Volunteers of America Oregon

DePreist Award for Excellence

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 DePreist Award for Excellence Gala, now in its 21st year, includes hundreds of business, community, and philanthropic leaders as guests. The show will be aired live on KGW and streamed online simultaneously. Join us for this one-of-a-kind event!

The net proceeds of the event further VOA Oregon’s mission “to enhance lives by promoting self-determination, building strong communities, and standing for social justice.”

Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Cornerstone Sponsor

Maybelle Clark Macdonald fund logo

Benefactor Sponsor

Leadership Sponsor

Carilyn Alexander

The Samuel S. Johnson Foundation

Community Sponsor



2020 Thomas lauderdale & Pink martini,
         Victor atiyeh lifetime achievement award to barbara kay roberts

2019 Arlene Schnitzer

2018 Gertrude Boyle

2017 Gwyneth Gamble Booth

2016 Gary Maffei

2015 Reverend William Beauchamp, CSC

2014 Al and Nancy Jubitz, 
         Victor Atiyeh Lifetime Achievement Award to Bernie & Bobbie Foster

2013 Award for Excellence Intel Foundation

2012 Greg Chaillẻ

2011 Richard and Carilyn Alexander, 
         Lifetime Achievement Award to Former Governor Victor G. Atiyeh

2010 Tom Kelly

2009 Marta and Ken Thrasher 

2008 Joan and Ken Austin

2007 Joyce and Bill Furman

2006 George Passadore

2005 Jordan Schnitzer

2004 Sho Dozono

2003 Jean Vollum

2000 James and Ginette DePreist