Portland, October 8th, 2015. Nearly 500 business and community leaders decked out in red attended the 11th Annual Greater Portland Go Red For Women Luncheon on October 8th at the Nines Luxury Hotel in downtown Portland. In the crowd were Survivor Terri O’Neill and her Adventist Health friends including Linda Stelzenmueller, Jessica Scherler-Hyman, Taryn Honey, Melissa Hosey and Diana Erdmann. Due to the generous support of Go Red For Women Luncheon guests and sponsors, the American Heart Association raised more than $226,000, funding life-saving research, education and outreach in our community.
First Lady of Portland, Nancy Hales and Go Red For Women Chairwoman, Tracy Curtis, Executive Vice President, Oregon Region President, Wells Fargo, show off their red at the Luncheon.
Go Red For Women Luncheon Emcee, Shauna Parsons of FOX 12 Oregon.
The Go Red For Women Luncheon Executive Leadership Team honored the nonprofit and the color red!
The annual Go Red for Women Luncheon is aimed at raising funds and public awareness to fight heart disease, which causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
Chairwoman Tracy Curtis of Wells Fargo kicked off the inspirational event featuring cardiac arrest survivor April Frezza of Tigard. April suffered a cardiac arrest at the age of 50 and is alive today only because of the help of bystander CPR. They were joined by keynote Lori Tam, M.D., who educated women about their risk of heart disease and stroke, how to recognize the signs and how to prevent our No. 1 killer.
From the American Heart Association:
The top local sponsors of the Go Red For Women Luncheon are Wells Fargo, Oregonian Media Group, Bi-Mart, Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente, OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute, Providence Health & Services and the Trail Blazers.
Portland, September 22rd, 2013. More than 10,000 people marked the 27th anniversary of AIDS Walk Portland by pounding the pavement for 2.5 miles and raising a tenth of Cascade AIDS Project’s (CAP) annual budget. (photo credit, Digital Reality Portland) Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici addressed the crowd at the opening ceremony in Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Cascade AIDS Project, AIDS Walk 2013 with 10,000 in the square
Female impersonator Cassie Nova added sparkle to the walk which started at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Andrew Shayde was one of the top fundraisers. He’s joined at the square by and Chris Ritchey.
Bekah Telew and Daniel Ryan Shor at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
At the AIDS Walk 2013 supporters were remembering loved ones
All money raised goes to support CAP’s efforts to prevent new HIV infections, care for people affected or infected by HIV/AIDS, educate communities to eliminate stigma and shame and advocate for immediate action in combating the pandemic.
“We are thrilled for this year’s walk,” said Peter Parisot, Development Director for Cascade AIDS Project. “CAP and its partners have been raising funds to fight HIV/AIDS for almost 30 years now. Though the needs of those living with HIV/AIDS have changed, the need for our services has not. There are still over 50,000 new HIV infections in the U.S every year and with more than one million Americans infected. We can’t afford not to take action.”
Of the estimated 7,000 people living with HIV in Oregon – twenty percent (20%) do not know they are HIV positive. AIDS Walk Portland raises critical funds to increase awareness of the disease and support those living with the virus. Practicing safe sex (using a condom), knowing your HIV status, and getting access to housing and health care if HIV positive are the most effective methods for preventing and treating the disease. CAP will use money raised by the walk to fund program areas including housing and support services, education and prevention, free HIV testing, and connecting people to healthcare.
Sponsors for the 2013 AIDS Walk Portland include Presenting Sponsor, Chevron; Advocacy Sponsors: Oregon Health and Sciences University and Macy’s; Gold Level Sponsors Genetech, Hobo’s, Nike, and PQ Monthly; Silver Sponsors: Fred Meyer’s, FamilyCare Health Plans, Departure, Hotel Monaco, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, NW Natural, Wells Fargo, and The Standard; Hydration Sponsors: Legacy Health System, Pfizer, Providence Health and Services, and Complete Clothing. There are several media sponsors including Clear Channel Outdoor, El Hispanic, Kink FM, Live 95.5 Just Out, Alpha Broadcasting, the Oregonian, and TriMet.
About Cascade AIDS Project: Incorporated in 1985, Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) is the oldest and largest AIDS Service Organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. CAP’s mission is to prevent HIV infections, support and empower people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and eliminate HIV/AIDS-related stigma. Last year, more than 80% of CAP’s $5.9 million budget went directly to programs serving the agency’s mission, earning Charity Navigator’s top rating. CAP’s programs serve the broad and diverse set of communities touched by HIV—from teens, Latinos, the gay community, and families living with HIV to the thousands of individuals throughout the state who seek education each year through the Oregon HIV/STD Hotline. All in all, last year CAP provided HIV/AIDS education and prevention services to nearly 15,000 people and coordinated wrap-around support services for 1,680 people affected and infected with HIV/AIDS in the fivecounty Portland metropolitan area.
