Jan 12, 2018|
AN INTERVIEW WITH GREG REMENSPERGER WITH THE METRO PORTLAND NEW CAR DEALERS ASSOCIATION AND MELISSA TWEET OF JDRF, ABOUT THE AUTO SHOW PREVIEW CHARITY PARTY THAT BENEFITS SEVERAL LOCAL CHARITIES INCLUDING JDRF.
AN INTERVIEW WITH KAREN KRAUS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FERAL CAT COALITION OF OREGON, ABOUT THEIR SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAMS AND OTHER SERVICES THEY PROVIDE TO FERAL AND FREE-ROAMING CATS IN OUR AREA.
AN INTERVIEW WITH STEVE SCHULZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OR THE NON-PROFIT CYCLE OREGON ABOUT THE RIDES THIS YEAR, THE OREGON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION IT SUPPORTS, AND THE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITIES THEY VISIT EACH YEAR.
AN INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN FERSCHWEILER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DEPAUL, PORTLAND COUNCIL, ABOUT THE SERVICES THEY PROVIDE TO PEOPLE WHO NEED ASSISTANCE IN OUR COMMUNITY.
AN INTERVIEW WITH PETER DAMMANN AND CHRISTINA FULLER WITH THE WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL ABOUT THIS SUMMER’S EVENT AND HOW THE FESTIVAL SUPPORTS THE OREGON FOOD BANK.
Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate)
This is microscope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. I'm Gary blocks of the Portland international auto show is coming up very soon but if you're thinking to yourself to be really fun to get in before everybody else and go to the auto show preview party which is a benefit for mini series in Portland I invite you to listen to Michelle. Paula so this time I would like to welcome Greg grimace Berger executive vice president of the metro Portland new car dealers association. And Melissa tweet is development manager with JD are welcome to metro school guys morning here in each of having a certain way so the auto show is coming up Greg. Yes. There were exported I look forward to this all year long it's there it's our big crescendo for the year. Plus the auto show at such a fantastic thing. That little step into the future he what one of the things were most proud of of is the fact that it is the largest indoor consumer event in the state of Oregon year after year we have more people come through the doors of the convention senator and a four day period of time and then anybody else all your while while. How many cars are in there we have a little over 600 cars this year. While it's a lot of didn't really get now the cars if you wanted to experience every wanna find it really is a a treat to be able to see them all in one place inside where it's warm and dry and you can actually go out on test drives with some of the manufacturers have what we call right drives at the event as well. Nice and there's some futuristic cars coming. You know we had back in the day in the manufactures used to do concept cars but that cost of those is kind of limited what we can do we do have a lot of pre production cars that are coming out so a lot of first time on the West Coast debuts so we're pretty excited about that. Until about the the company introduction to the auto show which is coming up on January 24 yeah that is this sneak peek charity preview party and this is an event we came up with about four years ago. And it's a chance to get in and see everything before the show opens without the crowds and it's a charity fund raiser. So we've selected a charities GDR after being one of them so that's what Melissa is here to talk about this morning. And it's a hundred dollar ticket to get in but that entire hundred dollars goes to charity the auto show underwrite the cost of the whole event so it. You get to come in without the crowds we have open bar we have food stations and you get to. See the show as that would be the next four days just with smaller crowds of more opportunity to enjoy it is a fantastic party to it really does we're. In our as I said fourth year of doing this and over that four year period of primary Britain has raised a little bit more than three million dollars for local Portland charities wow that's not quite an accomplishment and a bird tickets available. If you go to Portland auto show dot com there is. Tab on the top that says sneak peek and if you click on that it'll take you right to take its west where you can purchase tickets and you need to get tickets in advance. You can buy them at the door that is we have about 5000 people that come through. So aching to be a little crowded coming in merits from 6:30 to 9 o'clock so it's short window of time to get in we we highly suggest. Buy your tickets in advance and and there's a raffle to write yeah well you're you're ticket enters you into the raffle and this year thanks to our sponsorship from Audi of Beaverton we're gonna give away an Audi Q3 a brand new Audi Q3. Nice in half so we will do a drawing live at the event so when you purchase your ticket you give us your name and a contact. Remember that hopefully will be alive that night because wolf wolf's hole a name out of the barrel. Livelier there if you're not there we