Posts Tagged ‘2016 Gala’

Cupid Alexander | Judge

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February 2, 2017 · by admin · 2017 Gala, Featured, Stars

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Cupid Alexander is the reigning Dancing with the Stars Portland champion. He and Jessi Aillon, his professional dance partner from Fred Astaire Dance Studio, won the judges’ approval at the 2016 gala. Check out the video of their performance here.

Cupid has a deep history in the Portland area’s housing organizations. He is currently a Housing Policy Analyst for Portland Housing Bureau and the Vice President of Community Development for National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Cascade Chapter as well as serving as Secretary of the Pacific Northwest Regional Chapter. He serves as the Vice President of the Urban League’s Young Professionals, and is currently a board member of the ReBuilding Center.  Prior to working for the Portland Housing Bureau, Cupid worked for the Washington County Department of Housing Services and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

IMG_9392A former model, Cupid has been featured in national ad campaigns for Nike, Reebok, Columbia Sportswear, Nordstrom, Timberland and the publication “Cosmopolitan”.

Cupid is a proud graduate of Wilson High School and attended Western Oregon University, Fisk University, and Warner Pacific College were he was a collegiate basketball player and earned a Business degree. He additionally attended Portland State University where he earned both a graduate degree in Real Estate Development, and a Masters in Public Administration.

2016 Gala | Carla Bunting & Kacey Bicking

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June 7, 2016 · by admin · 2016 Gala, Featured, Video

PCRI’s 2016 Dancing with the Stars Portland gala was a dazzling success, thanks to generous sponsors and guests … and to the stars who performed with Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s professional dancers. Check out Carla Bunting performing a mambo with Kacey Bicking.

2016 Gala | Cupid Alexander & Jessi Aillon

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June 7, 2016 · by admin · 2016 Gala, Featured, Video

PCRI’s 2016 Dancing with the Stars Portland gala was a dazzling success, thanks to generous sponsors and guests … and to the stars who performed with Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s professional dancers. Check out champions Cupid Alexander and Jessi Aillon performing a West Coast swing.

2016 Gala | Mayra Arreola & Alex Aillon

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June 7, 2016 · by admin · 2016 Gala, Featured, Video

PCRI’s 2016 Dancing with the Stars Portland gala was a dazzling success, thanks to generous sponsors and guests … and to the stars who performed with Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s professional dancers. Check out Mayra Arreola performing a tango with Alex Aillon.

2016 Gala | Lori Medak & Kacey Bicking

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June 7, 2016 · by admin · 2016 Gala, Featured, Video

PCRI’s 2016 Dancing with the Stars Portland gala was a dazzling success, thanks to generous sponsors and guests … and to the stars who performed with Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s professional dancers. Check out Lori Medak performing a swing with Kacey Bicking.

2016 Gala | Dancing

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May 28, 2016 · by admin · 2016 Gala, Featured

A huge part of the magic of PCRI’s gala is due to the generosity and dedication of the gala’s stars and professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio. This year’s 5th Annual Gala was no exception: the event raised nearly $105,000 and the dancers put on a spectacular show! Check out the photos from Cameron Browne Photography of the evening’s dancers.

Click on any of the thumbnail images below to view the full-size photo. Photos copyright 2016 Cameron Browne.

 

 

May 25, 2016 · by admin · 2016 Gala, Featured

PCRI’s Fifth Annual Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala was the most successful gala yet, raising a record $104,500! The dancers delivered an amazing show and the event’s sponsors, volunteers and guests raised 25% more than ever before to support the affordable housing and services PCRI residents depend on.

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Following a packed reception, Nkenge Harmon-Johnson and Erious Johnson brought the event to life with an epic performance choreographed to “Staying Alive”. Emcee Chabre Vickers brought her personal connections to the work PCRI does.

Copyright 2016 (Photo by Cameron Browne)

Copyright 2016 (Photo by Cameron Browne)

The headlining entertainment of the evening, the Dancing with the Stars-style competition, was also one for the record books! Trained by and paired with professional dancers from Portland’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio, each dancing couple put on a spectacular show.

Copyright 2016 (Photo by Cameron Browne)

Copyright 2016 (Photo by Cameron Browne)

In the end, only one dance couple could be named champion and while Adrienne Nelson, Frank Taylor and reigning champion Pamela Weatherspoon had a tough decision, they named Cupid Alexander and Jessi Aillon this year’s winners.

Copyright 2016 (Photo by Cameron Browne)

Copyright 2016 (Photo by Cameron Browne)

But the evening isn’t just about a dance competition. Chabre Vickers 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.

Copyright 2016 (Photo by Cameron Browne)

Copyright 2016 (Photo by Cameron Browne)

Most notably, former resident and first-time homeowner Altia Wilkins described how the stability of PCRI’s affordable rental housing, support of PCRI’s resident services and her strong dedication enabled her to purchase the home where her grandkids have room to play. In addition, the equity she builds in her home will provide stability for her grandkids and future generations.


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. If you’re not already signed up, be sure to join our mailing list to get news and invitations for next year’s gala, scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2017.

May 25, 2016 · by admin · 2016 Gala, Featured

Thanks to the generous outpouring of support from gala guests, sponsors, donors, and auction winners, the 5th Annual PCRI Gala raised nearly $105,000!  Special thanks goes to Ball Janik, whose sponsorship funds matched contributions from the first 30 donors during the paddle raise’s $100 level.

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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, ¿Por Qué No Taqueria?, Portland Hilton & Executive TowersTriMet, and others.

Click on any of the thumbnail images below to view the full-size photo. All photos copyright 2016 by Cameron Browne.

May 25, 2016 · by admin · 2016 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 5th Annual Gala Benefit raised a record $104,500 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 2016 gala.

Click on any of the thumbnail images below to view the full-size photo. All photos copyright 2016 by Cameron Browne.

May 9, 2016 · by admin · 2016 Gala, Featured

Box SocialThis is the ticket to some of the best spots on the local food and drink scene. Eat your way around Portland with brunch for two with a round of drinks from Simpatica Dining Hall, dinner and drinks for four at Tasty n Sons, artisanal cocktails at Box Social and gift cards for lunch or dinner at Tamale Boy. Then create a signature ice cream flavor! Let your taste buds do the talking as you help What’s the Scoop chefs create a specialty flavor with your favorite mix-ins to benefit PCRI. Plus, treat yourself to small batch ice cream cones for four.

Thank you to our donors Simpatica, Tasty n Sons, Box Social, Tamale Boy and What’s the Scoop?

 

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