Taco Bell & Portland Trailblazers Golf Tournament Benefits Oregon Partnership.

September 23, 2010
#1 NBA draft choice Greg Oden visits OP event

OP President Judy Cushing, Portland Trailblazer Greg Oden, OP Special Events Director Barbara Caplan

How cool is this?

Taco Bell and The Portland Trailblazers teamed up with 179 golfers to raise money for Oregon Partnership’s mission to end substance abuse and suicide. The 9th Annual “Bell-Blazers Classic” was blessed with good weather and nearly-perfect course conditions at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club on Tuesday, September 21. A full complement of celebrities joined in to make it a very enjoyable day.

What really stood out for me was the sincerity of the participants.

After most tournaments the golfers scatter, but at the Bell-Blazers Classic they stayed to hear about the drug prevention work of Oregon Partnership. Tom Cook, the head of the Taco Bell Franchise holders association , made an emotional personal endorsement about the importance of what we do to combat the ravages of drugs and alcohol. He challenged the participants to step up and join in that work with their personal donations. Mr. Cook also made a point to emphasize the Military Helpline (www.militaryhelpline.org) and the fact that 20% of our nation’s suicides are veterans.

It was moving to see so many people embrace these efforts with their hearts, minds and wallets.

– Tom


Oregon Partnership Fundraiser Major Success

April 30, 2010

Oregon Partnership’s annual fundraising gala April 16th proved to be a total success in more ways than one.

 “A Night at the Museum” at the Portland Art Museum drew a record crowd and grossed more dollars than last year. 

Honorary chairs, Major General Mark Graham and Carol Graham, told of the compelling story of their sons and the importance of suicide prevention.  And in his remarks, Gen. Graham praised OP for its work with returning soldiers and veterans.

OP President/CEO Judy Cushing announced the startup of a 24-7 military helpline where soldiers, veterans and their families can call for mental and emotional health services, assistance, and access.

Thanks to all OP supporters and volunteers for their help and generosity.

Click here to view photos from Night at the Museum.

Oregon Partnership’s Annual Gala!

April 14, 2010
FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010 – Portland Art Museum – 5:30PM

Reception/Silent Auction – Full Course Dinner
Oral Auction/Entertainment

Honorary chairs Major General Mark and Carol Graham
Click here to read their story

 For tickets…call 503-244-5211


March 29, 2010


 (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.

Oregon Partnership Annual Fundraiser Set for April 16

February 3, 2010

One of Portland’s top social events of the year happens April 15th at the Portland Art Museum, and according to Oregon Partnership, this one proves to be a “don’t miss.”

So go to your calendar, and fill in the date.

We’re talking Oregon Partnership’s annual fundraising dinner and auction – A Night at the Museum –  featuring awesome auction items, great entertainment, and a full course dinner.

The need for our services has never been greater, and OP is hoping to fill the museum with supporters and newcomers alike.

Among the featured auction items will be “Seats to Save Lives,”   children chairs wonderfully and creatively  painted by Portland artists.

So mark it down: Friday, April 16, 2010, 5:30 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum.  Go to www.orpartnership.org to register.

2009 Bell Blazers Classic Big Win For Oregon Partnership

September 24, 2009

What an awesome golf tournament this week out at the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club, and once again Oregon Partnership is the big winner.

Proceeds from the Bell Blazer Classic – we’re talking Taco Bell and the Portland Trailblazers – go toward OP programs that help support drug prevention and prevent alcohol abuse. 

OP owes these outstanding community partners a huge amount of thanks.  We are so fortunate to have their support year after year.

Sunny skies, great golf, a super dinner that featured Blazers head coach Nate McMillan and a day worth of fun equaled the best Bell Blazer classic ever.

Oregon National Guard members comprized one of the 35 teams and several guardsmen served as volunteers.  When they were introduced at the dinner by OP President/CEO Judy Cushing, the soldiers (all of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan) received multiple standing ovations. 

For the sponsors, the players, the celebrities who took part, and all the volunteers who make this event so successful – what a class bunch of folks you are.  It’s one of the highlites of the year for our organization.

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