wanna call you on the on the phone and hopefully get somebody. On the online to get their car that night while. That would be fun. Like I did do that. Melissa that's a good deal if I. Yeah they're going to say this is the charity events now is benefiting GRF is one of them could he tells about the other charities who we have eight charities in total so JD Europe as we mentioned the Boys and Girls Club Portland. The victory academy. The day he senator. The Brian grant foundation. Meals on wheels self enhancement ink and our newest addition this year is veterans legacies. And these are all local Portland. Yeah Terry who we try to pick a charity that number one is local but number two that we can make an impact. You continue with our contributions so how this works with the charities is we asked them to help us go out and sell tickets. And did the more tickets they sell the more money they get so are high watermark last year was the victory academy that got to 180000. Dollars because they sold a bunch of tickets for folks but it's not just the ticket sales they go though of tickets that are purchased for the four days of the auto show following mystique beat. Money also goes from that each ticket ma. Portion of each ticket goes to. This event as well too so that money transfers directly to the charities fantastic let me introduce again illicitly development manager was JD RF. So Melissa what does it mean to have GT RF involved in this charity event like this. This is huge stress it means is this as an anti benefit both our luck and thank Elam and and that money is going to reset extra tape went babies. And that's excellent let's let's let our audience know exactly what is JD are checked. G at least ten and 1978 parents and I mission ST care chi and prevent diabetes. But even that's every two million painting mile every stage and Keane has happened since inception have I Cheney while that's a lot and now. What is JB RF stand for. AEC Standridge Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation that. Bring so many without saying us has happened and we wanted to get red and the juvenile diabetes parry and really encompass TNT which is tech Monday eighties. Cell acting and at this point and talent is there in a more adult onset these days. At 50% and me date justices paradox is that a new statistic is that on the rise rather. You know I don't know if it's in use are sick and I mistake must actually as an adult for a while I was too yes you can finish your slept today. Yeah. Adding to this is just sick. But the congressman has been granted to stoop organ for diabetes research six point seven million mile. And some of that comes from the social preview and that Clinton doesn't do. So him maybe our audience isn't super familiar with this as you and I are with type one diabetes what is type one diabetes. Tackling maybe eighties and autoimmune disease which that included stops producing and sign. And ended we have the supplemented with an ultimate source of ends when. Media. How does that go for you. IE is eight in front come and I am also had a continuous glucose monitor and and which is and any my skin and in it takes me meetings every five minutes from Anchorage and. How has triggered a do the exact same thing. It is pretty amazing moment in this is all done through research dollars provided to JD RF all of this all these. Fantastic technologies come from lots of researching and a lot of that comes from G Europe as a correct in dance yes. It's pretty amazing stuff Greg it is and Gary I'll tell you one of the reasons that we've worked with JD RF for four years now. Is because the advancements in the treatment and and dealing with. Diabetes is evolving so fast that we truly think that in our lifetime we will find a cure for for diabetes also. I likelier that you know let's just look in this morning some research that's on the horizon and just what's coming on to then 2018. It just them the amazing stuff that's coming in just the next few months is life changing really it really does and you think about the impact that. That this charity is doing to help so many people on a growing number of the population out there that are dealing with. Diabetes both both type money and other like positions because it is just that one person. Neat thing that we deal actually benefit to us down so. The when you look at the progress that were making and just let this local charity is is doing to help. Prevent and cure diabetes. And how it impacts so many people across the the nation and the world it's pretty amazing and it and if we can be even just a small part of that. It's worth and Africa. Listen to me about some of the ultra outreach locally that JD RF does. Share some things and really cut about is we have a bag of her program which human case and neon sat for a child. And baby seat at Idaho at the hospital which has resisted and and and has tips for the parents information that they need to know as a caregiver and yes I have teaming DKK it's very adults who are nearly today announced toolkit so that I guides wearing school at pregnancy. And adult diagnosis says