SOLVE supporters kicked up their heels at the Bluegrass and Blue Jeans fundraiser at Pure Space Friday, October 25th, to raise money to support on-going efforts to improve the environment and award those dedicated to the environmentally driven cause. The purpose of the fundraiser, like the décor, was simple but impactful—to support SOLVE’s mission. SOLVE’s Special Events Coordinator, Emily Sullivan, choose Pure Space for its versatility, size, and ability to transform to compliment the laid back event.
“Bluegrass and Blue Jeans was an evening to honor people who have gone out of their way, and taken it upon themselves to say ‘this is our community, and we will do something to help’” said Sullivan.
The 19th annual Citizenship Awards Banquet, Bluegrass and Blue Jeans, was an evening of wine tasting, music by “Jackstraw”, fabulous dinning by Art of Catering, and program recognizing very deserving individuals—a local teacher, community group, individuals, and a group of a business’ employees for their dedication and involvement with SOLVE, and improving the environment. See the well deserving recipients below.
The event décor and theme mimicked award recipients, John and Fran von Schlegell’s easy-going attitude, and after all, “SOLVE is about picking up trash and plating trees” said Sullivan of the tastefully casual design.
The décor was casual indeed, though West Coast lead, Elizabeth Garcia, and Sullivan steered clear of burlap and hay bales for the Bluegrass and Blue Jeans event. Small 12 by 12 inch wooden crates with candles and wild flowers created centerpieces for the navy blue linen adorning round tables that seated the 400 guests. Standing cocktail tables around the space wore causal cloth themselves, sporting blue denim linens to match the guests’ lower halves. New Season’s gave away 450 jars of jam for a down home gesture of appreciation in support for our Oregon environment.
SOLVE organizes over 1,000 volunteer opportunities a year. Opportunities to give back and help cultivate a nourishing and thriving environment for today’s and future Oregonians include planting trees, beach clean-up and various other activities that are great for the whole family and groups. Check out upcoming SOLVE events and get in on the action. Be prepared to mark your calendars for next year’s 20th Annual Citizenship Awards Banquet, and ask yourself “What can you do to be an Oregon hero” this year? See more on the Portland Society Page
SOLVE Citizenship Awards guests enjoyed wines from:
- Bethel Heights Vineyard
- Brick House
- Domaine Drouhin
- J.K. Carriere Wines
- Mahonia Vineyard
- Penner Ash Wine Cellars
- WillaKenzie Estate Winery
Dinner Wine Sponsor: Great Northern Asset Management
John and Fran von Schlegell
Tom McCall Leadership Award
Individual Citizenship Award
Educator Citizenship Award
Beach Drive Buccaneers
Community Group Citizenship Award
Fred Meyer Stores
Business Citizenship Award