid in daily living activities and with mobility when insurance and other programs cannot fund needed items.
A comprehensive Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology Program to support people living with ALS in their communication and technology needs.
Caregiver Support Program to relieve stress and “burnout” which includes family caregiver support groups, Care Connections guidance, In-Home Caregiving financial support and Respite Care grants.
Monthly Support Group Program for people living with ALS, family members, caregivers and friends.
Support and resources for children who have ALS in their families.
Bereavement support for family members and friends who have lost a loved one to ALS.
Partnerships in ALS multidisciplinary centers and clinics staffed by professionals with ALS expertise.
Outreach to the health care community, home health care agencies and the community with updates on current ALS needs and solutions.
Our chapter receives no government or insurance funding – we rely solely on our events, corporate and personal gifts, and local foundation grants.
Portland, June 20th, 2014. 800 community members volunteered side-by-side with Portland Timber and Torn players at 36 local nonprofits during the team’s Stand Together Week. Players Alvas Powell and Kalif Alhassan got their hands dirty at the sustainable Zenger Farm during the week-long event. Stand Together supports the nonprofits and gives fans the chance to get to know their favorite players (photo credit, Meg Williams-Portland Timbers).
Diego Valeri and Alaska Airlines employees and friends help clean and pack food for local families at Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division during Stand Together Week. Photo, Meg Williams-Portland Timbers
Fanendo Adi packs food at Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division. Photo, Portland Timbers
Timber Joey revamps the Garden at Portland YouthBuilders’ garden. Photo, Meg Williams-Timbers
Darlington Nagbe and the 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance play soccer with refugee kids at Powell Park. Photo, Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers
Steve Zakuani and the 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance play soccer at Powell Park. Photo, Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers
Steve Zakuani gives the kids a pat on the back at Powell Park. Photo, Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers
Michael Nanchoff of the Portland Timbers and Adidas help Stock the Pantry at the Oregon Food Bank during Stand Together Week. Photo, Meg Williams-Portland Timbers
Michael Nanchoff poses for a group photo at the Oregon Food Bank during Stand Together Week. Photo, Meg Williams-Portland Timbers
From the Portland Timbers:
Mission The Portland Timbers Stand Together mission is to harness the power of sport to improve the lives of children and families in the Portland metro area through targeted programs, deep partnerships, and philanthropic giving.
Portland, April 26th, 2013. Over 500 attendees cheered Camp Fire Columbia’s stars as they competed against local celebrities in Camp Fire’s Celebrity + Youth Talent Show at the Crystal Ballroom. Portland Timber player Jake Gleeson, Timber Joey, and players Dave Horst & Ryan Kawulok were a hit with their medley of hip hop classics in their second year as celebrity performers at the event. (Photo credit, Brian Rollins)
Youth performers from Camp Fire’s afterschool program in David Douglas School District pose after nailing their hip hop dance performance in front of 500 guests.
Youth and celebrities performed song, dance, step, and a poetry slam. Attendees determined the winners of each act by voting with donations. The event raised over $136,000 for Camp Fire’s before, during, and after-school programs at 19 local schools.
Gwen Sullivan, President of the Oregon Teachers Union; and Representative Lew Frederick enjoy a moment at the Celebrity + Youth Talent Show. Representative Frederick performed a poem, along with Commissioners Loretta Smith and Amanda Fritz.
Brooke Van Roekel, Camp Fire Columbia Board Chair; and Kali Ladd, Camp Fire Columbia Board Member watched take a moment from cheering on Camp Fire youth and celebrity performers to smile for the cameras.
Youth performers from Camp Fire’s afterschool program in David Douglas had a blast singing a medley of classics, united around the theme of Sunshine (summer is almost here!)
Timber Joey and Scot Thompson, Community Ambassador, of the Portland Timbers perform a hip-hop medley as one of five celebrity acts.
Peter Ames Carlin (author of bestselling Springsteen biography “BRUCE”) and Drew Carney (TV reporter at KGW Channel 8) perform Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry” as one of five celebrity acts.
Tres Shannon, co-owner of Voodoo Doughnut performs as one of five celebrity acts, with help from Victoria Porter. Shannon channeled his Bobby McFerrin-esque skills in a performance of Mozart, along with juggling and headstands.
From Camp Fire Columbia Camp Fire Columbia is a community based nonprofit organization located in Portland, Oregon (serving eight counties in Oregon and SW Washington) with a mission to build caring confident youth and future leaders. Camp Fire partners with local kids, schools and families to provide diverse, best practices programming that:
Supports academic achievement
Builds social and life skills
Fosters community engagement
Develops career and college readiness
Camp Fire’s programs directly serve over 3,000 kids ages 5-18 each year across an eight-county area, including the greater Portland metro region, and help serve another 11,000 children and families annually through partnerships and special projects.
