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Parkrose parties for foundation


More than 200 Parkrose patrons, staff, alumni and parents partied and raised record funds at the fifth annual Parkrose Educational Foundation auction and dinner held last month at the Holiday Inn, Portland Airport.
Parkrose School District Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray led a conga line of jubilant Parkrose supporters in celebration of another successful Parkrose Educational Foundation auction on Saturday, April 26 at the Holiday Inn, Portland Airport.

The evening began with hors d’oeuvres, champagne and a silent auction that featured hand-crafted items from district students, themed gift baskets, Bronco spirit packages, original art and more. Guests then enjoyed dinner, wine and dessert, followed by an oral auction, including an appeal bid that resulted in $9,000 in donations for Prometheus interactive whiteboards for classrooms throughout the district. The more than 200 parents, teachers, staff, alumni, neighbors and other benefactors also bid on vacation homes, golf packages, exotic dinner packages and a tour of the KATU newsroom, courtesy of Parkrose alumna Anna Song.

While a final auction tally was not available at press time, event organizers were confident they would near their goal of $35,000.

The single largest fundraising effort by PEF is the annual dinner and auction. This was the fifth year of the event. Founded in 1994, the foundation receives donations from individual and corporate benefactors as well. PEF is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with the sole purpose of supporting and enhancing the educational experience of students in Parkrose public schools. The nine-member, all-volunteer board consists of educators, business leaders, concerned citizens and Parkrose alumni.

The PEF relies wholly on volunteers to make it work. Because there are no paid staff or businesses on retainer, the majority of funds go directly to the student bodies of every district school. To see a list of grant awards, to donate and to volunteer, please visit
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