Jul 30, 2010|
A discussion with Margie Hunt, the CEO of Special Olympics Oregon, about her amazing organization, as well as the upcoming culinary event, The Bite Of Oregon, a fund-raiser SOO.
AN INTERVIEW WITH NICOLE LaROSE, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MANAGER WITH AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, ABOUT THE WORK ACS DOES AND ABOUT THEIR FUNDRAISER RELAY HOOD TO COAST PACIFIC CITY.
AN INTERVIEW WITH RACHEL ALSTON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF PDX DIAPER BANK ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO SUPPLYING DIAPERS TO PARENTS IN NEED AND THE WORKSHOPS THEY OFFER.
AN INTERVIEW WITH DELANNA STUDI, AUTHOR AND PERFORMER OF AND SO WE WALKED, AND MICHELLE WEISENBACH, PRESIDENT OF KEYBANK FOR OREGON AND SW WASHINGTON, ABOUT DELANNA’S PERFORMANCE OF HER MEMOIR AND JOURNEY ALONG THE TRAIL OF TEARS AT THE ARMORY AND THE SUPPORT OF KEYBANK IN THE ARTS.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JULIE DAVIDSON AND BLAKE SAKAMOTO WITH LLS ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO, THEIR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS, AND THE RESEARCH BEING DONE LOCALLY TO FIGHT BLOOD CANCERS.
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You're listening to that just -- a series of interviews with people of interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington I'm your host Jim Douglas now do weather has finally. Finally turned to summer and that means a lot of festivals going on around town especially down the waterfront the biggest of which is of course -- -- of -- the 27 annual by the Morgan of course. That's happening August 6 through the AC down at Tom McCall waterfront park as always. It goes from 11 AM to 10 PM on Friday and Saturday and Sunday from ten to eight and it is all benefiting Special Olympics organ and discussed this fine organization I have with BJ Margie -- the CEO of Special Olympics organ -- Margie I'm -- excellent. We'll get our listeners little bit of background on yourself what are we doing in here what you do for a Special Olympics organ. I am a CEO for potential Olympic -- can't -- -- might just be one of the funniest coolest job in the whole world where it statewide organization and we're serving individuals with the intellectual disability used to be referred to lead to mental retardation known that there are accurate count like that turned. Chair yeah it's it's amazing how those terms kind of shift is so intellectual disabilities says you know referring to it and what does that include. I think people understand -- -- and our constituency which by the way is the largest disability populations in this state if he didn't think of it in terms of again the individuals we used to refer to as being mentally retarded right until it's it's so why is it pretty wide range -- my time to question. With that particular. Group of folks it's part of a larger in -- so they're content and speak physical disability as well. Right so Special Olympics of course everybody's heard of Special Olympics but I -- not sure everyone understands exactly what the mission of your organization is so what is the mission of Special Olympics -- and and how do you live out their mission. Is there's a formal mission statement but I'll paraphrase a our job really is to. Through the incredible programs -- Special Olympics which include. Sports competition and and year around involvement in training and health and fitness. Instruction and then also just ongoing support from volunteers and -- Our job is to help improve the quality of life. This particular constituency which. Again in most communities is the largest disability. Population in that community. And how many people participate Special Olympics are. We have about 8000 participant wow yes and about 7000 volunteers. That there are many many more. We ultimately an escaped. Based on where we know this constituency is that but the numbers are. We -- working to get the -- we're serving in about a 100000 while you and they and a lot of people think Special Olympics that just children and of course it's not -- her children and youth and and and once you get involved a special litigation can be and it ear hole. That's incredible. Now -- -- like the Olympics is there like one specific place Cisco's honors that happen in multiple locations around state. No ticket get a good question because people sometimes think that Special Olympics it's just one game. I just -- the summer games and in fact it a year round program can really -- Every month every year going on all over the state until we have what are called local programs and we had 31 of them all around -- again and that they are run by volunteers incredible people. Who'll provide training and support to work that you would see year round. In addition to our big big game we do. That's the summer and a winter and -- games we have roughly 37 regional. Competition has -- invitational says. Go on around the state -- twelve though with training and other instructional opportunities. It wear year round. Just about every day of the year. Wow that's so cool. And so for summer I mentioned you have certain events and then you have different events for different seasons. Yes indeed if there's a whole sport -- -- -- -- very of course instead -- seasonal and in any case similar to do. The regular sports season so soccer of in the fallen and now sports are and when -- and -- and so -- then I'll total there in nineteen sport. So summertime ordeal was now probably a lot of track and field. You know yes. It's very very cool like that and and we hope that big states summer games. He here in Portland and those are Hillsborough stadium liberty high school. And