Incredible! The BTA’s Alice Awards + Auction held Saturday night at Pure Space in Portland was a tremendous success. To all the advocates, elected officials, candidates running for office, business leaders, volunteers, friends, and family members who support our work and the work of partners in building a stronger movement for bicycling: Thank you for making Alice more fun and more successful than ever.
The room was packed with 450 of Oregon’s strongest partners in building the bicycle movement. Photo by Matt Giraud.
After a few hours of socializing and silent auction bidding, the crowd turned its attention to the live auction and awards ceremony with a lovely seated dinner catered by Madison’s Grill. (Overheard at a table: “This is the best food I’ve ever had at an auction.”) Throughout the evening, there were special appearances by Alice B. Toeclips, a little girl with a BIG vision for what the future community looks like.
Mayor Sam Adams rallied the audience with special thanks to his staff from the Portland Bureau of Transportation for making active transportation a signature part of the culture at PBOT, in every department from engineering and traffic signals to capital projects and safety to Safe Routes to School and community engagement.
Mayor Sam Adams. Photo by Matt Giraud.
Mayor Adams led a rousing standing ovation in honor of the recently-retired Ellen Vanderslice. Ellen’s many accomplishments during her career at PBOT included leading the engagement process for the North Williams traffic safety and operations project to a community-supported conclusion.
Joey Harrington. Photo by Matt Giraud.
Joey Harrington, the former Oregon Duck football player who was seriously injured in a crash while riding his bike on SE Division in Portland last summer, delivered a sincere appeal for support of our work to make bicycling safer for all road users. Joey recognized the contributions of those who give financial support to the BTA and our partners, as well as the people doing on-the-ground education and outreach. Joey is committed to his work with the Harrington Family Foundation, raising money to provide kids with bike helmets and promote safe behavior for all road users.
The high point of the evening came when the BTA recognized the four Alice Award winners for 2012. John Landolfe and Brett Dodson with the OHSU bike program, the von Borg family (suburban bike ninjas!), Will Vanlue (holy crankset, a Washington County hero!) and Bud Clark winner Gail Achterman, whose legacy left a lasting impact on transportation in Oregon.
Oh my gosh! There go the heroes of the 2012 Alice Awards!
Thanks to Steve Talbot, our auctioneer, for running a lively and engaging live auction program. Special thanks to Jude Kirstein of Sugar Wheel Works and Anna Brones, environmental goddess, for rallying the crowd around BTA membership. And thanks to Susan Peithman and Chris Distefano for introducing each item.
Steve Talbot, Susan Peithman, and the Photobooth. Photos by Matt Giraud.
Thank you to Ali Greer and Jim Carey at North and superstar Eliza for making Alice’s vision of the future come to life in the videos.