On Saturday, September 21, 2013, four more Oregon History Makers will be honored at the 5th annual History Makers Dinner. Please join us in celebrating the exceptional accomplishments of:
Bernie & Bobbie Foster, trailblazing publishers & community advocates
Melvin “Pete” Mark, businessman, civic leader, & visionary philanthropist
Pendleton Woolen Mills, weaver of world-renowned woolen blankets & clothes
Alberto Salazar, legendary distance runner & coach of Olympic athletes
Proceeds from the History Makers Dinner support every aspect of the Oregon Historical Society’s important work to collect, preserve, and interpret Oregon’s past. The dinner will be held at Montgomery Park. To reserve tickets or sponsor the event, please call Sue Metzler, Director of Development, at 503-306-5229.
BERNIE & BOBBIE FOSTER
For over 35 years, publisher Bernie Foster and executive editor Bobbie Dore Foster have lived the mission of The Skanner: challenging people to shape a better future now. Established in 1975, The Skanner News Group has been at the forefront of advancing the African American community in the northwest. Each year, Bobbie and Bernie bring together a diverse group of local leaders at The Skanner Foundation’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast and award scholarships to deserving college students on an equal opportunity basis regardless of race, sex, creed, or religious preference.
MELVIN “PETE” MARK
For more than six decades, Pete Mark has played a central role in shaping Portland. With more than 2.8 million square feet of commercial real estate in their portfolio, Melvin Mark Companies has expanded from its roots in historic buildings to include modern high rises and office campuses. Pete’s work in downtown revitalization helped to create enduring Portland landmarks like Pioneer Courthouse Square. Pete and his late wife, Mary, also set a standard for philanthropic leadership. It is impossible to walk through downtown Portland without seeing their impact, particularly in the areas of arts and culture.
PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS
Pendleton Woolen Mills has produced world-class textiles since Thomas Kay, a young English weaver, sailed up the Pacific coast in 1863. Today, the company owns and operates seven facilities, manages 70 Pendleton retail stores, and thrives under the direction of Kay’s descendants, the Bishop family. Most recently, C.M. (Mort) Bishop, Jr. and Broughton (Brot) Bishop acted as co-executive officers, and today their sons John, Charles, and Peter have assumed management roles in the company. This family thread continues to produce Pendleton leadership with a legacy of hands-on management for six generations.
Alberto Salazar has played an instrumental role in transforming our state into the running capital of the world. Running for the Ducks under Hall of Fame coach Bill Dellinger, Alberto helped the University of Oregon win the 1977 NCAA title. In the 1982 Boston Marathon, he and fellow American Dick Beardsley ran virtually stride for stride until Salazar’s finishing kick brought him a course record of 2:08.52. As a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team, Salazar placed 15th in the marathon. In 2001, Alberto started the Nike Oregon Project aimed at producing Olympic caliber athletes.
Special thanks to our Event Sponsors
(as of July 8, 2013)
Faye & Lucille Stewart Foundation
Supporting Table Sponsors
Bank of Oswego
CGC Financial Services LLC
Melvin Mark Companies
Oregon State University Foundation
Pendleton Woolen Mills
Phillips & Company
Portland General Electric
Portland State University
University of Oregon
Bryan Potter Design
WHO IS A HISTORY MAKER?
History Makers are contemporary individuals who have made a significant impact in their field of work or service during their lifetime. These individuals, with ties to Oregon, are making history through scientific discovery and exploration, innovation in business, communications, the arts, or service in their communities. Whether they were born here, lived here, or work here, Oregon History Makers represent the best of what the state has to offer.
Do you know a History Maker? We are accepting nominations for the 2014 History Makers now. Nomination Form (pdf)
2012 History Makers
2011 History Makers
Ken & Joan Austin
Gus Van Sant
2010 History Makers
Medical Teams International
2009 History Makers
Mrs. Gert Boyle
Dr. Brian Druker
Mr. Mike Powell
Sponsorship opportunities are available! Please contact Sue Metzler at 503.306.5229 or Sue.Metzler@ohs.org.