Kaiser Permanente to Present $100,000 Check to Mayor Hales, Kicking Off Portland Sunday Parkways' 6th Season


May 6, 2013 — In a celebration of community health and the first Sunday Parkways of the season, Kaiser Permanente employees, including physician and community benefit leadership, will walk from Pioneer Courthouse Square to City Hall on May 8 to make a formal check presentation. 

The grant, representing Kaiser Permanente’s sixth year as Sunday Parkways’ presenting sponsor, will be for $100,000 and be given to Mayor Charlie Hales, City Council members, and other city officials. Dan Field, Community Benefit Director for Kaiser Permanente, and Dr. Michelle Sequeira, a Kaiser Permanente physician, will present the check. 

The group will gather at 1:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Courthouse Square, and arrive at City Hall just before 2:00 for the presentation to the council. 

“Sunday Parkways events are a great opportunity to get to know your neighborhood and your city,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “Nancy and I have attended them. As family-friendly events go, these can’t be beat.” 

Last year more than 100,000 people took to the closed-off streets on foot and on bicycles in five different Portland neighborhoods for the Sunday Parkways events, held each year from May to September. There are centers of family friendly fun at selected city parks along each route, where participants can enjoy entertainment, food, and the chance to learn about organizations that contribute to community health.

The first Sunday Parkways of the season will be on Mother’s Day, this Sunday, March 12, in East Portland, from 11:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

With the largest concentration of children in the city, East Portland was chosen to kick off the Sunday Parkways season while school is still in session in the hope of involving as many children as possible in this fun, active family event.   

“We look forward to helping bring Sunday Parkways to Portland each year,” said Dan Field, Community Benefit Director for Kaiser Permanente. “They are wonderful neighborhood events that have become part of the fabric of the city. They also embody Kaiser Permanente’s mission, which is to spread health into the communities we serve.” 

Kaiser Permanente’s support goes beyond financial. Employees, physicians, and their families volunteer in many ways, including traffic management and park cleanup.   

Here is the Sunday Parkways 2013 schedule: 
            East: May 12 
Northeast: June 23 
North: July 28 
Southeast: August 25 
Southwest: September 29 

For more information about Sunday Parkways locations and highlights, please visit portlandsundayparkways.org.
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