MAC In the CommunityThe Multnomah Athletic Club and its affiliated Multnomah Athletic Foundation have a strong connection to the community. The Foundation provides nearly $200,000 each year in grants and scholarships in our community and the club and its members give back through a variety of other fundraising events, drives, outreach activities and event sponsorships. Members and employees volunteer hundreds of hours in the community and local schools and athletic groups are provided access to club facilities and coaching expertise. Here is just a small sample of some of those activities…..
Rose Haven volunteers Victoria Siegel (standing) and Illiana Scuring" pick up boxes from MAC's "Winter Warmth" clothing drive. Members of the club donated three over-flowing boxes of warm coats, hats, scarves, gloves/mittens and blankets to Rose Haven, a day shelter and community center serving women and children of all ages, regardless of need.
Each year, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, MAC volunteers scour the Goose Hollow Neighborhood cleaning up trash and debris. This event, held in cooperation with SOLVE and the Goose Hollow Foothills League, is one of the club’s most popular community outreach activities.
The MelloMACs is the MAC’s enthusiastic and talented co-ed singing group. These dedicated songsters provide entertaining concerts for various community organizations including VA hospitals, St. Mary’s Home for Boys and assisted living facilities throughout the Metro-Portland region. The MAC Balladeers are the club’s all-male singers. Combined, these groups make about 20 appearances a year.
Throughout its history the MAC has been a big supporter of the Portland Rose Festival. After building the Civic Stadium in 1926 (later sold to the City) the club hosted the Rose Festival Parade for several years. More recently the club’s main facility has served as host to the Rose Festival Princesses luncheon and the annual welcome to the Fleet Week sailors who enjoy full access to the club during their brief stay on Portland’s waterfront. Here, Mayor Ted Wheeler officially greets the officers and crew.
Other Community Action, Event Participation, and Volunteerism
- Washington Park Ivy Pulls
- Restoration of Hoyt Arboretum’s Bristlecone Pine trail in collaboration with the National Spinal Cord Injury Association for use by the physically or visually impaired
- Funding and building the MAC Centennial Trail for runners and walkers in Washington Park
- Clearing and rebuilding the trail between the Oregon Zoo overpass and the Sylvan Interchange
- City planning effort input—Westside LIghtrail (the club funded the Kings Hill stop), Portland Development Commission Urban Renewal Area planning, Central City 2035 Plan
- Built Civic Stadium in 1926 (now known as Providence Park) and sold it to the city in 1966 at half its value
Twice a year, the Multnomah Athletic Club hosts Red Cross Blood Drives. Since May 2010 more than 1,200 units of blood have been donated. Another popular benefit drive is the KGW/School House Supply School Supply Drive. This year the club teamed up with the Goose Hollow Neighborhood and donated three overflowing boxes with pens, paper, glue, scissors, crayons—all the things a child needs to perform at school. The drive exceeded its goal and estimates enough supplies were gathered to serve 14,000 area students.
Other Event Sponsorships and Support
- Portland Rose Festival
- State Games of Oregon
- Oregon Disability Games
- Every summer, the club organizes and operates up to 10 community sports camps for children as well as free swim lessons through the Minds Matter program as well as drowning seminars for area lifeguards.
- The culinary staff provides monthly meals to Janus Youth Service as well as hosting an annual Thanksgiving dinner at Rosenbaum Plaza, a Section 8 apartment community that serves residents 62 and older as well as residents with disabilities.
Each year, the MAC All Committee Dinner raises funds for the Oregon Food Bank. Here, MAC Swim Team Pre-Senior and Senior members take that community giving a step farther by working a shift at the food bank sorting and preparing food for citizens in need.
Other MAC Fundraising Event Beneficiaries:
- Oregon Food Bank
- YWCA/Yolanda Project
- United Way of Oregon
- Friendly House
- The Morrison Center
- West Women’s and Children’s Shelter Lifeworks
- The Children’s Relief Nursery
- Dress for Success
- Janus Youth Services
- Rosenbaum Plaza
- Self Enhancement Inc.
- Portland State University
The MAC hosts local, regional, national and international athletic events from high school competitions to world championships. The club also makes its facilities available to sport teams from local schools and sports organizations such as the Lincoln High School Water Polo Team pictured here.
Other Athletic Event Sponsorships and Support
- Tournament of Champions and John Pellham Memorial Racquetball tournaments benefiting veterans’ causes.
- State/USA Racquetball High School championships
- Lincoln High School Water Polo team
- Lincoln High School Racquetball team
- Summer sports camps for kids 6 to 14
- Free swim lessons in cooperation with Minds Matter
- Numerous regional, national and international tournaments in various sports (Basketball, tennis, racquetball, handball, squash, gymnastics, swimming, volleyball, karate and synchronized swimming)
MAC is an active member of the Goose Hollow Business Association, The Stadium Business District and the Goose Hollow Foothills League (GHFL). This year, MAC dancers “flash mobbed” the Goose Hollow Street Fair much to the delight of attendees young and old. The MelloMacs and the Balladeers (MAC’s two singing groups) also performed at the event and the club hosted an informational booth. Every month, the club hosts the GHFL meetings in the clubhouse.
To herald in the start of summer, the MAC hosts a lively Street Fair in the facility turnaround each year. The event is open to the entire Goose Hollow Community and features fun activities for kids as well as performances from the clubs talented dancing and singing groups.
Other Local Civic/Professional Memberships
- Oregon Sports Authority
- Oregon Sports Hall of Fame
- Portland Business Alliance
- Goose Hollow Neighborhood Association
- Stadium Business District
- Goose Hollow Business Association
- Oregon Recreation and Parks Association (ORPA)
- Portland Area Aquatics Council (PAAC)
- American Culinary Federation
- Chef's Collaborative
Multnomah Athletic Foundation Shares the Spirit of MAC with the Community
The Multnomah Athletic Foundation (MAF) is funded by contributions from MAC membership, planned giving and memorial gifts, and fundraising events.
Community grants and scholarships are awarded annually to fund and assist new or existing athletic programs and events in the Portland metropolitan area and educational support for scholar athletes through scholarship aid.
One of the recent MAF grant recipients was Girls on the Run: Portland Metro. This innovative non-profit works with about 870 girls, ages 8 to 13, from 38 regional schools. During a ten week program the girls learn about self-respect, healthy choices and also train to run a 5K.
Another of the MAF grant recipients is the Northwest Wheelchair Tennis Association. Formed 25 years ago, this nonprofit organization seeks to “promote an active lifestyle and supportive community for junior and adult wheelchair tennis players through recreational and competitive play with wheelchair tennis players, family and friends.” They work with youth and adults focusing on coaching, court time and equipment.
MAF 2017 Scholar Athletes--MAF provides a college scholarship to a sophomore in each of the 28 area high schools and the MAC provides them each with a 2 year membership with an option to continue membership after college graduation.
Want more information?
Visit the MAF website at MultnomahAthleticFoundation.com.