2014 Ignite: Basic Rights Oregon’s Gala

| August 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

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Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us at IGNITE! It was incredible to see nearly 900 friends gather at the Portland Art Museum to help honor the victories we’ve achieved this year and to support the critical work for lived equality! We are thrilled to announce that we raised over $286,000 to fund Basic Rights’ work for LGBT equality – thank you all so much for your commitment to our continued work.


 Photo Credit: Byron Beck


We want to thank those who played a key role in making this year’s event truly memorable: to House Speaker Tina Kotek for bringing incredible energy and wit as emcee for the VIP dinner; to Governor John Kitzhaber for his words of encouragement from the stage; to Oregon Health & Science University and Dr. Joseph Robertson for their outstanding leadership and support of this year’s event; and to the cast of Dreamgirls for an amazing performance we’ll never forget.


To everyone who wasn’t able to attend, we hope you’ll be inspired to support the ongoing work to promote lived equality. Check out more photos from Ignite here.


We would like to recognize once again our illustrious group of 2014 Fighting Spirit Honorees:


For their work in helping make Oregon a national leader in providing comprehensive transgender medicaid coverage:


TransActive Gender Center
tash shatz
Neola Young, Q Center
Dr. Megan Bird
The Trans Justice Working Group of Basic Rights Oregon
Jose Cruz


For outstanding legal work on the landmark U.S. District Court case overturning Oregon’s constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples:


From ACLU:
Jennifer Middleton, Johnson Johnson and Schaller
Kevin Diaz
Rose Saxe
Amanda Goad
James Esseks
Steven Shapiro
Dave Fidanque


From Perkins Coie:
Thomas R. Johnson
Misha Isaak
Kristina J. Holm
Nathan Christensen


Geiger v. Kitzhaber Attorneys:
Lake Perriguey 
Lea Ann Easton


If you have any feedback about Ignite or suggestions for next year’s gala event, please contact Juan Martinez at 503-222-6151, x103 or juan@basicrights.org.


Thank you all so much for your continued support!


We’d like to give another huge thank you to our top event sponsors:


2014 Presenting Sponsor
Oregon Health & Science University
Liberty Circle
Morel Ink & County Commissioner Jules Bailey
Equality Circle
The Standard
Oregon Education Association
Stoel Rives LLP
The Boeing Company
Legacy Health
Absolut Vodka
Vibrant Table
John Halseth & Robin Castro
Moda Health



Basic Rights Oregon’s Gala

Friday, October 10, 2014

Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue

VIP Dinner – 5:30pm

Main Event – 7:30pm


Purchase your tickets here!


ASL Interpretation provided upon request.

Attendees should request ASL interpretation with your ticket purchase by September 19, 2014.

For $250 you can join Basic Rights for an intimate evening at the IGNITE’s VIP Dinner – seats are limited so buy your tickets right away! Tickets for the Main Event are only $100 for a night of entertainment, spectacular food and drink, memorable special recognitions, and music to keep you dancing!
Interested in joining us as a sponsor or table host? Contact Justin Pabalate at 503-222-6151 x126 orjustin@basicrights.org


Let’s celebrate our victories and set our sights on the important work to achieve lived equality for our community – see you all on October 10th!


A huge thank you to our sponsors and table hosts:


We are proud to announce our Presenting Sponsor for Ignite 2014:

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Liberty Circle


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Equality Circle

Oregon Education Association

The Standard

Stoel Rives LLP

The Boeing Company

Legacy Health

Vibrant Table

Justice Circle

Swaim Strategies

Enterprise Rent A Car

New Seasons Market

Fred Meyer

Oregon Nurses Association

Kaiser Permanente

Lane Powell PC

Moda Health

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Family Care

Freedom Circle

Providence Health & Services

Vanessa Usui & Kimberlee Stafford

Table Hosts

John Halseth & Robin Castro

Al Machemehl & John Harrell

Jon Isaacs

Portland Public Schools

Debbie Burke & Rich Durant

Robert Goman & Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Bob Speltz & Dwight Adkins

University of Oregon

V&B Philanthropy

Kregg Arntson & Ted Fettig

Jason Zidell & Crystal Lamb

Travel Portland

Portland State University

Future PAC

Passadore Properties

Colin Jones

Portland Fire & Rescue

Valerie Solorzano


Perkins Coie

Cupcake Jones & Charles Milne

Cliff Davidson & Andy Sfeir

Main Event Sponsors

Main Event Presented by The Boeing Company

Bank of America

US Bank

Media Sponsors

Media - GoLocalPDX Logo

PQ Monthly
Portland Monthly

Food & Beverage Sponsors

Absolut Logo

Vibrant Table


Equality - New Seasons Logo


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