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A Portland event last Thursday that honored five fathers of the year — including two with Lake Oswego connections — raised more than $150,000 for the American Diabetes Association.

The first Father of the Year event, held at the Portland Hilton, raised more than $150,000.

The recipients of this year’s Father of the Year Award were Chris Dudley, former NBA player and founder of the Chris Dudley Foundation; Mike Greene, partner at Rosenthal, Greene & Devlin; Duncan Campbell, child activist and founder of Friends of the Children and The Campbell Group; Scott Keeney, president and chief executive officer at nLIGHT; and Craig Robinson, head men’s basketball coach at Oregon State University. Greene lives in Lake Oswego and Dudley is a former resident.

“We are very pleased with our honorees for the inaugural Father of the Year event in our area,” said Andrea Bruno, executive director of the American Diabetes Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington. “It was amazing to hear how diabetes had touched each father’s life.”

The American Diabetes Association recognizes “men from across the nation for the outstanding strength, commitment and love they exhibit as fathers. Father of the Year honorees have attained success in their chosen field or endeavor and carved out time to teach and raise their children, while also becoming good citizens and proud members of the community.”

All proceeds from this event will support the American Diabetes Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington and its mission.

Today, there are nearly 26 million Americans, including more than 350,000 in Oregon and southwest Washington, who have diabetes. Another 650,000 in Oregon and southwest Washington are living with pre-diabetes. While an estimated 19 million people in the United States have been diagnosed, another 5.7 million people are unaware they have the disease. If present trends continue, one in three Americans faces a future with diabetes.

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