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.
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.
|Vice President:||Arthur Archer De Bow|
|Secretary:||Teri Bowles Atherton|
|Assistant Treasurer:||Griff Bailey|
Message from the Rose Festival President
‘Bloomin’ Good Time!’ That’s what I think of when I think of the Portland Rose Festival. And it is also what I wish for all of you when you attend some of the many events at the 2015 Portland Rose Festival. I believe this is the perfect theme for 2015!
I’m thrilled and honored to be representing our fabulous Board, Staff and volunteers who plan and produce all the events and programs known as the Rose Festival. It takes hundreds of hours of planning and volunteerism to produce all the events which are internationally recognized.
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 501c3 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 over a $78 million dollar impact in our communities? Pretty amazing! The Portland Rose Festival is entering its 108th 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 — rosefestival.org/support/donate — and make a contribution to help sustain the Rose Festival for future generations. Thank you.
For me, my reward for the work I do is just seeing the many smiling faces and the fun people are having at our events. I believe what the Portland Rose Festival does by adding to the livability of our communities is unsurpassed. To me, the Rose Festival signifies the official start of summer! I’m so excited to see the work and the people’s efforts and talents come to fruition!
From the Rose City Sing-Off in April to the Portland Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in May, to the CityFair to the Concert Series in the RoZone to the three parades (Starlight, Junior and our crown jewel, the Grand Floral Parade), to the Court program celebrating the outstanding youth in our communities, to the International Naval Fleet and to Rose Cup auto races in June, there is always something for everyone to enjoy. I look forward to seeing your smiling faces and the fun you will have because I know that the 2015 Portland Rose Festival is going to be a Bloomin’ Good Time!
Rose Festival President