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Rose Festival Announces New Partnership Honoring Former Director, Jim Neill

The Jim Neill Memorial Foundation is happy to announce that the benefiting charity for 2016 will be the Portland Rose Festival Foundation. The Rose Festival will partner with the Jim Neill Memorial Foundation for its annual golf event: The 2016 Jim Neill Memorial Golf Tournament (held this year at the Eastmoreland Golf course on August 12).

“We’re delighted and honored to be selected to be the designated beneficiary by the Jim Neill Memorial Foundation,” said Jeff Curtis (Portland Rose Festival Foundation CEO). “It’s wonderful to partner with a family foundation with a personal connection to the Rose Festival that carries Jim’s passion forward.”

Jim Neill was a long time Board Member for the Rose Festival Foundation, and was instrumental in establishing the early development of the Festival’s central entertainment space (now known as CityFair), plus he sat on the Executive Committee. Jim also co-chaired the History Committee, and was an avid collector of Rose Festival memorabilia.

His law firm, Davis Wright Tremaine, supported his efforts by purchasing his finds and donating the collection to the Rose Festival Foundation, where they are presently on display at the Rose Festival Offices (in the Rose Building on Naito Parkway). Each year at CityFair, the Foundation shows many of the Festival’s artifacts in a temporary onsite Museum opened for only 12 days each year. In 2016, the Rose Festival will permanently rename this museum the Jim Neill Memorial Museum. This honor speaks to Jim’s affinity for the Rose Festival and his commitment and dedication that its history will live on for the citizens of Portland and its visitors.

Money raised by the Jim Neill Memorial Foundation will go to the Museum, plus helping provide transportation of the Rose Festival Court, and to the Rose Festival Living History Program. Interested golfers can register now at $150 for individuals and $600 for foursomes — visit jimneill.org.