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March 17, 2015 · by admin · 2015 Gala, Featured

Thanks to the generous outpouring of support from gala guests, sponsors, donors, and auction winners, the 4th Annual Gala raised more than $85,000!  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.  After you check out the photos from Cameron Brown Photography from the evening’s program, be sure to show your love and support the donors of the evening’s live auction.

Donors for the 2015 PCRI gala include: Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Portland, Eastside Distilling, Elkarti Morocco, Gojo Ethopian Restaurant, the agents at Living Room Realty, Marine LayerMashud Neindow, Organics to You, Paul Scarlett, ¿Por Qué No Taqueria?, Portland Hilton & Executive Towers, Portland Center Stage, Portland Kayak CompanyTriMet, and Vacasa – Oregon Coast Vacation Rentals.

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March 17, 2015 · by admin · 2015 Gala, Featured

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.  PCRI’s 4th Annual Gala Benefit raised over $85,000 to enrich the affordable housing and resident service programs that empower residents’ success. Check out these photos by Cameron Browne Photography from behind the scenes at the 2015 gala.

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March 13, 2015 · by admin · 2015 Gala, Featured

One of many surprises in the 2015 PCRI gala was a last minute addition to the live auction: Vacasa – Oregon Coast Vacation Rentals.

The lucky winner of the live auction package earned a weekend of rest and relaxation in a fully-appointed beachfront condo overlooking the beautiful Oregon Coast.

Vacasa - Oregon Coast Vacation Rentals

PCRI extends our sincere thanks to Vacasa for contributing the weekend stay. As with all of the donors and sponsors for PCRI’s Dancing with the Stars Portland gala, be sure to support them as well and say thanks for their generosity!

March 11, 2015 · by admin · 2015 Gala, Featured

PCRI’s Fourth Annual Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala was the most successful gala yet! Not only did the dancers deliver an amazing show, the event’s sponsors, volunteers and guests raised over $85,000 to support the affordable housing and services PCRI residents depend on to achieve stability and self-sufficiency. Click on any of the photos to view Cameron Browne’s gala photos, or find additional links at the bottom of the page. Following a packed reception, Judge Adrienne Nelson and her husband Ted Poole were guilty of a stunning performance as they opened the event with their crowd-pleasing dance. And Mistress of Ceremonies Margaret Carter delivered a seamless program for the evening with even more energy and glamour than she brought as MC for PCRI’s premiere gala. The headlining entertainment of the evening, the Dancing with the Stars-style competition, also had more energy—especially judging by the volume of cheering from the audience! Trained by and paired with professional dancers from Portland’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio, each dancing couple put on a spectacular show.   In the end, only one dance couple could be named champion and while Judges Jesse Beason, Karin Edwards and Nancy Hales had a tough decision, they unanimously named Pamela Weatherspoon this year’s winner.   But the evening wasn’t just about a dance competition. Margaret Carter and PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick celebrated the successes achieved by PCRI residents while underscoring the work that is still needed to ensure all families have access to the benefits of stable, affordable housing in Portland’s opportunity-rich close-in neighborhoods. Led by auctioneer Kelly Russell, the gala’s live auction and special appeal were the most successful yet. And, most notably, resident Jean Paul and his family described how, with the benefit of affordable housing and their own dedication, families can grow roots, dream big, and achieve amazing goals.   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 pictures from photographers Antonio Harris and Cameron Browne, as well as those on the Gala Website and PCRI’s 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.

March 10, 2015 · by admin · 2015 Gala, Featured

PCRI’s Fourth Annual Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala was the most successful and exciting benefit yet. Thanks to the generosity of the gala’s dancers, sponsors, donors and volunteers, the event raised more than $85,000 to support the affordable housing and services PCRI residents depend on to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.IMG_3508

With special thanks to the evening’s stars (including champion Pamela Weatherspoon!), and the professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio, this year’s dancing was more exciting and competitive than ever. And we can’t wait to see the photos and videos from the event – they’re coming soon!IMG_3505

PCRI also extends our special thanks to Jean Paul and his family for sharing their amazing journey. We’re proud to see them succeeding in school and work, and we’re thrilled we had a home where their entire family could live together under one roof.

