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Spirit of Portland award ceremony, Monday, October 29

Spirit of Portland award ceremony


Monday, October 29

7 to 9 p.m.

DoubleTree Hotel at the Lloyd Center

1000 N.E. Multnomah Street

Cascade Ballroom

Portland, Oregon

Commissioner Amanda Fritz and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement invite you to the 27th annual Spirit of Portland awards ceremony where nineteen community leaders will be recognized by the Portland City Council.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  A reception with cake will follow the awards presentation.  The event will be broadcast live on Cable Channel 30, thanks to Portland Community Media.


“The Spirit of Portland awards arePortland’s Oscars. They are a tribute to the many amazing community and neighborhood leaders who contribute to our thriving civic life in Portland,” Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Commissioner-in-charge of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

How awardees were chosen

Awards are chosen from nominations submitted by Portlanders, by a selection committee of representatives from the Neighborhood District/Coalition offices, Business Associations, non-profit community organizations, the Mayor’s and City Commissioners’ offices, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and past award winners. In addition, the Mayor and each City Commissioner recognize individual and organizational leaders.

Award recipients were chosen based on meeting the following criteria:

  1. Assisting in the implementation of outstanding projects,
  2. Enriching and revitalizing our community and neighborhoods,
  3. Providing the community with a special service,
  4. Demonstrating responsiveness, creativity and civic values,
  5. Raising cross-cultural awareness, and,
  6. Acting as good steward of the environment.


The 2012 Spirit of Portland Award winners are (links lead to bios):


Community Stewardship                                                  

Kathy Fuerstenau                                                         

Bruce Murray                                                               

Outstanding Organization

Bradley Angle

Albina Head Start

Independent Spirit                                                      

Charlene Williams        


Emerging Community Leader                                    

Chabre Vickers

Community Harmony                                                 

Gigi Lambert                                                                

Linda Nguyen

Outstanding Partnership

Arlene Kimura

Neighborhood Association of the Year                                              

Ashcreek Neighborhood Association                                   


Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship

Friends of Mt. Tabor Park– Weed Warriors


Mayor Sam Adams                                                     

Gwyneth Gamble Booth

Dr. Preston Pulliams

Commissioner Nick Fish

Grant High School Community Garden Team

University of Portland Women’s Soccer Team

Commissioner Amanda Fritz                                     

Business Association of the Year: Northeast Broadway Business Association


Commissioner Randy Leonard

Rodney Haven

Commissioner Dan Saltzman

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

Miriam Green, Oregon DHS, Child Welfare Program Manager


The DoubleTree facility is ADA accessible for wheelchairs. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement will make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities and/or language interpretation needs upon request.  Please notify us no less than four business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-9970 City's TTY at 503-823-6868, or by the Oregon Relay Service at 800-735-2900.


The DoubleTree at the Lloyd Center is near stops for Trimet service lines 70, and 77; Blue, Green and Red Max lines; and the Portland Streetcar CL line.


DoubleTree by Hilton Portland is a co-sponsor of this year’s Spirit of Portland event, providing the venue at a significant discount to the City to support this community celebration.

For more information 

Nickole Cheron, Office of Neighborhood Involvement



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