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Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge gala will take place later this month in West Linn

COURTESY PHOTO - Attendees enjoy dinner during a previous Adult and Teen Challenge Gala. This years event is scheduled for Friday, May 31.

Testimonials from graduates of the Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge will be just one element of the nonprofit organization's upcoming Hope Gala.

The fundraiser is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the Oregon Golf Club, 25700 S.W. Petes Mountain Road, West Linn.

Teen Challenge, a yearlong addiction recovery program, was founded in 1960 by David Wilkerson in New York and is a ministry of the Assembly of God Church. The Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge was established in 1983 by Mike Hodges in Lebanon. Today, the organization's Portland Men's Campus serves males 18 and older in Estacada, and there are 12 additional centers in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana, with the capacity to serve more than 300 students.

In Estacada, participants receive a Christian-based curriculum that focuses on relapse prevention and can participate in personal devotion time, classes, group sessions and chapel. They also receive work experience at the program's thrift store on Southeast 82nd Avenue in Portland and several local businesses.

Later this month, the organization's Hope Auction will include a plated dinner, silent auction, entertainment, and stories from graduates of the program. Speakers will include Rep. Christine Drazan and Adult and Teen Challenge USA President and CEO Gary Blackard.

"Addiction has touched everyone's life in some form or fashion. Some people may forget what is said the night of the gala, but they won't forget the feeling they have when they leave that night. They will be inspired, laugh, maybe cry and at a minimum, leave with a full belly, a fun gift from the silent auction and a heart full of hope knowing that we have a solution in their community with an 80% success rate," said Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge development coordinator Cathryn Didion.

Tickets to the gala are $100 and are available for purchase at www.portland-gala.tcpnw.com. Those who use the code ESTACADANEWS when checking out will receive a $25 discount.


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