then our winter games this outdoor air on mount bachelor and then an indoor are Eugene Springfield. It's basketball it's not a sports power lifting and and then are all games which -- very large and include bowling. We hold the apartment. That's incredible they you mentioned innocent events he talked about here and you -- power lifting. -- basketball mention snow events like cross country skiing Alpine skiing. Snowboarding I think -- right they're simply saying that those events occur within Special Olympics probably. Tweaks some people idea of what Special Olympics is all about. Absolutely. Absolutely. And and -- starting to do a much better job I think the entire organization is in helping people understand the full scope of service. Yes we're the largest amateur sports organization in the world. In all the -- and -- now I think special Olympic event a 160 countries. And origin is a very we're very deliberate proud of what we've been able to do an Oregon -- Weathered this economy lead scaled would scale back in order to do so. But we're very excited about the return of our state game in 2011 and 2012. -- big stick games. They mentioned they you have roughly 7000 volunteers. Let's go through kind of the scope of what volunteer opportunities are available to Special Olympics. Yes well benefit -- I think about being a part of speculative because the volunteers said they have a lot to -- around. There are a lot of people who help us to raise money at at volunteers whether that's working have to -- -- born -- or working at -- registry camp. Big event that we do or. Other kinds of fundraising did that happen never even at a local program level around the state but -- the Special Olympics which is different than a lot of charities. You can help raise the money and then you can help actually be a part of executing. On the mission and it felt that you can be a coach. In -- that you happen to love you can be a part of our leadership he's in different counties around the state. Helping to serve the athletes year round in we're copy of their behalf and prepare them for their competition and think. There's just tons of opportunities so you could work in the opposite without. An interesting -- prognosis. I've that I've been it's quite busy period yeah yeah and then when they -- talk about coaching and volunteer to be coach but this isn't necessarily like going out to be. Even like a Little League coach does require some training. It does and there are a lot of people who love to coach is loved sports and I want to coach and Special Olympics but we have to keep certify you with the coach and special Olympic. And that required spending some time over a few weeks. Working with our trainers who helped teach you how to work with our constituencies. Right here that Europe could speak with our sports. You know -- that people sometimes don't realize is that. Special Olympics to work. So well in the black the data to support this. With our constituency because it's a real sport. Right we have to accommodate and keep to the rules of the regular Olympics. And that is exactly -- our athletes would wanna hit the fact that Israel hours. Makes it real to them as well and that's that it played a key part of the organization. Right you wanna take it very seriously so that the people who were involved -- elector actually succeeding at something nice sun just right patting them on the head and saying hey good job. Yes absolutely. In band that you call the -- because it's really anything. The -- bulletin in bed where we hold our outdoor snowboard and now on mount bachelor and now -- terrific for this. Decided sometime ago from the very beginning that they would treat him special Olympic Winter Games in band. Just that they would any other sport he -- to come to count. And so they report this back and then accomplishments of our athletes on the mountain. On their sports page just like they would any other sports team performing and. Is so cool and our athletes he nodded yeah that out prayers up and Hezbollah does Boras says. They just -- that. I would imagine so. Andy and speaking of the participants they also have to do quite a bit of training. They do for each sport each have been typically -- participated. -- sport with each season and that they will then be voted number of weeks training cadets board. Really trying to push on their personal best and they can hit export and some of our athletes of course because they've done this for many years. I've gotten very very good in these sports some are able to plan their high ethical -- Went into things as factoid is that there -- -- world spends Olympic Games how -- each year they follow they were here Olympic cycle. And summer games and I think it was Ireland a few years ago and these athletes conventional good athletes from all the countries from all over the world. And that year there were 38. Athletes. Who would have qualified for the regular Olympics. Yeah I'll. Tell me up and you know the sport of course did this. Magical cool. And it's no different for our constituency than it did for all the rest of us frankly. Would -- -- a goal to work hard to achieve our personal best or to win a competition. We grow and we gained confidence can we feel better about ourselves because we had a goal and retreated and that's the magic of this for our folks it. In Special Olympics truly. They are like everyone else can and for them sometimes just being able to compete is the great accomplishment that year. And the next year maybe they'd get a bronze medal -- -- they try to get this over the golden there really work to strengthen their self confidence and they're sensible words and their ability to function better -- their job than