"GRIMM GALA" RAISES $386,000 FOR OHSU DOERNBECHER CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Cast and Crew of "Grimm" Partner with Comcast and NBCUniversal to Host Gala Benefitting "Grimmster Endowment"
PORTLAND, Or. - Feb. 16, 2016 - The "Grimmster Endowment" at OSHU Doernbecher Children's Hospital has grown by $386,000 today, due to the success of the "Grimm Gala," which took place on Saturday, Feb. 13. Presented by Comcast and NBCUniversal, the event was hosted by the cast and crew of NBC's hit drama "Grimm" which is set and filmed in Portland. All money raised through sponsorships, individual ticket sales, the special appeal, and auction at the sold-out event go to the Endowment that provides OHSU Doernbecher patients and their families support for uncompensated travel, lodging and other services integral to their care and comfort.
"The cast and I have so much fun with these amazing, brave and strong kids," said actor Sasha Roiz, who plays Capt. Sean Renard on "Grimm" and who created the idea of the "Grimmster Endowment" and the Gala. " 'The Grimm Gala' is a celebration of the Portland community. We are really engaged with this community, which always welcomed and supported us." This is the second year that Comcast and NBCUniversal have underwritten the costs for producing the Grimm Gala.
Rodrigo Lopez, Regional Senior Vice-President of Comcast in Oregon and Southwest Washington, welcomed the gala attendees and spoke of the shared values of Comcast and the 350 cast and crew members of "Grimm." "'The 'Grimm Gala' exemplifies one of the things we all love most about Portland: we collaborate to benefit others. We're glad to have the opportunity to give back to our community through events like this."
Gala attendees bid furiously on "Grimm" merchandise designed specifically for the event by Nike's legendary shoe designer, Tinker Hatfield. The shoes, considered a collector's item, were autographed by Hatfield, basketball superstar Michael Jordan, and the cast of "Grimm," thus adding to their value.
Of the $386,000 total raised, $65,000 was raised using social media: an online auction through www.omaze.com. Prizes ranged from "Grimm" props to visits to the set with the cast to being transformed into a Wesen, a creature visible to the Grimms. Further donations to the "Grimmster Endowment" can still be made by going to http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/dchf/fundraising/grimm-gala.cfm and clicking "Make A Gift."
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Event Hashtag: #grimmgives
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"Grimm" is a drama series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers' set of fairy tales. After Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) discovers he's descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as Grimms, he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm. Bitsie Tulloch, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner and Claire Coffee also star. "Grimm" is a Universal Television and Hazy Mills production.
About OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital:
OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital ranks among the nation's Best Children's Hospitals, * and is one of 21 members of the Children's Oncology Group's Phase 1 and Pilot Consortium. Nationally recognized physicians and nurses provide a full range of specialty and subspecialty care to tens of thousands of children annually, resulting in 200,000 discharges, surgeries, transports and outpatient visits annually in a patient- and family-centered environment. OHSU Doernbecher providers also travel throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, providing specialty care to more than 3,000 children at more than 200 outreach clinics in 15 locations. Using state-of-the-art, secure two-way video and audio communication, OHSU Doernbecher's Telemedicine Network connects pediatric intensivists and neonatologists to emergency room physicians statewide to help evaluate time-critical pediatric patient needs and assist with treatment plans.
* U.S. News & World Report 2015-16 Best Children's Hospitals
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