Tickets are on sale for the 11th annual A Gathering of Good,
a benefit for Metropolitan Family Service!
This year, we’re focusing on moving lives forward through intergenerational mentorship and economic empowerment. Following the program and award ceremony, we’ll dance the night away with live music from Dancehall Days and enjoy dessert from Ruby Jewel. Join us on September 18!
The Eileen Johnson Award
An intelligent, compassionate and driven person, Eileen joined Metropolitan Family Service Board of Directors. She was an expert at encouraging involvement, helping others and ensuring that everyone, across age, cultural or socio-economic background, had the opportunity to succeed. She loved the mission of MFS.
Eileen Jonson loved gathering her friends together over good food and wine. But Eileen didn’t host just any dinner party. She invited people into her home to discuss important, if not provocative, social issues.
Eileen Johnson She was interested in hearing their perspectives, their ideas, their solutions. Sometimes opinions differed. Sometimes people got riled up. And yet, her discussions were always civil. Her fiends loved them. They left Eileen’s dinners enlightened, enlivened, and impassioned to make a difference.
Eileen was in the midst of creating positive change when she passed away in 2005. 11 years ago, A Gathering of Good began a legacy to both honor Eileen and support the essential work of MFS.
The Eileen Johnson Award is presented to an individual or group who exemplifies Eileen’s verve and commitment to community. This year, we’re honoring Age-Friendly Portland, a local group working to meet the needs and engage the strengths of all citizens toward the goal of building a community for all ages. We admire their work supporting vital connections between generations, in service to each other and to the community at large. MFS is honored to recognize this incredible group!
Past Recipients of The Eileen Johnson Award
- Duncan Wyse
- Jonah Edelman
- Carla Piluso
- Eileen Brady
- Bill Stewart
- Steve Patty
- Cheryl Myers
- Dave Johnson
- Las Madres de Corazón
Sponsorship opportunities still available!