Collin MacFayden, Jeana Frazzini, Gov. John Kitzhaber, Kate Brown, Ted Wheeler, Gary Maffei, Marc Lintner, Karol Collymore, Roey Thorpe, Robert Goman, Juan Martinez, Mark Building, Johnna Wells, Dining Room Chandeliers, Marty Davis, Tia Vanich, Gregory Gourdet, Jane Wood, April Severson, Juan Martinez, Dirk and Laura Dellinger, Sara Stimac, Deborah Kafoury, Celeste Trapp,Caryn Brooks, Gus the fireman, Crystal Lamb, Jason Zidell, Will and Kelsey Tucker, dinner crowd, Portland firefighters in their dress uniforms, Shaley Howard, Vanessa Usui, Karol Collymore, Judge Kemp, and the crowd on the dance floor
IGNITE FOR ALL: It's happening. The move toward marriage equality is happening in Oregon.
That was truly evident on Friday night at IGNITE.
Ignite is the annual Basic Rights Oregon gala to celebrate accomplishments and recognize community leaders, business executives, lawmakers, supporters, and activists who have gone to extraordinary lengths to further equality.
The evening featured an exclusive dinner and live auction for nearly 600 VIP guests (double the number of last year), followed by a party (with a purpose) for 1,000—all in the gorgeous environs of the Portland Art Museum.
The evening was energetic and enthusiastic. Some of that enthusiasm was supplied by Portland's three top sports teams—The Blazers, Timbers and Thorns—all coming out in support of marriage equality that day; the first professional sports team in the United States to do so.
A lot of money was raised for Basic Rights and marriage equality, by my calculations, at least two to three times any previous Ignite. Johnna Wells was a great auctioneer, Vibrant Table laid out an artistic spread for dinner, Stephen Marc Beaudoin (who chaired the event with Robert Goman) led a spectacular choir and string section and the DJ's had everyone dancing late into the night with a party-friendly music set (full disclosure: I was so proud of BRO's development director Juan Martinez too...who by the way is my partner of over 18 years).
An Ignite after party was held on the deck of Departure Lounge and Restaurant high atop Nines Hotel. Here chef Gregory Gourdet set out a spread of Pan Asian bites and cocktails included the kicky "Ignite."
Incidentally—at the same time of the Ignite after party—the other deck of Departure was the site for another late night party. That one was hosted by comedian Dave Chapelle. We spotted him in the elevator (he called Juan "Papa") and then I saw him in the mens room... and that's all I need to say about that.
Celebs, sports teams supporting marriage equality and a record amount of money raised—all in one night. Can you feel the love? I sure did.
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