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Fred Astaire of Portland | Sponsor

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January 2, 2016 · by Events Team · 2012 Gala, 2013 Gala, 2014 Gala, 2015 Gala, Featured, Our Sponsors

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 American icon, wanted to establish a chain of studios under his name to make sure that his techniques would be preserved and passed onto the public. Mr. Astaire was instrumental in the choice of dance curriculum and instructional techniques. With the opening of the first Fred Astaire Studio on Park Avenue in New York City, Fred Astaire brought his immense talent out of the glamor of Hollywood and onto the dance floors of America and the world.

If you’re thinking about learning to dance, brushing up your technique, or preparing for a wedding or special event, please come into the Fred Astaire Portland Studio. Fred Astaire of Portland offers dance instruction, exciting parties, and the opportunity to meet new people in a fun-filled setting.

You can purchase tickets here for the gala on May 14 and join the conversation on Twitter using #PCRIgala.

February 3, 2014 · by admin · 2013 Gala, Video

PCRI’s 2013 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 Katherine Cook performing the tango with Fred Astaire’s Malik Delgado.

Video courtesy of Fred Astaire Dance Studio Portland

February 3, 2014 · by admin · 2013 Gala, Video

PCRI’s 2013 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 Jill Nelson performing the mambo with Fred Astaire’s Alex Aillon.

Video courtesy of Fred Astaire Dance Studio Portland

February 3, 2014 · by admin · 2013 Gala, Video

PCRI’s 2013 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 Simone Brooks performing the Cha Cha with Fred Astaire’s Sergey Inc.

Video courtesy of Fred Astaire Dance Studio Portland

February 3, 2014 · by admin · 2013 Gala, Video

PCRI’s 2013 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 Adam Zimmerman performing the Foxtrot with Fred Astaire’s Jessi Aillon.

Video courtesy of Fred Astaire Dance Studio Portland

February 3, 2014 · by admin · 2013 Gala, Video

DWTS2013-0591PCRI’s 2013 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 “Timber” Joey Webber performing with Fred Astaire’s Sydney Weir.

Video courtesy of Fred Astaire Dance Studio Portland

February 3, 2014 · by admin · 2013 Gala, Video

PCRI’s 2013 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 Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Portland’s First Lady Nancy Hales’ stunning performance which opened the gala.

Videos of all the dancers can be found here. Video courtesy of Fred Astaire Dance Studio Portland

2013 Gala Celebrates Residents’ Success

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April 2, 2013 · by Events Team · 2013 Gala, Featured

The 2013 Dancing with the Stars gala was–once again–a dazzling and glamorous evening.  But the real celebration goes beyond the ball gowns and dance shoes: it’s a celebration of the successes achieved by PCRI residents.  Former resident Rachel Allen used PCRI’s tools of affordable housing and resident service to open the door to homeownership, not just for herself, but also for her brother and son.  With these tools and the support of PCRI’s resident programs and staff, PCRI residents like Rachel achieve extraordinary goals: breaking the cycle of poverty, improving their lives and the lives of their children.

April 1, 2013 · by Events Team · 2013 Gala, Featured, Stars

2013 DancersPCRI’s 2013 Dancing with the Stars Gala featured five prominent Portland community members (clockwise from top right): Simone Brooks, Jill Nelson, “Timber” Joey Webber, Katherine Cook, and Adam Zimmerman, each trained by and dancing with professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio.  Read more about the 2013 gala here, including a featured dance by Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and First Lady Nancy Hales.

Simone Brooks—President, Brooks Staffing

Simone Brooks, President of S. Brooks & Associates, Inc., better known as Brooks Staffing, is committed to providing employment solutions for employers and applicants that enhance and diversify the workforce, and provide jobs for the community.

Simone served as a Resident Board Member for Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI) before transitioning into the role of community Board Member.  Simone served from 1999 to 2007.  She knows from direct experience how vital access to affordable housing is to accessing economic security and eventual prosperity.

