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2014 Gala | Dancing!

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March 21, 2014 · by Events Team · 2014 Gala, Featured

For PCRI’s Third Annual Gala Benefit, five prominent local community members lit up the dance floor for the Dancing with the Stars competition!  In addition, Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith and Metro Councilor Sam Chase started the evening beautifully with a fun and glamorous foxtrot.  In all, over $70,000 was raised to help lower-income families in PCRI homes achieve stability and self sufficiency.  Check out these photos of the gala’s amazing dancing!

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March 21, 2014 · by Events Team · 2014 Gala, Featured

PCRI’s 3rd Annual Gala Benefit raised more than $70,000 thanks to the outpouring of support from the evening’s generous guests, sponsors, donors, and auction winners.  All of the funds raised by the gala go directly to enrich the affordable housing and resident service programs PCRI provides to help lower-income families achieve stability and self sufficiency.  Check out the photos from the evening’s program, including the auction, appeal, and award presentation.

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March 21, 2014 · by Events Team · 2014 Gala, Featured

PCRI’s 3rd Annual Gala Benefit was a dazzling evening, raising over $70,000 to enrich the affordable housing and resident service programs PCRI provides.  These are invaluable tools to help lower-income families achieve stability and self sufficiency.  Check out these photos from the gala’s red carpet reception for a glimpse at what a great time the gala guests had making Portland a better place for everyone!

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March 21, 2014 · by Events Team · 2014 Gala, Featured

PCRI’s 3rd Annual Gala Benefit raised over $70,000 to enrich the affordable housing and resident service programs PCRI provides.  Just as PCRI residents are working hard to achieve stability and self sufficiency, a dedicated team of professionals and volunteers invested remarkable time and energy to make the gala a success.  Special thanks to Event Cosmetics and Da:Da Hair Salon for their masterful work backstage.  Check out these photos from behind the scenes at the 2014 gala.

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March 20, 2014 · by Events Team · 2014 Gala, Featured

The 2014 Dancing with the Stars gala may have been our most dazzling and glamorous evening yet!  Still, the real celebration is something far more important than trophies, ball gowns and bow ties: the successes achieved by PCRI residents.  Like the success achieved by the Orr family whose three daughters have not just succeeded, but thrived in school because of the stability afforded by their family’s PCRI home. Courtney and Tiara are now college graduates, and Kyra is a stellar high school student on her way to graduation and beyond.  And parents Reyna and Terrance have achieved their own successes: Terrance achieved his degree a few years ago and Reyna is on her way to a new degree thanks in part to PCRI’s matched-savings IDA program.

With these benefit of stable, affordable housing, and the support of PCRI’s resident programs and staff, PCRI residents like the Orr family achieve extraordinary goals: breaking the cycle of poverty, improving their lives and the lives of their children.

February 23, 2014 · by Events Team · 2014 Gala, Featured
Fred Astaire dancers featured

Alex Aillon and Jessi Reynolds Aillon

Alex Aillon, co-owner and dance director of Fred Astaire Dance Studios Portland, started his dancing career with Fred Astaire Dance Studios in 1989 … however, life didn’t begin until May 26th of 2013 when Alex and Jessi became husband and wife. Traveling on the professional ballroom circuit, competing in the smooth division, they recently placed first at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios West Coast Dance Championships in January 2014 and are looking forward to more this year…!  Alex and Jessi’s performance at the 2012 gala is pictured at right.

During his time at Fred Astaire Dance Studio Portland, Uriah Stockdale has won numerous National Scholarship Awards in both the American Smooth and American Rhythm styles. He and his wife Amber also compete, and have won. He is thrilled to be making his PCRI Dancing With the Stars debut and plans to add the 2014 winning title to his credentials!

Kacey Bicking is a professional ballroom dance instructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Portland. Kacey has been an athlete from a very young age. He thrives on helping others achieve their goals through coaching and personal instruction. Kacey most recently placed as a finalist in the Mixed Novice Division at the West Coast Dance Championship in San Diego.

