2017 Gala | Dancers

PCRI’s sixth annual Dancing with the Stars Gala will feature four prominent Portland community members (clockwise from top left): Carlos Banks, Tricia Tillman, Kali Thorne-Ladd and Paul van der Salm, each trained by and dancing with professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Read below for more information about the competing dancers: Carlos Banks Carlos Banks joined Portland Parks…

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Paul van der Salm | Dancer

Paul van der Salm is a new star in Portland Banking. He works for Pacific Continental Bank as a Relationship Banking Assistant, providing personalized support for businesses, with a specialty in cash management. Prior to that, he was a Treasury Analyst at Capital Pacific Bank, and he studied business at Clark College. Son of Dutch…

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Carlos Banks | Dancer

Carlos Banks joined Portland Parks and Recreation in May 2016 as the Teen Coordinator for the East Portland Community Center. Previously, he worked for Self Enhancement Inc. as a workforce coordinator helping to improve economic development and before that, as a high school coordinator. In 2005, Carlos moved to South America to learn Spanish and…

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Tricia Tillman | Dancer

Tricia Tillman is the Director for Public Health for the Multnomah County Health Department where she strives to improve the health and well-being of communities of color and the health of the overall community. Previously, she served as a program manager for the department, initiating and managing the county’s Health Equity Initiative and the African…

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Kali Thorne-Ladd | Dancer

Kali Thorne-Ladd is the Executive Director and co-founder of KairosPDX, a non-profit organization focused on access to quality early learning opportunities for historically underserved children. She is also the Chair of Portland Community College’s Board of Directors, having served on the board for the last 5 years.  She previously worked for the City of Portland…

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Cupid Alexander | Judge

Cupid Alexander is the reigning Dancing with the Stars Portland champion. He and Jessi Aillon, his professional dance partner from Fred Astaire Dance Studio, won the judges’ approval at the 2016 gala. Check out the video of their performance here. Cupid has a deep history in the Portland area’s housing organizations. He is currently a Housing Policy Analyst…

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Save the Date! PCRI Announces 6th Annual Gala

Save the Date! PCRI’s 6th Annual Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Towers. Click the tickets link to purchase tickets – now on sale. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Sign up for PCRI’s mailing list to be the first to learn about the…

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2016 Gala | Carla Bunting & Kacey Bicking

PCRI’s 2016 Dancing with the Stars Portland gala was a dazzling success, thanks to generous sponsors and guests … and to the stars who performed with Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s professional dancers. Check out Carla Bunting performing a mambo with Kacey Bicking.

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2016 Gala | Cupid Alexander & Jessi Aillon

PCRI’s 2016 Dancing with the Stars Portland gala was a dazzling success, thanks to generous sponsors and guests … and to the stars who performed with Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s professional dancers. Check out champions Cupid Alexander and Jessi Aillon performing a West Coast swing.

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2016 Gala | Mayra Arreola & Alex Aillon

PCRI’s 2016 Dancing with the Stars Portland gala was a dazzling success, thanks to generous sponsors and guests … and to the stars who performed with Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s professional dancers. Check out Mayra Arreola performing a tango with Alex Aillon.

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PCRI’s 6th Annual Dancing with the Stars Portland gala is scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2017! 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.