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Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

We are back! This year our Gala has moved from February to September, allowing us to be back fully in person for the first time since 2020. Back in the beautiful Redd on Salmon Street, we will have an inspirational program, cocktail hour, a delicious dinner, our Big & Little’s of the Year announcement, a Live & Silent Auction, and live entertainment. 

Special Guest Speaker and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President & CEO

Artis Stevens

As President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Artis Stevens takes the helm of the organization at a critical moment for our nation’s youth. The youngest in a large family with limited resources, Artis was surrounded with positive relationships that inspired his potential. The son and grandson of preachers, he often shares, his calling for the past 25 years has focused on empowering young people.

As the first Black CEO in BBBSA’s 100+ year history, Artis sees this historic announcement as fuel to break more barriers. He previously served as Senior Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer for National 4-H Council, and the National Vice President, Marketing, Strategy & Operations at Boys & Girls Club of America. An award-winning non-profit marketing leader with a passion for building purpose-driven brands, boards, and teams, Artis’ experience has also led to transformational outcomes in fundraising and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

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Meet our MC & Alumni Little

Lindsey Murphy

Named one of Portland Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for 2019, Lindsey E. Murphy has been called a “visionary,” “ force of nature,” “breath of fresh air,” and is said to “light up the darkest corners of any room.” This may be because she believes in and strived toward a world full of joy, fun, healed hearts, and people empowered and released to truly live out the fullness of their lives. These are the values that inform every single thing she does.

She is the award-winning creator + host of The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey, YouTube’s most beloved kids science web series that takes everyday science concepts and turns them into fabulous DIY projects children can do at home with their families. Since launching in 2010, the show has garnered partnerships with the likes of Scientific American Magazine, the New York Academy of Sciences, been published in various national family magazines, and crowdfunded nearly $100,000 for independent production in 2019.

Born in Morristown, New Jersey, and professionally raised in NYC corporate hustle and bustle, Lindsey moved to Portland Oregon in 2013 with no job, knowing no one, and exactly $.47 in her bank account. You should email her to grab a coffee some Friday soon where she will gladly tell you the rest of that story.

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