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BDS, Gerding Theater & Hasson Realtor Partner for Youth


As a part of the bureau's Summer Youth "School to Work" program, Outreach Program Coordinator Tiffani Penson took the students on a tour to the Armory Gerding Theater. Theater Education Director Kelsey Tyler walked the students from Immigrant Refugee Community Organization and Jefferson High School through the historical, sustainable and very interesting theater providing the students with the rich history of the Armory and the current history of the Theater.BDS  Students As a follow up to the tour he invited the students as his guest to see the play Apollo, a multimedia examination of post WWII America which explores the birth of the U.S. space program, its employment of former-Nazi rocket scientists, and their surprising intersection with the Civil Rights Movement.

As we all know, theater isn't complete with out a nice dinner and great dessert. In addition to the wonderful opportunity to see a great play, Hasson Realtor Earline Penson treated the students and myself to a delicious dinner at P.F. Changs. This is Mrs. Penson's second year partnering with BDS on the night out in the Pearl.

After the dinner and play, Tiffani completed the evening with Mio Gelato, which is one of her all time favorites that the students became quite accustomed to this summer while working with her at BDS. When we approached the door it was locked and luckily Mio staff opened the door for us bringing a perfect end to an exciting evening.

On behalf of the BDS, myself and the students, thank you Mr. Tyler and Mrs. Penson for your time, generosity and providing us with a great opportunity.

For more information contact Outreach Program Coordinator Tiffani Penson at (503) 823-1109 or email


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