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'Drive for Dyslexia' golf tourney raises thousands

More fundraisers coming up at Park Academy

SUBMITTED PHOTO: JENNA KISOR - Park Academy board Chairman Andy Pihl practices his swing while Ray Park (father of school founder Piper Park) looks on during the Drive for Dyslexia Golf Tournament in late September. The sixth-annual Drive for Dyslexia Golf Tournament raised $24,000 for Park Academy.

The event, held Sept. 22, helps raise scholarship funds for the nonprofit private school in Lake Oswego. There were 20 foursomes registered for the event, and a team led by Don Buss won first place.

“The Drive for Dyslexia is important, because our Board of Directors is able to introduce new people to the mission of our school, while allowing our previous supporters an opportunity to enjoy a day of golf and help our students,” said Jenna Kiser, Park Academy development and events coordinator.

An annual auction in June is the largest fundraiser for the school, which serves students with dyslexia and other language-learning challenges. This year, with actor Henry Winkler as the guest speaker, almost 300 people attended and the event raised $389,000.

Park Academy has several other fundraisers coming up that people can enjoy this school year. Here is the lineup so far for the school, which is located at 1915 South Shore Blvd.:

— 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Park Academy: During a teacher in-service day, educators can find out what every teacher in Oregon should know about dyslexia. The event costs $40.

— Oct. 25: A benefit night for Park Academy is planned at Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, 7715 S.W. Nyberg St., Tualatin (with more details coming soon). A portion of sales will go to the school.

— 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 at Park Academy: A holiday concert with rock violinist Aaron Meyer will fill the air with music this year. Cost is $50 per person.

— 5:30 p.m. on June 22, 2017, at Park Academy: The annual auction returns with An Evening with Danny Glover. Glover, of “Lethal Weapon” fame, is dyslexic and will be speaking about his experiences. Cost will likely be $250 per ticket, but that has not been firmly set yet.

For advance tickets, visit www.parkacademy.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-594-8800. For more information, visit the school’s page on Facebook.