Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare’s Culture of Caring Gala 2018 Spotlights Support For Whole Health Care

The nonprofit to celebrate the new Garlington Campus, opening this summer in Portland

PORTLAND, ORE. – Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare celebrates the summer 2018 opening of its new community-centered Garlington campus in northeast Portland at A Culture of Caring Gala on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

The Gala is Cascadia’s signature benefit in support of the nonprofit’s $3.5 million Building a Culture of Caring philanthropic campaign to establish the Garlington Health Center, a whole health care center providing mental health, addiction services, primary care and wellness programs. The health center will anchor the campus with Garlington Place, a 52-unit affordable housing apartment building.

The Gala takes place at the Peter Corvallis Productions Warehouse (2204 N. Randolph St., Portland 97227) and begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and art installations, followed at 7 p.m. with dinner, Culture of Caring Awards presentation, and a special appeal in support of the new Garlington Health Center.

“Our Gala is a wonderful opportunity for Cascadia to share its goal of providing individuals an integrated continuum of care, promoting well-being and the ability to have a full life. It’s also a chance to celebrate our progress towards the opening of the Garlington campus where healing, homes, and hope come together,” said Derald Walker, Ph.D., Cascadia President and CEO.

The event will also unveil two highly anticipated murals for the new Garlington Health Center by Oregon artists Arvie Smith and Jeremy Okai Davis. Smith, who is the 2017 Oregon Governor’s Arts Award recipient for lifetime achievement and Professor Emeritus of Pacific Northwest College of Art, has been commissioned to produce a work to span 40 feet on the Center’s south wall, facing NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard. Davis, an emerging young artist whose commissions include University of Oregon, is creating a mural for the Center’s front entrance at 3034 NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard.

In addition, the Gala honors three Portlanders for their professional contributions in building community through the arts, health and wellness and civic engagement. The 2018 Culture of Caring honorees are Kay Toran, President of Volunteers of America; Reverend Dr. T. Allen Bethel; and Oregon Jazz Master Darrell Grant.

The Culture of Caring Awards were established in honor of the late Rev. Dr. John W. Garlington, Jr., for whom the Garlington Health Center and Garlington Place Apartments are named. Dr. Garlington campaigned for social justice in nearly every arena of Portland life, including cultural and social issues, access to education, employment, healthcare, police-community relations, and a voice for those experiencing poverty, mental illness and homelessness.

Portland mayoral housing policy advisor Cupid Alexander joins auctioneer Johnna Wells as Gala hosts. Musical performances include the Aurora Chorus Outreach Ensemble, the women’s social justice music group, and Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Adding to the enjoyment, the evening includes a selection of artworks from revered Portland artists Arvie Smith, Jeremy Davis, Meghan Caughey, and Hilary Pfeifer, as well as other local artists.

2018 Gala corporate and peer sponsors include: Beneficial State Bank, Bullard Law, Cambia Health Solutions, CareOregon, Colas Construction, Durham & Bates Insurance, Eames Consulting, HealthShare, Housing Development Center, Kaiser Permanent, KeyBank, Legacy Health, Moss Adams, Pacific Office Automation, Problem Gambling Solutions, Providence Health & Services, Radler White Parks & Alexander, Scott Edwards Architecture, Stoel Rives LLP, USI, Volunteers of America, and Wells Fargo Bank.

About the Culture of Caring honorees

Kay Toran, CEO and President of Volunteers of America, has made improving the lives of challenged Portlanders her life’s work. Prior to joining Volunteers of America Oregon, Toran was Director of Oregon’s Services to Children and Families Department, and she has held many other state-level executive positions. She has also served on the faculty of the Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Portland in 2012.

Reverend Dr. T. Allen Bethel is senior pastor at the Maranatha Church and President of the Albina Ministerial Alliance, the largest ecumenical organization of churches and ministers in North and Northeast Portland. He also serves on the faculty of North Portland Bible College and Warner Pacific College. His decades of work for the community’s welfare have earned him scores of awards, including the American Red Cross’ Service of Distinction award and The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives’ (NOBLE) Drum Major for Justice Award.

Darrell Grant has musical accomplishments too numerous to list. Leading music critics regularly place his work in their Top 10 lists, and the nation’s notable jazz artists look up to him. A tenured professor of Jazz Studies and Associate Director of the School of Music at Portland State University, Grant is also the founding Director of the Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute, an independent institute housed within PSU’s School of Art with a mission to preserve and promote the art form, cultural heritage, and social history of jazz music in the Northwest through education, outreach, and historical documentation.


Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is a private, not-for-profit whose mission is to provide whole health care for people living with mental health and addiction challenges. For information on Cascadia’s comprehensive range of innovative, integrated clinical and housing support programs, visit: News release  March 22, 2018