by Crystal Glanz-Kreutz
Celebrate North Portland is an appreciation and recognition event for the many people that have dedicated their time and energies to making our community such a great corner of the world. Held annually, this event is a sit down dinner and awards ceremony. The $40-a-seat event is a volunteer appreciation dinner organized by St. Johns resident Mike Verbout. Verbout, a retired James John Elementary School principal, organized the first event in 2011 to honor the people and organizations who have shaped North Portland.
The 7th annual Celebrate North Portland event was held on Saturday, May 19th at the University of Portland. This year’s theme, Celebrating our Community Heroes, was dedicated to recognizing all of the amazing individuals, organizations, and businesses that make North Portland such a great place to live and work. The event included dinner, an awards ceremony, and live entertainment. Convergence Architecture’s very own Maria Rojas received one of the awards.