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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Watch Ed Sheeran Play ‘Shape of You’ Acoustic for Bedstock

Since 2014, Bedstock has featured performances from more than 100 artists, 40 kids served by MyMusicRx programs, and 40 writers reading their favorite children’s books from bed. New for 2017 is a festival-plus approach that encourages the global online community to participate in Bedstock through #BedstockChallenge. Artists will play from their beds on Giving Tuesday and invite their fans, other musicians, comedians, chefs, athletes, and influencers to film their own Bedstock videos, post to their own social networks, and challenge their friends to participate. If you so desire, here’s how it works:

Step One: Get in bed and film your own performance
Step Two: Upload to social media and tag it #BedstockChallenge
Step Three: Tag your friends and challenge them to create their own videos

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See Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran, others perform in bed to benefit sick kids

The pair have joined a growing list of pop stars from around the globe who film themselves performing their hits while tucked in bed as part of Bedstock, an online music festival created in solidarity with seriously ill children who are forced to spend their holidays in hospital beds.

“I’m excited to be performing from bed for Bedstock this year and hope that my fans and social followers will join me in supporting such an amazing cause,” Nick Jonas said in a statement. “To play in bed for hospitalized kids who can’t get out of theirs, is an incredible honor that I am proud to be a part of.”

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Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas & More to Perform (From Bed!) for Bedstock

Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas and dozens of other stars will join forces Tuesday (Nov. 28) for Bedstock, an online music festival where artists play from their beds to show solidarity and raise money for cancer-stricken children who spent their holidays in bed as well. Bedstock is the creation of MyMusicRx, the flagship music medicine program of the Children’s Cancer Association. Iron & Wine’s Sam Beamwill participate in this year’s Bedstock. “Taking part in the Bedstock festival with MyMusicRx was an easy decision,” Beam said. “It’s a lovely cause with an important mission and I’m honored to help draw attention to their cause with a song. We also had a lot of fun filming the video. I didn’t even have to get out of bed!”

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Jessica Meuse Sings For Bedstock

Country artist and American Idol Top 4 Finalist, Jessica Meuse, will debut her new music video entitled, “Love Her Better,” at MyMusicRx’s Bedstock Festival on Giving Tuesday (November 28th). “I’m very grateful to be involved with Children’s Cancer Association’s MyMusicRX for Bedstock Festival 2017,” said Jessica. Bedstock is a one-of-a-kind, life-changing music festival, where artists play from bed for sick kids that are stuck in theirs. This is Year 4 of Bedstock, and it’s “Bigger and Bedder” than ever.

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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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Kadlec goes for ‘Music as Medicine’ with New Pediatric Program

Kadlec Regional Medical Center took up a new “music as medicine” program Friday for its pediatric patients. Northwest Mutual in Kennewick donated $15,000 and Kadlec added another $5,000 to bring the program to the hospital. “We have had volunteers sharing their musical talents with our patients for years, but bringing the MyMusicRx program to our youngest patients helps ease their way during their stay in the hospital, ” said Reza Kaleel, Kadlec chief administrative officer.  The program comes from the Portland-based Children’s Cancer Center. Kadlec is the first regional-sized hospital to try it out.

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Children Patients at Local Hospital get new Entertainment on their Visits

Hospital visits are not fun, whether you’re a patient or going to see someone, especially if you’re a child. But the pediatric unit at Kadlec Regional Medical Center will be seeing their patients playing a tune. Today, they launched the MyMusicRx Program. Kadlec’s Child life specialist Jennifer Jones thinks this will easily decrease the negativity that children have on hospital visits.

“They don’t need the stress that’s associated with hospitals these days. Hospitals aren’t fun and we hate to see when kids are affected with health situations,” said Jones. “Being able to help them smile and laugh and just be kids is a great gift we can offer them.”

This will also be the first time MyMusicRX will be in a general hospital with a pediatric floor in a regional market.

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Remodeled retreat: Cheerful Caring Cabin delivers joy to kids with cancer

Interior designer Anna Kimmel accepted a project that would intimidate most people: Create a cheerful space to bring joy to seriously ill children and their families. Today, the Children’s Cancer Association’s renovated coastal retreat is a place where natural light, color and fun furniture come to play. Inside the Caring Cabin, kids can hang out in a media room with a table made of steel-and-wood letters that spell out “Joy Rx,” a reference to the organization’s motto of prescribing joy. The 24-acre retreat, outside of Pacific City and far away from the hospital environment, connects kids to nature and promotes healing, says Regina Ellis, who founded the Portland-based Children’s Cancer Association in 1995 after her five-year-old daughter Alexandra died of cancer.

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Montclair Girl Organizing ‘Mitzvahpalooza’ to Help Kids with Cancer

When female students are in Hebrew School, they complete a volunteer project prior to their bat-mitzvah. Ella Freund, is a local Glenfield School seventh-grader whose project will be a concert raising funds to support children battling cancer. This Oct. 7 at Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, Freund and her friends are hosting a concert whose proceeds will go to the Children’s Cancer Association’s program, MyMusicRx.

The idea for this project came about when mother and daughter saw an organization spotlighted on the Today Show that provides music to kids who are sick. “This project means so much to me because I love music, and I want other kids who are unfortunately ill to experience the magic of music and hopefully make them feel happier,” Freund said.

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