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Published: 01 October 2008

Parent Initiative Fund-Raiser
The Black Parent Initiative hosts an inaugural fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 2, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Jupiter Hotel (800 E. Burnside Street).
Sponsored by Bank of America and the Portland Business Journal, the event will include a concert by The Black Violin. The concert begins at 5:45 p.m.. Donations are requested.
Founded nearly two years ago with support from Concordia University, the BPI creates and enhances support systems to inspire and mobilize Black parents, thereby increasing the odds for success and educational excellence for Black children.
The BPI inaugural fundraiser is chaired by The Honorable Ted Wheeler, chairman of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners; Rich Brown, vice president of Market Development for Bank of America; and Larry Miller, team president of the Portland Trail Blazers. Also speaking will be Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith.
For more information about the event please visit: www.thebpi.org or call 503-284-8000.

Online Voter Information
Only a few weeks remain to get ready for the Nov. 4 elections.  And while more Americans are expected to vote this year than ever before, many still haven't climbed onboard.
Some voters don't realize their registration must be
updated if they moved; others don't know the reasons, if any, their state stipulates
to vote by absentee ballot; too many voters get lost on Election Day, because their polling place has been moved since the last election.
To help Americans vote, the nonprofit State Democracy Foundation is offering a chest full of free voter tools through its StateDemocracy.org website.  By simply entering their ZIP code, citizens can download a voter registration or absentee ballot application, as well as find the local polling place for any precinct throughout the nation.
Hundreds of thousands of citizens have also used StateDemocracy.org to correspond with their federal and state lawmakers since the site was launched in 2001.  Constituent input to Congress is especially powerful right now, as lawmakers consider legislation on such critical issues as offshore oil drilling, economic stimulus plans and federal funding bills.

Youth Benefit
Taste your way to a healthy community at "Recipes for Success: Soup Cook-Off and Auction" on Friday Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St, Portland. 
Proceeds benefit SE Works' alternative education program for youth.  Guests vote with their dollars to select one lucky winner of the coveted Golden Ladle Award.  At the same time, Celebrity Judges will select their favorite to win the Celebrities' Choice Award.   Advance ticket price is $45 per person and can be purchased by calling 503.772.2310 or online at www.seworks.org.  
The mission of SE Works is to strengthen the economic health and well being of our diverse southeast Portland community by facilitating successful connections between job seekers and employers. Last year, 89 youth attended our alternative education program; 91 percent graduated and 75 percent successfully transitioned to college.  For more information, call 503-772-2310 or visit www.seworks.org.


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