A benefit for 1000 Friends of Oregon

Saturday March 18, 2017

5:30 - 8:30 pm at the Exchange Ballroom in Portland

Join us at the 2017 McCall Gala! This year we are celebrating Oregon’s urban growth boundaries, which make our state different by shaping our cities and towns, enabling our agricultural economy to thrive without risk of urban sprawl, giving landowners certainty.   

Recognizing the desire to protect the state’s working farm and forest lands and natural areas while Oregon grew, Tom McCall and state leaders established urban growth boundaries as a central tenet of the land use laws created in the 1970’s. UGBs have acted as the first line of defense in protecting rural, natural, and working lands from sprawling development.

Today, Oregon is growing rapidly - in no small part because our land use system preserves the attractive livability of our state. Yet, those who would like to develop more raw land are using this growth in an attempt to break down these barriers that protect our landscapes.

Every year, 1000 Friends of Oregon and allies across the state - from Eastern Oregon ranchers to Portland bicycle commuters to Willamette Valley farmers - successfully thwart these brazen attempts to devalue and pave over farmland, create more sprawl, and add hidden burdens for citizens.

Join us this March to celebrate the Urban Growth Boundary, and raise funds for the vital programs and services that 1000 Friends of Oregon provides to protect Oregon’s UGBs, great communities, healthy working lands, and iconic places. We hope you'll join us for an inspired evening with friends, innovators, and big thinkers!

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 5:30 - 8:30pm
Where: Exchange Ballroom, 123 NE 3rd Ave in Portland, Oregon
Tickets: $125 per ticket or $1000 for a table of ten*

The Gala is sold out! You can still use the button below to pay for tickets or tables that were previously reserved.


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Mesclun Salad. Shaved Onion. Easter Egg Radish. Olive Oil Roasted Grape Tomatoes. Chèvre crostini. Red Wine Vinaigrette.


  • Meat - Honey & Bourbon Simmered Pork Sholder. Kale. Pearl Onion. Sweet Potato
  • Vegetarian - Moroccan Vegetable Tagine. Cauliflower. Tomatoes. Preserved Lemon. Castelvetrano Olives. Cilantro. Brown Rice 


  • Apple Rhubarb Crisp with Chantilly Cream
  • Espresso Pot de Creme with Chantilly Cream & Haselnut Biscotti

2017 Tom McCall Legacy Award

Back this year, we will grant a Tom McCall Legacy Award in recognition of one's deep devotion to the State of Oregon and outstanding commitment to land use planning. We are proud to recognize the Honorable Barbara K Roberts this year, for her lifetime of serving the state of Oregon, protecting our land use program and enhancing it to better the lives of Oregonians everywhere. Thank you Barbara Roberts for your dedication to Oregon!

"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

Special Guest, George Grier

George is a fifth generation farmer, raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey. He moved to Oregon in 1972, and started farming in the floodplain of the McKenzie River in the Thurston area of Springfield. He has lived there now for over 40 years. He has raised small grains, seed crops, filberts and row crops for commercial processing, as well as direct marketed a variety of berries and vegetables. Presently he and his wife Cynthia Pappas raise grass-fed beef and hay.

George has spent his life bringing people together to protect Oregon farmland from annexations, UGB expansions, and increased urbanization putting pressure on Lane County’s working and wild lands. George has served on the Lane County Planning Commission and the Lane County Boundary Commission, and he’s been active in the Oregon Farm Bureau since 1980, and currently serves on its State Land Use Advisory Committee. As a founding partner of the McKenzie Watershed Council, and through his and Cynthia’s involvement with the McKenzie River Trust, he gained a better understanding of the challenges urbanization presents not only to agriculture but to natural resource lands as well. George has noticed the benefits of his work: the first Oregon Chub found in the McKenzie basin in over 100 years was discovered on a conservation easement he and Cynthia placed on a portion of their lands. In 2014, they were recognized for their role in the first delisting of a Federally Endangered fish.

*Emerging Advocates

Where is the next generation of land use leaders? Look no further than our emerging advocates! The always popular option of hosting a couple of young leaders will be available to you when you purchase a table. Our McCall Gala attracts longtime land use advocates from around Oregon, and beyond. Hosting the next generation is an opportunity to build a bridge to Oregon's land use future. Please join us connecting established leaders with emerging advocates. For information on attending as an emerging advocate visit friends.org/EmergingAdvocates.

Sponsor this Event

You can support emerging advocates and land use in Oregon as a 2017 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!


Event Date: 
Sat, 03/18/2017 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm