The Friendlies

The Friendlies Celebrates our Exemplary Supporters

The Friendlies honors community members, partners and volunteers who help us build & support the community. We gather each spring to recognize their outstanding contributions of time, talent and treasure.

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2017 Award Winners

Friend of Friendly House Award:

This award recognizes individuals, families, groups or businesses that have provided exceptional support to Friendly House by sharing their time, energy, or resources.

Vanessa Bazzani
Vanessa’s passion and enthusiasm for our mission has translated into thousands of dollars in support from the Willamette Valley wine industry!
Dan Steffey
Dan has been a hero for Friendly House, using his business and non-profit acumen to help us forge a new endeavor with EngAGE, a non-profit out of California. Through this partnership, Friendly House has been able to meet longstanding goals of bringing services and life-enhancing activities to marginalized communities in Portland.
Chris Carson
Chris is a member of our Facilities Committee, a Bridge Builder, and has spearheaded new corporate relationships on behalf of Friendly House.
Jessica Marlitt
Our neighbor Jessica has supported Friendly House as a Bridge Builder and volunteer for years. During the 2017 Auction she volunteered for every aspect of the event—from creating art, to set up and clean up!

Past recipients:

2015: Ellen Goldschmidt, SELCO Community Credit Union, Clear Creek Distillery, Jen Hendrickson, Evergreen Consulting, Mike Clark, Alice Harris, Angel McMillan, Jud & Barbara Longaker, Briggs & Crampton (1998); Dorothy Dixon, Forest Park Credit Union, Dr. George & Ethel Long (1999); Kristi Holden, Dan Fleming, Bob and Dorothy Poznanski, and Mike Price (2001); Ann Van Orman (PCC), Allan Classen (Northwest Examiner), Linfield College Student Nurses, Northwest Trader Joe’s, Rick Michaelson, CC Chung, Nancy Stevens, Hoffman Construction (Cary Bubenik, Mick McKay, & Jeff Stewart) (2002); Ted Kaye, Legacy Health Systems/Good Sam, Vaughan Hill (2003), Claire Turner, Northwest Portland Ministries and SIM (2004); Catriona Madill, Trilogy Video, Tony Carson, and Ellen Goldschmidt (2005), Templeton Foundation, Elizabeth Lory (posthumous), Hazel Sherwood (posthumous) (2006); Mary Ann Watson, Friendly House Senior Quilters, Linfield School of Nursing, Dr. Charles Bleusko, Murphy McGrew, Jayne Morris, Angel McMillan (2007), Amy O’Neill and Ruth Roth (2008); Con-Way, Sarah and John Ferguson, Slabtown Community Festival Committee (2009); Alleyn Yasskin, Sharon Messerschmidt & Jo Hamilton, Consuelo Tolosa, Street of Eames (2010); Jud & Barbara Longaker Family, Steve & Vicky Byers, Lexie Mobley, Ambiance Committee, Pomarius Nursery/Peter Lynn (2011); Meyer Memorial Trust, Steve & Vicky Byers, Judie Dunken (Keller Willliams), Ted Kaye, HomeStreet Bank (2012); Debra Lande, Bill Hart, John Calvin (2013).

Volunteer Award

Given to an individual or group that has made a significant volunteer contribution to one or more of Friendly House’s programs.

Natalie Maciukenas
Natalie is a kind and warm volunteer, neighbor, and friend. Her community-building skills and desire to share her love of Friendly House with others is inspiring.

Cathy Przybylowicz
Cathy tutors in our after school program two or three times a week. Her consistency, rapport and support of the teachers has been a great contribution to our after school program.

Bob Hinger
Bob has been volunteering at Friendly House in the Pearl since its inception. He has helped with Friday night movie nights and as a tutor at the Friendly House in the Pearl homework club.

Maia Powloski
Maia has been on staff for almost seven years at Friendly House, and for all of those seven years she has tirelessly headed up numerous staff volunteer projects and fund-raising events.

Liza Burney
A volunteer for many years at Friendly House, Liza has taught a variety of classes for adults and their canine companions. Liza always has a smile and eagerness to bring her passion and skills to our community.

Carol Baker
Carol has been volunteering as a reading and homework tutor with our students for the past two years. The children light up when she enters the room. Carol’s background as a retired reading specialist is the perfect fit for us. The extra support she provides for our youngest emerging readers is a huge asset to our after school program.

Past Recipients:

2015: Kate Levine, John Huth, Jo Prestwich, Jazz McGinnis, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, Tim Godfrey, Jonell Kraus, Anna ZamarripaDee and Alan Lassen, Jessica Marlitt, Scott Rotter (1999), Autumn Bradley, Steve Fradkin, Manny Tailblum, Dave Reinertson (2000), Bernie Lowenthal (2001); Kim and Larry Diener (2002); Daniel Castleton, Bob Kelly & Ed, Charlie Metcalf, Francesca Hartman (2003), Rachel Borken, George McCargar, Rayne Miller, Allan Peterson and Kevin Moore (2004); Megan Wentworth, Jeff Brown, David Wilson, Marla Gardener, Joan Johnson, Steve Aman, Nicole Pittman, Patty Kearns (2005), Betty Marino, Prentice Ross, The Loy family, Mayumi Sekigawa, Linda Stadler, Lisa Hamilton, Jaime Cropper, Anne-Merle Geuverink (2006); Tom Chamberlin, Louis Sargent, John Utz, Frank James Mabry, Tom Lipsett, Carol French (2007), Eugene Woodworth, John Knapp, Koll Reynolds, Peg Henwood and Kathy Svani (2008); Tyler Calhoun, Roy Simengaard, Marvin Mitchell, Billy Callis, Eileen McClary, Wendy & Earle Blanton, Maria Torres, Senior Program Newsletter Folders (2009); Mimi Newhouse, Judy Chuang, Rachel Borkan, Linda Cameron, Margarita Rangel, Howard Begay (2010); Max Micozzi Jones, Nancy Allen, Mathew Hill, Erin Plattner, Chris Edwardsen, Scott Glazer, Corbett Gordon, Anne Hughes, Ric Miller, Cynthia Chilton (2011); Bob Graves, Leiza Price, Barbara Slaughter, Jack Anliker, Lynn Takata, Starbucks, Steve Frison, Rosetta Forbes (2012); Vicky Hahn, Tammie Martin, Linda Sprau, Leslie Black, Megan Malone (2013).

