When: November 2, 2013; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Portland Yacht Club (1241 or NE Marine Drive, Portland)
Cost: $20 per ticket (or $200 for a VIP table for eight people, which includes a round of drinks from the bar and your own personal wait-staff)
Includes: A ticket entitles you to the buffet, no-host bar, and loads of fun
More Info: Click HERE!
A handmade queen-size quilt is up for auction to help raise money for the Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial. It will be auctioned off at their fund-raising dinner on November 2, 2013 at the Portland Yacht Club. FEAR NOT! You can bid on the quilt without attending the event.
Submit your bid via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The highest online bid will be the starting bid at the auction. If you bid high enough, you will win the quilt. If you're not that confident, and wish to continue to bid on the quilt during the live auction, contact Lt. Doug Ladd of the Oregon State Police email@example.com, and he will arrange for you to have a proxy bid live via phone during the event.
"Make haste slowly"
Memorial Dedication To Be Delayed
July 29, 2013 – Salem, Or.
The Fallen Trooper Memorial Board has decided to delay the dedication ceremony for the Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial. This is to allow for certainty in precision and quality during the final stages of fabrication. The first and only memorial dedicated solely to fallen Oregon State Police troopers had been scheduled to be dedicated on September 21, 2013 in the Capitol Mall State Park. The Board has selected Friday August 1, 2014 as the new date for the first dedication of the new memorial.
"The final phase of sculpting the memorial wall is taking longer than anticipated and we don't want to rush and make any errors that could impact the hard work and investments gained thus far," said Greg Willeford, President of the Memorial.
Jason Jones, a local artist from Portland, Oregon, harvested eight boulders of basalt rock, weighing between 10-25,000 pounds each, in Madras, Oregon during the summer of 2012. Each of these boulders is being hand cut and sculpted to form what will eventually become the memorial wall. The cutting and sculpting of the rock began during summer 2012 and is nearing completion. However, as each rock takes closer shape to the finished wall, the precision necessary for the intricate details has increased.
Sculptor Jason Jones says "It has been an enormous undertaking quarrying basalt for this monument and fabricating it in a traditional manner. We live in the land of basalt but this is not a dimensional stone market yet, maybe in another 20 years or more, so this effort is a pioneering one and we've had to make massive adjustments to work the material effectively."
Jones also said the project at its current phase is "Festina Lente" – 'make haste slowly'–and carefully. "We don't want to run the risk of cracking one of the blocks because we are rushing too fast or not being careful in our work," said Jones. The Board has stressed a proper balance of urgency and diligence in the final fabrication of the memorial, and feels strongly about not rushing the process. "Taking the extra time to ensure quality and precision is our top priority; we are not going to rush this thing to meet an arbitrary date" said Lieutenant Doug Ladd, Board member representing the Oregon State Police Honor Guard. The long-term goal of this project is to site a sacred and permanent memorial for fallen Oregon State Troopers that will stand the test of time.
Even though funding for the new memorial is nearly complete, the additional time will allow the Board to continue to raise funds and public awareness of the project, according to Willeford. "We plan to use the added time to tell our unique story and write our narrative about the memorial and the incredible sacrifice of the fallen [troopers]" Willeford added. The Board also plans to conduct specific
outreach campaigns with the public and memorial supporters regarding the development of the memorial to date, including the construction and placement phases.
Lastly, the Fallen Trooper Memorial Board wishes again to recognize all supporters and friends of the memorial project and thank them for their patience as the project is completed.
Greg Willeford, President
Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial