Honors given to ROSE CDC supporters at annual OMSI breakfast

by: David F. Ashton The recipients of the 2011 ROSE CDC awards assembled for a photo. Their Community Leader award went to their Board President, Roger Anthony; the Community Partner award was accepted by Moira McHale, for Loaves &Fishes; the Business Partner award was accepted by Bonnie Anderson of One Pacific Coast Bank; and the award for Outstanding Volunteer was presented to Hiro Kurita. All posed with Executive Director Nick Sauvie at the OMSI breakfast event.

Again this year, partners and volunteers of Southeast Portland's nonprofit ROSE Community Development Corporation, which has its headquarters in Woodstock, were singled out for 'bouquets' at the 2012 Donors' Breakfast, held at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry on September 22nd.

As the nearly-150 guests filtered into OMSI's banquet area, ROSE's Executive Director, Nick Sauvie, remarked, 'Not only is this our major fundraiser for the year, it's also an opportunity to recognize all of the people in the organization to support and help us do our work. ROSE serves as a bridge between low income people in Southeast Portland, and resources and talents of the rest of our city.

'We bring people together to work on issues like housing, childcare, parks, schools, and other things that are really important in the neighborhood.'

The keynote speaker at the breakfast, Shemia Fagan, an attorney with Ater Wynne LLP, and also a recently elected member to the David Douglas School Board, related how her experience growing up in eastern Oregon, raised by an 'overly protective' single dad, taught her many lessons about her personal worth.

'Whether it's the governor of a state, or the father of a daughter, a leader will see value whether others see it or not, and will protect it,' said Fagan.

'I'm here because ROSE has been a leader in [Woodstock, Brentwood-Darlington, and Lents, in] Southeast Portland. We're speaking up for a community to which has been said, 'If you want economic development here's another strip club. You want affordable housing, here's a high density sardine can. You want parks, here's an empty lot.

'But ROSE has invested in Southeast Portland for nearly 20 years, because they see that the area is deserving of living wage jobs … and homes they can afford and are proud to welcome guests into. The time is now, to recognize that East Portland is every bit as much of a part of the City as is downtown and the West Hills.'

In addition to presenting awards, ROSE raised more than $15,000 for their cause. Find out more at the ROSE Internet website: www.rosecdc.org .