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Gala To Help Homeless Dogs

In the past 12 years, Family Dogs New Life Shelter in Portland has found homes for over 12,000 homeless and hard-to-place dogs. They're celebrating with "Found"-- a very cool fundraising gala featuring food, drink, music and more on May 1st at Castaway in NW Portland. Click here for tickets before they're dog-gone!

An Evening with Exceed Fundraiser

Exceed Enterprises, a nonprofit that provides vocational and personal development services for people with disabilities, will host its annual fundraiser on April 30, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland to benefit the more than 200 adults and students that we serve. 
Tom Grant is providing entertainment and will be accompanied by Rachel Lee who has Down syndrome and plays the piano. Karen Gaffney is the featured speaker. Karen has Down syndrome and is President of a non-profit organization dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion in families, schools, the workplace and the community for people with developmental disabilities. 

At the event, guests will enjoy a social hour, dinner and stories about the significant difference Exceed has made in the lives of the people we serve.

Beaverton Awareness Day

The 2016 Leadership Beaverton Class is proud to announce “Beaverton Awareness Day” Saturday, May 14th, 2016 from 10:00am to 1:00pm directly in front of the Beaverton City Library. Beaverton Awareness Day is an event that encourages our community to learn about and find ways to engage with Beaverton’s non-profits & volunteer opportunities. Through many conversations and partnerships with local organizations, the most dominant need is “engagement, awareness and participation” to truly make a bigger impact on the needs of our community. Our goal is to create an annual event, where over 50 Non-Profits and community organizations can share their story and needs with people in the community that are looking for ways to get involved. We have reached out to over 200 groups in the area and are seeing an incredible response of groups wanting to be involve. 

Landmark Ford Peanut Butter Drive

Landmark Ford Lincoln is teaming up with Ford Focus on Hunger to collect jars of peanut butter for the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. The peanut butter drive is in response to the increased demand in the summer months when it's estimated nearly 24% of children are unsure how their next meal will be provided. 

To make a donation, please bring jars of peanut butter now through May 21st to the Service Department or showroom at Landmark Ford Lincoln (12000 SW 66th Ave in Tigard) between the hours of 7am-midnight Monday through Friday or from 8am-4:30pm on Saturday.  Those unable to donate in person can also give online at fordfeedskids.org.

Know an Outstanding Oregon Teacher?

Know an outstanding Oregon teacher?  Are they inspiring to your kids?  Do you as a student, parent or colleague have respect and admiration for them?  Do they play an active role in the community as well as at school?  Would they be a poised and articulate representative of all Oregon classroom teachers?  Then click through  www.oregonteacheroftheyear.org  and nominate your outstanding teacher by May 15th.
Thanks to the Oregon Department of Education’s partnership with the Oregon Lottery, the Oregon Teacher of the Year receives a gift award of $5,000 as well as a special fund to cover all travel costs for the year. In addition, a matching monetary gift ($5,000) goes to the Teacher of the Year’s school. The winner also receives a technology package award from SMART Technologies as well as other gifts and recognition from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), founder of the National Teacher of the Year Program. Finally, the first and second runners up receive a $2,000 cash award as a part of the Oregon Department of Education’s partnership with the Oregon Lottery.

An Evening with Henry Winker

For many with dyslexia, a neurological condition, support and resources are difficult to find. In fact, only recently educators have truly understood how to support students with dyslexia and recognize their true strengths and gifts. Park Academy has been leading this initiative in Oregon for the past ten years, empowering students and their families. On June 16, 2016, it’ll welcome some serious star power to help, at its second annual fundraising dinner. An Evening with Henry Winkler, at Park Academy will include a dinner and oral auction; Mr. Winkler will share his personal experience with dyslexia and how he overcame his struggles to be an award winning actor, director, producer and author. Funds from the event will support the educational environment through its scholarship program and will help students who struggle with dyslexia and other attention learning issues to thrive. The Dinner will be held on June 16th from 6pm-9pm at the Park Academy located at 1915 South Shore Blvd. | Lake Oswego, OR 97034. More information can be found at parkacademy.org.  

Vancouver Dozer Day

Hosted by the Nutter Foundation and over 60 other dedicated sponsors, Dozer Day is the ultimate construction experience: putting kids in the driver’s seat to operate Dump Trucks, Dozers, Excavators all while educating about building sustainable communities, industry opportunities and public safety. There is something for everyone with music, food, giveaways, digging for treasures (including real gemstones), pipe and tire crawls, garbage trucks, fire trucks, an ambulance and MUCH more! Young guests receive a FREE, official Dozer Day hardhat and will enjoy collecting sponsor stickers for their hat while they get their "Dig" on!  Also, once admission is paid, all rides are FREE with just a couple activities requiring a donation to participate. Dozer Day is held at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Ridgefield, Washington.
Make dreams come true by joining Dozer Day for our 12th annual construction celebration. Dozer Day Vancouver is ALWAYS the 3rd weekend in May.  For 2016 it will be Saturday, May 21st, and Sunday, May 22nd opening to the public from 11am till 4pm both days. Admission is $8 for kids/seniors 60+ ($11 the day of the event) and $10 for adults ($13 the day of the event. Kids under 2 yrs old enter free.  Please note that the Clark County Fairgrounds collects a $6 parking feel (cash only).
Tickets are available at participating: Chuck's Produce and IQ Credit Unions or can be purchased, securely, online at DozerDay.org
For a list of the 2015 grant recipients or information on how to receive a grant, please visit DozerDay.org
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