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Gray's donation boosts United Way

Portland developer and philanthropist John D. Gray, who died in October, left a $2 million gift to United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, which he supported for 63 years.

Gray developed regional resorts such as Sunriver, Salishan and Skamania Lodge, as well as retail center John’s Landing. He also helped local people through his philanthropy. Gray and his wife, Betty, were passionate about the environment, education, affordable housing, community colleges and underserved young people.

“John Gray embodies the spirit of philanthropy in our community,” said Keith Thomajan, United Way president. “Over the course of his life, he gave generously to United Way and scores of other community organizations because he loved this community and wanted to see it thrive. This gift continues that legacy of impact and ensures that United Way and our partners will continue to improve lives and strengthen community.”

The endowment will remain at United Way in perpetuity, with the interest used to sustain the organization’s work to lift children and families out of poverty.