Simone is the mother of two wonderful children Kaeshon and Sadella Adams.  While Simone loves to watch ballroom dancing, dancing in the 2013 gala was her first experience under show lights.

Katherine Cook—Reporter, KGW Newschannel 8

Katherine Cook is a reporter for KGW NewsChannel 8 and has been with the station since the summer of 2007.  Her news writing has earned several first place awards from the Oregon Associated Press and the Oregon Association of Broadcasters. She was also nominated for a Northwest Regional Emmy for Sports Reporting in 2011 and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

A native Oregonian, Katherine is passionate about her community and telling the stories of those who live in it.  She is thrilled to take part in the Dancing with the Stars gala knowing that her part will help make a difference in the lives of many deserving families.

Katherine grew up in Portland and attended Reynolds High School. She earned degrees from Mt. Hood Community College and Western Oregon University, where she ran track for the Wolves.  In her spare time, Katherine enjoys running, hiking, painting, playing the violin and is an avid sports fan.  While the gala was her first venture into ballroom dancing, Katherine is no stranger to a dance floor.  She started taking ballet lessons at age four and continued on-and-off through college.

Jill Nelson—Founder and CEO, Ruby Receptionists

As Founder & CEO of the nation’s #1 best small company to work for according to Fortune Magazine, Jill Nelson has led Ruby Receptionists to ten straight years of double-digit growth and created more than 100 jobs in the Portland community since launching Ruby in 2003. The highly acclaimed virtual receptionist company serves over 2,100 businesses across the U.S. and recently won the prestigious Lighthouse Award for ranking on the Portland Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Companies list for five consecutive years.

When Jill is not at the office, she’s helping other business owners through Entrepreneurs’ Organization; she has held multiple board positions and mentored many small business owners through the EO Accelerator program. In addition to her passion for business, Jill keeps busy staying fit through dancing, weight-training, and running, and in the fall, you’ll catch her at every Oregon Ducks football game, cheering on her alma mater.

In 2010, the Portland Business Journal honored Jill with an Orchid Award for her service as a female business leader who is deeply involved in the community. She is delighted to have the opportunity to help others in need through the PCRI Gala.

Joey Webber—aka Portland Timbers icon Timber Joey

You’ve seen Timber Joey sawing a log at Portland Timbers soccer matches, but guests at the 2013 gala had a rare chance to see him cut a rug at the Dancing with the Stars Portland gala!

While Joey, a Philomath, Oregon, native didn’t have his trademark chainsaw in tow at the gala, he’s no stranger to competition, participating in state forestry and timber competitions.  He ranked in several events including pole climbing, jack double bucking, fire hose relays, axe throwing, log rolling and hot saw operation. He was also a competitive rugby player and bare-back bronco rider prior to representing the Timbers, which he’s done since 2008.

PCRI is a big fan of the Timbers, even before their Major League Soccer debut in 2011.  We’ve cheered on the team as part of group benefit nights, and are proud recipients of funding from the Portland Timbers Community Fund.

Adam Zimmerman—Executive Vice President, Craft3

Adam Zimmerman was named by Portland Business Journal as one of the city’s movers and shakers in the Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” honors for 2013.  He earned that honor while serving as  Executive Vice President at Craft3.  Craft3 is a bit unusual, they are a non-profit company that makes investments in economic, environmental and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities.  Craft3 makes loans to companies, non-profits and even individuals that are making the northwest a more resilient and sustainable region.  For his part, Adam manages marketing and consumer lending at Craft3.

Mr. Zimmerman is originally from Milton-Freewater, but has spent time living all over Oregon, including stints in Eugene, Coos Bay and Myrtle Point.  His various service engagements have ranged from the Coos County Fair Board to an appointment by Governor Kitzhaber to the Oregon Growth Board.  Oh, and for the record, he’s a Duck.