CAP’s History: Founded in 1983 and incorporated in 1985, Cascade AIDS Project is the oldest and largest community-based provider of HIV services, housing, education and advocacy in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Before 1983, two main organizations provided HIV-related services to the Portland area community: CHESS (Community Health and Essential Support Services), who provided one-on-one emotional support, and Cascade AIDS Project (CAP), who provided education to gay/bisexual men. Their merger in 1983 consolidated HIV-related services and prevented competition for very limited resources. The new CAP was a barebones organization, consisting of an executive director and a PAL program coordinator. These two staff members were assisted by volunteers and a 21-member volunteer board of directors. Under the first executive director of the new CAP, services expanded to include a volunteer-operated Speakers Bureau, a Client Services Program, and the Oregon AIDS Hotline (a joint venture between CAP and the Oregon State Health Division). The total agency budget was less than $100,000.
In 1985, CAP was legally incorporated, and in 1986 we received our 501(c)3 designation. CAP became a strong voice in the community for HIV education, prevention and service issues.
In 1986, “From All Walks of Life” became the first pledge walk to benefit AIDS care and education in Portland. The “AIDS Walk” fundraiser has become an annual event that draws thousands of participants, community recognition and support.
In 1989, CAP created the “Art Auction,” an auction of artwork by local and well-known artists, with all proceeds raised helping to support the work of Cascade AIDS Project and assist people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
In 1991, after the inception of the Ryan White CARE Act (RWCA), CAP received its first funds to provide HIV non-medical services to clients. After establishing a contract with Multnomah County to provide prevention and wellness services in 1992, CAP launched a new prevention campaign.
CAP has grown considerably since its beginning, from a 2 person staff to over 60, from a budget of $100,000 to over $6 million. CAP operates multiple programs from its main service site and receives support from over 600 volunteers. It has always been an organization that depends heavily on volunteers. This is true now more than ever, as CAP expands services to meet growing needs in the community.
Cascade AIDS Project helps people put their lives back together; to secure housing, find essential medical care and deal with the countless issues that make the difference between giving up or getting up and going on. With HIV and AIDS, the huge emotional and financial burden to all affected by it can be staggering. Some people lose their jobs, their housing, their friends and family and any means of support. Imagine what it must be like for someone who suddenly finds they are without the essentials we so often take for granted. Shelter, life skills training, and emotional support; these are what CAP provides.
Devon Downeysmith, Marketing & Communications Manager, Thomas Bruner, Chief Executive Officer of Portland and SW Washington Susan G. Komen and Toni Mountain, Survivor Programs Manager
The Komen Race for the Cure raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement. Every week 61 women in Oregon and Southwest Washington are diagnose with breast cancer, and sadly eleven women die. The Race for the Cure is a time to celebrate survivors and their families while raising money and working toward the promise of ending breast cancer. Enjoy this collection of the images from the event!
There are five different races: Timed 5k, Timed 8k, 1-mile walk, Untimed 5k run, and 5k Walk
The race brought traffic to a standstill on several downtown streets, but police try to keep motorists happy by advanced warnings and detours.
Family and friends formed, “The Chest Nuts”
Finish Line Volunteer Dee Madden gets a hug.
Some Local pageant winners off their support.
Survivors enjoy the support of their families.
Komen CEO, Thomas Bruner was pleased with the turnout. He expected the number of participants to be down about 17% from last year – likely due to the national controversy over the group’s decision to cut off, then restore funds for Planned Parenthood including breast cancer screenings. The Portland event raised an estimated $2.5 million in cash and in-kind services, short of the $3 million fundraising goal. Still, Portland’s dip was not as dramatic as many other cities including San Francisco and New York where participation was down 25%. Now it’s upward and onward for the Portland Komen Race for the Cure!
Michelle Price and Jackie were two of the hundreds of survivors inspired by the Race for the Cure!
It’s a family affair for many.
Part of the fun is getting dressed up.
Four legged friends feel the love.
It’s a chance to get creative!
No wigs are too big or too pink!
Survivors have a special finish line
The race requires hundreds of volunteers including this group of mothers and daughters from the National Charity League
NCL Portland Chapter volunteers, Marti Jacobsen and Martha Nielsen
Waterfront Park comes alive for a cause!
Survivors receive VIP treatment!
Touching the finish line banner is a tradition for many.
From Komen: The effectiveness of Komen Oregon’s mission is entirely dependent on our network of sponsors and volunteers. Money raised by Race participants helps expand access to lifesaving screening and treatment while providing funding for cutting-edge breast cancer research.
For the past twenty years, Komen Oregon has provided tens of thousands of low-income women access to critical breast cancer screening and treatment. Our 360-degree approach is making a difference, with breast cancer mortality rates down and five-year survival rates up.
We support survivors by removing barriers to lifesaving care while also investing in cutting-edge research. Every major advance in global breast cancer research in the last quarter century has been touched by Komen for the Cure dollars.
Race for the Cure Local Sponsors:
CRYSTAL SPONSORS: Legacy Health Macy’s
The Old Spaghetti Factory
The UPS Store – Greater Portland Locations
Metro West Ambulance
New Balance Portland
IN THE PINK SPONSORS
Standard TV & Appliance
The Jay and Diane Zidell Charitable Foundation
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