Sydney Weir has been singing, dancing and acting since she was very young. She has been a professional ballroom dance instructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Portland for over two years. Sydney was a finalist a the West Coast Dance Championships in the mixed novice division.

Jessi Reynolds Aillon has been dancing all her life with national and international experience. Jessi joined Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Portland in 2010. She has been honored with numerous National Top Teacher Awards. Jessi and Alex Aillon are the current Open American Smooth West Coast Dance Champions and the 2013 Galaxy Dance Festival Rising American Smooth Champions. Jessi looks forward to another year of success with PCRI, sharing the transformative experience that is learning how to dance!

Enjoy the photos below from the dancers’ performances at this year’s West Coast Dance Championships … and don’t forget to get your tickets to the gala on 3/15!

February 18, 2014 · by admin · 2014 Gala, Featured

If practice makes perfect, the dancers for PCRI’s 2014 gala are on their way to perfection!  The professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio have awards under their belt (or in their shoes?) from recent competitions, and the stars are on their way as well.  And everyone seems to be having more than a little fun in the process.  Here are a few photos from the dance floor – and some lighthearted ones from the sidelines:

Be sure to follow Fred Astaire Dance Studio and PCRI’s Facebook pages and #PCRIgala tweets to catch the photos as they’re posted.  And get your tickets NOW; they’re going fast.

You’re Invited to PCRI’s 2014 Gala!

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February 9, 2014 · by admin · 2014 Gala, Featured

PCRI 2014 Gala Invite

PCRI is bringing out the stars to celebrate our 3rd annual gala!

Join us for an exciting evening like no other in Portland.  Local celebrities paired with professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio perform in a dazzling ballroom dance competition while you enjoy the glamorous reception, dinner and show!

March 15, 2014

5:30p.m. – ’til your feet get tired!

Hilton Portland & Executive Tower

921 SW 6th Avenue, Portland

Learn more about this year’s gala dancers and judges, then purchase your tickets to the 2014 gala!

January 22, 2014 · by Events Team · 2014 Gala, Featured

2014 DancersPCRI’s 2014 Dancing with the Stars Gala will feature five prominent Portland community members, each competing with their professional partner from Fred Astaire Dance Studio to earn the title of Gala Champion.  The dancers include:  Ifanyi Bell, Emmy-nominated producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting; Ashley Korslien, reporter at KGW Newschannel 8; Charles McGee, CEO of The Black Parent Initiative; Kelly Russell, professional benefit auctioneer; and Jennifer Williamson, Oregon State Representative for District 36.

The gala will feature a reception, dinner, and live auction and will take place at the Portland Hilton and Executive Tower in downtown Portland.  All proceeds from the event will support the affordable housing and award-winning services PCRI provides to help low-income Portland families achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

Judges for the dance competition include: Samuel Brooks, founder and Chair of the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs; Kristin Connor, Capital Pacific Bank; and Jill Nelson, founder and CEO of Ruby Receptionists (and a competitor at the 2013 gala).  The reigning gala champion, Katherine Cook, reporter for KGW Newschannel 8, will take charge of the event as Mistress of Ceremonies.

In addition to the dance competition, Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith and Metro Councilor Sam Chase will open the event performing a featured dance.

Read more about the 2014 gala here or by joining the conversation on Twitter using #PCRIgala.  Tickets are on sale now for the event on March 15,2014.

January 16, 2014 · by Events Team · 2014 Gala, Featured

Are you ready for some dancing?  Join PCRI at Fred Astaire Dance Studio for a special kick-off and preview of the 3rd Annual PCRI Dancing with the Stars Portland gala.

Meet the professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio and the dancers performing in this year’s gala.  Take a spin around the dance floor, perhaps?  You’ll also have the opportunity to learn how PCRI is strengthening the community through our affordable housing and personalized services.

2014 Dancers
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Wine and light snacks will be provided.
   Please RSVP by Monday, January 20.
RSVP online or by phone at 503.288.2923 x131

Tickets to the gala are on sale now and can be purchased online at pcrigala.org.  Join and follow the conversation on Twitter using #PCRIgala.

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