History Makers Dinner celebrates the very best of Oregon and those who have helped define our state.  The 2015 History Makers are broadcast journalist Ann Curry; business executive, community leader, and glass ceiling breaker Peggy Fowler; business executive, community leader, and philanthropist George Puentes; and iconic Oregon business Les Schwab Tire Centers.


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 7th annual dinner will be held at the historic Montgomery Park building in Portland on Sunday, October 4, 2015. History Makers Dinner is made possible by sponsors who receive tables in exchange for their generous gifts. A limited number of single seats are available for $625 each. To reserve tickets or sponsor the event, please contact Sue Metzler, Director of Development, at 503-306-5229 or
More About the 2015 History Makers

Ann Curry: Broadcast Journalist
A graduate of Ashland High School and the University of Oregon, Ann Curry has forged a career as one of America’s most respected and admired broadcast journalists. During her twenty-five year career at NBC News, Curry anchored almost every network morning and evening news show. The recipient of multiple Emmys and awards for excellence in broadcast journalism, Curry is widely respected for her coverage of international disasters and her exclusive interviews with foreign leaders.

Peggy Fowler: Business Executive, Community Leader, and Glass Ceiling Breaker
In 1974, Peggy Fowler began her career with Oregon’s largest utility Portland General Electric, just one year after graduating from George Fox University with degrees in chemistry and mathematics. Her skills and intelligence propelled her up the corporate management ladder, and she would eventually serve as PGE’s CEO from 2000-2009. Widely regarded as one of Oregon’s most admired executives, Fowler continues to serve as a mentor for other women seeking to reach the top rungs of the corporate ladder.  

George Puentes: Business Executive, Community Leader, and Philanthropist
George Puentes co-founded Don Pancho Authentic Mexican Foods in Salem in 1980, and his leadership has helped to propel the company to become one of the largest Latino owned businesses in the Pacific Northwest, with products that are distributed throughout the United States. A tireless advocate for education, Puentes is also the co-founder of a scholarship that enables low-income successful Latino students to pursue higher education.

Les Schwab Tire Centers: Iconic Oregon Business
In 1952, Les Schwab purchased a small tire store in Prineville Oregon, even though he had never fixed a tire in his life. Blessed with natural salesmanship and a total commitment to customer service, Schwab built a company that today is comprised of over 450 stores across the West and boasts annual sales of $1.5 billion. Over the years, Les Schwab Tire Centers has also reinvested roughly half of its profits in its employees, and has donated millions of dollars to non-profit organizations that teach lessons about responsibility, hard work, and service.

Many Thanks To Our 2015 Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors


GeorgeFox-logo   Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation logo


Benefactor Sponsors

PGE logo

Patron Sponsors

Gert Boyle

Mort Bishop and Mary Lang Bishop

Carl and Carolyn Christoferson / Oregon Investments

George & Stephanie Puentes

KGW logo     umpqua-bank-logo      UO-logo      Logo_OSU

Nike_logo    phillips-and-co_logo

les-schwab-logo-color    walmart


Additional Support

Bill Naito Company

Harry A. Merlo Foundation

adelsheim   willamette-valley

Stoller  Bryan Potter Design    food-in-bloom

thinkav       Sokol-Blosser

Auction Donors

Alaska Airlines

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Mort Bishop & Mary Lang Bishop

Bill Failing & Michele Bowler-Failing

Senator Betsy Johnson & Mr. John Helm

Thomas Lauderdale

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 2016 History Makers now. Nomination Form (pdf)

2014 History Makers


2014 History Makers


Thomas Lauderdale

Governor Barbara Roberts

Walter J. Urba, M.D., Ph.D.

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

2013 History Makers

Bernie & Bobbie Foster

Melvin "Pete" Mark

Pendleton Woolen Mills

Alberto Salazar

2012 History Makers

Gerry Frank

Harry Glickman

Kathryn Harrison

Norma Paulus

2011 History Makers

Ken & Joan Austin

Allyn Ford

Albert Starr

Gus Van Sant

2010 History Makers

David Adelshiem

Jean Auel

Mercy Corps

Medical Teams International

2009 History Makers

Mrs. Gert Boyle

Dr. Brian Druker

Mr. Mike Powell

Become a Sponsor!

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Please contact Sue Metzler at 503.306.5229 or

Get Involved
Statuary Hall Study Commission
Planned Giving
Donations to the Collection
History Makers Dinner
Make a Gift
Vehicle Donations
Kerry Tymchuk and Gert Boyle