On June 21, 2018, 250 caring community members raised $300,000 for the Park Academy Scholarship Fund at “An Evening with Larry King and John Hoke”.

After the dinner and auction, Larry King interviewed John Hoke where we learned about John’s discovery of his own gifts and how they led him to become the Chief Design Officer at Nike.


We could think of no one more worthy for our inaugural Park Academy Distinguished Achievement award than John Hoke. Whether you have dyslexia, love someone with dyslexia or are just learning about dyslexia, we know that John’s story resonates with everyone. His journey shows the incredible potential of students, who like John, learn differently.

That night we shared the story of one of our students, Skye.  Private support helps Park Academy give the gift of literacy to students like Skye. The Park Academy Scholarship Fund provides access to an incredible community that honors and fosters the gifts these students bring to the world.  John’s gifts led him to become the Chief Design Officer at Nike. We hope you will join us on the journey to see where our students’ gifts lead them!

You can check out all of the photos taken by Andrea Lonas Photography on the Park Academy Flickr page.

Thank you again to all of our sponsors!

Lead Sponsors

Lucky Limousine & Heather Killough

Park Foundation

Corporate Sponsors

Kristen and Tom Boothe

Harnish Properties

Morgan Stanley

Parker Group, Inc.

Piper Park

West Coast Event Productions

Patron Sponsors


The Cheng Family Foundation

Mengis Capital Management

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Trillium Family Services

Special Thanks to our friends at Tito’s Homemade Vodka, Willamette Valley Vineyards, ChefStable Catering, the Park Academy Board of Directors, the Simnitt and Elliott Families, and all of our amazing donors and volunteers who made this event a success.

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