Join us in celebrating the people and organizations dedicated to preventing HIV, caring for and empowering people living with the virus, and eliminating HIV-related stigma and health disparities.
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Our 2017 Honorees:
HOUSE SPEAKER TINA KOTEK
Beginning with her work to win domestic partnership benefits for faculty and students at the University of Washington in the mid-1990s, Tina Kotek has worked hard to change the world and to empower people to be part of that change. Tina began her public service career as a policy advocate for the Oregon Food Bank, working to eliminate hunger for every Oregonian. She went on to serve as the policy director for Children First for Oregon before being elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2006.
In her first term in the House, Tina championed a redesign of the state's welfare program, led the fight to establish statewide nutrition standards for food sold in schools, and helped pass landmark legislation that ended discrimination based on sexual orientation and created domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. In 2013, Tina became the first openly lesbian speaker of any state house in the nation. As Speaker, Tina has led the charge for positive change here in Oregon. In the 2015 legislative session, Tina was a leader in the movement to give everyone a fair shot at success, championing the successful efforts to expand earned sick leave, strengthen retirement security and ban racial profiling. She worked to strengthen and expand child care options for working parents, and fought to implement Oregon's Clean Fuels Program. The 2016 session built upon those wins for working families, including the passage of trailblazing legislation to raise Oregon's minimum wage.
Today, Tina and her partner, Aimee Wilson, live in the Kenton neighborhood of North Portland with their two Yorkies, Rudy and Wicket.
PORTLAND GAY MEN'S CHORUS
For 37 seasons, the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus has delighted audiences in Portland and across the Pacific Northwest with eclectic performances that honor and uplift the gay community and affirm the worth of all people. Founded in 1980, the Chorus is the fourth oldest gay-identified chorus in the country. While it is the “Portland Gay Men’s Chorus”, PGMC proudly welcomes singers of all genders and sexual orientations to join. And with a roster of over 150 performing members, it is one of Oregon’s largest choruses.
PGMC has lost over 140 members, many to HIV/AIDS. The devastating impact of the virus on the Chorus during its early years inspired the group to perform a benefit concert in 1983 to help raise the seed money for Cascade AIDS Project. The fight to find a cure and the mission to support those living with HIV/AIDS are essential causes for the LGBTQ community. That is why the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus continues to proudly support CAP’s work.
In 2007, the Chorus was awarded the Urban Pioneers Award from the College of Urban Studies and Public Affairs at Portland State University, in part for its efforts to fight discrimination. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, PGMC traveled to New York City and performed its antiwar cantata BraveSouls and Dreamers at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on September 11, 2011. In honor of its 35th season, the Chorus embarked on an eight-city tour throughout Oregon and Washington in support of LGBTQ youth organizations, HIV/AIDS support services, and food banks within these communities.
The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus will conclude its current season with a four-city tour in the People’s Republic of China, a first for any LGBTQ choir.
KURT BEADELL | ART FORTUNA
KURT BEADELL | CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Equally versed in food, design and fine arts, Kurt has an uncanny ability to imagine spectacular concepts and translate them into dramatic realities. Through his background in fine dining, Kurt grew to fully appreciate the artistry of food and the concept of “eating with your eyes.” Today he applies this same philosophy to events and décor. Kurt’s artwork has been featured in several Portland-area galleries, including the Museum of Contemporary Craft, and his personal art collection has been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting. He is a founding member of Wedding Network USA and a member of American Bridal Consultants and Leading Caterers of America. In addition to serving on the Cascade AIDS Project Board of Directors, he is also a Former Honorary Chair of Our House.
ART FORTUNA | PRESIDENT
Art has more than 30 years of experience in business management, catering and restaurants. He has held several senior management positions with one of the largest food service companies in the world, and was the general manager of Atwater’s Restaurant and Founders Club for more than a decade. Under his guidance, Atwater’s grew to become one of the finest restaurants in the Pacific Northwest, ultimately blazing the trail for the region’s thriving culinary culture. He serves as the President of the Metropolitan Business Association and is a member of both the Leading Caterers of America and the National Association of Catering Executives.