Indulge yourself with an all-expenses paid excuse for pampering and friendship. This includes an hour-long personal styling appointment with $100 store credit at Garnish Apparel, featuring their line of limited-edition, locally made clothing designed by Erica Lurie, Genevieve Sage and Project Runway winner Michelle Lesniak (pictured). Plus, you win a Garnish shopping party for 10-15 of your friends where you’ll sip wine, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and sweets and let their professional stylist help you find your flair. Also included is a 90-minute Swedish or Deep Tissue massage at Palaquin, a $100 gift card to Monique’s Boutique in the Pearl and lunch out with everybody’s favorite Executive Director, Maxine Fitzpatrick. The ultimate opportunity to renew your wardrobe and relax!
Available on mutually agreeable dates.
Thank you to our donors Garnish Apparel, Monique’s Boutique, Palaquin Massage and Maxine Fitzpatrick
Enjoy an incredible evening of Oregon wine tasting for 30 put together by Oregon wine club favorite, Cellar 503. This is two hours of highly focused and fun palette enhancement with the chance for you to taste at least 6 different great wines, hear the stories behind them and discover the huge variety Oregon wine country offers. This exclusive experience includes snacks and detailed descriptions of each bottle.
Available on mutually agreeable dates.
Thank you to our donor Carrie Wynkoop and Cellar 503
Enjoy taco Tuesdays with $150 good for dinner and drinks at Portland’s hometown favorite ¿Por Qué No?. Renowned for their tacos and margaritas, you can choose from one of their two lively locations.
Do you like beer? Great! Also included is a taster’s choice beer package from the great folks over at Base Camp Brewing, including a 64-ounce double-walled growler, punch card for 10 growler refills and 2 Base Camp pint glasses with a tasting tray. Base Camp’s innovative lagers and ales for the adventurous palate are just a bid away!
This Instant Wine Cellar is two cases of premium curated wines with hard to find bottles, and a variety of flavor profiles. Includes bold Cabernets, sassy Pinots and a mix of other red, white, rose and sparkling delights, bringing your personal cellar to a whole new level.
The Instant Cellar includes a rare 2010 King Estate Rogue Valley Petite Syrah, 2015 Cliff Creek Cellars “MRV” Rhone-style blend, 2014 Four Graces Pinot Noir and additional wines from Oregon, California, South America, Europe and more.
They’ve taught our celebrity dancers and now it’s your turn to learn to dance with the professionals at Fred Astaire Dance Studio Portland. This robust experience includes a specially-designed tutorial for two with 5 private lessons, 3 group lessons and 2 parties followed by a 10-lesson package to hone your new steps.
You’ll be walking on air with this great opportunity to check “become a dancer” off your bucket list.
Available on mutually agreeable dates.
Thank you to our donor Fred Astaire Dance Studio
Treat your table to a round of cocktails tonight! These Irish Maids are a Hilton Portland specialty: a wonderful mix of Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey and St. Germain with muddled cucumber and a splash of fresh lemon juice. We’ll have a fresh batch made up just in time to deliver to your table!
Show your table how much you care with this excuse to get extra festive and fun.
Relaxation is within reach! Stay in town for a weekend of Portland’s nicest pleasures. This package includes dining for 2 at the Hilton’s newest culinary gem: Jackrabbit Restaurant, home to Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino and featuring locally-sourced breakfasts, dinners, shared meals and craft cocktails. Then turn in for a 1-night stay for 2 any time of the week at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower and explore downtown Portland to your heart’s content with this fabulous excuse for a vacation close to home.
Hotel stay based on availability.
Thank you to our donors Hilton Portland & Executive Tower and Jackrabbit Restaurant
Bid now for a front row seat on our tonight’s Dancing with the Stars judges panel! Wow. This is the perfect opportunity to voice your opinion and become the tie-breaking vote if we end up with a deadlock. You’ve never had so much fun!
PCRI’s sixth annual Dancing with the Stars Gala will feature four prominent Portland community members (clockwise from top left): Carlos Banks, Tricia Tillman, Kali Thorne-Ladd and Paul van der Salm, each trained by and dancing with professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Read below for more information about the competing dancers:
Carlos Banks joined Portland Parks and Recreation in May 2016 as the Teen Coordinator for the East Portland Community Center. Previously, he worked for Self Enhancement Inc. as a workforce coordinator helping to improve economic development and before that, as a high school coordinator. In 2005, Carlos moved to South America to learn Spanish and Portuguese, and to gain a greater perspective on life. While there, he completed a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language course and studied various courses at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Carlos is fluent in Spanish, proficient in Portuguese and hopes to become fluent in yet another language soon!
Carlos grew up in Portland and graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School as well as attending Portland Community College as a part of the Portland Teachers’ Program. During this time, he began working with youth at Jefferson High School and Grant High School – and continues to do so today.
Carlos loves all sports, cycling, traveling and, now, dancing! Carlos and his wife Alejandra have a beautiful 4-year old daughter named Nandi. Carlos also has a 20-year old son, Antonee, who is studying at Western Oregon University.
Tricia Tillman is the Director for Public Health for the Multnomah County Health Department where she strives to improve the health and well-being of communities of color and the health of the overall community. Previously, she served as a program manager for the department, initiating and managing the county’s Health Equity Initiative and the African American Sexual Health Equity Program, as well as serving as a co-chair for the department’s Diversity and Quality Team. Tricia also previously served as Director of the Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion, and has worked in various capacities in maternal, child and community health, coordinating efforts to improve the health of disadvantaged populations in Arizona, Massachusetts, and Oregon.
Tricia earned a prestigious Women of Achievement Award from the Oregon Women’s Commission, a Martin Luther King Fellowship from Boston University, and a public health fellowship through the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. She is a mother of three teens, board member and co-founder of the African American Outdoor Association, and she occasionally finds time to run, ski, kayak and dance salsa.
Kali Thorne-Ladd is the Executive Director and co-founder of KairosPDX, a non-profit organization focused on access to quality early learning opportunities for historically underserved children. She is also the Chair of Portland Community College’s Board of Directors, having served on the board for the last 5 years. She previously worked for the City of Portland Mayor’s Office as the education strategies director overseeing policy and direction for the mayor’s key education initiatives.
In addition to her work in the Portland area, Kali spent over two years in South Africa teaching middle school and developing educational curriculum for rural African Children. She currently resides in North Portland with her husband and two children.
Paul van der Salm is a new star in Portland Banking. He works for Pacific Continental Bank as a Relationship Banking Assistant, providing personalized support for businesses, with a specialty in cash management. Prior to that, he was a Treasury Analyst at Capital Pacific Bank, and he studied business at Clark College.
Son of Dutch immigrants, Paul was given drive for equity at an early age. To serve that purpose, he volunteers as a CASA, providing children in the foster system a voice, as they work together to return the children to a safe, secure home, quickly. He also volunteers his time and energy with Camp Fire Columbia, most recently at digging holes for the rustic new split log benches they have along their camp roads.
In regards to the dancing, Paul admits that while he has done some swing dancing before, he is looking forward to learning new steps as he trains for the Gala. He claims to be “as nervous as a long tailed cat in a rocking chair store.”
When he is not at work or volunteering, Paul can be found playing soccer on one of three teams, cheering on the Timbers, or spending time with his family, as he is the proud uncle to 7 nieces and nephews.
PCRI’s Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. We’d like to give a special shout out to these Silver sponsors for the 2017 event!