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March 23, 2015 · by admin · 2015 Gala, Featured

Once again, PCRI extends our most generous thanks to the 2015 Gala sponsors, guests, volunteers and other supporters. With over $85,000 raised to support the affordable housing and services that empower PCRI residents toward self-sufficiency, we’re thrilled about another successful gala.

Save the date for next year’s gala: May 14, 2016! In the meantime, enjoy the full gallery of photos from Cameron Browne Photography – now online. Click HERE or on the photo below to view.03_07_15PCRIgala0473

PS: We discovered a left-behind Bluetooth headset at the registration desk. If you’re missing one, please contact Travis at PCRI.

 

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

PCRI’s 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala filled the Portland Hilton’s Pavilion with a record crowd and raised over $85,000. All funds raised from the benefit gala go directly toward enriching the affordable housing and resident service programs PCRI provides which empower lower-income families toward stability and self sufficiency.  Check out these photos from Cameron Browne Photography (and additional photos from Antonio Harris Photography) from the gala’s red carpet reception for a glimpse at what a great time the guests had making Portland a better place for everyone!

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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.

 

February 22, 2015 · by admin · FAQ, Featured

051416PCRI_1375PCRI’s Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala will begin with a lively reception in the Mezzanine of the Portland Hilton. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday with a no-host bar and opportunities to mingle with the dancers and guests.

Guests are encouraged to show off their gala finest and have their photos taken with our professional photographers before the event program and seated dinner begin at approximately 6:15 p.m.

After the event program and dance competition, the dance floor will be open to gala guests to show off their own dance moves.

Check out the answers to other frequently asked questions on our Gala FAQ page. Still have questions? Email our events staff for more information.

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.

Ian Parker | Dancer

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November 10, 2014 · by admin · 2015 Gala, Featured

Ian ParkerIan 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.

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