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Simon Benson Awards Dinner

The 2014 Simon Benson Awards Dinner, held on Thursday, October 23rd, once again raised over $1 million for Portland State University. Click here to read more.

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Presenting Sponsor


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


Kimberly Cooper and Jon Jacqua

Jeannine B. Cowles

Daimler Trucks North America, LLC

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

Cambia Health Solutions

Cascade Pacific Holdings LLC

Chiles Foundation

Gard Communications and Mike and Dianne McKeel
Geffen, Mesher & Company P.C.


Kuni Automotive

Langley Investment Properties and Miller Nash LLP

Lease Crutcher Lewis

Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Maribelle Leavitt

Fariborz Maseeh, The Massiah Foundation

The Nature Conservancy

Oregon Health & Science University and
OHSU Foundation

Oregon State University Foundation and OSU College of Science

Pacific Power

Perkins & Co. and Norris, Beggs & Simpson Companies

PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions

The Renaissance Foundation

The Samuel S. Johnson Foundation

Schnitzer Steel Industries

Sokol Blosser Winery

The Standard

Corinne and Lindsay Stewart 

Marta and Ken Thrasher/Compli

Turner Construction Company

University of Oregon


Benson Bubbler Sponsors


John Ater

 Ater Wynne LLP


Drs. Keren Brown Wilson & Michael DeShane

City Center Parking

Crater Lake Advisors at UBS Financial Services

Cushman & Wakefield

David Evans and Associates, Inc.

Mary and Spencer Dick

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

Fortis Construction, Inc. and Hennebery Eddy Architects

Garvey Schubert Barer


Ray and Betty Guenther

Rupa Jack


Lewis & Clark College

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

Tim Phillips


Port of Portland

Portland Community College/PCC Foundation

Portland State Bookstore

PSU sponsored by Wim and Alice Wiewel

PSU Alumni Association

PSU Athletics

PSU Center for Real Estate

PSU College of the Arts

PSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs

PSU Foundation

PSU Graduate School of Education

PSU Library

PSU Office of Academic Affairs

PSU President's Office

PSU Research and Strategic Planning

PSU School of Business Administration

PSU School of Social Work

ScanlanKemperBard Companies

SRG Partnership, Inc.

St. Mary's Academy

Skip & Crystal Stanaway, A & I Distributors

SmartForest Ventures LLC

TenBridge Partners LLC

TMT Development LLC

Umpqua Bank

University of Portland

Viking Athletic Partnership

Vista Ridge Capital Partners LLC

Willis of Oregon

Yost Grube Hall Architecture



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past speakers and honorees