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Party Report: Basic Rights Oregon’s “Ignite” at Art Museum

Monday, October 13, 2014

 

Mayor Charlie Hales and Gov. John Kitzhaber

Mayor Charlie Hales and Governor John Kitzhaber at Ignite. Photo by Byron Beck.

More than 900 guests, including Gov. John Kitzhaber, attended Basic Rights Oregon’s annual fundraising gala—IGNITE—on Friday night at the Portland Art Museum. 

The annual celebration raised close to $300,000 for BRO, the Northwest’s largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

The packed gala attracted several politicians, those both in and running for higher office. Emcee state Rep. Tina Kotek, speaker of the Oregon House, paved the way for Kitzhaber to speak. The governor, who congratulated BRO on its victories this year, encouraged the crowd to continue the fight for full equality and to make sure their voices are heard. 

This year’s celebration occurs in the wake of historic victories for LGBT equality in Oregon, including winning the freedom to marry, and securing Oregon Health Plan coverage of medically necessary health care for transgender Oregonians. 

SLIDESHOW: See more from Ignite below.

The evening included a gala dinner, both live and silent auction, and a memorable performance from the cast of Dreamgirls, who performed The Beatles classic, “All You Need Is Love.” The night concluded with a dance party deejayed by Hold My Hand.  

“The event was an opportunity to celebrate the many victories of the past year and also build momentum for the work ahead,” said Jeana Frazzini, Basic Rights Oregon executive director. “Our work is far from over, and Basic Rights Oregon will continue to work towards achieving not only legal equality, but also lived equality for every Oregonian.” 

For even more photos from Ignite check out Byron Beck's photos here.

 

Related Slideshow: Basic Rights Oregon Celebrates Ignite

900-plus guests, including Governor John Kitzhaber, attended Basic Rights Oregon’s annual fundraising gala—IGNITE on Friday night at the Portland Art Museum. 

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Andy, Amy and Buster

Dr. Andrew and Amy Mendenhall, Buster Ross at Ignite at the Portland Art Museum.  

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The Mayor and The Guv

Mayor Charlie Hales and Governor John Kitzhaber at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Sam, Ivan and Stephen

Sam Adams, Ivan Gold and Dr. Stephen Baugh at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Tia, Gregory and Robert

Tia Vanich, Gregory Gourdet and Robert Goman at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Joseph, Mary and Sam

OHSU Dr. Joseph Robertson, Mary Soterberg and Sam Adams at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Sam and Suzanne

Sam Adams and Suzanne Bonamici at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Maura and Nick

Maura Roche and Nick Fish at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Charles, Tina, Walter

Charles McGee, Tina Kotek and Walter Robinson at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Collin and Jeana

Collin McFayden and Jeana Frazzini at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Gov. John Kitzhaber

Gov. John Kitzhaber speaks at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Portland Fire

A table from Portland's Fire Department at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Amy and Erin

Amy and Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Karol and Roey

Karol Collymore and Roey Thorpe at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Portland Art Museum

A sculpture in the Sunken Ballroom at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Misha Issak

Misha Isaak speaks on behalf of the lawyers who fought for the right to marry in Oregon at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Guests at Ignite

Lisa Watson, Michelle DeCourcy, Doug Fish and Peter Shankey at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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John, Jules and Jeremy

John Halseth, Jules Bailey and Jeremy at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Crystal and Stephen

Crystal Lamb and Stephen Cassell at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Juan, Jeana and Collin

Juan Martinez, Jeana Frazzini and Collin McFayden at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Guests at Ignite

Byron Beck, Juan Martinez, Jeana Frazzini and Collin McFayden at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Juan, Vanessa and Jeana

Juan Martinez, Vanessa Morgan and Jeana Frazzini at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Diane and Deanna

Commissioner Diane McKeel and Boeing's Deanna Haley at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Rob Nosse

Rep. Rob Nosse at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Jake, Iaen and Jason

Jake Kindrachuk, Iaen Nylund and Jason Zidell at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Jon and Rob

Jon Isaacs and Rep. Rob Nosse at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Dance Party

A giant dance party was featured at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Love

Guests spell out "LOVE" at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Guests at Ignite

Guests at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Brenden, Kristen and Sam

Brenden Butler, Kristen Steel and Samantha Swaim at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Dance, Dance, Dance

Dancing the night away at Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.

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Gabe and Caleb

Firefighters Gabe and Caleb at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

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Dancers

Getting into the groove at  Basic Rights "Ignite" at the Portland Art Museum.  

 
 

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