Community Partner Award

Given to an organization(s) with whom Friendly House partners formally (i.e. by contract) and whom we feel have been strong partners in providing service to our community.

AARP/Cash Oregon
For over 20 years, AARP and Cash Oregon have partnered with Friendly House to provide free tax preparation for our community. We estimate that over these many years, AARP volunteers have submitted over 10,000 tax returns for our local community!
ESCO & ESCO Foundation
Friendly House’s relationship with ESCO dates back decades, perhaps close to our entire 87 years! We are grateful for our friends across Vaughn Street who continue to invest time, treasure and resources to keep Friendly House strong.
CE John
CE John has been a generous contributor. Their interest in getting to know Friendly House and our values has shown they are community partners who want to support the neighborhoods in which they do business.
Thurman Street Collective
The Thurman Street Collective has made supporting their community a priority. They have sponsored events that bring our neighbors together and have given a portion of their art gallery sales to support our programming.

Past Recipients:

2015: Carolyn “CJ” McGrath, Yoshida

Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services, with special recognition to Chris Wilson and Paul Iarrobino, Chapman Elementary School, (2003) Grant High School Vocational Mentoring Programand First Immanuel Lutheran Church (2004); Legal Aid of Oregon, Senior Law Project (2005), SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance) (2006); Store to Door (2007), AARP of Oregon, Easter Seals CSEP, Food Front Cooperative Grocery (2008); Chapman Elementary School, Hand 2 Mouth Theatre (2009); Morrison Child & Family Services, Providence ElderPlace (2010); Metropolitan Community Church, Forest Park Federal Credit Union (2011); Portland Children’s Levy, Metro Central Enhancement Fund, VIEWS (2012); Multnomah County ADSD, Neighborhood House, Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital (2013).

Evelyn Hall Award

Adopted from SHARE in 2012, recognizes a volunteer whose efforts support LGBT causes.

Ruth Szilagyi
For 5 years, Ruth has served as a tenacious advocate on the SAGE Housing Committee. With her support and leadership on the committee, SAGE Metro Portland created the first Guide to LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing in the nation! There is no task too big or too small for Ruth—she does it all from tabling at resource fairs to facilitating our Elder Panel, and heading special projects geared towards capturing the bold and creative history of this innovative program.

Past Recipients:

SAGE Housing Committee (2015) Glen Ulmer, Neil (Nikki) Heilpern, Bruce Meisner (2012); Gay & Grey Speakers Bureau, Peg Hackenbruck (2013).

Ruth Roth Lifetime Achievement Award

Honors individuals whose careers and life’s work have greatly contributed to the advancement of Friendly House’s mission.

Joan Shireman
Joan has supported Friendly House since the late 1980s. Though quite a different personality from Ruth, Joan has been equally effective in helping us shape, grow and change our programs to meet the needs of people in Portland’s urban core.

Past Recipients: Mike Ryerson (2015) Ruth Roth (2012).

Rev. Edd W. Crawford Service Award

Established in 1998, awarded to an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions to the community through Friendly House.

Staver–O’Neill Family
The Staver–O’Neill family have made supporting Friendly House a family tradition. They are Bridge Builders, alumni of the Board and Preschool, and their annual family-run event, the Staver Steam Up, is a unique holiday highlight for our community.

Past recipients: Hazel Sherwood (1998); Nick Santangelo (1999); Gloria Gray (2000); Pauline Sharkey (2001); Bonnie Groshong (2002); Frank Dixon (2003), David Miles & Susan Smallsreed (2004); Joan Shireman (2005); Preston Holt (2006); Rick Michaelson (2007); Mike Ryerson (2008); ESCO (2009); Dale Jackson (2010); Anonymous (2011); David & Linda Swanson (2012); Mary Crawford (2013).

Youth Volunteer Award

Given to a young person or group of young people (under age 21) that has made a significant volunteer contribution to one or more of Friendly House’s programs.

Sebastian Olijve & Olive Briske
Sebastian and Olive volunteered their Saturday mornings over two months to help create art for the Spring Auction.
Gianna D’Amico
During her visit to Portland in the summer of 2016, Gianna volunteered with Friendly House Summer Camp. Gianna connected with the children she worked with and was enormously supportive of the Summer Camp staff, and she did it all with a smiling face and a great attitude.

Past recipients: Jill Pollard and Taylor Stevenson (1999); (Not awarded in 2001); David Shambry, Alexandra Lewis (2002); Emily Forsyth, Class Academy (2003), Haley Freedlund and Anthony Miles (2004), Johanna Steinbrecher (2005); Michael Love, Tigard High School CE2, St Mary’s Academy (2007), Westview High School Key Club, Jesuit High School, and CHINOOKS Reading Buddies (2008); Griffin Gaffney, Jonathan Mena (2009); Beth Smilkstein, Steele Tsoumas (2010); Bishop Family (2011); Julia Sheets (2012).

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