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Spirit of Portland Awards Press Releases



October 15, 2018
Marco Mejía, (503)-823-3093
Jaspreet Chahal, (503)-823-3032


City of Portland Announces 2018 Spirit of Portland Award Recipients

Spirit of Portland Awards are a recognition of outstanding Portlanders and the impact of their work. In celebration of Portland’s diverse communities, the theme for this year's ceremony is "One City, Many Communities".


PORTLAND, OR–The Mayor and City of Portland Commissioners invite you to join in honoring the 34th Annual Spirit of Portland Award recipients. 

Spirit of Portland recipients are nominated by their peers, City Commissioners and the Mayor. This year’s recipients have been selected by previous Spirit of Portland honorees, community members, and City Council.

"Since its inception in 1985, the Spirit of Portland Awards has recognized activists, community advocates, and a wide range of committed individuals who serve to advance the Portland community. Awardees embody our city’s culture, goals, and an overarching dedication to enriching the lives of their fellow Portlanders." 

—Chloe Eudaly
Commissioner-in-charge Office of Community & Civic Life


2018 Spirit of Portland Awards ceremony details:

Date: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 6:00-8:30 PM
Venue: The Evergreen PDX 618 SE Alder Street Portland, OR

The awardees are as follows, in each of their respective categories:

Outstanding Individual and Organization Leadership Awards. Nominated and chosen by Portlanders:

  • Young Leader: Amira Tripp Folsom, Mahmood Jawad
  • Elder Leader: Antoinette Edwards
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Hattie Larrouy
  • Access and Disability Justice: Saara Hirsi and Abdi Mohamed
  • Civic Engagement Project / Group / Organization: Pride NW
  • Private Business For-Profit Initiative: McMenamins
  • Non-Profit Initiative: Budding Roses
  • Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship: Robin Vesey


Outstanding Individual and Organization Leadership Awards. Awards from City Council:

  • Mayor Ted Wheeler: Lloyd-Right 2 Dream Too Good Neighbor Collaborative, Faith Pauken
  • Commissioner Chloe Eudaly: Ed Washington, Street Books
  • Commissioner Amanda Fritz: Lloyd-Right 2 Dream Too Good Neighbor Collaborative, Andrea Williams
  • Commissioner Nick Fish: Bobbin Singh, Community Access Services in partnership with Project SEARCH 
  • Commissioner Dan Saltzman: Kevin Jeans Gail, Officer Mike Gallagher