asthma as just Levine pipeline as the dollar eighteen. We had like teaching me connections program which relaxed new diagnosis Stanley stated their first year. We have kids act career eighth ambassador program Larry at the kids get to be a waste of GD arraf. And then die happy I mean that's Mitch. And sharing some people really enjoy telling us to have a minute Clinton stood attitudes are wonderful on death. And we're working the coffee could separate back where parents crates so and lots of going on media. Delicacy of the the money that you get from the auto show preview party help sue support the hope gala. And food and obtain blown walk in test and to me about those. Had Kiki is coming up on May fifth this year and it's me lie of silent and line option and it's hotter the sentinel hometown. And it's a lot is how that PA iron and if that happened September attorney and. And of those gala is kind of offense event great team and is now. It's a it's a good look I have men but amazing pictures people are really dressed up into beautiful. At the auto show preview party Howard dressed up for people there greens you we ask cocktail attire but no one will get turned away when they're in the area and we want everybody to come in and have a defund ninth but it is really. A pretty exciting upscale event so. Come have some fun with this one other point I want to make too is is you word ticket purchase is the only charity ask that we may we don't have. A panel ray is there's no other asks for contributions when you come in our. The Portland auto show under writes the cost of the entire event. So that we can pass the whole hundred dollars off for the charity and then that's really what the auto show is about it's a chance to come in and come seek cars but. Really we wanna make an impact with some local charities so we we go to great lengths to make sure that you come and you have a great time and wanna come back year after year that's great because that's not always the case then you go to maturity of yeah. What's your favorite part about the preview party. You know it's it there's such. The orchestration of getting the auto show ready to go in this is really means where there were open were ready for for a lot of excitement over the next four days so. For me it's just cutting out the revenue and getting everybody in America. It's become quite a social event too so I see some people there that I haven't seen since the prior year Erica and it's a good chance to not only see the cars but to see some people and and do some great things for charity. Of prep work do you need to do throughout the year to get ready for the auto show. You know it's an indecent or do you hit it really does it's. There's a 127. Auto shows nationwide and and so the manufacturers. Who can work as coordinated effort to bring all the display properties in the cars in and out to fairly quickly but for us. It's working with the convention center on renting the entire facility. Coordinating with everybody on their move in move out processes and it's. It really is a big undertaking when you've got a 100000 people are gonna come through the doors over four day period of time there's so many different aspects of just the coordination and flow of the event that today it really takes you know eight to nine months for us to two truly execute the way we deal. It's amazing when you are in the organ convention center and you see all these cars psychologists here. But they have to get in their somehow or he's a good time it takes. A lot of work we're we're gonna set up in time lapse camera towed do you both move in and move out because move in week we come in on. Weekend before we start. Mark on the floor and land carpet and so forth through the entire convention center are on the weekend before him by the cars in this display property start moving in on Monday. And by Wednesday night were open and ready to go. The day that it closes which is Sunday at 7 o'clock a literally within two hours all the cars are off the floor all the carpets rolled up and all the display properties or start to break down and buy a by Monday morning. We usually around 11 o'clock we pretty much got to clean sweep of the floor it's pretty amazing that's why marketable clearer really does. While so it may be for somebody listening who hasn't been the auto show or some of the U is there hasn't been for a couple of years. When they want to ignore what went to the cockpit seat. So there's a couple of things we usually when you come in the main entrance which is on Martin Luther King boulevard at the Oregon convention senator you have a chance to enter to win a car giveaway. So we work with the we have the local dealers here and have to have purchase car each year that we give away and there's there's no cost and are so. You have to just fill out the form whether on site or you can does show up at the box office and get a form to fill out put in this year we're giving away a brand new Volkswagen take one. Which is just been redesigned by Volkswagen and it's a pretty amazing crossover vehicle that is four wheel drive and is