Save the Date! PCRI Announces 7th Annual Gala

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January 26, 2018 · by admin · 2018 Gala, Featured

Save the Date! PCRI’s 7th Annual Benefit Gala will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Hilton Portland. The 2018 gala will bring the fun and excitement from previous galas, upgraded with a fresh new theme. Tickets to the event will be available soon, and volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

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Sign up for PCRI’s mailing list to be the first to learn about the 2018 gala’s new theme, noteworthy participants, exciting auction packages and more. We expect the event to once again sell out.

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Kali Thorne-Ladd | 2017 Gala Champion

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March 26, 2017 · by admin · 2017 Gala, Featured, Stars

BritForbesPhotography_03_25_17__DSC2015Kali Thorne-Ladd and partner Alex Aillon’s Viennese Waltz earned them the championship trophy for the 2017 Dancing With the Stars Gala.

Kali 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.

2017 Gala | Dancers

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February 15, 2017 · by admin · 2017 Gala, Featured, Stars

2017 DWTS Dancers

PCRI’s sixth annual Dancing with the Stars Gala featured 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

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

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

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

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.

Silver Sponsors

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February 14, 2017 · by Events Team · 2017 Gala, Our Sponsors

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!

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Chase LogoJPMorgan Chase & Co.

You can purchase tickets here for the gala on March 25 and join the conversation on Twitter using #PCRIgala.

Bronze Sponsors

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February 14, 2017 · by Events Team · 2017 Gala, Our Sponsors

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 Bronze sponsors for the 2017 event!

 Albina color logo_2017BSB bank-FDIC-CMYKAlbina Community Bank / Beneficial State Bank

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Key Bank

PrintMiller Nash Graham & Dunn, LLP

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Umpqua Bank

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You can purchase tickets here for the gala on March 25th and join the conversation on Twitter using #PCRIgala.

Volunteer | Event Greeter

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January 1, 2017 · by Events Team · Get Involved

Love showing folks around?  Here’s the opportunity for you!  We’re looking for two to four (or more!) volunteers to welcome our guests and help direct them to registration, show them where they can check their coats, and guide them into the gala at the Hilton Portland.

Volunteers for this role must be prepared to start at 4 pm on Saturday, May 14.  Greeters can expect to be completed around 7 pm and may be able to watch the performances.

Can you help?  Email our events staff and we’ll get you all the information you need!

Volunteer | Event Set Up

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January 1, 2017 · by Events Team · Get Involved

We’re looking for four or more volunteers to assist in getting our amazing auction items, supplies & materials loaded and delivered to the Portland Hilton the day of the event.  A few hands will help us get things rolling quickly and get us started off for an excellent event.

Once at the hotel, we’ll need assistance setting up displays for the auction packages as well as other event set-up.

This volunteer shift will be from approximately 9 am – 3 pm on Saturday, May 14.

Can you help?  Email our events staff and we’ll get you all the information you need!

Volunteer | Raffle Ticket Sales

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January 1, 2017 · by Events Team · Get Involved

Love selling?  We’re looking for you!  We’re collecting a bounty of amazing raffle prizes and we need four (or more!) volunteers to get guests excited about the prizes and to sell raffle tickets.  Don’t be shy!  We’re looking for personable and assertive volunteers who aren’t afraid to interrupt conversations, move through the room, and build excitement for the prizes.

Volunteers for this role must be prepared to start at 4 pm on Saturday, May 14.  Raffle ticket volunteers can expect to be completed around 7 pm and should be able to watch the performances.

Can you help?  Email our events staff and we’ll get you all the information you need!

Volunteer | Registration and Registration Runner

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January 1, 2017 · by Events Team · Get Involved

For our registration tables, we’re looking for 6-8 (or more!) volunteers to welcome and check in our guests.  For this important role, volunteers who are naturals at customer service and are quick on their feet will be especially appreciated.  In addition to greeting our guests, you’ll be retrieving payment information for their auction and raffle purchases (and checking them out at the end of the evening) and providing them with their table assignment and bid numbers.

In addition to the direct customer service at the registration table, we will need 2-3 volunteers standing nearby to pull guest packets at check-in and check-out.

Volunteers for these roles must be prepared to start at 4 pm on Saturday, May 14.  To give our guests a seamless experience, we request that registration volunteers plan to also stay for check out at approximately 10:00 – 10:30 p.m.  Volunteers will have a break during the program to enjoy dinner; registration volunteers should be able to watch at least some of the performances.

Can you help?  Email our events staff and we’ll get you all the information you need!

Become a Sponsor

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January 1, 2017 · by Events Team · 2016 Gala, Get Involved, Our Sponsors

We would love for you to be our partner and sponsor PCRI’s 7th Annual gala!  We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities which include recognition and publicity for your business or organization, tickets to the gala event, and other rewarding benefits.

Email or call us today to join as a sponsor of this glamorous evening!

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