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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.