Every year, Portland Monthly shines a light on the individuals and organizations dedicated to improving our communities—in our magazine’s pages and in a gala award ceremony. This is our 15th year of Light a Fire: We’ve been collecting nominations since December 2018 for outstanding people and organizations doing important and inspiring work to make our city and state better for everyone.
Now’s our chance to celebrate the winners, selected by a panel of the region’s top foundation, corporate-giving, and nonprofit leaders. Join us for a night of heartwarming and humbling stories in recognition of the dedication of these incredible nonprofits and the people who make them work.
777 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Portland, OR 97232
Portland Monthly's 15th Annual Light a Fire awards dinner and celebration embraces the spirit of giving, inspiring, creating, and changing our city for the better.
Find inspiration at our event, as you hear the stories of this year's honorees.
6:00 pm | Cocktail Social
7:00 pm | Dinner, Awards & Entertainment
9:00 pm | Drinks & Dancing Light a Fire after-party presented by Bank of America
Spectacular acts of generosity deserve a spectacular evening! Guests can expect a crafted evening of surprises, beautiful cocktail pairings, wine, a three-course plated dinner, desserts and more.
2019 Light a Fire Award Winners
Inspiring Creativity: Music Workshop
Caring for the Planet: Columbia Land Trust
Award presented by Cambia Health Solutions
Leveling the Field: The Women’s Foundation of Oregon
Most with the Least: Oregon Safe Schools
Game-Changing Project: Meals on Wheels People / The Diner, Vancouver
Award presented by Fournier Group
Best New Nonprofit: The Immigrant Story
Exceptional Community Contribution: KairosPDX
Award presented by Bank of America
Extraordinary Volunteer: Debi Hays, Guide Dogs for the Blind
Award presented by AWS Elemental
Extraordinary Board Member: Becky Blumer, Store to Door
Award presented by NW Natural
Extraordinary Executive Director: Shari Dunn, Dress for Success
Award presented by Jason Mendell, Cascade Sotheby's International Realty
Young Leader: Margarita Gutierrez Lemus, College Possible
Lifetime Achievement: Rupert Kinnard
What to wear?
It's an evening cocktail event so if you happen to own a suit or formal dress waiting at the back of your closet, feel free to flaunt them! Dinner jackets, cocktail dresses, or polos would also be cool. Think "cocktail party" and wear whatever comes to mind. But most importantly, come in an ensemble that makes you feel awesome!
What better way to give back to the nonprofits but to volunteer for an event celebrating them! If you would like to help with Light a Fire on November 21st please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.