 

2015 Gala is Sold Out!

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March 2, 2015 · by admin · 2015 Gala

2015 Gala DancersPCRI’s 2015 Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala is sold out! We’re excited to welcome a full house of guests to the fourth annual gala!

For answers to commonly asked questions (including information about complimentary parking, attire for the gala’s red carpet and more), be sure to check out our FAQ page. And if you haven’t already, read up on this year’s dancers and judges on the Stars page.

There’s still a way to join in the fun, however: follow along (or share your own Gala excitement) on Twitter using #PCRIgala!

Dancers | 2015

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February 13, 2015 · by admin · 2015 Gala, Stars

2015 Gala DancersPCRI’s 2015 Dancing with the Stars Gala featured four prominent Portland community members (clockwise from top left): Pamela Weatherspoon, Gunther Oakey, Jenelle Isaacson, and Ian Parker, each trained by and dancing with professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Read on for more information the dancers shared prior to competing in the 2015 event:

Pamela Weatherspoon—Diversity and Community Engagement Program Manager, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

Pamela Weatherspoon was born in Southern California and was raised in Southern Oregon. She received her bachelor degree in Communications with a minor in Black Studies from Portland State University.

Currently, Pamela is responsible for Diversity and Community Engagement programs at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Prior to that, she worked as the Community Relations Director and African American Mentoring Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest.

She is currently engaged in the community in numerous ways including being a volunteer big sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, board member of the Make it Better Foundation for the Portland Trail Blazers, advisory board for the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, Commissioner of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and board member of the Eliot Neighborhood Association.

In 2009, she graduated from leadership Clark County and in 2010, she finished a 13-month leadership program with the National Urban League. She also graduated from the American Leadership Forum in January of 2014.

Gunther Oakey—Corporate Counsel, NovaTech

Gunther Oakey is corporate counsel for NovaTech, a private software engineering and automation solutions company where he focuses on contracts, service agreements and partnerships as well as managing outside counsel. This role has given him a broad perspective on legal, business and management issues.

Gunther is also well versed in  public and social issues, having acted as a legislative correspondent for the U.S. House of Representatives and as  a student organizer and campaign office director for MASSPIRG. At MASSPIRG, he recruited and trained students to lobby state legislature and congress on issues including environmental concerns, student loans and homelessness.

Outside of corporate and legislative environments, Gunther is also working with Wiglbot, a Portland company that has developed an interactive educational robot controlled by musical instruments. Wiglbot dances (like the gala stars!) and lights up to help children learn a variety of skills from math, to engineering, to music.

Gunther also enjoys Oregon’s great outdoors and ballroom dance. He’s excited to put on his dancing shoes for this year’s gala and is looking forward to supporting PCRI’s work to provide affordable housing as a tool for families to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

Jenelle Isaacson—Founder and Owner, Living Room Realty

Jenelle Isaacson is a Portland native and founder and owner of Living Room Realty. Living Room Realty is a full service real estate brokerage and property management firm that serves Portland’s urban neighborhoods and Oregon’s North Coast.  They are the first West Coast real estate brokerage to receive B-Corp Status, a recipient of the Oregonian’s 2014 Top Workplace Award and winner of the 2014 Oregon Ethics in Business Awards.

In 2012, Jenelle was named one of Portland’s 40 up and coming business leaders under 40 by the Portland Business Journal, and in 2013, was one of 25 women who received the Orchid Award for being a woman of influence for her business and civic contributions. Jenelle got her start in business by performing in and managing an all girls punk band. She is excited to bring that energy and creativity to PCRI’s Dancing with the Stars gala.