perfectly designed for our northwest. Northwest lifestyles. But that's the first thing you see when you walk in the doors for you go down the stairs and you start to see all the rest of the cars inside the main floor and again we've got over 600 cars under one roof. And you knew who the olden days of going out buying a car. That was going from dealership to dealership to dealership and now you do a lot of your research online that this is a chance to come in and still look see. Smell that new car smell and get in the car to see if it if it if it fits your liking and so forth and yeah and there's also some opportunities get behind the wheel so. It's a chance to refine your search properties as well as it's really. Entertainment. We have. Added that kid's section we've added. Something for everybody that's there that wants to come through the door and our average hang time during the normal days of the auto show is over four hours there's just so much to see and deal. There is a lot to see yet. What like everything's that's happened in the past is happening this year really have that be there crushed a car after this like this that you had one foot by one foot you have to guess what it is out that we thought we take a car out that's me you know destined for recycling and we squish it down on the the smallest cube that we can. And have it on display we were from our friends it's that your steel. And you can come by and inner. You're gas. On what year are we make and model of the car and is and you would be amazed at how many people get those. Right and so we also asked for I guess of what the odometer reading was a that's our tiebreaker for because closest to the closest to the actual odometer reading. And year make model the car and we have a fabulous prize giveaways and there's a lot of people in Portland in the surrounding area that are really in the cars from the you'll be amazed at how many people lawyers you know climate down on the ground trying to get a a peek at some. Color of the paint or some little identifying piece of the car that they can tell it is you know. This car I'm not sure what year and they take a guess that that is really reading the entries. As we go through and after the drawing hysteria after the contest is over is really a ton of fun we were stumped anybody. No way you'd be you'd be amazed we did really comes down to the odometer reading their people just can tell by even a small crash piece of a car that this was a forward. What ever way you Aaron may know exactly what it is it's just always amazes me. Greg you're one of those car guys room rates are yes our premier and the cars. You know I you've from the time I was little kid I was race and slot cars and I built a go cart and I couldn't wait to get my driver's licensing get behind the wheel there's just some fascination about. Some than they you can. You know get in and make go and take you where you wanna go up I personally think that a car says a lot about who you are. So your personality is somewhat on display when you're driving around in that for me is fun and one of the fun aspects as well to him. And again one of the you've won the coolest things about the auto show that's coming up is a sneak peek preview party which is Wednesday night ranging between fourth you know Wednesday January 24 from 6:30 to 9 o'clock and again it's a hundred dollar ticket to get in about what you get out of that is. A chance to see the show without the crowds we have open bar and food stations throughout the full convention center. You get a ninety dollar tax receipt in hand the good feeling make your hundred dollars is in entirety is going to one of the charities. Not to mention a chance to win a brand new Audi Q3 next. So besides your graph the coliseum and maybe a little explanation of what the other series are. So I think a lot of us are familiar with the Boys and Girls Club let's say organization that has. Of support for families with kids that are. And gap between when they get out of school it's a safe place for them to go and have interactions with other kids in that other activities where they're not. Where it's a good safe environment. The victory academy. It is a school that was established for autistic children and say OK through. It's more than K through twelve it's until they are ready to graduate but the entire school was built for the purpose of adapting. Learning prop opportunities for children one of optimism. I'm pretty amazing what they deal dead Doug he senator is a group that helps. Families where they have lots of one of the parents and its place for not only the parents but that children to acclimated to life without one of their parents. Afterwards. The Brian grant foundation I think a lot of a surface owner with a farmer TrailBlazer Brian grant who came down with that early onset of Parkinson's disease. And so he developed leave a foundation that helps educate people on what to do once your diagnosed it's pretty amazing. What they've been able to do. Meals on wheels provides. Meals to people who either can't afford to working at don't have the capability of