JULES RULES: The threat of inclement weather did not keep people away from joining me and others at Crush in Southeast Portland on Tuesday night for "LGBT and allied advocates for Jules," a special fundraising social in support of Jules Bailey for Multnomah County Commissioner, District 1. It was a great event, hosted by the one and only Poison Waters, who by the way has a bit in common in with Jules, who used to do drag in college. On a more serious note, here is what one of my co-chairs, Stephen Marc Beaudoin said about the party: At last night’s big event, Jules Bailey proved again why he’s a champion for the potential of all people, and why he’s my choice for Multnomah County Commissioner, District 1. “We cannot be a throwaway society,” he said in his rousing speech to the crowd. “We've got to be responsible for the most vulnerable among us.” With Jules as our County Commissioner, I know our County will be even more equitable, safer and responsive to community needs. I’m absolutely thrilled to help elect Jules Bailey as County Commissioner!
Rob Sample talks to Shawn Levy during costume contest, Matt Zaffino in ruffles, go-go dancer, Rob and Lisa
BIRTHDAY BLISS: "Mama's getting married," said Lisa Schroeder to me just after "it" happened.
The happening was a ginormous celebration at Mother's Bistro on Saturday night for Rob Sample's 60th birthday, a funky 60-themed dance party with groovy tunes from DJ Aquaman.
But what happened right after Rob blew out his candle had everyone spinning for the rest of the night. That's because, after being with his partner and love, Lisa Schroeder, for 17 years Rob decided it was time for them to get married. He proposed to her in front of all his friends, and there was probably 200 of them. Although she was clearly shocked, Lisa didn't hesitate and said, "yes."
And, that my friends, is a pretty damn special way to celebrate your birthday.
Congrats to the couple. And, oh yeah, Happy Birthday Rob!
Daniel Borgen, Stephen Cassell, Carl Halvorson, Samir Raad, Jeana Frazzini, Sam Adams, Peter Zuckerman, Robin Castro, John Halseth, Anthony Watson and Caryn Brooks
CHEER ON: Stephen Cassell and his partner, Eric Wright, opened up their Southwest home on Friday night for a little get-together in celebration of of the holidays. Fueled by good eats and great drinks it was time to catch up with friends. And make new friends, like the incredible Anthony Watson, Director & Chief Information Officer Europe & Middle East & Global Operations of Barclays Bank, who was in town for a little visit from London.
Edgar Martinez, Kelly Kerbs, DJ Deenah Bee, Spencer Kunath and Lori Pacchino
MARINER & MEZCAL: Seattle Mariner's legend Edgar Martinez hosted a tasting event at Trebol on Friday night. For this tempting tasting party Trebol owners Kenny Hill and Tony Pepe served up scrumptious bites while Edgar mingled with guests and invited them to experience a complimentary ZAC Mezcal tasting. The event benefited Connecting Borders Foundation with 100% of raffle proceeds going to support Azul Wasi,a small boys orphanage in Peru.
Todd Robinson, motion capture model, Tara Johnson-Medinger, Vince Porter, Andy Mingo, Jules Bailey and Lana Veenker
FILM FETE: Vince Porter and his crew of merry film commission folks at the Governor’s Office of Film & Television held their annual Holiday/ End of Year Shin-dig at their brand new headquarters in the Burnside Exchange Building near the south end of the Burnside Bridge that share with the Technology Association of Oregon. All sorts of cool folks showed up at the party to celebrate this year’s accomplishments,as well as see the debut of some new digital collaborations that explore the intersection between creativity and technology including Andy Mingo's "capture motion" course that is being offered out at Clackamas Community College. They were also there to schmooze and mingle. These people sure know how to mingle.