Each year the Jim Neill Memorial Foundation selects a not-for-profit 501c3 charity to be the beneficiary from the annual golf tournament. In addition, the foundation identifies a community advocate to begin the tournament with the first tee shot of the day.
2020-2021– Classroom Law Project (CLP)
Classroom Law Project (CLP) is Oregon’s leader in preparing youth to become active, engaged, and informed participants in democratic society. In the 2018 – 19 school year CLP provided engaging professional development opportunities to more than 1,100 teachers and a wide variety of challenging, fun programs to over 95,000 students all around Oregon.
MISSION: Classroom Law Project is a non-profit organization of individuals, educators, lawyers, and civic leaders working to equip students with the knowledge, essential skills, and motivation to participate in our democracy.
SALC helps bridge the gap for families who do not qualify for Legal Aid and can not afford to hire a private attorney. As a result of the legal representation that SALC provides, families have increased financial security, stayed off of welfare and are overall more productive members of our society. And more children also grow up in positive and safe environments as a result of SALC’s intervention.
St. Andrew Legal Clinic asked that Bill Miner be honored as the community advocate for the 2018 tournament. Mr. Miner is a board member of the SALC as well as a prominent attourney at Davis Wright Tremain law firm.
In 2018, The Jim Neill Memorial Foundation donated $21,000 to St. Andrew Legal Clinic.
2017- The Portland Chamber Orchestra
The Portland Chamber Orchestra (PCO) last year celebrated it’s 70th year as one of the oldest orchestra’s of it’s kind in the United States. The PCO is a non-profit that serves families and individuals with concerts, musical programs and events in the Portland Metropolitan area.
The Portland Chamber Orchestra asked that Artistic Director and Maestro Yaacov Bergman be honored as the community advocate for the 2017 tournament, and with the help of Board Member, Karl Koch hit the ceremonial tee shot.
In 2017, The Jim Neill Memorial Foundation donated $19,000 to the Portland Chamber Orchestra.
2016-Rose Festival Foundation
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. The monies used for the 2016 tournament were for a permanent “Jim Neill Memorial Museum” with memorabilia and historic artifacts collected by the Neill family, and the Rose Festival Association, and displayed during the Cityfair at Waterfront Park. Monies were also used to transport the Senior Rose Festival Court and a Historic Educational “show” for different Portland Schools educating children about Portland’s iconic history.
The Rose Festival Foundation asked that Junior Queen 1981 and Senior Rose Festival Queen, and daughter of Jim Neill, Erin Neill Liddell hit the ceremonial tee shot.
In 2016, the Jim Neill Memorial Foundation donated $19,000 to The Rose Festival Foundation.
“Project Lemonade”, a not-for-profit 501c3, provides an essential, supportive service to area foster children through the operation of a free “retail store” which allows foster children of all ages to select back-to-school clothing, backpacks, and other essential items to insure a prideful return to the classroom each Fall. Area retailers, businesses and citizens donate all merchandise distributed by “Project Lemonade”, with grant dollars providing the funds needed to establish and operate this invaluable service.
The Community Advocate chosen by Project Lemonade was Anna Canzano, one of KATU’s anchors and active in many non-profits dealing with foster children.
In 2015, the Jim Neill Memorial Foundation donated $25,000 to Project Lemonade.
The Portland’5 Centers for the Arts Foundation (formerly known as the Portland Center for the Performing Arts) is a nonprofit organization that helps our community support and maintain high quality performing arts venues that attract premiere performances to our city. The Portland’5 Foundation raises capital funds and supports Portland’5 through region-wide community outreach and advocacy. Jim Neill was the first President of Friend’s of the Performing Arts Center.
The 2014 Golf Tournament Community Advocate was Jerry Hulsman, a dedicated volunteer in the performing arts in Portland. Jerry has been named a Life Director, one of only two in the symphony’s history, served as Board President and Board Secretary. He is the ultimate fundraiser and was named by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Oregon and SW Washington as the outstanding volunteer fundraiser at their AFP Philanthropy Awards.
In 2014, the Jim Neill Memorial Foundation donated $30,000 to Portland’5.
2013-Portland Center for the Performing Arts
2013 was the 25th Anniversary of Portland Center for the Performing Arts. These beautiful facilities bring quality performances to the city of Portland. Jim was the first Chairman of Friends of the Performing Arts Center.
Ron Ragen, Jim’s friend and partner in the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, was the 2013 Community Advocate. Ron was the Chair of the Portland Performing Arts Center Committee, which, over 8 years, located, designed and constructed the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2013, the Jim Neill Memorial Foundation donated $23,000 to the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.
2012-Bosco Milligan/Architectural Heritage Gallery
For more than a decade, the Bosco-Milligan Foundation’s enduring commitment to preserving our regional architectural heritage has been based on the belief that vintage buildings and traditional neighborhoods are essential to the vitality and identity of our communities. Established in Portland, Oregon in 1987, the Bosco-Milligan Foundation is one of Oregon’s most active non-profit historic preservation organizations. Two remarkable men, Jerry Bosco and Ben Milligan, salvaged countless buildings which would otherwise be lost to a wrecking ball. These men knew that when one historic building is lost, a piece of our history is gone forever. Jim Neill served on the Bosco-Milligan Board from 1996-1997.
Portland’s official greeters and ambassadors of goodwill, the Royal Rosarians, were represented by Vern Beard and Tony Pasion on the 100th Anniversary of this organization as Community Advocates. Royal Rosarians — in their distinctive white suits, greet visiting dignitaries and host hundreds of out-of-town visitors. In 1990 as Prime Minister of the Royal Rosarians, Tony Pasion served as escort to the Queen of Rosaria, Jim Neill’s daughter Erin.
In 2012, the Jim Neill Memorial Foundation donated $11,800 to the Bosco-Milligan Foundation.
2011-Friends of the Children
In 2011, the Jim Neill Memorial Golf Tournament supported Friends of the Children, founded in 1993 by Duncan Campbell. Both Cambell and Jim Neill graduated Jefferson from High School in Portland, Oregon. Despite a hardscrabble childhood, Campbell was able to achieve tremendous success including fulfilling his personal commitment to help other children triumph over adversity. This promise became the bedrock of Friends of the Children’s mission: start early; train and pay mentors; and, remain involved.
Erin Neill Liddell, a graduate of Cleveland High School and a member of the City Champions’ Golf team was recognized as the first Community Advocate.
In 2011, the Jim Neill Memorial Foundation donated $11,000 to Friends of the Children.
Shortly after Jim’s death, his golfing partner, Karl Koch, hosted a casual dinner at Eastmoreland Golf Course with a number of Jim’s golf friends. Karl suggested an annual golf event to support Portland’s non-profit organizations. The Jim Neill Memorial Foundation was formed.