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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 2, 2015 · by admin · 2014 Gala, Video

PCRI’s 2014 Dancing with the Stars Portland gala was a dazzling success, thanks to the gala guests and generous sponsors, especially Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Videos of all the dancing stars can be found here.

Tickets are on sale now! Get yours, then come back for this video of Fred Astaire’s Jessi Aillon and Uriah Stockdale burning up the dance floor with their mambo:

Video courtesy of Fred Astaire Dance Studio Portland

January 15, 2015 · by admin · 2014 Gala, Video

PCRI’s 2014 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 Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith and Metro Councilor Sam Chase’s stunning performance which opened the gala.

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

January 15, 2015 · by admin · 2014 Gala, Video

PCRI’s 2014 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 Kelly Russell performing a Rumba with Fred Astaire’s Kacey Bicking.

Video courtesy of Fred Astaire Dance Studio Portland

January 15, 2015 · by admin · 2014 Gala, Video

PCRI’s 2014 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 Charles McGee performing a Showdance with Fred Astaire’s Sydney Weir.

Video courtesy of Fred Astaire Dance Studio Portland

2014 Gala | Jennifer & Alex

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January 15, 2015 · by admin · 2014 Gala, Video

PCRI’s 2014 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 Jennifer Williamson performing a Viennese Waltz with Fred Astaire’s Alex Aillon.

Video courtesy of Fred Astaire Dance Studio Portland

2014 Gala | Ashley & Uriah

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January 15, 2015 · by admin · 2014 Gala, Video

PCRI’s 2014 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 Ashley Korslien performing a Latin Club Mix with Fred Astaire’s Uriah Stockdale.

Video courtesy of Fred Astaire Dance Studio Portland

2014 Gala | Ifanyi & Jessi

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January 15, 2015 · by admin · 2014 Gala, Video

PCRI’s 2014 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 Ifanyi Bell performing a Showdance (Mixed Styles) with Fred Astaire’s Jessi Aillon.

Video courtesy of Fred Astaire Dance Studio Portland

April 1, 2014 · by admin · 2014 Gala, Featured, Stars

2014 DancersPCRI’s 2014 Dancing with the Stars Gala featured five prominent Portland community members (clockwise from top right): Ashley Korslien, Charles McGee, Jennifer Williamson, Ifanyi Bell, and Kelly Russell, each trained by and dancing with professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio.  Read more about the 2014 Gala here, including the featured dance by Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith and Metro Councilor Sam Chase.

Ifanyi Bell—Producer, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Ifanyi Bell is an Emmy Nominated producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting and has been creating digital content there since 2011.  A native of Northeast Portland, and a graduate of Lincoln High School, Ifanyi left the Pacific Northwest on his way to a now 10 year career in public media.

Ifanyi’s work covering music, fine arts, books, food and everything in between set the standard for content created for OPB’s Arts and Life web site and pushed the envelope in regards to what is creatively possible at OPB. He has leveraged his community roots and connections to help foster and support community among artists of all types.

In his spare time, Ifanyi is an avid fair-weather cyclist and all around athlete. When he is not on his bike, on the court, or on the field, he enjoys writing and photography.  Covering arts and culture in Portland has given Ifanyi the opportunity to see the way the city and the neighborhoods have evolved and changed over the years, and enjoyed supporting PCRI in its efforts to ensure a positive and equitable community for all Portlanders.

Ashley Korslien—Reporter, KGW Newschannel 8

Ashley Korslien, reporter for KGW Newschannel 8, grew up in beautiful Big Sky Country and is a proud University of Montana Grizzly! Ashley lives and breathes the news, but is most passionate about the people in her community. While working in Montana, Ashley founded a non-profit that helps military veterans and their families in times of need. She is happy to report that several years later, “Angels in Camo” is still going strong! In 2011, the Montana National Guard awarded Ashley the highest honor a civilian can receive. Ashley was given the Distinguished Patriot Medal for her dedication to Montana’s military families.

Ashley’s love for journalism led her to establish a scholarship her senior year of college. The “Professional Promise Award” goes to one broadcast journalism student at the University of Montana every year. Ashley hopes her scholarship will inspire others to give back.

When Ashley isn’t working, you can find her cheering on her Montana Grizzlies, reading, skydiving and trying to teach her two furry children new tricks.

Charles McGee—President and CEO, Black Parent Initiative

Charles McGee, President and CEO of The Black Parent Initiative (BPI), has a unique passion: To create the ultimate community. Named among the most influential African Americans in Oregon and honored as one of Portland Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2012, Charles has a lot to say about leadership, education and public service.

