Sold Out Fundraiser For Diabetes

Sold Out Fundraiser For Diabetes



Portland’s Hilton Hotel Pavilion Room was sold out Saturday April 20 as businesses, professionals and individuals came out to raise money for local diabetes research and treatment programs.  This year’s honorees were Roy Jay and Cynthia Hamilton who were recognized for all of their years of community service, philanthropic efforts and business involvements.
The $1750 per table event attracted the largest attendance in the nine history of the event, according to Barry Schlessinger, one of the local organizers. The gala black tie event also featured silent and oral auctions including vacations to Tuscany, Mexico and Hawaii.

Hamilton is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Columbia River Girl Scouts and has been responsible for an unprecedented reorganization and growth which serves girls and young women throughout the entire greater Portland – Vancouver region.

Jay, a local and national icon in the areas of business and community service was recognized for his efforts to empower individuals as well as his ongoing Project Clean Slate which has literally helped thousands regain drivers licenses, expunge minor criminal convictions and get past due child support issues renegotiated. All of which are barriers preventing employment, housing and other opportunities.

The event considered one of the most prestigious of the year included two special highlights of the evening as friends and colleagues of Roy Jay stepped to the stage and captivated the audience. Nate Miles, a government lobbyist for Eli Lilly based in Seattle stepped to the podium and gave accolades through his impersonation of Mohammad Ali, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Kathryn Hepburn. Not to be outdone, Harold Williams mesmerized audience of with a spoken word oratory about ‘Don’t let diabetes beat us’.

Jay’s name has been surfacing in recent months as a possible candidate for the 2008 Mayoral race or county commission.

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