Dancers | 2016

PCRI’s fifth annual Dancing with the Stars Gala will feature four prominent Portland community members (clockwise from top left): Cupid Alexander, Lori Medak, Mayra Arreola and Carla Bunting, each trained by and dancing with professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Read on for more information about the competing dancers: Cupid Alexander – Housing Program Specialist, Portland Housing…

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Cupid Alexander | Dancer

Cupid Alexander has a deep history in the Portland area’s housing organizations. He is currently a Housing Program Specialist for Portland Housing Bureau and the Vice President of Community Development for National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Cascade Chapter as well as serving as Secretary of the Pacific Northwest Regional Chapter. He serves as…

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Mayra Arreola | Dancer

Mayra Arreola is the Director of Community Collaborations & Investment for the United Way of the Columbia Willamette. She leads UWCW’s efforts to make community impact a reality by managing investments, building critical relationships, understanding needs and opportunities, fostering collaborations across sectors and giving United Way a visible presence across our four county region. Previous to her…

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Carla Bunting | Dancer

Carla Bunting is an elementary school teacher at Mill Park Elementary in the David Douglas School District. She specializes in working with students for whom English is a second language. She was the winning bidder in the live auction during the 2015 gala, earning her a spot in the competition for the 2016 Dancing with…

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Lori Medak | Dancer

Lori Medak is the Vice President and Manager of the Commercial Group for Fidelity National Title, Portland. Passionate about closing commercial real estate transactions including many affordable housing developments, Lori has closed all product types with a wide range of complexity in more than 19 years in the title and escrow services profession. With a…

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Save the Date! PCRI Announces 5th Annual Gala

Save the Date! PCRI’s 5th Annual Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Towers. Stay tuned to learn about the dancers who will compete in the 2016 gala and get your tickets today! We expect the event to once again sell out. Sponsorship…

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Adrienne Nelson | Judge

Adrienne Nelson isn’t just playing a judge for this year’s gala: ten years ago, she was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski as a general jurisdiction judge to the Multnomah County Circuit Court bench, making her the second African American female judge in the state of Oregon. She also knows her way around a dance floor: alongside…

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Pamela Weatherspoon | Judge

Pamela Weatherspoon is the reigning Dancing with the Stars Portland champion. She and Alex Aillon, her professional dance partner from Fred Astaire Dance Studio, won the judges’ unanimous approval at the 2015 Gala. Check out the video of their performance here. Pamela was born in Southern California and was raised in Southern Oregon. She received her bachelor degree in Communications…

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Frank Taylor | Judge

Portland-based restaurateur Frank Taylor has been the sole owner of the Portland Prime restaurant since 2013, a business he built with partner business partner Paul Keeler. Mr. Taylor, who is often the first face diners see when they enter the restaurant, isn’t shy about his pride for the restaurant and keeping it local. “I think it’s good for…

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Fred Astaire of Portland | Sponsor

PCRI is delighted to partner for a fifth year with Fred Astaire Dance Studio as our dance partner for the Dancing with the Stars Portland gala!  Our dancing stars will train at the Fred Astaire Studio and Fred Astaire Portland’s professional dancers will be the dance partners for our stars at the gala. Mr. Fred Astaire, an…

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SAVE THE DATE! PCRI’s 5th Annual Dancing with the Stars Portland gala is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2016! Tickets are on sale now!

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Dancing with the Stars Portland aims to connect and engage community members as well as raise funds and expand PCRI’s efforts to meet Portland’s affordable housing needs.  Your support of the gala helps preserve existing rental homes, develop new affordable rental properties and homes for first-time homebuyers, and expand PCRI’s award-winning resident services programs.