2019

Everyday Heroes: Christi Bird works to prevent elder abuse

OREGON CITY, Ore. — This week’s Everyday Hero has spent the past 33 years battling elder abuse.

When she first started out with the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County, Executive Director Christi Bird said many of the cases stemmed from self-neglect. Now it runs the gamut from financial exploitation to verbal, physical and sexual abuse.

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2017

Joe Smith to Emcee the Upcoming Senior Council FundraiserJoe Smith

A two-time Emmy award winner who has been inducted into the Dayton (Ohio) Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Joe Smith is a respected broadcast journalist whose career has spanned the United States.

As a business reporter for KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon, he earned an Emmy Award for writing from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

For his role as host and executive producer of “Smith & Company” a nightly public affairs program on Milwaukee Public Television in Wisconsin, he received an Emmy Award from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of NATAS.

At WKEF-TV in Dayton, Ohio, he was vice president in charge of local programming and served as host/producer of a weekly news and public affairs call-in program. He also hosted and produced news and entertainment specials. In 2017, Smith was inducted into the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Smith was prime anchor for Florida’s News Channel, where he earned praise for his insightful coverage of the 2000 Florida presidential election and recount. He also anchored a daily business program and interviewed Florida political leaders on a live nightly news and public affairs program.

Smith was prime co-anchor for WVNY-TV and WFFF-TV in Burlington, Vermont. His field reporting included coverage of the 2016 Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders debate in Brooklyn, New York.

Smith’s was co-anchor of “Business in Nevada,” which was produced by KLVX-TV in Las Vegas and aired across the state. He also served as host/producer for information programming for WXEX-TV in Richmond, Virginia, and WWLP-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts.

He currently produces and hosts “Talk City”and “Smart Money”on TVCTV (Tualatin Valley Cable Television), airing across the Tualatin Valley.

In addition to his television work, Smith has been active in the communities in which he has worked. A past president of the Milwaukee Press Club, he was the only broadcaster asked to serve as a communications consultant to the Wisconsin State Legislature as it explored plans for continuing television coverage of the House and Senate. While in Portland, he served as a national representative for SAG-AFT


Rae Gordon

Rae Gordon

Singer Rae Gordon to present concert Aug. 24 in Milwaukie to benefit the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County

MILWAUKIE, Ore. – Blues and gospel singer and recording artist Rae Gordon will present a concert Thursday, Aug. 24, in Milwaukie as a benefit fundraiser for the nonprofit Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County.

The third annual “Sipping for Seniors” wine and beer tasting event will run 5-8 p.m. at Gray Gables Estate, 3009 S.E. Chestnut St., in Milwaukie.

The $25 tickets include a glass of wine or beer, hors d’oeuvres and a raffle ticket. The raffle prizes include two tickets to an upcoming Oregon Ducks football game, donated by Wells Fargo.

Ticket reservations and event sponsorships are now available. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Aug. 18 at (503) 657-1366 or Info@seniorcitizenscouncil.com.

Based in Portland, Gordon started her singing career in Los Angeles. She has been described as a combination of Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin and Grace Slick.Willamette Week named Gordon the best blues artist in Portland for 2017. Earlier this year Gordon and her band also placed third in an international blues competition in Memphis. For three straight years the Cascade Blues Association named Gordon the Best Female Vocalist.

For 45 years the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County has provided free or low-cost services for home-bound, frail, vulnerable and geographically isolated individuals. Not available anywhere else, its programs promote independence, improve quality of life and prevent or end abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) and exploitation of at-risk seniors and adults with disabilities.

Sipping for Seniors: Rae Gordon To Preform Benefit Concert August 24 In Milwaukie


Yvonne Smith Joins Senior Citizens Council BoardYvonne Smith

OREGON City, Ore. – Yvonne Smith, MSW, LCSW of Portland has been elected to the board of the nonprofit Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County (SCCCC) in Oregon City. Smith has worked at Clackamas Community College since 2006 where she is a full-time faculty member in the Gerontology and Human Services programs. She has almost 23 years of social work experience in Oregon.

