A benefit for 1000 Friends of Oregon

Saturday March 17, 2018

5:30 - 8:30 pm at the Oregon Zoo in Portland

To get your name on our waitlist, please contact Kate Bemesderfer at kate@friends.org or at (503) 497-1000 x133.

Join us at the 2018 McCall Gala and celebrate a connected Oregon. What does it mean to live in a connected state? A connected community? It means that you have access to opportunity. It means your shared backyard is unspoiled fields, forests, and waters. It means that you can reach out to the people and places that are the most important to you.

In 2017, 1000 Friends fought for a more connected Oregon. We fought for robust transit in urban and rural communities. We fought for greater access to housing in our neighborhoods. We fought to keep all regions of Oregon bonded to our state's unique values of balanced land use. We fought for programs that provide farmers and ranchers with tools to keep their lands conserved for future generations. 1000 Friends, our partners, and you all have a common goal of connecting Oregonians.

Join us this March to raise funds and awareness for the vital work that 1000 Friends of Oregon does to build connections, coalitions, and transformative conversations with Oregonians about how we will keep our state and its people connected. We hope you'll join us for an inspired evening with friends, innovators, and big thinkers!

When: Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 5:30 - 8:30pm
Where: The Oregon Zoo, Cascade Crest Ballroom
4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
Tickets: $150 per ticket or $1,500 for a table of ten

Early Bird Special! Get your tickets or book your table by March 3 for $125 per ticket or $1,250 for a table of ten


The Gala is sold out!


3 main course options include:

  • Pan-Seared Columbia River Steelhead Trout (GF)
    • Saffron and chive cream, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables 
  • Carlton Farms Thick-Cut Pork Loin Chop 
    • Shiitake soy glaze, coconut sweet potato, ginger long beans 
  • Portobello & Mixed Vegetable Napoleon (GF, V)
    • Potato chive emulsion
All dinners include Boyd’s regular and decaf coffee, Stash teas, artisan rolls and butter, field green salad, and dessert.

Pot O' Gold Raffle

When you buy a raffle ticket you could be the lucky winner of the Pot O’ Gold Raffle. Pick your choice of one spectacular weekend getaway and one exciting outing in town. Items include:

Beach Retreat

Enjoy a weekend retreat at a private, architect designed Neskowin home, never open to the public. Learn a new skill with a free class for 2 at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Relax in an artists’ enclave that sleeps 4. No date restrictions other than the last two weeks of August.

Wine Country Weekend

Join Eyrie winemaker Jason Lett for a vineyard walk, a hosted wine dinner featuring Eyrie wines, and a custom-curated roster of complimentary tastings at other visionary Oregon wineries the next day. The lucky winners will stay at Outcrop House, a self-catering three-bedroom house situated in the midst of some of Oregon’s most famous vines. Available Spring and Summer of 2018. Book by April 15. 

Cirque Du Soleil Crystal 

Take in an enchanted spin across the ice with Cirque du Soleil. A full box for 16 people to Cirque du Soleil on Sunday, April 8 at 1:30. 4 complimentary parking passes come with your tickets. 


Portland Timbers Game

Cheer on Portland’s Timbers in style. Win 2 Box seats for a game of your choosing for the current season.



2018 Tom McCall Legacy Award

We are proud to announce this year's Tom McCall Legacy Award recipient, Robert Liberty.

Mr. Liberty served 1000 Friends for two decades, spearheading major initiatives like our Cooperating Attorney Program, our McCall Society, and the intensive Land Use Transportation Air Quality (LUTRAQ) study that still informs smart policy today. Following his tenure at 1000 Friends, Mr. Liberty gave of his time and talents serving on the Metro Council, working to promote a healthy regional community. Now he is guiding the next generation of Oregon leaders and great thinkers at Portland State University as the Director of their Institute for Sustainable Solutions. Oregon will be forever a more livable and loveable state because of Robert Liberty. Please join us this year to celebrate Robert and his phenomenal body of work. 

The Tom McCall Legacy Award is given in recognition of one's deep devotion to the State of Oregon and outstanding commitment to land use planning. Tom McCall Legacy Award recipients have dedicated a lifetime serving the state of Oregon, protecting our land use program and enhancing it to better the lives of Oregonians everywhere. 

"Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say 'this is my community, and it's my responsibility to make it better."
- Governor Tom McCall

Sponsor this Event

You can support emerging advocates and land use in Oregon as a 2018 Gala sponsor. Please visit friends.org/GalaSponsors for more information.

Please contact hilliary@friends.org or 503-497-1000 x126 with questions or to reserve your tickets. Thank you!

Photo: Aspen Valley Ranch by Jason Pachura


Event Date: 
Sat, 03/17/2018 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm