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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 17 October 2022

breakfast meal 300Savory breakfast frittatas will be served along with fellowship at The Skanner Foundation's Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.The Skanner Foundation again invites the community to share breakfast and celebrate the life, work, and vision of civil rights icon the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. with its 37th annual breakfast celebration January 16, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

After two years of celebrating virtually, the community can now come together in person at the Holiday Inn Portland - Columbia Riverfront (formerly Red Lion Hotel) located at 909 N Hayden Island Dr. The Skanner Foundation's Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast events generally host more than a thousand attendees, plus business and elected leaders often including the governor and both state and U.S. senators and representatives.

This year’s line-up is no less impressive. In addition to inspiring words from our elected officials, you'll hear from previous student scholarship winners, and enjoy local musical talent.

Keynote Speaker

eugene hamilton introEugene HamiltonWe look forward to inspiring, high-energy words from Eugene Hamilton, renowned speaker, educational consultant and community advocate. His 16-year career as an educator and public speaker has afforded him the opportunity to impact thousands of lives in over 25 U.S. States and internationally in such places as: England; Bermuda; Zimbabwe; the Virgin Islands and Canada.

Hamilton began his career in the Everman (Texas) Independent School District, has also served as the Director of Community & Academic Partnerships at Loma Linda University, as well as vice president of STEPS, a youth mentorship and personal development program. He has received numerous awards including: Excellence in Community Service Award from California’s 35th Congressional District and Civilian of the Year Award from the City of North Charleston, South Carolina. Currently, he resides in Southern California with his wife and son where he serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Eugene Hamilton Group, a PreK-12 professional development and education consulting firm.  

This year’s breakfast will also be an occasion to present The Skanner Foundation's Drum Major for Justice award.

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canned food 2Please bring 2 cans of food to help feed community families and individuals in need. To avoid damage in transit, please bring only canned food items – no paper, glass or plastic packaged foods.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jerry Foster at [email protected] or 503-285-5555 ext. 506.


Purchase Tickets

This event is sold out. For those unable to attend in person, the MLK Breakfast will be livestreaming on the day of the event on Facebook. Also, please watch for future airings on local TV. 


A special thank you to all of our sponsors.

Major Sponsor

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Platinum Sponsors

 university oregon PGEuniversity oregonKaiser PermanenteKaiser Permanente Prosper Portland

Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

WellsFargoWellsFargoWellsFargopacific powerenterprise holdings Pepsi WellsFargohome forwardhome forwardhome forwardThe Skanner Foundation

Make a donation

To make a donation, of any amount, to The Skanner Foundation to help support the 37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, and the foundation’s other community programs, please use the donate button below.