DePreist Award for Excellence Event Honoring Gwyneth Gamble Booth

About the Award and the Event

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. VOA Oregon is proud to announce Gwyneth Gamble Booth as the honoree for 2017. Past honorees include the following respected community leaders.

Now in its 16th year, this year's event takes place on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Portland Art Museum from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. and includes hundreds of Portland metro area (and beyond) business, community, and philanthropic leaders as guests and features passed hors d'oeuvres, wine, gourmet dinner, entertainment, and more. The evening also features a keynote speaker of national stature. Past speakers have included former NBC anchor and The Today Show host (and Oregon native) Ann Curry.

Best of all, guests are encouraged to show their support during a paddle raise whose net proceeds go to support the more than 19,000 children and families served by VOA Oregon's many quality programs including the Family Relief Nursery, Home Free, and the Men's Residential Center to name a few.

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."