The DePreist Award for Excellence was established in 2000 to honor the contributions of the late Oregon Symphony Maestro James “Jimmy” DePreist and his wife Ginette to the Portland community. “The DePreists remind us of the importance of service to others as well as the value of the arts in our community,” said Kay Toran, President/CEO of Volunteers of America Oregon.
The event, now in its 20th year, includes hundreds of business, community and philanthropic leaders as guests and features passed hors d’oeuvres, wine, seated gourmet dinner, entertainment, and more. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception followed by dinner and the award presentation at 7:00 p.m.
The net proceeds of the event further VOA Oregon’s mission “to change lives by promoting self-determination, building strong communities, and standing for social justice.”