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CareOregon, Boys & Girls Clubs team-up again for Earth Day planting, Starlight Parade

COURTESY PHOTO: CAREOREGON - Care Oregon, Boys Camp; Girls Clubs of Portland and the Royal Rosarians planted a rose at the Rockwood Club to celebrate partnerships, coming Starlight Parade. CareOregon and the Boys & Girls Club further celebrated their growing partnership with a rose planting at the Rockwood club.

On Earth Day Friday, April 22, the two organizations joined together at the CareOregon Boys & Girls Club, 454 S.E. 165th Ave., for planting alongside the Royal Rosarians. The event was to both celebrate Earth Day and announce that the Boys & Girls Club is the official partners for the CareOregon Starlight Parade.

"Headlining the Starlight Parade is about bringing people back together and reenergizing downtown Portland," said Eric Hunter, CareOregon CEO. "When it came time to select a community-based organization to share this spotlight with, we immediately thought of the Boys & Girls Clubs."

"We have a similar ethos and commitment to serving the community," he added.

This latest partnership for the Starlight Parade, an annual event held in downtown Portland as part of the Rose Festival, marks the latest unification between the two nonprofit groups. In late 2021, CareOregon announced a 10-year partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Portland Metropolitan Area. That included a major investment in the Rockwood club, with a name change and $2 million investment

"We build great futures for youth by creating environments where they can gain access and exposure to opportunities that would be limited without our presence in the community," said Terry Johnson, Boys & Girls CEO. "The amount of (opportunities) we can expose our young people to became much greater when CareOregon joined forces with us."

The Rose Festival Royal Rosarians joined the planting of an official Rose Festival "Firefly" rose at the Rockwood Club. Johnson, Hunter and a gaggle of elementary school-aged kids participated in the ceremonial planting. The parade is on Saturday, June 4.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro Area empowers youths with after-school and summer programs. Learn more at

CareOregon administers health and dental services to more than 500,000 residents through the Oregon Health Plan and also offers community benefit programs. Learn more at

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