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Annual "Shake It Till We Make It" Gala

Raising funds to empower people with Parkinson's disease

Blazers Legend Brian Grant

The Brian Grant Foundation (BGF) will host its twelfth annual “Shake It Till We Make It” gala on April 20th at Castaway Portland. The gala, presented by Dick's Auto Group, will bring together 250 guests to raise essential support for BGF’s programs to help improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease.

“We're grateful for the incredible support of the Portland community in our efforts to empower people with Parkinson's to lead active and fulfilling lives,” says Katrina Kahl, executive director of the Brian Grant Foundation. “We're excited to share the achievements that we've made together at the gala on April 20.”

“Shake It Till We Make It” launched in 2010, four years after former Portland Trail Blazer Brian Grant was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's disease. Today the event includes a four-course dinner, live and silent auction, as well as a program celebrating the people that have made BGF's achievements possible. The silent auction is available online and opens to the public on Monday, April 17, 2023 at

“The commitment of the Portland community to improving the well-being of people with Parkinson's never wavers,” says Brian Grant. “Through recessions, pandemics, and other events, this community keeps coming through for us and I can't thank you enough.”

Thanks to the support of local organizations, including presenting sponsor Dick's Auto Group, 100 percent of the proceeds from the gala will benefit BGF's programs and operations. Gold sponsors include Jamba Juice, Jordan Brand, Maker's Mark, Moda Health, 'Ohana Ventures, Pearl Catering, Portland Trail Blazers, Sapphire Health Services, and Urban Restaurant Group. A full list of sponsors can be found at


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