The Alice Awards gala celebrates the advocates, partners, and local leaders who power our movement. Throughout the evening, guests enjoy drinks and dinner and bid on amazing auction items. Since the first Alice Awards were held in 1995, we’ve recognized dozens of outstanding champions for walking, bicycling, and transit.
Alice Awards 2018 Recap
A Question of What If: The Street Trust 2018 Alice Awards
The Alice Awards took place on Friday, September 28 to a crowd of 300 attendees, celebrating our movement for active transportation, our latest legislative victories, and recognizing tireless advocates who made that work possible.
The Alice Award Winners!
The first Alice Award winner was given to Leah Benson founder and owner of Gladys Bikes, a gender-inclusive bike shop in Portland. This incredible entrepreneurial leader has created a non-judgmental place where girls, women, and members of LGBTQIA communities come to learn, live and love the freedom of riding a bicycle. Benson also gives her time, expertise, and enthusiasm to coach storytellers for The Street Trust’s Live the Revolution event.
The second Alice Award winner for the evening was William Henderson. Henderson is the co-founder of Ride Report, a Portland-based company that helps cities improve biking with crowd-sourced data and maps. He’s also a founding board member of Business for a Better Portland and has been the lead on all things transportation for BBPDX since its early days as Portland Independent Chamber of Commerce. He sits on Portland’s Fixing Our Streets Oversight Committee and his early support of The Street Trust Action Fund has helped us launch our new political arm with plenty of support.
Street Trust Board Chair Justin Yuen acknowledged our sponsors and recognized the legislative attendees in the room: Kathryn Harrington, Metro Council and candidate for Washington County Board of Commissioners; Lynn Peterson, President-Elect of the Metro Council; Marc San Soucie, Beaverton City Councilor; Chloe Eudaly, City of Portland Commissioner; and Joanne Hardesty, candidate for City of Portland Board of Commissioners.
Executive Director, Jillian Detweiler, delivered a warm welcome to the audience and reflected on her first full year as Executive Director. Detweiler posed the question of “What if there were no Street Trust?” She painted a future of Street Trust where the organization is active, fierce, and inclusive as we deliver our programs in Education, Encouragement, and Advocacy. She ended her speech by thanking staff and sharing the year’s successes.
This year’s Alice Awards raised $105,000.
A huge thank you goes out to all the organizations and businesses who sponsored the event! The 2018 Alice Awards were presented by Forum Law Group Bike and Pedestrian Law and sponsored by Lyft, Thomas, Coon, Newton & Frost, River City Bicycles, AAA Oregon/Idaho, Brink Communication, HDR, Jacobs, Kittelson & Associates, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Streetcar, Tonkon Torp Attorneys, and Trimet. A special thanks to our bidder cards sponsor Bradley Wulf of Keller Williams Realty, our emcee Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, and sustaining partners Nossa Familia, Showers Pass, and Hopworks Urban Brewery.