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2019 Ken Morrow Award Dinner Honoring Susan Elizabeth Reese

December 6, 2019

The Benson Hotel, Portland

2019 Ken Morrow Award Dinner Honoring Susan Elizabeth Reese

December 6, 2019

The Benson Hotel, Portland

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Honoring Her Beautiful Words and More
Please join the OCDLA Board of Directors in honoring Susan Elizabeth Reese, OCDLA "Beautiful Words" and "Reese's Pieces" columnist with the Ken Morrow Lifetime Achievement Award.

Speaking in tribute to Susan will be her good friends Marcia Buckley, Cynthia Hamilton and Kevin McGovern.

Susan is the 17th recipient of the Ken Morrow Lifetime Achievement Award, which dates back to 2001. The award was created by OCDLA following the passing of renowned Eugene attorney Ken Morrow to recognize the lifelong commitment and significant achievements of attorneys who have worked in the defense community, and those who have made important contributions to the administration of justice. Read About Susan

What's Included?
Cocktail reception, dinner, and a short live auction to benefit OCDLA's legislative work in Salem.
President's Award: A special "Legislative Champion" President's Award will be presented in memory of the late Senator Jackie Winters.

Send a message to Susan!

Whether you plan to attend or cannot, send a message to Susan to be printed in the program! Perhaps your "Beautiful Words" case was featured in her column. Or you were part of a team on a case she thought so newsworthy she wrote about it in one of her Reese's Pieces columns. For any reason at all, you may purchase a quarter-page ad (approx. 30 words, 1.75" tall x 4" wide) or a half-page ad (approx. 50 words, 3.5" tall x 4" wide). Call OCDLA with your message at (541) 686-8716, or purchase here.



Mayfair Ballroom, The Benson Hotel
309 W Broadway

Portland OR 97205
(503) 228-2000

6:00 pm |  Doors Open, Cocktail Reception, Wall of Wine!
Have fun selecting wines valued as high as $125!
Chances are just $35 each or $100 for three - every wine is sure to please.

6:45  |  Welcome, Dinner Service,
President Alyssa Bartholomew

7:15  |  Live Auction         
Auctioneer: OCDLA Past President Ed Kroll
All proceeds support OCDLA's ongoing legislative work.

7:50  |  Legislative Champion Award       
Special President's Award to the late Senator Jackie Winters, presented by Alyssa Bartholomew

8:00  |  Tribute to Susan Elizabeth Reese
Marcia Buckley
Cynthia Hamilton
Dr. Kevin McGovern

8:25  |  Ken Morrow Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation to Susan Elizabeth Reese

Remarks from Susan

8:50  |  Program Concludes


Live Auction Preview

Special Activity – Wall of Wine!
The year’s Grand Prize bottle is worth $380! One bottle for $35, and three for $100 – every bottle is meant to please. What a fun way to support OCDLA!

A Week (and More!) in Baja – Jack Morris’ Rancho Toro Bravo
While away your cares outside La Paz, Baja, Mexico. Stay a week + or - a couple of days at Rancho Toro Bravo outside La Paz. Located in the small town of El Sargento, with spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez, the Rancho has been under construction since 1998 and is now complete. This 2 bdrm 2 bath home sleeps 4, offers 3 patios, and terrific sport-fishing! Your stay also includes a night at Hotel El Moro in La Paz to make your airplane trip a little easier. This package is generously donated by Jack Morris of Hood River.

Plane Ride for 2 Over the Columbia Gorge
Enjoy a thrilling ride over the amazing Columbia Gorge as Ethan flies you and your lucky guest in his 1980 4-seat, single engine Mooney 231. The Mooney, a low-wing airplane with retractable landing gear, is an original design from the 1950s still being manufactured today. Widely regarded as one of the safest, speediest and efficient single-engine airplanes, it zips along at about 200 miles per hour! Your pilot – Ethan Levi – has been flying since he was 15 years old. He became a licensed private pilot in 1996, has close to 1000 hours of total flight time and he’s instrument-rated. Ethan flies for  pleasure, work, and charitable missions with Angel Flight West flying rural patients to and from medical appointments in cities. This package is generously donated by Ethan Levi of Portland.

Four Nights & 5 Blissful Days in Manzanita
Great house for up to 9! This 4-bedroom, 3.5 bath home is located next the golf course, and is just 100 yards from downtown and the beach! With a front porch, a back deck, and gas grill, wifi and large screen TV to watch your favorite movies or sports, you and your guests will be blissfully in retreat. Plus, medium or small dogs are negotiable for an extra pet fee. Available during mutually agreeable dates through Dec. 22, 2020, excluding June 18–September 7 and September 14–24, 2) 2020 Oregon and Washington Spring breaks, 3) Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day weekends and 4) December 27, 2019-January 2, 2020 and December 23, 2020-January 3, 2021.This package is generously donated by David T. McDonald of Portland, and Bruce and Mary McDonald of Olympia.            

Sail the Columbia River with Dinner for 6!
Grab some friends and bid on this unique opportunity to sail on board Soufflé!

Soufflé (from the French word, “souffle,” meaning “to breathe” or “to puff” but inspired by Julia Child who said it means a "breath of air") is a gorgeous Cal 34 sailboat owned by OCDLA's own Phil Lewis. Phil races her from Astoria to Victoria (yes, Victoria, Canada) but for you he has in mind a leisurely four-hour tour up the Columbia River into the Gorge, with swimming, cocktails and a barbeque, and a two-hour trip back. Return sail at night can be particularly magical and something your skipper is experienced in at all hours and in most weather conditions. He's also navigated the infamous Columbia Bar numerous times. Soufflé is equipped for comfort and safety and can take up to six guests plus the skipper and crew. All in all, expect about a 10-hour tour. Dates to be determined based on weather. This package is generously donated by Philip A. Lewis, Portland.

Four Tickets to see the Ducks vs Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
Autzen Stadium – Sept. 19, 2020, Seats Sec 14, Row 30, seats 1-4. Includes $100 in gift cards to local restaurants and a brewery – think pre-game tailgate refreshments! Generously donated by Gordon Mallon, Lake Oswego.

Southern Oregon Stay and Jet Boat Adventure
Two-night stay in a lovely vacation home in Grants Pass - Rock House Studio. Reviews rave—“The privacy of the country, the convenience of the city. Short walk for shops and restaurants. The chairs by the river are perfect for morning coffee and evening wine.” Wine and Rogue Creamery World Famous Blue Cheese included. And if that isn’t enough for you, you and your guest will enjoy a 4-hour 36-mile jet boat adventure down the Rogue River through Hellgate Canyon, finished with a champagne brunch! Generously donated by Gary Berlant, Alyssa Bartholomew, and Southern Oregon Public Defenders.

Other Auction Packages include the extravagant collection of spirits affectionately known as “The Board of Directors’ Wet Lab,” a two-night stay at the Benson Hotel and a stay at the Hallmark Resort in Newport with tickets to the world renowned Oregon Coast Aquarium where you should not miss the incredible exhibit “SEAPUNK.”

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The Benson Hotel, Portland, OR


Lodging at the Benson

Call 503-228-2000 /1-888-523-6766.
Be sure to mention 2019 Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Reservations must be made by November 5.
After this date rooms may not be available at our special rate of $159 Deluxe Run of House; $195 Executive King; $265 Benson Junior Suite; $275 Executive Junior Suite.


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