September Lunch Program

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Where the Revolution Began
The South Auditorium District, Then and Now

Join Randy Gragg, President of the Halprin Landscape Conservancy, and John Russell, developer and owner of the 200 Market Building, for some lunch-hour storytelling: learn how Prosper Portland (formerly PDC) created one of the most successful urban renewal districts in the country and how the neighborhood’s property owners and stakeholders are coming together to give a second life to newly rebranded “Fountain District.”

Sixty years ago, Prosper Portland christened the city’s first urban renewal area—the South Auditorium District. For the heart of the soaring residential towers and busy office buildings, Prosper Portland commissioned a series of fountain plazas by renowned landscape architect, Lawrence Halprin. These three plazas would forever revolutionize public space in Portland and the entire nation: Lovejoy Fountain, Pettygrove Park and Keller Forecourt Fountain

The urban renewal bonds were paid off in 10 years. The plazas inspired future Portland landmarks like Pioneer Courthouse Square and Jamison Square, and elsewhere, paved the trail to a new fusion of public space, water and sculpture like the Roosevelt Memorial and 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

Now, a half-century later, the district is seeing a new infusion of energy. The Halprin fountains are to be restored through an unprecedented partnership between public and private entities. The district will soon see major renovations; new apartment towers, a hotel, courthouse and office buildings, PSU expansion buildings and a renewed interest in the Willamette River as a recreational destination.


John Russell Randy Gragg



2017 Golf Tournament Recap

1st Place Gross - Matt Russell, Zack Olsen, Cliff Brady, Jon Weitz

2nd Place Gross - Nick Santangelo, Jared Whipps, Scott Vanderhoff

3rd Place Gross - Neville Bassett, Weston Powers, Tim Michalek, Al Cofield


1st Place Women Only Team - Jenny Volbeda, Ev Galloni, Trish Nixon, Jayselle Poblete


1st Place Net - Heidi Tapasa, Nick Hill, Cindy Meek, Ben Sherman

2nd Place Net - Joe Mollusky, Kirk Olsen, Willie Wilcoxen, Rob Mollusky

3rd Place Net - Stacy Ramakers, Chris Lowen, Nic Levesque, Kyle Woodley


KP Women 6 - Holly Thompson

LD Women 5 - Heidi Tapasa

LD Men 12 - Weston Powers

KP Men 13 - Glen Vickory


A special thank you to our Event Sponsor USI! (USI team pictured below)




Event Sponsor - USI

Libations Tent Sponsor - Swinerton Builders

Golf Ball SponsorPort of Portland

Lunch Sponsor - Commercial Lending Group

Beverage Cart Sponsor - Northwest Bank
Golf Cart Sponsor - Beutler Exchange Group

Beverage Tent Station Sponsor - Grit Building Solutions
Flag Sponsor - Perlo Construction

Hole in One Sponsor - Skanska USA Building

Putting Contest Sponsor - TwinStar Credit Union