“At Living Room we are committed to the ideal that each person within our community and on our planet have Living Room. The room to make a fair living and sufficient income, to live a life rich in experience and the ability to occupy a home. The room to exhibit vigor, gusto and enthusiasm and a space for living where there is opportunity for all. I am thrilled to be able to support PCRI because they work everyday towards this vision for our community. I’m thrilled they asked me to dance for this great cause. My Living Room is definitely the dance floor!”

Jenelle serves as Co-chair of the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls Board of Directors. She is an active member of Portland’s Entrepreneur Organization and a mentor for their Accelerator program.  Jenelle is the mother of two daughters and when not working; Jenelle loves; running, swimming holes, impromptu dance parties, skiing, movies and crafting the perfect playlist.

Ian Parker—Producer and Reporter, KATU

Ian Parker is a producer and reporter for KATU, Portland’s Channel 2. He grew up in the Portland metro area and attended the University of Oregon.

After graduating from the University of Oregon, Ian worked as a producer, reporter and weekend weathercaster in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He then moved to Oklahoma City to report full-time, where he was he was honored by the United States Military for his reporting on military issues.

Ian returned to Oregon in 2013 and joined the KATU news team as a producer and reporter. He produces KATU’s Everyday Heroes program.

Ian is excited to show off his currently non-existent, but hopefully soon-to-be-exceptional dancing skills.

Gunther Oakey | Dancer

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February 11, 2015 · by admin · 2015 Gala

IMG_2096Gunther Oakey is corporate counsel for NovaTech, a private software engineering and automation solutions company where he focuses on contracts, service agreements and partnerships as well as managing outside counsel. This role has given him a broad perspective on legal, business and management issues.

Gunther is also well versed in  public and social issues, having acted as a legislative correspondent for the U.S. House of Representatives and as  a student organizer and campaign office director for MASSPIRG. At MASSPIRG, he recruited and trained students to lobby state legislature and congress on issues including environmental concerns, student loans and homelessness.

Outside of corporate and legislative environments, Gunther is also working with Wiglbot, a Portland company that has developed an interactive educational robot controlled by musical instruments. Wiglbot dances (like the gala stars!) and lights up to help children learn a variety of skills from math, to engineering, to music.

Gunther also enjoys Oregon’s great outdoors and ballroom dance. He’s excited to put on his dancing shoes for this year’s gala and is looking forward to supporting PCRI’s work to provide affordable housing as a tool for families to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

February 10, 2015 · by admin · 2015 Gala, Featured

IMG_2089The 2015 Dancing with the Stars gala is poised to be our best event yet!  Still, the real celebration is something far more important than trophies, ball gowns and bow ties: the successes achieved by PCRI residents. Each year, we have the opportunity for a family to share their story about how PCRI’s affordable housing and resident services have empowered them to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

This year, we can’t wait for Jean Paul to share his family’s story. Their journey is as extraordinary as their family is warm and welcoming.

You can also hear Betty, Rachel, and the Orr family share their stories from prior years. With the benefit of stable, affordable housing, and the support of PCRI’s resident programs and staff, each of these families have achieved remarkable goals: breaking the cycle of poverty, realizing their dreams and lifting up the lives of those around them.

Adrienne Nelson and Ted Poole | Dancers

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February 2, 2015 · by admin · 2015 Gala

youandmeOn a spring evening at a going away party for a mutual acquaintance, Ted Poole saw Adrienne Nelson for the first time.

Ted introduced himself to Adrienne and they exchanged business cards. They went out for dinner and then lost touch. Until … a year and a half later, they ran into each other. What started as two acquaintances meeting again became a serious romance. Since being married, Ted and Adrienne share a love for dancing. They have taken dance classes over the years, including salsa and Chicago-stepping.

Adrienne is very graceful and elegant on the dance floor. Ted manages to ‘keep in step’ while making it look easy.

We’re thrilled to have Ted Poole and Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Adrienne Nelson open PCRI’s 2015 gala with their featured performance. Purchase your tickets now and join the conversation using #PCRIGala.

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