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Equal Opportunity Dinner: A Success

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/8/12

 Urban League of Portland celebrates successful 2012 Equal Opportunity Day Awards Dinner

The 2012 Urban League of Portland Equal Opportunity Award dinner and fundraiser significantly improved its performance over 2011. The proceeds of the event help provide funding  for its programs to serve underserved individuals in the community.

Portland, OR – On October 2, the Urban League of Portland held its annual 2012 Equal Opportunity Day Awards Dinner with more than 600 individuals present and supported by over 40 organizations as sponsors and table purchasers.

The dinner’s program honored Ron Herndon, Director of Albina Head Start and Board Chairman of  the National Head Start Association and posthumously honored Rob Ingram, the  Urban League Young Professionals Group past president. In addition, the gathered business and community leaders celebrated the Urban League’s new Chief Executive Officer Michael Alexander.

Young Professional Cupid Alexander Jr told of his father’s dedication to the Urban League and how it helped him understand why service is important. Nike’s Howard White took the crowd through a story that ranged from zebras to curing cancer, and ended with the affirmation that every person, no matter what their background, should be given a chance to succeed and make a difference.

This year’s event marked a transformative time for the Urban League as it celebrated continuing its efforts in promoting healthy children’s programs, life-changing advocacy and work to help individuals find jobs.

“I’m honored to serve as the CEO of the Urban League of Portland at a time when promoting and representing the needs of at risk members of this community is of critical importance,” said Michael Alexander, new CEO of the Urban League. “I believe we are slowly emerging from an economic malaise that has impacted many in our city and region. It is critical however that as this happens, we not lose sight of our continuing responsibility to address and eliminate longstanding barriers and disparities still faced by individuals, children and families in this community. The response to the Urban League Equal Opportunity Award dinner is an encouraging indication of the importance the community places on our work.”

Since 1945, the Urban League of Portland has empowered African Americans and other Oregonians to achieve equality in education, employment, health, and economic opportunity. The Urban League of Portland believes that everyone has the power to change the world and works with people to actualize their potential and put their passion into action.

The Urban League of Portland thanks their community partners for supporting the 2012 Equal Opportunity Day Awards Dinner including: Cambia Health, OHSU, University of Oregon, NIKE, Intel, Port of Portland, US Bank, Willamette Management Associates, Fred Meyer,  Legacy Health Systems, NW Natural, The Boeing Company, Comcast, Hoffman Construction, Port of Portland, Home Forward, JP Morgan Chase, Kaiser Permanente, Multnomah County Health Department, New Seasons Market, NW Health Foundation, Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon State University, Portland Community College, Portland Public Schools, Portland State University, PGE, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, S. Brooks & Associates, Inc. Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and Portland Trailblazers.

JE Dunn Construction, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Miller Nash LLP, Pacific Power,  Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters, Stoel, Rives LLP, Wells Fargo, Travel Portland,

Multnomah County DCHS and DCJ, Portland Police Bureau, Ball Janik Law Firm, Portland Development Commission, OregonLive, Lewis & Clark College, The Standard.

For further information contact:

Michael Alexander

503-280-2600 ext 625

gro.xdplunull@rednaxelAM