The SCCCC provides services not available anywhere else for home-bound, frail, vulnerable and geographically isolated individuals. Its programs promote independence, improve quality of life and prevent or end abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) and exploitation of at-risk seniors and adults with disabilities.

The award-winning Senior Citizens Council is currently seeking other community minded individuals to join its board. For more information, call (503) 657-1366.


Yvonne Smith, MSW, LCSW – New Board Member at Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County

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Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County raises $18K in Oak Grove

http://pamplinmedia.com/cr/24-news/351788-229734-senior-citizens-council-of-clackamas-county-raises-18k-in-oak-grove


Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County raises $18,000 at annual dinner March 3 in Milwaukie

MILWAUKIE, Ore. – The Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County (SCCCC) raised $18,000 at its fundraising dinner March 3 at Gray Gables Estate in Milwaukie. About 50 people attended the event to support the Oregon City-based nonprofit group. The event featured a buffet dinner, a performance by veteran Portland comedian Susan Rice, raffles and the live auction of a Portland Trail Blazer basket donated by the team and Wells Fargo. Board member Tom Unger served as the emcee.

Christi & Susan Rice

 

Senior Citizens Council Executive Director Christi Bird (right) stands with comedian Susan Rice, who performed at the nonprofit’s annual fundraising dinner in Milwaukie on March 3. The event raised $18,000 to support the nonprofit group’s work on behalf of local senior citizens.

 

 

 

 

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Senior Citizens Council Executive Director Christi Bird (standing) greets some of the attendees at the nonprofit’s annual fundraising dinner in Milwaukie on March 3. The event raised $18,000 to support the nonprofit group’s work on behalf of local senior citizens.

“We’ve had larger turnouts for this event in the past but we’re thrilled with the generosity of the attendees and sponsors who supported us this year,” said SCCCC Executive Director Christi Bird. “The funds we raised will help us save the lives and financial resources of more senior citizens at risk in Clackamas County.” Sponsors for the event included Mattress World NW, The MacNaughton Group, Wildish Construction, Inc., Dennis Fritz, Stefanie Danielson, Jack Lundeen, Gray Gables Estate and Wells Fargo.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the SCCCC providing services for home-bound, frail, vulnerable and geographically isolated adults in Clackamas County. Not available anywhere else, its programs promote independence, improve quality of life and prevent or end abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) and exploitation of at-risk seniors and adults with disabilities.

The organization is currently seeking more board members. Those interested can call (503) 657-1366.

About Senior Citizens Council

Founded in 1972, Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County, Inc. is committed to improving the quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities in Clackamas County, Ore. Many of those served don’t have the ability to pay. The SCCCC relies on donations, grants and this fundraising event to support those in need. More information about the council is posted at www.seniorcitizenscouncil.com.

 


Enjoy an “Evening of Comedy” with Portland’s own Susan Rice!

http://portlandtribune.com/cr/24-news/342598-221313-comedian-susan-rice-to-perform-at-oak-grove-fundraiser-march-3

 

2016

Daniel joins Senior Citizens Council Board

 

2014

Press Release – October 2014

Press Release – September 2014

2013

Press Release – July 2013

News Release – May 2013

Published Providence Newletter

Portland Monthly’s Light A Fire Charity Event

Public Relations Society honors Milwaukie resident Tom Unger

 

Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County benefit raises $24,500 for senior citizens in need

OREGON CITY, Ore – The Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County raised $24,500 at its annual fundraiser held Saturday at the Tualatin Country Club.

Proceeds will provide free and low-cost services to senior citizens in need.

“Not available anywhere else, the council’s programs promote independence, improve quality of life and prevent or end abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) and exploitation of at-risk seniors and adults with disabilities,” said Tom Unger, who serves on the council’s board of directors, in a news release.

Social Services of Clackamas County also recognized Christina Bird, executive director of the Senior Citizens Council, with the John Mullin Distinguished Career Award at the benefit.

Bird, who lives in Estacada, has been employed with the agency since 1987. She was honored for her “work in the development of social policy, client advocacy and her commitment to social justice and equality.”


