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Simon Benson Awards Dinner

Portland State University recognizes leading donors and alumni at its annual Simon Benson Awards Dinner.

Named for an early Oregon philanthropist, the 2013 gala attracted a record 1,800 attendees and raised a record $1.2 million. Please join us in 2014!



Presenting Sponsor



To sponsor a table, please contact:
Danielle Cox, 503-725-8135,  
click here for more information. 

Save the date
October 23, 2014
Reception 5:30 p.m.
Dinner and Program 7:00 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center

Event Co-Chairs
Wally Van Valkenburg     
Linda Williams

Principal Sponsors





Leadership Sponsors







Scholarship Challenge Grantor


Keynote Speaker

Leon E. Panetta

Award for Philanthropy

Earle M. Chiles  

Award for Philanthropy

Christine & David Vernier 

Alumni Achievement Award 

Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D.
PSU: '84 M.S. '86






Supporting Sponsors


Kim Cooper

Jeannine B. Cowles

GBD Architects and R&H Construction

Gerding Edlen

The Greenbrier Companies

KPFF Consulting Engineers and ZGF Architects LLP

Lorentz Bruun Construction

Rick and Erika Miller

Providence Health & Services

Mark Rosenbaum/Rosenbaum Financial, LLC


Stoel Rives LLP

Barre & Robert Stoll

Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D. and Randy G. Stone

Washington Trust Bank

Wells Fargo

XeniumHR and Express Employment Professionals






Pioneer Sponsors

Board of Trustees

Brown & Brown Northwest

Cascade Pacific Holdings LLC

Chiles Foundation


Kuni Automotive

Langley Investment Properties and Miller Nash LLP

Lease Crutcher Lewis

The Nature Conservancy

Pacific Power

PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions

The Renaissance Foundation

Schnitzer Steel Industries

Sokol Blosser Winery

The Standard

Corinne and Lindsay Stewart 

Marta and Ken Thrasher/Compli

Oregon State University Foundation and OSU College of Science

Perkins & Co. and Norris, Beggs & Simpson Companies

University of Oregon


Benson Bubbler Sponsors


 Ater Wynne LLP


City Center Parking

C-Level Sports

Crater Lake Advisors at UBS Financial Services

Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue

Les Fahey

Farleigh Wada Witt and Jones & Roth

Ferguson Wellman Capital Management

Marilyn and Tom Fink

Richard and Kim Fink

Gard Communications


Ray and Betty Guenther

Rupa Jack

Oregon Health & Science University and
OHSU Foundation

Port of Portland

Portland Community College/PCC Foundation

Portland State Bookstore

M&T Bank

Mack, Roberts, & Co. LLC

Melvin Mark Companies

Miller Nash LLP and Thede, Culpepper, Moore, Munro & Sillman LLP

Moda Health

Bob and Jane Morrow 

Mortenson Construction

NW Natural

Oregon Community Foundation

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP


ScanlanKemperBard Companies

SRG Partnership, Inc.

St. Mary's Academy

Garvey Schubert Barer

Skip & Crystal Stanaway, A & I Distributors

SmartForest Ventures LLC

TenBridge Partners LLC

TMT Development LLC

Umpqua Bank

Union Bank

University of Portland

Vista Ridge Capital Partners LLC

Willis of Oregon

Yost Grube Hall Architecture



Click here for more information about
past speakers and honorees