Continuing on the path of his passion, Charles and his close friend Johnell Bell co-founded the Black Parent Initiative in May 2006 as a community-based, culturally specific, family organization. BPI is committed to addressing significant life changes faced by low- to moderate-income Black families in the Portland area by facilitating parent training, informational meetings and support groups to assist parents in providing safety, security and participating in the growth and development of their children.

Charles McGee is the last of five children who all live in inner North/Northeast Portland.

Kelly Russell—Professional Benefit Auctioneer

For PCRI’s Dancing with the Stars gala, Kelly Russell, professional benefit auctioneer, was excited to step in front of the lights in a different role, dancer!

As an accomplished benefit auctioneer, Kelly is an energetic performer who insists every guest have a great time supporting their favorite organizations. A firm believer in FUN, she enjoyed the opportunity to have fun while supporting the families who benefit from PCRI’s housing and services.

With her recent engagement to marry fresh on her mind at the time of the gala, she aimed for her dance steps to dazzle the dance floor at the gala as well as light up her reception along with that infectious smile! LET’S DANCE!

Jennifer Williamson—Oregon State Representative

A 4th generation Oregonian, State Representative Jennifer Williamson knows Oregon is a very special place. Born and raised on a farm in Washington County, Jennifer was taught very early the value of both hard work and education.

Representing Southwest Portland’s District 36 in the Oregon House since 2012, Jennifer first entered the world of politics by accident. While attending the University of Oregon, proposed cuts in financial aid Pell grants and work-study programs threatened to end her academic career before it had really started. Unwilling to let go of her dream of a college education, she became an education activist. This path led her to Washington D.C. to work for Senator Mark O. Hatfield to ensure all Oregonians have access to higher education. She went on to receive her law degree, cum laude, from Willamette University.

Jennifer practiced law in Portland at the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine. She worked at Portland State University as the Assistant Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs. And she served on Superintendent Susan Castillo’s executive team at the Oregon Department of Education.

Jennifer is married to Paul Loving, a business attorney. They live in NW Portland with their dog Hamilton. Jennifer’s stepdaughter is a student at the University of Oregon.

March 25, 2014 · by Events Team · 2014 Gala, Featured

PCRI’s Third Annual Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala was successful and glamorous, raising over $73,000 to support the affordable housing and services PCRI residents depend on to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

Starting off the evening’s program, Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith and Metro Councilor Sam Chase captivated the audience with a graceful foxtrot and playful humor.IMG_0101

Following the Commissioner Smith and Councilor Chase’s dance performance (and a packed reception before that), last year’s champion dancer, Katherine Cook hosted the evening as Mistress of Ceremonies, introducing guests to Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick and Board of Directors President Preston Greene.  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 the success story of the Orr family (pictured below).

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Former PCRI Board Member Barbara B. Smith, presented her namesake Community Support Award to Gary Cunningham, whose efforts at the Northwest Area Foundation have been instrumental in enabling significant pre-development activity at PCRI.  Mr. Cunningham was not available to receive the award in person, but expressed his gratitude via video.  Maxine Fitzpatrick accepted the award in his honor at the gala.

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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.

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Pressed to crown a champion, the judges had their work cut out for them:  KGW NewsChannel 8 reporter Ashley Korslien, started the competition with a fast-paced Latin club mix.  She and dance partner Uriah Stockdale (pictured below) of Fred Astaire Dance Studio had guests cheering for more.

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Oregon State Representative Jennifer Williamson danced an especially graceful Viennese Waltz with Fred Astaire Studio’s Alex Aillon(pictured below) and kept the crowd at the edge of their seats.

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Charles McGee, CEO of The Black Parent Initiative took to the floor next, getting down to “Superstition” with a showdance.  McGee and his professional partner Sydney Weir from Fred Astaire Dance Studio (pictured below) had gala guests clapping and cheering for more.

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Up next, benefit auctioneer Kelly Russell danced into her second role of the night, trading her auctioneer’s microphone for a pair of dance shoes and performing the rumba with Fred Astaire Studio partner Kacey Bicking (pictured below) to the song “Fly Love.”

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Rounding out the first portion of the competition, Ifanyi Bell, digital producer for OPB, jumped, slid and danced around the floor for a crowd-pleasing showdance with Fred Astaire’s Jessi Aillon (pictured below).

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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.

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In the end, Ifanyi and Jessi’s graceful waltz and crowd-pleasing showdance trumped their competitors, capturing the evening’s championship trophy.

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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.  Be sure to look through all the photos here on the Gala Website as well as our Facebook page!  If you’re not already signed up, be sure to join our mailing list to get news and invitations for next year’s gala.

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