Photo Caption:
John Mullin (right) presents the 2014 John Mullin Distinguished Career Award to Christina Bird, executive director of the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County, during the council’s annual fundraiser. (Tom Unger)

— Vickie Kavanagh

The Oregonian
vkavanagh@oregonian.com
October 17, 2014

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Contact Info: Christina Bird (503) 657-1366 christi@seniorcitizenscouncil.com

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Entertainer Tony Starlight to perform at fundraiser for Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County on Oct. 11

OREGON CITY, Ore. – The stars will come out the night of Saturday, Oct. 11 aTony Starlights the Senior Citizens Council holds its annual fundraising dinner and auction at Tualatin Country Club, 9145 S.W. Tualatin Road, Tualatin, Oregon.

Portland singer and comedian Tony Starlight will emcee the dinner and
perform at the event, which raises funds for the nonprofit group based in Oregon City.

Starlight has been entertaining audiences in Portland and Los Angeles for 20 years with his Vegas-style shows. In addition to performing regularly on his own stage, he tours his show to numerous theaters and has become a popular emcee for corporate and fundraising events.

The event will run 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $75. Sponsorships are available.

Ticket reservations and event sponsorships are now available by calling (503) 657-1366.


Bird to receive Mullin Award

Also at the dinner, the nonprofit group Social Services of Clackamas County will present its John Mullin Distinguished Career Award to Christi Bird, the Council’s executive director. The award is in recognition of Bird guiding the work of the Senior Council and protecting the well being of some of the county’s most vulnerable residents.

For 42 years the Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County has provided free or low-cost services for home-bound, frail, vulnerable and geographically isolated individuals. Not available anywhere else, its programs promote independence, improve quality of life and prevent or end abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) and exploitation of at-risk seniors and adults with disabilities.


About Senior Citizens Council

Founded in 1972, Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County is committed to improving the quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities in Clackamas County, Ore. Many of those served don’t have the ability to pay. The SCCCC relies on donations, grants and this fundraising event to support those in need. More information about the council is posted at www.seniorcitizenscouncil.com.

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Contact Info: Christina Bird (503) 657-1366 christi@seniorcitizenscouncil.com

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Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County raises almost $19,000
at dinner auction; presents Citizen for Seniors Award to two groups

WEST LINN, Ore. – The Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County (SCCCC) raised about $19,000 at its annual fundraising dinner and silent auction held June 22 at the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn.

At the dinner, the Oregon City-based nonprofit group presented its 2013 Citizen for Seniors Award to the Portland Women’s Foundation and to the Newcomers Welcome Club of Lake Oswego & West Linn. Close to 120 people attended.

“These two caring groups have gone above and beyond in helping our organization and local seniors,” said SCCCC Executive Director Christi Bird. “They have both been among our top supporters for many years and we appreciate all they do for us.”

Sponsored by Hillside Chapel of Oregon City and Attorney John “Jack”” Lundeen of Lake Oswego, the event featured University of Oregon Ducks broadcaster Mike “Jorgy” Jorgensen as the keynote speaker. Reporter Tony Martinez of Fox-TV Channel 12 of Portland served as emcee.

This year marks the 41st anniversary of the SCCCC providing services for home-bound, frail, vulnerable and geographically isolated individuals in Clackamas County. Not available anywhere else, its programs promote independence, improve quality of life and prevent or end abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) and exploitation of at-risk seniors and adults with disabilities.

About Senior Citizens Council
Founded in 1972, Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County, Inc. is committed to improving the quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities in Clackamas County, Ore. Many of those served don’t have the ability to pay. The SCCCC relies on donations, grants and this fundraising event to support those in need. More information about the council is posted at www.seniorcitizenscouncil.com.

Photo Caption #1:
Senior Citizens Council Executive Director Christi Bird (center) chats with emcee Tony Martinez of Fox-TV (left) and keynote speaker Mike “Jorgy” Jorgensen at the nonprofit’s annual dinner auction fundraiser in West Linn on June 22. The event raised nearly $19,000 to support the nonprofit group’s work on behalf of local senior citizens.

