Portland, Ore. –The Oregon League of Minority Voters (OLMV) will publicly honor ten (10) outstanding community leaders and nonprofit executives who have taken extraordinary step to promote the excellence of and opportunities for people of color. 

“We salute the courage of our recipients this year for their efforts to empower and advance the interest of minorities and communities of color in Oregon,” said Promise King, OLMV President & Director. “There is no greater sacrifice than giving yourself to the cause of human progress.”

OLMV’s 14th annual Liberty and Hope Awards Gala, will celebrate: 

    • Jennifer Yruegas, General Counsel & Dean at Pacific University
    • Monique Barton, community and business leader
    • Jason Kafoury, Civil Rights Lawyer,
    • Dr. S. Renee Mitchell, Founding Director of I Am MORE (Making Ourselves Resilient Everyday) a nationally award-winning youth leadership development initiative for Black youth
  • KATU News Channel 2
  • Jim Ferraris, former Police Chief of Woodburn
  • Ben Sand, Chief Executive Officer at The Contingent, which develops multicultural service leaders
  • Steve Callaway, Mayor of Hillsboro
  • Kyle Camberg, Executive Director – Sunshine Division
  • Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes Jr., a longtime community leader and clergy, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award

WHEN: Thursday, October 28th
TIME: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Benson Hotel 309 SW Broadway, Portland.
COST: $150 per person
PURCHASE tickets on Eventbrite

Event sponsorships are also available. Contact OLMV at reception@minorityvoters.org or (503) 946-8526.


More than 450 attended past events, including community leaders, elected officials, business executives and non-profit heads. Past honorees include Judge Adrienne Nelson, Senator Ron Wyden, Terry Porter, Rukaiyah Adams, Congressman John Lewis, Tom Kelley, Scott Andrew, Gert Boyle, Paul Allen, Gov. Victor Atiyeh, David Bartz Jr., Congressman Greg Walden, Tom Kelly, Phil Knight and Senator Gordon Smith, Shiau Yen, and Brendan Gutierrez among others. This year we are limiting attendance to this event due to COVID restrictions and taking precautions.


The League will also offer a limited number of complimentary tickets to this year’s gala to interested community members. The event will also provide an opportunity for community members to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  A $1,000 prize will go to a lucky winner drawn among those who get vaccinated at the event.


“Even as we advocate daily, highlighting the battles that still need to be won on voters rights and equity, this dinner offers us a forum to thank and recognize those who are intentional and consistent in making the aspirations of minorities possible in Oregon,” OLMV Co-Chair Orlando Williams said.


About the League of Minority Voters (OLMV)


The League serves as a liaison between communities of color, policy leaders and the public institutions that serve them.  Since its inception, the League has been successful in framing the issues around Voters Rights, Equity and minority representation, starting with its successful High School Speech and Debate Leadership Initiative and Summer Youth Program.  


For more information about the OLMV, visit www.minorityvoters.org or contact Sarah Doney at reception@minorityvoters.org.