AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
Thank you to our Special Guests helping lead the fight:
Concert Rock Violinist
Aaron Meyer captivates audiences worldwide with his electrifying stage presence.
Mesmerized by Aaron's unique stage presence, blended with awe-inspiring virtuosic performances, he immediately engages his fans, displaying an affinity for the violin in a seemingly effortless mastery of the instrument.
Aaron's cutting edge musical style was inspired by his worldwide travels. After performing as an original band member for the world-renowned band Pink Martini, he recorded on the album Sympathique (which sold a million copies worldwide), Aaron then refined his own brand of music.
His broad range of music includes everything from a dynamic rendition of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" to his exquisite versions of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir," and the Beatles classic "Let it Be." Whenever he performs, he connects with audiences of all ages, cultures and backgrounds from all around the world.
Drew Carney joined KGW in Portland, Oregon, in September of 2006. He is an anchor on KGW News at Sunrise. His entertaining & community-minded reports can be seen every weekday on "KGW News at Sunrise."
Drew's television career began almost 20 years ago while attending college at Temple University in Philadelphia. After graduating from Temple, he started out as a sports anchor/reporter with stops in the smaller markets of Abilene, Texas and Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
In October of 2000, Drew moved to Portland and two years later made the switch from sports anchor to feature segment reporter. Since then, he's called the Pacific Northwest home. He's married to a born-and-raised Oregonian and they share a home just outside Portland with their twin boys.
Jon Davidson is a writer, musician, mixologist and consultant who calls Oregon and Jalisco home. He was born in Berrien Center, Michigan, and grew up in the Midwest, working in South Bend, Indiana and attending high school and college in Berrien Springs, MI.
A renowned Portland mixologist with a biweekly bartending segment on Portland's KATU, Jon has appeared on over 30 TV stations around the country. He is the 2017 Bite of Oregon Iron Mixologist Champion, and consults for many regional bars and restaurants.
Jon is also the author of one book, Of Bombs and Blackberries, and has written for Drinking Craft, The Compass Magazine, Spectrum, The Dalles Chronicle, The High Life Magazine, Crossroads, and more. He runs his own travel/politics/faith/beer blog as well.
Portland Trail Blazers star, CJ McCollum, join us to share his 3 wishes. CJ averaged more than 20 points in each of the past five years, including 22.2 points per game in 2019-20 (18th in the NBA).
Some other key stats:
Ranks second on Portland’s all-time list for 3-pointers made entering 2020-21 (1,017)
Ranked ninth league-wide in the category in 2019-20 (194)
Finished seventh in the NBA in field goals for three straight seasons (2015-18)
Led the NBA in free throw shooting (91.2%) in 2016-17
Named the 2015-16 NBA Most Improved Player
CHECK OUT THE UNIQUE CJ McCOLLUM ITEMS IN OUR AUCTION live on 11/11 - including a meet and greet and some autographed swag!
Funk & Soul Band
Soul Vaccination remains at the top of the Portland charts, and is one of the tightest Funk & Soul Bands in the PNW. As the Rose City's favorite, Soul Vax infuses the stage with the greatest soul standards, and has been a fixture in the Northwest music scene for over 20 years.
This high energy 12 piece band features Brian Harris on Hammond B-3 and keyboards, along with the precision guitar playing of Mike Doolin. On bass, is Grammy nominated producer John Linn, and on drums is Ron Tuttle, always bringin' the funk and groovin' hard. Portland's own Regina K, Mark Wyatt, and Porsch Anthony share their soulful vocals styles. Lewis Livermore and Dave Mills carry the backbone sound of the Soul Vax horns on trumpets, with Ron Regan, Gary Harris, & Timothy Bryson on saxophones.
Check out the band's new singles, "Funk P-Town" & "Got More Life", available to download or on vinyl.
Portland Timbers Mascot
"Embedded in long-standing tradition, the Timbers feature a unique mascot. Free of costume, big feet or cartoon-like gimmicks, the Timbers’ mascot is a true outdoorsman. With his chainsaw in tow, Joey Webber, known by fans as “Timber Joey,” helps create a one-of-kind atmosphere at Providence Park.
Webber is active in the Timbers community outreach efforts, joining players and staff in visiting hospitals, participating in charity events and is a part of a variety of other key community initiatives. When not in his trademark silver hard hat or Timbers suspenders, he operates his own construction company that specializes in concrete finishing and also serves as the security manager at a local restaurant." -Portland Timbers, 21 Apr. 2020.
CHECK OUT THE FULL TEAM AUTOGRAPHED JERSEY IN OUR AUCTION live on 11/11!
DILLON THE PICKLE
Portland Pickles Mascot
From his humble beginnings in Newberg, Dillon The Pickle worked hard to become a world famous mascot and "The Magic Man" for the Portland Pickles Baseball Team. Dillon loves his Portland Pickles team, and cheering them on feels like victory! Even more, Dillon loves the fans who always come to the games smiling and laughing. In fact, as Dillon watched the sunset one summer evening from the stands, he felt pretty sure that being Dillon the Mascot for the greatest team east of the mighty Willamette is what he was destined for all along.
CHECK OUT THE PORTLAND PICKLES PACKAGE IN OUR AUCTION live on 11/11!
Officially Unofficial Mascot of Portland
Of all of Portland’s colorful characters, none are as easily recognized as The Unipiper, with his fire-breathing bagpipes, colorful costumes, and unicycle, reports of Unipiper sightings stretch back over a decade.
The origin of The Unipiper is shrouded in mystery, but reportedly stems from an incident with local-resident Brian Kidd involving a bite from a radioactive unicycle incurred while playing the bagpipes, granting him the power to make people smile. Ever since, he has roamed the streets of Portland, protecting its citizens from all that is normal and standing up to those that would seek to silence the weird.
Internet fame soon followed when eyewitness videos of The Unipiper went viral, winding up on such websites as CNN and the front page of Reddit.
The Unipiper has earned his place as the city’s unofficial ambassador of weird, having represented Portland in a variety of foreign lands from Scotland to Japan. For three years running, The Unipiper has been crowned ‘Best Local Celebrity in Portland’ by the Willamette Week and with recent appearances on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’, ‘America’s Got Talent’, and ‘The Gong Show’, The Unipiper has solidified his position as a true Portland icon.