“SEATS TO SAVE LIVES” ON DISPLAY AHEAD OF OREGON PARTNERSHIP’S FUNDRAISING GALA!

 “SEATS TO SAVE LIVES” ON DISPLAY AHEAD OF OREGON PARTNERSHIP’S FUNRAISING GALA!

 (Portland, Or)  Twenty beautifully crafted children’s chairs painted by Portland artists are making a pre-event splash at the corner of S.W. 4th and Morrison in downtown Portland.

Currently on display at the former Nordstrom Rack storefront, the chairs will be auctioned off at Oregon Partnership’s annual fundraising auction and gala.  “Night at the Museum” takes place April 16th at the Portland Art Museum.

The children’s chairs are poised to be a popular auction item, along with other travel and vacation packages that are a staple of Oregon Partnership’s largest fundraising event.

 “’The Seats to Save Lives’ will touch people’s hearts,” says Margo Jacobsen-Greeve, Portland art consultant who recruited local artists for the project.  “Oregon Partnership helps so many people in a lot of different ways, and the artists all felt they had something to contribute.”

The artists include Kim Osgood, Katherine Ace, Karen Esler, Susan McKinnon, Ann Munson, Noriko Becraft, Scott Cameron, Monica Cordell, Carol Grigg, Liza Jones, Yuzi Hiratsku, Mary Wells, David Nez, Jill Mayberry, Jenny Mark, Cynthia Mosser, Bill Brewer, Judy Vogland, and Trude Parkinson

For over 16 years, Oregon Partnership has been the state’s premier resource for drug abuse prevention education, treatment referral and crisis intervention.

In the past year, calls to Oregon Partnership’s 24-hour crisis lines have increased by 50% and calls to OP’s suicide intervention line have tripled. More and more returning soldiers, veterans, and their families are turning to OP for help.

Honorary co-chairs for “Night at the Museum” are Major General Mark Graham and Carol Graham.  The Grahams have been vocal advocates for suicide prevention in the military, where suicide has been at record levels.

The couple lost two sons – one by suicide, the other while saving his platoon from a bomb explosion in Iraq.

“My sons died fighting different battles,” says Gen. Graham, a 32-year military man who served in Desert Storm. “There are people hurting, and we need to recognize it.”

Sponsors for the April 16th event include Oregon Iron Works, Inc., Regence, Taco Bell, Fox 12 Oregon, NW Natural, The Standard, King Pharmaceuticals, Pacific Power, Oregon Investment Development Corporation, and MCS Financial Advisors.

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