Talking about favorite ways to pass time outside the office, Mr. Zimmerman describes the fun he has in a music class he attends with his kids.  “It’s about dropping your inhibitions, singing, dancing, and being silly.”  He brought this same enthusiasm to the gala, though with a bit less singing and a bit more dancing.

March 31, 2013 · by Events Team · 2013 Gala

PCRI’s 2013 Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala was another dazzling success, raising over $70,000 to support the affordable housing and services PCRI residents depend on to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

Starting off the evening’s program, Mayor Charlie and First Lady Nancy Hales took to the dance floor with a dramatic tango.

Following the Mayor’s dance performance (and a packed reception before that), last year’s champion dancer, Melvin Oden-Orr hosted the evening as Master of Ceremonies, introducing guests to Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick, Deputy Director Greg Brown, and Board of Directors President Karen Gibson.  Kelly Russell of Kelly Russell Auctions motivated guests to get their bid numbers in the air for an exciting auction and successful special appeal, featuring former PCRI resident-turned-homeowner Rachel Allen.

Former PCRI Board Member Barbara B. Smith, presented her namesake Community Support Award to Michael Parkhurst, who recently completed his second and final term of board service (Michael Parkhurst is pictured below with Maxine Fitzpatrick, left, and Barbara B. Smith, right).  Current Board President Karen Gibson returned to the stage to present an award of special recognition to Gretchen Kafoury for her advocacy for affordable housing, most specifically for her stewardship creating PCRI over 20 years ago.  Mrs. Kafoury’s daughter, Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury (and a star dancer at last year’s gala) accepted the award in Gretchen’s honor.

The headlining entertainment of the evening, the Dancing with the Stars-style competition, was also a runaway success.  Five prominent local celebrities were each trained by and paired with professional dancers from Portland’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio.  Each dancing couple put on a spectacular show in the individual performance as well as the group waltz competition.  In between dances, the competition’s star judges (pictured below) kept the audience entertained with commentary about the dancers’ performances.

Pressed to crown a champion, the judges had their work cut out for them:  Simone Brooks, President of Brooks Staffing, started the competition with a fast-paced cha cha.  She and dance partner Sergey Inc (pictured below) of Fred Astaire Dance Studio had guests cheering for more.

Adam Zimmerman, Executive Vice President at Craft3 danced a captivating foxtrot with Fred Astaire Studio’s Jessi Reynolds (pictured below) and kept the crowd at the edge of their seats.

KGW NewsChannel 8 Reporter Katherine Cook took to the floor next, bringing a taste of Latin drama alongside professional partner Malik Delgado.  Cook and Delgado (pictured below) wowed the judges with a tango choreographed to “Por Una Cabeza” from the movie “The Scent of a Woman.”

Up next, Joey Webber (otherwise known at Timber Joey, pictured below) and Fred Astaire Studio partner Sydney Weir lit up the floor with a crowd-pleasing Hustle performed to Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”

Rounding out the first portion of the competition, Ruby Receptionists founder and CEO Jill Nelson performed a sultry mambo with Fred Astaire’s Alex Aillon (pictured below).

The second portion of the competition featured all five dance couples performing the waltz, after which, the judges faced a difficult decision trying to choose a champion.

Jill Nelson and Alex Aillon were the judges’ favorite in the waltz competition, but Katherine Cook and Malik Delgado’s outstanding tango captured the evening’s championship trophy.

Fred Astaire Dance Studio followed the competition with a stunning show put on by their professional dancers followed by a lesson for the guests before the dance floor was opened to the gala guests to show off their own dance moves.

We extend a giant thank you to all our sponsors, contributors and guests as well as the fantastic volunteers who made the evening such an amazing success.  Thank you also to our professional photographer Andie Petkus as well as our volunteer photographer Izzy Ventura for the stunning images from the event. Be sure to check PCRI’s Gala Website as well as our Facebook page for more photos of the event … and mark your calendar for Saturday, March 15, 2014 for the 3rd Annual Gala!

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