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The Portland Rose Festival Foundation Board of Directors is the governing body of Portland’s Official Festival, the Best Festival in the World. This is a year-round commitment that peaks each spring as all of the parades, events and programs of the Portland Rose Festival are produced under the leadership of these volunteers. The Portland Rose Festival Foundation Board of Directors is made up of up to 75 local leaders who implement the Foundation’s mission, work on committees for Rose Festival events, and fulfill assigned roles at these events. Many of these hard-working volunteers even use their own vacation time to work on their assigned events. The Rose Festival truly could not happen without their dedication and commitment.

Portland Rose Festival Foundation Board of Directors

Mission Statement

The Portland Rose Festival Foundation is a non-profit that serves families and individuals with programs and events that promote the arts, education and volunteerism. We value environmental responsibility, diversity, patriotism and our historic & floral heritage.

2015-2016 Officers
President: Frank Chinn
President-Elect: Brett Baker
Vice President: Arthur Archer De Bow
Secretary: Teri Bowles-Atherton
Treasurer: Sarah Friend
Assistant Treasurer: Griff Bailey


Message from the Rose Festival President


EXCESSIVE CELEBRATION is the perfect theme for the 2016 Rose Festival! The festival is all about celebrating–celebrating our community and all the things that make it a great place to live, work and visit. The Portland Rose Festival Foundation celebrated the 19 awards we won from the International Festival and Events Association for the 2015 festival, proving again that Portland’s Official Festival is one of the best in the world!

I am so honored to represent all the hard work and planning the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers do to put on the fabulous events and programs known as the Portland Rose Festival. We not only represent Portland, but SW Washington and the entire State of Oregon! This is a responsibility we do not take lightly, which is why everyone associated with the Portland Rose Festival puts so much effort into the festival.

It truly takes teamwork, partnerships and YOUR support to make all the facets of the Rose Festival come alive. Contrary to what many believe, did you know that the Portland Rose Festival is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization? Many people believe that the Rose Festival is a government agency. Not true. The funding to put on all the events and programs come mainly from corporate sponsorships and donations from people like you. Did you know the Portland Rose Festival makes more than a $78 million dollar annual impact on our community? Pretty amazing!

The Portland Rose Festival is entering its 109th year. If you like what the Rose Festival does, PLEASE take a minute or two and go to our DONATION PAGE (here at the website) and make a contribution to help sustain the Rose Festival for future generations. Thank you.

Please plan on joining us for the 2016 Portland Rose Festival, sure to be fun and exciting for all! We start off with the Rose City Sing-Off in April, the opening of CityFair and the RoZone Concert Series in May, and, of course, the PGE/SOLV Starlight Parade and Starlight After-Party, the Fred Meyer Junior Parade, Fleet Week, the Queen’s Coronation and the Spirit Mountain Grand Floral Parade in June. As you can see, we all have much to celebrate!

I look forward to seeing YOU celebrating at the 2016 Portland Rose Festival’s EXCESSIVE CELEBRATION!

Have fun!

Frank Chinn
Portland Rose Festival President