Thank You for Attending the 20th Anniversary Roast

Posted on March 16, 2015 in CEO Updates

Thank you for attending the 20th Anniversary Roast! Because of your generosity and commitment to our work, we raised over $510,000!

The 20th Annual Roast supports the mission of All Hands Raised to champion education, equity and excellence inside and outside of the classroom – a mission that requires all of us to raise our hand and play our part. The Roast is a chance to take a night off and kick up our heels, share a good laugh – and raise funds to support our work to improve educational outcomes for all of our kids.

This year’s Roast featured comedian and international headliner Alonzo Bodden. Introduced to America on NBCʼs “Last Comic Standing,” Alonzo was runner up on Season 2 and came back to win it all on Last Comic Standing Season 3, “The Best of the Best.” His one-hour comedy special, “Who’s Paying Attention?” premiered on Showtime, and Alonzo was a regular on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” a favorite guest on Adam Corollaʼs radio show and a is a current panelist on NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”

View a photo album of the evening here.


Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

10k and up Sponsors



Angeli Ungar Law Group LLC


Hanna Andersson

Iberdrola Renewables


Nike School Innovation Fund

NW Natural

Portland Tribune

Stoel Rives LLP

The Jordan Brand

Union Wine Co.

Vernier Software & Technology



Bank of America

Barran Liebman LLP

Bassetti Architects

Brooks Staffing

Cambia Health Solutions


Columbia Sportswear


Coraggio Group

Fred Meyer Stores, Inc.

Gary McGee & Co. LLP

Gerding Edlen

Graham Crow Benefit Auctions

The Greenbrier Companies

Knowledge Universe


Larkins Vacura LLP

Miller Nash LLP

Moda Health

O’Neill Electric Inc.

Pacific Power

Portland General Electric


Shiekh Shoes

Sussman Shank LLP

Tonkon Torp LLP





Chartwells School Dining Services

Cole Mills

Concordia University

Congressman Earl Blumenauer

David Douglas School District


Education Northwest

Jennifer Messenger-Heilbronner

Latino Network

Mt. Hood Community College

Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette

Portland Association of Teachers, Inc.

Portland Business Alliance

Portland Community College

Portland Development Commission

Portland Public Schools

Portland State University

Reynolds School District

Warner Pacific College

Worksystems, Inc.



Carilyn Alexander

Roger Cooke & Joan Cirillo

Chevron Corporation

Tracy Curtis & Rick Nagore

Emi & Brett Donis

Fred Meyer Stores, Inc.

Hood to Coast Race Series

New Seasons Market

Nike School Innovation Fund

Portland State University

Von and Barbara Summers

Wells Fargo

Karen Whitman & Brad Shiley


Special Thanks

We also extend our deepest gratitude to Master Of Ceremonies Courtenay Hameister, Musical Guest Soul Vaccination, and our Headline Roaster Alonzo Bodden, who brought the humor back. And to Wells Fargo Oregon Regional President Tracy Curtis; United States Congressman Earl Blumenauer; Hood To Coast Race Series Chief Operating Officer Dan Floyd; and Portland Community College And Warner Pacific College Student Michael Ely, all of whom represented the heart of our mission.