Oregon Partnership’s Dinner/Auction Top Portland Event

April 29, 2009

Get ready for a party with a purpose.  It’s one of Portland’s premier events, and you won’t be disappointed – especially if you grab one of the fantastic items up for bid at low prices!

All is set for the Oregon Partnership annual dinner and auction, Saturday, May 2 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.  The silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m…..followed by dinner and an oral auction with fantastic bargains and international travel items!

Make your reservations now, and take part in an evening of fun while supporting the drug prevention programs of Oregon Partnership.  You can help prevent alcohol-drug abuse and suicide.  OP does every day.

visit our website at www.orpartnership.org



April 22, 2009

 Oregon Partnership is honored to present the Mary Oberst Award for Leadership in Preventing Underage Drinking to Mike Roach, owner of Paloma Clothing, and parent advocate.

 This annual award is given to an individual who has devoted themselves to raising public awareness about the devastating impact of alcohol on young minds and bodies.

As a community activist and long-time volunteer in Portland Public Schools, Mike Roach founded the Parent Action Network at West Sylvan Middle School and is co-chairperson of the Health Action Network at Lincoln High School.

His tireless work has been instrumental in advocating safe choices and positive reinforcement for students and educating parents about substance abuse issues.

 Ever since his daughter Isabel entered Kindergarten, Mike has spent Mondays volunteering at her school, saying “I’ve never had a boring day.”

This year’s “Over the Rainbow… Where Hope is Alive” celebrates the work that Oregon Partnership is doing statewide to end the epidemic of drug & alcohol abuse and suicide in Oregon. We celebrate a healthy life and the hope that we can serve those in need.

Join us for an evening of celebration. Click here to purchase tickets. Special thanks to our sponsors: David and Susan Anderson Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon Taco Bell Walgreens Oregon Pacific Investment Development Corporation NW Natural The Standard

Oregon Beer Tax Hike Gaining Momentum!

April 17, 2009

This from the Oregonian:

The normally diplomatic state liquor control commission doesn’t like to weigh in on alcohol taxes.

But the three-member board unanimously endorsed a resolution on Thursday asking the Legislature to take a hard look at raising the privilege tax on beer and wine. And they had some harsh words for legislators.

Christie Scott, spokeswoman for the OLCC, acknowledges this is unique behavior for the board. Then again, she said, “it’s a unique time.”

Tension’s been brewing ever since lawmakers cut the agency’s budget, in order to help balance the state books on 2007-09. Liquor commissioners grudgingly adopted a 50-cent surcharge on bottled liquor, to help balance its own books, and ticked off store agents and distillers in the process.

(The OLCC regulates the sale of beer and wine in Oregon, but doesn’t sell the alcohol directly. The agency, however, does sell spirits.)

The Oregon beer tax hasn’t budged in 32 years, and is among the lowest in the country. The privilege tax on a 31-gallon barrel of beer is $2.60. A bill pending in the House would raise the tax to $49.61.

“Every time that they need more money,” said OLCC chairman Phil Lang, “they come to us.”

Lang was also former speaker of the Oregon House and has a wing in the Capitol named after him. Besides Lang, the two others voting on the resolution were Bob Rice and Christine Lewandowski. There are two vacancies on the board.

Rice said he’d like to see a broader sharing of the financial pain and called it “indefensible” to single out liquor. Lang also said it’s “ludicrous” to expect surcharge increases on spirits to “carry the burden.”

Oregon Partnership Crisis Lines Still Super Busy

April 10, 2009

Calls to the state’s 24-hour crisis and suicide prevention lines run by Oregon Partnership are coming in at a rate of about 50% higher than a year ago.  And the economy is a major reason.

“It’s been this way since September of last year,” says Leslie Storm, Director of OP’s Crisis Line Program. “It stands to reason that when the unemployment rate goes up and people are hurting financially, so does the tension level for more Oregonians.”

OP reports a slight increase of calls in March 2009 compared to February 2009.  Last month, 1,584 calls came into LifeLine (OP’s suicide prevention line) and 1,111 calls came into HelpLine (OP’s alcohol and drug crisis line).

In January 2009, the lines received 71% more calls than it did the previous January.

“I wish I could say that with spring, we’ll see fewer calls,” says Storm. “But people are always surprised to learn that normally, we see an upsurge in deaths by suicide in April.  Those suffering from depression, for example, are energized to take action.”

Psychologists point out that someone deeply depressed often lacks the energy to plan and follow through with a suicide attempt, but once a depressed person starts to come out of his or her depression a  bit, there’s enough energy to make a plan.

Storm adds that intervention is often sufficient for people to look for safe options and be available for those thinking of suicide.

OP’s Suicide Prevention Line (1-800-273-TALK) is the state’s only suicide crisis hotline certified by the American Association of Suicidology and is part of the National LifeLine Network.

Oregon Partnership’s HelpLine  (1-800-923-HELP) provides crisis intervention, including confidential alcohol and drug crisis counseling and treatment referral. 

Operated by experienced staff and approximately 75 volunteers who undergo 56 hours of crisis line skills training, the four lines – including The YouthLine and Linea de Ayuda – are the lifeblood for those in crisis and feel they have nowhere else to turn.

For this past fiscal year, more than 25-thousand people received immediate assistance from this efficient and cost effective operation.
About Oregon Partnership:
Oregon Partnership is a statewide nonprofit that has worked to promote healthy kids and communities for well over a decade by raising awareness about drug and alcohol issues, providing prevention education in classrooms, and 24-hour crisis lines for people needing help. To learn more, visit www.orpartnership.org.

Oregon Partnership Gala A Month Away!

April 2, 2009

One of Portland’s premier fundraising events happens at the Oregon Convention Center May 2nd, and for those who have attended in the past, it’s always a night of fun and meaning.

Oregon Partnership’s annual dinner/auction has added significance this year due to the economic downturn and the millions of dollars in statewide cuts to drug prevention and treatment programs. 

More than 64,000 Oregonians recieved publicly funded treatment each year, reclaiming lives and families, and making our communities safer.

It’s obvious that folks are stepping up and buying sponsorships and tickets  knowing that their support is crucial to Oregon Partnership’s crisis lines and its other programs.

The alcohol, drug and suicide prevention lines are receiving more than double the number of calls compared to a year ago, and the economy is to blame.

Oregon Partnership saves lives every day, and the upcoming gala is a celebration of that.

The theme of this year’s event is “Over the Rainbow, Where Hope is Alive.”

Sign up now for a great evening at www.orpartnership.org