Community fund honored for a second straight year

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Beavers & Portland Timbers Community Fund (PBPTCF) announced today that it has been recognized by the Portland Business Journal’s 2010 Corporate Philanthropy Awards, receiving the award for a second year in a row for Small Company.

The Corporate Philanthropy Awards were created to recognize the many contributions that businesses of all sizes make to Oregon and Southwest Washington.

“It is an honor to be recognized for a second straight year by the Portland Business Journal,” said Sierra Smith, director of community outreach for the Beavers and Timbers. “There is nothing more important to our core mission than community, and we thank the Portland Business Journal for recognizing our efforts in this area.”

The Beavers and Timbers community mission is to make the quality of life better for children and families in the greater-Portland area. The PBPTCF strives to reach this goal through focused giving each year, as well as dedication to strengthening the bond between the two professional teams and their fans through extensive community outreach.

The Portland Beavers & Portland Timbers Community Fund, an advised fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, was established in the summer of 2007 and officially launched in January 2008. The fund has an aggressive goal to distribute more than $100,000 in grants each year to deserving nonprofits in the four-county region surrounding the Portland metro area.

To date, the PBPTCF, in partnership with Nike and Spirit Mountain Casino, has donated more than $300,000 to more than 50 deserving nonprofits of all sizes in the four-county region. The fund seeks to support organizations that promote one of the following areas of focus: youth education (specifically the K-12 grade levels); youth team sports and fitness with an emphasis on baseball, softball and soccer-related projects; battling childhood obesity; environmental awareness and activism with youth and families.  In addition, the Timbers donated $50,000 to Parkrose Regional Soccer Center, which will be constructed at Parkrose High School. The funds will be used to install two new soccer fields, just east of the Parkrose High stadium, with drainage, irrigation, and lighting systems.

The PBPTCF was among those honored at the Corporate Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 23.

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