in school and -- in all of their life. Brent if you're just joining us you're listening to match the scope a series of interviews with people of interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington I'm your host Ted Douglas. I'm speaking today to Margie hunt these CEO Special Olympics -- Special Olympics organ is the beneficiary of the 27 annual bite of organ which is happening August 6 through the ace down the waterfront park. It goes from eleven to ten on Friday and Saturday and ten to eight on Sunday of course all of the requisite food carts and booths and music and events. Can be a wonderful wonderful time let's continue on here with a Special Olympics out. You mentioned that there were 38 you said thirty of people from the world Olympics and world Special Olympics that would have qualified for -- the the normal. Crap. Are there anybody is anybody here and organ that you -- give a shout out to that has had any kind of special success. Oh we have a number of great -- territory again in particular Olympic we have a whole program called unified sports. And then there's where individuals with intellectual disability on TV with individuals who don't. And it didn't have added a pro am yes plan I want to really mentioned. Our soccer team who just went to national games that were held in Nebraska can last week. And -- at this soccer team from southern Oregon because that is high school -- -- -- extraordinary. And get a terrific job in game. Placed twelfth. And actually ended up as part of don't formal closing ceremonies and national gained and it went to a fabulous opportunity bone. The sides of that equation if you will learn how much he's one of the things that we've also learned over time is that. Where our constituency participate in Special Olympics they tend to do better in school. And those who participate with them also. Compared to score than you can imagine when you get to you know I've spoken which is pretty fun they are just amazing. Anything you can look at life differently -- who probably for the rest of your -- appreciate people who might be different and a and see the minute in a different way that's cool exactly -- hole and -- initiative -- very excited about around what we call the I word and beat the and we have -- high school color to this date. Who have been involved with this. Holding your families in their school teaching their friends and their teacher and then there are members of education community not to use that word and it's it's just evidence leadership opportunities in fact we've. Oregon has turned it really began at one of the mistakes in the country our program has -- really been very innovative with this and we've been able to get a grant to straighten this program even more in the coming year. You know when you have these -- -- -- all over the state and my all of the world what kind of turn out you guys have. In -- again we actually end up having to -- established -- Quoted in some of these sports and somebody's big state games but for our big states summer games that will. Next camera be it at Hillsborough stadium and at liberty had colon. So did his -- we will have about 15117100. Athletes. And their families and friends. While. I was talking about did the audience but I imagine if you've got that many participants in the -- families. Thought -- be talking tens of thousands of people. I think really fun to see we didn't we we do invite the public becomes standard daily it's a lot of -- of election of our athletes to compete and very very inspiring imagine favorite stories I had been and our Special Olympics for very long and Iowa is that winter games and then and now it's a young man who had CP as well as part of his particular syndrome he was -- cross country and he couldn't hold that hold very well in tech couldn't hold. People put off because of that and go. He would go a short distance from across the country around and then fall. And then things get himself up under the rules the coaches good parent you can't get out and of course -- help. Add again -- material sport real Olympics and so he would go another twenty feet or so and followed and he tried to finish this -- out of ballots I don't know how many times she gave it a shot. How many years he had tried to competed cross country course and that year when I was there he did it while and we were all so excited. And -- -- and he could he would so thrilled I would imagine he would work so hard to do that they'll call it that sort of thing and somebody once wrote a great article about special -- athletes and how they haven't been true competition in the death is sure that really want everyone to win. And of course -- -- this special because plugin let let me win but if I cannot win. Then maybe previously attempted. And there are the stories of being an attack it and did an election a race the other gun go off and -- take Dobson. One of the athlete loses tissue and poetry in stop and help -- -- -- and they get back to raise this. And you can see that at the same time you see real athleticism. And you see people overcoming challenges and obstacles that kind of came to rest of us we have an aptly named art pieces who has trend I think now about 25 marathons and had a good time and -- -- -- good that the art inside boy if I can do that why can't we. Second place -- That -- applied to and I get off my butt and go I don't just jog every day a little bit carried yeah I think now we've we've mentioned earlier the volunteers -- the full scope you have everything from office workers to coaches to judges. If somebody wants to get involved in volunteer for Special Olympics organ what's the best way to go about that. I'd go to our web site where at www. Shore