Here are Oregon’s 2017 Most Admired Companies

The rankings of the 2017 class of Oregon’s Most Admired Companies are here, and they include, along with several holdovers, a few new names. Amid such giants as the Nikes, the Intels and the OHSUs sit such up-and-coming companies as Smarsh, Dutch Bros. and, on the nonprofit side, Children’s Cancer Association. The roster includes some of the most-noted and long-respected names in Oregon’s storied business history. The winners were selected by the more than 400 CEOs who responded to a Portland Business Journal survey seeking the most admired companies in eight industry categories. We also selected winners across all industries based on the total votes received by companies.

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Jesuit Walks for Joy

Jesuit students fundraised for and participated in the annual Children’s Cancer Association Walk for Joy October 1. CCA annually hosts this four-hour event, which crosses the Tilikum Crossing in support of the youth with cancer.  The four main schools that join together by participating in the Walk for Joy are Central Catholic, La Salle, St. Mary’s Academy, and Jesuit High School. Junior Lilly Webb, a cancer survivor and a strong advocate for CCA, expressed the solidarity brought to the high school communities. “Jesuit and Central Catholic are arch rivals, but for something like this everyone is more than happy to come together and help the cause,” Webb said. The Children’s Cancer Association has impacted and improved the lives of so many, not only in the Jesuit community but nationally. The Walk for Joy truly demonstrates how the Portland community becomes united to help a cause that is so close to the hearts of many.

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Family Gets a Special Surprise From Children’s Cancer Association

Sol Soria-Zuniga, a Hillsboro toddler got a special surprise earlier this month, when she received a large play structure in her backyard from a local supermarket. Sol is a gal on the go.  Having a place for his daughter to play has made a world of difference, Andy Soria, Sol’s father, said. “For us, it’s meant that when she’s feeling great we can spend a lot of our time outside,” Soria said. “She’s able to do a lot of physical activity, and so do we. It’s just fantastic not to have to be concerned, and have our kid be a kid, which she hasn’t been able to do for the better part of 15 months.”

The donation was made possible through Hillsboro Costco, Solowave and McCarthy Building Companies, which provided volunteers to work on the project.

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KGW: CCA Summer Car Raffle

KGW’s Greater Portland Today host, Hayley Platt, interviews VP of Development, Jenny O’Bryan, about CCA’s summer car raffle. The winner of the raffle, to be drawn on September 28th, will get to choose one of three cars from Audi Beaverton. The summer car raffle is one of the many fundraising events hosted by CCA in order to transform as many moments as possible into moments of joy for children and families who are battling a serious illness.

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Penner-Ash Wine Cellars to host Live from the Heart to benefit CCA

On Sunday, August 27, 2017, Ron and Lynn Penner-Ash, founders of Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, will host the third-annual Live from the Heart winery concert series to benefit Children’s Cancer Association (CCA). The event takes place at Penner-Ash Wine Cellars in Newberg from 5-11 p.m, with complimentary wines and an intimate performance from singer-songwriter, Justin Townes Earle. The food is prepared by Chef Vitaly Paley.

General tickets are $125 and VIP tickets, which include a winery tour and more, are $250.

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Lavender Girls Raise Money for CCA

West Linn sisters and their friends raise money for the Children’s Cancer Association by selling lavender bundles and other themed items.  The Lavender Girls have raised about $1,000 per year for the organization.

This year they will be selling their fresh picked lavender bundles, lavender soaps and other themed items to raise funds for the CCA at the West Linn Street Market on Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 4-8 p.m. on the west end of the Historic Willamette District along Willamette Falls Drive

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Cupcakes for a Cure

When Lake Oswego middle-schooler Anna Seely was battling acute myeloid leukemia two years ago, her favorite Food Network shows helped her stay positive and keep up the fight.

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