On June 22, 2017, Danny Glover enchanted guests at the third annual gala at Park Academy. Mr. Glover mingled with guests before joining us for a wonderful dinner, prepared by our friends at GP Catering. As the sun began to set, the live auction and paddle raise opportunity began. Guests had the chance to hear from Joe, a high school student at Park Academy, and his parents who shared his journey with dyslexia that led him to our school. Check out the video below to see the impact of the Park Academy program!

To end the evening, our host Kerry Tymchuk of the Oregon Historical Society interviewed Mr. Glover about his experience with dyslexia, what school and acting were like for him, and how he overcame his obstacles. Mr. Glover beamed on stage as he shared how happy he was that a school like Park Academy exists.

It was a powerful evening. So powerful in fact, that we raised over $320,000 for the Park Academy Scholarship Fund! Thanks to the generosity of so many of our community supporters and that evening’s guests, students will have access to the education they need to be successful regardless of their family’s economic conditions.

For an entire overview of the event, check out this article by Jillian Daley the Lake Oswego Review with quotes from Danny Glover and guests.

Below is a sneak peak of the beautiful photos taken by Andrea Lonas Photography at the event. Check out photos from that evening on Facebook. Don’t forget to tag yourself and your friends! Like our page so you can keep in touch with us and stay tuned for future events, including updates on next year’s gala.

Photos by Andrea Lonas Photography

Thank you again to all of our sponsors!

Lead Sponsors:

Lucky Limousine & Heather Killough

Park Foundation

Corporate Sponsors:

Tom Boothe

Parker Group, Inc.

Piper Park

West Coast Event Productions

Patron Sponsors:

Concordia University

Harnish Properties

Lawrence Investment Co.

Mengis Capital Management

Portland Japanese Gardens

Real Benefits Group

Special Thanks to our friends at GP Catering, Bunny & Clyde, the Park Academy Board of Directors, the Serban Family, and all of our amazing donors and volunteers who made this event a success.

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