and all owe our thanks for special Victorian dot org ORG eat all our agenda concept that man credited director volunteers flu and Nevada. And our phone number is vital to treat 248. Deer -- is 00. Penciled in let's also talk a little bit about fundraising -- certainly -- -- fight coming up that's a huge fundraiser for you idiot but if someone wants to donate directly is her way to go about that. It certainly is and again I think the best way to do that would be to just call here you can ask for -- meet margin -- or someone from the development team and we would be very happy to. We're quick to of course and talk about ways in which you could support if we don't receive government money nor do we we -- the united way of money so it's all personal account private and corporate contributions can of course foundation -- So we're very grateful for those still support this organization NFL level that they do and always happy -- quick -- to find a way to make it. Makes sense for them. This is thought that a fun economy as we don't know and organizations like ours that would certainly help this. But point I have to did that kudos to. To conclude the incredible oregonians get all the talk about brand dory again let them dig up condom brand Oregonian and they just stepped up and healthy and we have really seen that I am so grateful for companies like if I can they name pay less Schwab tire that. And began a terrific. Sponsors to our organization that the official sponsor of our game and so many other companies in Oregon who are just Beltran. They left the bite of Oregon presented -- -- break -- fine food and they're just terrific tornquist. So we're just very grateful for that and I say I can speak for our other nonprofit people who live and breathe on the goodness of individual and a corporate hard out there and we're just very grateful to how we do this. They -- I talked to a lot of charities a lot nonprofits and I'm always constantly amazed at the amount of support they get from local businesses. And it really makes you kind everything you know you always think of what kind of a man and he's a big corporate world but it really is just made up of people. And that those people live here and they wanna give back to the community. It did which you know we feel very fortunate that the special Olympic speaking of brand has. It's a very strong brand is very well known in advance very high -- country trusted Brandon who we are grateful that there are companies who. One to partner with that we have a new partnership with Wal-Mart I mean it's it -- -- that I I sometimes worry about those who. Have great confidence that -- -- story can tell right in this kind of an economy people do scale back so. We're very grateful again I can't say that enough for the support from the community from individuals from the families and all these volunteers and great board of directors. Who put them a lot of times can help make this work. Speaking of fundraising let's talk about the Biden Morgan a little bit -- you know what's going on there this is it's 27 year I'm 38 from always lived here but -- -- I remember I can remember going to the -- of Morgan. So it doesn't surprise me that a sinister way seventh here. And it is it's a fantastic time to people go down there this lot of food vendors there's a lot of entertainment there's craft beer and wine. And I know this year -- the food cart area is getting bigger and bigger and bigger. Yes we are very proud of this event very divided about you know about six years ago we decided to reinvent this. Began play and we took it from the bite of heartland to the bio or again. And have you today as a showcase the Oregon bounty and and then you've beaten by the which I could -- this year but like take better -- Hasn't frankly it does and everything tastes better here golf taste better here export -- better get everything tastes better here and and until it made sense to really. Shifted the focus of this an organization to a showcase. I would have become a national reputation and -- national reputation for this day which is. Great food great wine and great craft beer and have been really successful at that transition a couple of years ago we did the first period survey and with our folks about why they came to divide. And finally if they had committed fully to people coming before that's great food and for the wine and the craft beer and it's thick hair. Yeah and we've got them Arafat attraction and this year. But it really shifted from being a predominantly music event to a culinary event so we're very excited about it and then this year. It got me on my soapbox. There we've added -- -- -- pavilion which will be very neat what you will also include caicos. Gary Franks said. And I. You have to be and they tend to get those cakes but they are bringing them here or there just. And to died -- -- -- and did then also we have Brian Boitano from the food network and skater that's right he has the hell are they that. Or -- Brian Boitano makes yankees. And he will be there are a lot more at again we have coming frowned Bravo also. Who is the top chef from Bravo. And again from the show us yeah. That and then also iron chip -- get. Which is over the top -- in the state who are competing with so it it really it can be great we've added a second craft. -- garden and then Alltel. You know he talked about parts of the Portland food cart. Our sense that's huge and to we have some of the winners of department's food cart competition now that that will be at the right thing here. Doesn't card phenomenon is incredible to me it really -- so -- you don't have you don't have the money to invest in my -- location or Lisa location for restaurant. If so should -- sofa a spot there with all the other food carts. And you'd make your food and there's some amazing holy comes out of the sim cards it. Not just a hot dog anymore. I mean it's really good stuff. And and then also we're very excited this year you know divided into fifteen culinary event so because. We've been issued to this and many of the State's top restaurant. But some of those boost monitor restaurants -- the T -- just really tough for them to be on site for a whole weekend. So we are also introducing this year Gary frank -- just cable. That's presented by the Oregonian so we've got some of says top -- spend some where again -- unique restaurants. Who will be on site. And cookie and doing tasty there and then establish a stable he'll be able to sample in case of some of these very -- boutique restaurants and other. Right give a smaller place can't just pick up and relocate for a week. Do that how you can't write and and it it there will be -- That's right we had. And competition already and so that topped the winning -- -- will be there and it's really going to be it's a great weekend Philadelphia. He writes summer arrived. And it's not going to be perfect weather this. It's really gonna -- been loving these like cool mornings and getting hotter in the afternoon and then coming back down temperature and then in the nighttime -- and wonderful. Yeah that was worth worth waiting for. This is another example though attended an event that is only possible because of our partners if I can use some of that. And Sysco Sysco food services is critical to these restaurants without them and their support those restaurant couldn't be there. And of course northwest natural Papa Murphy's and connect to and -- a copy US bay can give you live in PD it's just death. It's the community gathering together to bring something really special here. And I would add that we -- his -- economic development. We -- doing a good job for them last year have to buy it there were people there from 38 different states. So -- -- you know again with the New York Times writes about Oregon as the great place for food and wine and beer and we're drawing people coming Dorgan who are came up -- Glendale Oregon I'm gonna go to -- -- You can sample all of in one spot. Yeah and a great media sponsors in at a comp court case. How -- -- -- terrific I needed the indications -- on board it. And we showed that is a good -- on this show but she just kept me out here when no no no that's. We have also the winner. Is complete chili contest -- an hour from that's from EG. So Oregon -- champion and I they kept. This is going to be a contest on its site also lists and -- -- condi -- I have that right. I've possibly there's a lot of us here in this building -- I could. Truth yeah and then all hope is that this didn't name is still ahead and he'll tell -- anyone anyway try to beat its recipes. And he's competed in like 200 cook off competitions all over the country that has 23 years he would come to you try to Chile and then we have also the winner of the -- chocolate cake contest. Well now I'm just hungry. Out look at the -- I'll have to get myself down to the night. That nowhere -- tortured decision helped put on here spreading kid. I don't Rand. Hit run to run tonight. Fact if you -- Iran after let's -- have to salute. Well we are coming up by the end of our time here -- -- to thank you so much for coming on today what -- yeah oh my pleasure absolutely let me run through all of the information here one more time about the -- The 27 annual -- of Morgan. Present of course erasers find food benefiting Special Olympics organ we'll take place August 6 through the eighth that's this coming Friday through Sunday. Friday's open from 11 AM to 10 PM Saturday same thing Sunday from 10 AM to 8 PM. Data corset -- McCall waterfront park organ restaurants feature shots over a 120 menu items over 25 organ wineries celebrity chefs thirty flavors of Morgan craft -- three entertainment stages which -- we did get to mention of course that occurs some about a will be playing. That it seems like a summer can't go by without seeing Curtis and got a down on the waterfront at some point -- Hillary Iron Chef organ competitions organ chef stage -- chef's table deserved million Portland to guard cuisine. Much much more of course. We can pass is only ten box -- to undergo multiple days spend the ten boxing you can come and go as you please. Daily admission is eight box twelve and under are free -- bring the family. It is three dollar entry for the first three hours of Friday and Sunday. So it's it's a -- it's very affordable you know take some money take your kids put on some sun screen go down and Joyce and find the food and wine and of course. All benefits the wonderful organization Special Olympics organ. And of course you can find out all about the -- -- -- online -- -- of organ dot com or you can follow -- Twitter feed at twitter.com slash by aboard. I think -- so much for your time RG. You bet all right we'll that'll do it for another addition to match a scope and Entercom communications public affairs program I've been your host Ted Douglas. If you have a nonprofit or public affairs organization they would like to let others know about please email me at microscope @entercom.com. An air comes starts is any. And please put microscope in the subject line -- doesn't get snagged by my spam filter according go directly to the station's website click on the community link and submit your information there. Also do like to hear this program again you can visit our podcast page had -- just go PX dot com what you'll find this and the last couple months worth of episodes. 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