Stormy weather on October 14 didn’t stop a record number of guests from attending Project Lemonade’s third annual luncheon at the Multnomah Athletic Club and contributing in record amounts. Over 350 supporters helped us raise nearly $109,000, thanks in part to a generous match from the Ray Hickey Foundation.
KGW television anchor Tracy Barry hosted for the third year in a row, providing her trademark blend of levity and directness. Keynote speaker Chris Boucher, a 6’10” University of Oregon basketball standout and NBA hopeful, described overcoming adversity, growing up in a struggling family, the importance of good decisions in the face of peer pressure, and the value of sharing his story: “Even if it helps only one person, it’s worth it.”
A panel of three Project Lemonade interns led by founder Rhonda Meadows discussed working in the store this summer in our inaugural paid internship program for foster teens. Those interns and other foster youth we’ve served are featured in two videos created by Quarter4 Media, which premiered at the luncheon. You can view the videos on our website.
Finally, former foster youth Anthony Preston shared an incredibly personal story of hardship and loss, one which articulated how the support Project Lemonade provides foster youth creates an unmeasurable but invaluable positive ripple effect.
We cannot thank enough our generous sponsors and guests, our luncheon’s speakers, our loyal volunteers and all our new friends who support our work and celebrated with us.
For his community service Action Project Sawyer Klarp, an 8th grade student at Rachael Carson Middle School, chose to volunteer at Project Lemonade and organize a donation drive. Sawyer started in July 2014 with volunteer hours at the store. He helped sort, organize and merchandise clothes. He also helped move boxes and tear down the store. Lastly, he sorted boxes and clothing at the storage unit.
For his donation event, he sent home flyers to all the students and emails to the parents requesting they bring in donations for the clothing boxes. With the support of his school Sawyer collected eight large garbage bags of donations. Sawyer said the greatest impact this project had on him was learning the needs of foster children (back to school clothes so they look like all the other kids and have confidence) and getting more people to donate to and be aware of Project Lemonade.
"For my service project I had the honor of working with Project Lemonade. They are an organization that helps foster kids get access to clothes, their goal is to inspire success and build self esteem. To help, I got to sort clothes into different sizes and gender. In April I held a clothing drive. I raised a huge amount of clothes and I'm so thankful I had an opportunity to help. The project definitely made me feel very thankful for what I have and it felt amazing to help others. I plan to help Project Lemonade throughout the summers and school years in the future. My entire service project would not have been successful without my mentor Kirsten Brady. I would like to thank her for taking the time to help me figure how I can help!"
In May, Columbia Sportswear gave volunteers and supporters of Project Lemonade an employee day pass, which enabled them to shop at a 50% off discount at the employee store. Ten percent of all purchases made by Project Lemonade shoppers were donated to Project Lemonade. We thank Columbia Sportswear for this generous partnership.
Thanks you to Tom Hughes at adidias america for coordinating an incredibly generous donation of new coats via Soles4Souls. Thanks to these wonderful supporters, 850 Portland-area foster youth will have warm winter coats next season!
A huge thank you to Mr. Arlie Peyton and his Business class at Lincoln High School who selected Project Lemonade as an organization to study. Students applied their business development skills as they planned and executed a fundraiser and raised $590.40 for Project Lemonade. The event was held on February 7th at the Lincoln cafeteria and included live music, raffles, and food and drink. The class closed the loop on their effort by evaluating the event to determine areas of success and improvement. If your school is interested in hosting an event email us at email@example.com. We encourage you to take the challenge.
Pictured left to right: Brandon Leitgeb, Rose Saltveit, Lauryn Wilk, Mr. Arlie Peyton, Nawal Oumar, Max Sullivan, Theo Geist.
We are pleased to announce that the Jim Neill Foundation selected PL to be the donor recipient of the annual Jim Neill Memorial Golf Tournament benefit event. Jim was a partner in the law firm of Davis, Wright, Tremaine specializing in hospitality law. Jim passed away at the age of 64 on September 1, 2010 after a courageous yearlong battle with brain cancer. Both his family and many close friends have chosen to honor his memory by marrying two of the activities he enjoyed most: golf and community service. In 2010, the Jim Neill Memorial Foundation was formed with the goal of hosting an annual golf tournament to benefit a Portland area non-profit organization.
Please support the event as a golfer, a silent auction donor or a sponsor.