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For Immediate Release City of Portland Announces  30th Annual Spirit of Portland Award Winners


Thursday, NovSpirit of Portland logoember 6, 2014
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center – Atrium
501 N. Graham St. Portland, OR 97227


October 16, 2014



For immediate release


CONTACT:    Victor Salinas, Office of Neighborhood Involvement


THURSDAY, OCT. 16, 2014 – City of Portland will recognize the 30th Annual Spirit of Portland Award winners at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

The Spirit of Portland Awards recognize local individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an outstanding dedication to positive change in our community. Award winners are those who have not only worked to improve the community, but who have also gone above and beyond a dedication to civic engagement in order to make a lasting impact.

“Inscribed into Portland’s Skidmore Fountain you will see these words: ‘Good Citizens are the Riches of a City.’ I think that is also the message behind the Spirit of Portland Awards. For truly, where would we be without those citizens who step up, volunteer, lead, and find solutions to problems in their community?” says Mayor Hales.

“So often, these people do so with no thought as to recognition or personal reward. Since the awards began in 1985, we have been able to, in some small way, show our appreciation for the work done by neighborhoods, small businesses, non-profits and so many individuals who make our city a better place to live. They truly are the Riches of a City, and we are grateful for them.”

The award ceremony will take place Thursday, November 6, 2014, from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Atrium located at 501 N. Graham St., Portland, OR 97227. Trimet service is on the #2, #24 and #44 bus lines, and six blocks from the N. Albina Mississippi Max Station. The event site is wheelchair accessible.

The City of Portland will make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities and people needing assistance with language interpretation and translation. Please notify Victor Salinas no less than five business days prior to the event at (503) 823-3093 or  TTY: (503) 823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service at (800) 735-2900.

Award winners are chosen from nominations submitted by fellow Portlanders by a selection committee of representatives from the Commissioners’ offices, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, Neighborhood Associations, and other diverse community organizations. The Mayor and each Commissioner also selects special award winners to recognize specific works and achievements.

The award winners for the 30th Annual Spirit of Portland Awards are:

Individual Awards:

Ronault (Polo) Catalani with the Office of Equity and Human Rights

Donita Fry with Native American Youth and Family Center

George T. Nicola with Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific NW

Ramon Ramirez with Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste

Amber Starks with Conscious Coils

Group Awards:

East Portland Action Plan

PFLAG Portland

The Portland Mercado

Write Around Portland

Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship Award:

Don Baack with SW Trails

Commissioners’ Awards

Mayor Hales Award:

Rosewood Neighborhood Prosperity Initiate

Andre Baugh with the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission

Commissioner Fritz:

Oregon State Police Traffic Division Crash Team

Kristi Jamison with the Portland Commission on Disability

Commissioner Fish:

Dr. Karen Fischer Gray with the Parkrose School District

Stephen Beaudoin with Pacific Honored Artists, Musicians, and Entertainers

Commissioner Saltzman:

American Red Cross, Cascades Region

Steve Rudman with Home Forward

Commissioner Novick:

Jade International District Steering Committee

Rose City Futsal



Spirit of Portland Call for Nominations Closes Friday, Sept. 12

Call for nominations 2014 Spirit of Portland Awards due September 12, 2014 nominations can be submitted in any language

El Consejo de la Ciudad reconoce a 21 ganadores del premio Espíritu de Portland el martes 12 de noviembre del 2013

Los Premios Espíritu de Portland reconocer a personas individuales y organizaciones locales que han demostrado una dedicación excepcional a un cambio positivo en nuestra comunidad. Los ganadores son aquellos que no sólo han trabajado para mejorar la comunidad, sino que también han ido más allá de la dedicación a la participación ciudadana con el fin de hacer un impacto duradero.

Winners of the 2013 Spirit of Portland awards

Listing of categories and winners of the 2013 Spirit of Portland awards

Press Release - Spirit of Portland awards ceremony Nov. 6, 2014

Press Release - Spirit of Portland awardees to be recognized Tues., Nov. 6, 6 PM, at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center - Atrium, 501 N. Graham St. Portland, OR

Past Winners: 1985 - 2012

Previous winners of the Spirit of Portland Awards from 1985 through 2012