Photo Caption #2:
Senior Citizens Council Executive Director Christi Bird (center) with members of the Newcomers Welcome Club of Lake Oswego & West Linn at the nonprofit Council’s annual dinner auction fundraiser in West Linn on June 22. The event raised nearly $19,000 to support the nonprofit group’s work on behalf of local senior citizens. From left: Sherry Kuntz, first VP; Nancy Shebel, past president; Rose Stormer, philanthropic committee chair; Phyllis Mott, co-president; Jan Schmidt, past president; and Lil Brannon, publicity chair.

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Contact Info: Christina Bird (503) 657-1366 christi@seniorcitizenscouncil.com

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Ducks football broadcaster Mike Jorgensen to speak at fundraiser for Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County on June 22

OREGON CITY, Ore. – Duck football fever is spreading to West Linn, and it will help senior citizens who are victims of financial abuse.

JorgyMike “Jorgy” Jorgensen, broadcaster for the University of Oregon Ducks, will be the keynote speaker at an awards dinner and auction in West Linn on Saturday, June 22, to raise funds for the nonprofit Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County (SCCCC) of Oregon City.

Reporter Tony Martinez of Fox-TV Channel 12 of Portland will serve as the emcee. Martinez has been on the air in Portland for more than 20 years. He is a five-time recipient of the Associated Press “Best Traffic Reporting” award.

The event will take kick off at 6:15 p.m. and run to 9 p.m. at the Oregon Golf Club, 25700 S.W. Petes Mountain Road. Tickets are $50. Table sponsorships are available for $500. Hillside Chapel of Oregon City and John W. “Jack” Lundeen / Attorney PC of Lake Oswego are the presenting sponsors.

Ticket reservations and event sponsorships are now available by calling (503) 657-1366.

Also at the dinner, the SCCCC will present its Citizen for Seniors award to the Portland Women’s Foundation and the Newcomers Welcome Club of Lake Oswego & West Linn.

“These two organizations go way beyond the norm in support of our work serving local seniors,” said Christi Bird, executive director of the Council. “We want to do everything we can to show our thanks for their unwavering assistance.”

As the color analyst for the Ducks football radio broadcasts, Jorgensen of Eugene is one of the best known sports figures in Oregon. Coaches, quarterbacks and titles might come and go, but every Saturday during the college football season for the past 23 years, many thousands of fans have listened to Mike help call the Duck games.

Jorgensen, who quarterbacked the Ducks from 1981 to 84, is also a frequent guest on national radio sports talk shows. The Oregon native appears on a weekly Oregon football show and participates in many other Duck-related broadcast shows. For the past four years also he hosted an hour-long cable tv show that featured the team’s head coach.

At the June 22 dinner auction, Jorgensen will talk about his career as a Duck, some of the more memorable players he’s met, the upcoming season, and some of the highlights of his more than two decades viewing the team from his unique perspective.

Playing an up-tempo, unconventional style of football, the Oregon Ducks have risen to national prominence in the past few years, attracted fans from across the country, played in major bowl games and competed for the national title.

“This is the pinnacle. This is rare air. They are at the top, looking at eye level with everyone else,” said Jorgenson. “I pinch myself every day for the opportunity to broadcast Oregon football for 23 years. I never take it for granted. This is as good as it gets.”

For 41 years the SCCCC has provided free or low-cost services for home-bound, frail, vulnerable and geographically isolated individuals. Not available anywhere else, its programs promote independence, improve quality of life and prevent or end abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) and exploitation of at-risk seniors and adults with disabilities. Last year the agency received the prestigious “Top-Rated Award” from Great Nonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

About Senior Citizens Council

Founded in 1972, Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County, Inc. is committed to improving the quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities in Clackamas County, Ore. Many of those served don’t have the ability to pay. The SCCCC relies on donations, grants and this fundraising event to support those in need. More information about the council is posted at www.seniorcitizenscouncil.com.

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Portland Monthly’s Light A Fire — Charity Events
This was a wonderful event. We were honored for our work with seniors. The following link will take you directly to the prentation shown about the Council’s work: Honoring our Seniors


Public Relations Society honors Milwaukie resident Tom Unger: Tom is on the Senior Citizens Council Board of Directors.


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