The 21st Century Camp Fire Camp Fire launched in 1910, the same year as the first talking motion picture. Much like today’s films, the 21st Century Camp Fire is a whole different animal than it was 100 years ago—or even 20 years ago! Just as films have adapted to emerging technology, Camp Fire has evolved to better meet the emerging needs of kids and families.
While Camp Fire has historically been synonymous with outdoor learning and providing opportunities for women, today’s Camp Fire is a multi-faceted agency that serves all kids through a diverse array of programs.
Did you know…
Camp Fire strengthens local education. We partner with over 20 schools to pick up where schools leave off—keeping kids safe, engaged, and learning.
Camp Fire supports our region’s most vulnerable youth. Our programs are located in 20% of the Title-1 schools in Multnomah County.
Camp Fire supports academic growth. Students in our programs demonstrate significant increases in reading, writing, and math. A recent study found that Camp Fire kids made academic gains at a faster rate than their non-Camp Fire peers.
50% of Camp Fire kids are boys. We’ve been co-ed since 1975. Ask a child if they’re a Camp Fire Girl, and they’ll respond as if you asked them whether they own an 8-track.
Camp Fire welcomes and embraces all youth of diverse cultures, beliefs, experiences, and identities. We are committed to creating a culturally-competent, inclusive, and safe environment for all children and families.
Camp Fire is national in name only. Camp Fire Columbia is 100% locally driven.
Camp Fire is supported by some of the most prominent names in our community, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the City of Portland, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Portland, October 13th. 475 guests joined forces to support “I Have a Dream” Oregon at the Nines Hotel. The annual “Dream Big” auction raised $285,000, a 20% increase over last year. Abbey Gibb of KGW was the host for the evening and Timber Joey came out to help. The “I Have a Dream” Oregon program serves over 1,200 Dreamers in Oregon, from pre-K through college. Advocates works collaboratively with other local organizations to provide mentors, access to social and academic wraparound services, and create a “culture of college and career” within schools and Dreamer families.
Dreamers from the “I Have a Dream” Oregon Dreamer School in Reynolds School District before going on-stage at Dream Big 2012
Sara Caldwell-Kan, Class 9’s College Access Coordinator with Class Sponsors Julie & Robb Ball and President & CEO Mark Langseth
Board Member Kay Hall with her husband Dan Hall and “I Have a Dream” President & CEO Mark Langseth smile for the camera in front of art from famed artist Tom Cramer during the social hour
Dreamer School Dreamers help show off the live auction artwork handcrafted with the support of “I Have a Dream” Oregon’s friend Polly Spencer and Alder Elementary Dreamers.
Class 9 Dreamer, Arthur Jackson, delivers a heart-felt special appeal speech about how the Dreamer Program has made all the difference in his life as he approaches high school graduation. Arthur received a standing ovation.
Special guest Timber Joey!
From “I Have a Dream” Oregon:
We believe that, with the right supports, low-income students can overcome barriers to a great education. For over 20 years, we have been helping Dreamer students with three proven core services: long-term relationships with caring adult mentors; access to wraparound services; and creating a “culture of college and career” within schools and Dreamer families.
While our service delivery model has changed, our mission remains the same: to help low-income students succeed in school, college and career.
National: In 27 cities across 17 states – over 14,000 student “Dreamers”
Oregon: Nearly 900 student Dreamers served since the first student class was ‘adopted’ in 1990, with 655 additional Dreamers being served at the Dreamer School at Alder Elementary.
Classes: 7 in Portland and 3 in Forest Grove/Cornelius
Schools: The first Dreamer School was launched in 2011 at Alder Elementary
According to a study completed by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory in 2009, Dreamers that have participated in “I Have a Dream” Oregon programs have benefited from:
Increased high school graduation/GED rates: In 2011, 94% of our Dreamers graduated from high school – nearly 3x the rate for students with their backgrounds.
Increased college attendance
Increased high school completion rates of teen mothers and decreased discipline problems for all Dreamers, including suspensions, expulsions, and referrals to the judicial system.
Where they are in 2012:
– Dreamers from Class 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 are enrolled in colleges and universities around the nation
– Class 9 Dreamers are 12th graders with our programming based out of Benson High School
– Class 10 Dreamers are 8th graders with our programming based out of Vernon Elementary
– The 2011 – 2012 year signaled the first year of implementation for the Dreamer School at Alder Elementary
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