getting out. Their house or apartment to get food and so they bring foudy and to them and a lot of times it's the only interaction that they have with the outside world. As CI which is self enhancement ink is a school that is here in Portland that helps troubled kids. That are trying to get through the school process and and get on the right path and pretty amazing again what they do. Our newest charity is veterans legacies that was a local charity that was just started a few years ago. That was it originally intended to you help preserve the memory and legacies of local World War II veterans. Because a lot of this is is dying away is under their of their memory and what their contribution to. To the United States in the world really is is slowly but surely disappearing and so. They've now taken it nationwide they work with local schools to to go in an interview. Veterans that are here to find out. Who they were before who who what role they played in men in the service and what they did afterwards and it's really a pretty mean mean deal that's great. There's so many worthwhile charities tell you choose it it's hard because there are a ton of of worthwhile charities herein and the minute we started doing this we started getting outreach from everybody trying to be one of our selected charities as well to. And again what we try to do is pick a local charity AM some thing that that we with our contribution can make an impact on what they're trying to do UN and that. Is where it becomes hard because it. Everybody has such a game. A big cause of a big need. That it's hard to distinguish what it is but when you look at JD RF in the advancements that they're making and just the fact that we and our lifetimes could potentially. Solve the diabetes renal is just a huge opportunity for us to have even just a small impact we can if we can do so and Melissa let me ask you held. Long his junior has been involved in been a beneficiary of the CP. Per week. And lucky enough to be a part of it cents and Kristi and so and honey child's Christmas I have Herzog my year how to deal race he's a farmer chapter by a member. And he's one of our supporters and he invited our chapter to be apart and this heat. And one of the things that I am really happy about is cents to leave Ben and function of any case the last six years of meeting in 19178000. Dollar race. Correct captain. While fiscal that's a lot of money. We're very grateful office had just how can that how can in the community at large helps support GDR offend in this event as well. He can paint I Cheney as your charity of choice when you go and purchase a ticket. And Greg tickets are available where. If you go to court on auto show dot com there's a button up at the top of that says sneak peek in the press on that it'll take you right to though link agreed to buy tickets can you think it's to do regular auto show that idea on the outside as well too so regular regular tickets to the to the show are twelve dollars for adults again a sneak peek is a hundred dollars and all that goes to charity awesome. In the last couple minutes we have your looks looks give live 30000 foot look at these sneak peek preview party. So it charity fund raiser event chance to come in and see the all of the cars and have a few cocktails and have dinner on the floor of the show we've got entertainment there as well to land your entire hundred dollars goes to charity get a ninety dollar tax receipt and hopefully win a brand new. Audi Q3 courtesy of our friends at Audi of Beaverton and but kind of food do you expect there and that's what I'm looking forward you know what is always surprising to me is that the head chef at the convention senator is a James Beard award winner and we have everything from sushi and dim sum to smoked salmon to Turkey carving station minutes we try to mix it up so there's a little bit for everybody gather today and I can attest to that it's a fantastic party there's a lot of food. There's a lot of drink it's easy to get everything you need it and it's just Superfund via the mission field. One other thing that that we've done is we've partnered with left for rides and so we if you go want to left debut on our website we have them. Code posted for that ninth that you get a discount and ride from there because again we want you to count Von we become have some fun we want should enjoy yourself and have a few cocktails but we don't want should get behind the wheel afterwards so our suggestion for easy in and out is to right left down into. What's kind of fun as you can have a cocktail and then get behind the wheel of the car inside the convention there. And I think this is the only time we should never do that Bennett's direct. Or great again the event is coming up on January 24 Winston they serving about 63630. Excellent can be a fun party again. Gary thank you for having a senate. In PM we've been talking today with Greg Romans Berger executive vice president of the natural Portland new car dealers association. And Melissa sweet development manager with the GD RF. 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