MAC In The Community

The Multnomah Athletic Club's mission is to enrich lives, foster friendships and build upon our traditions of excellence in athletic, social and educational programs.

Pictured with Lauren Zielinski, Oregon Food Bank corporate and community relations developer, are MAC Trustees left to right, D’Anne O’Neill, David Brzezinski, John Helmer and Grant Yoshihara.


MAC Raises Money for Oregon Food Bank

MAC committee members rallied together and raised nearly $9,000 dollars for the Oregon Food Bank in one night at the All Committee Dinner at the club. The All Committee Dinner is held every May and celebrates the volunteer efforts of MAC members who serve on the 40-plus club committees.



A Summary of MAC Community Involvement

Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC), founded in 1891, is a private nonprofit athletic and social club that is located in downtown Portland and has a long history of athletic excellence. With more than a century of tradition in athletic, social and educational programs, MAC has a strong connection to the community and gives back through a variety of outreach activities, event sponsorships, grants and sports scholarships. MAC members and management staff uphold MAC's stature as a good community citizen through community involvement activities.

Community Outreach, Sponsorships and Charitable Activities

MAC members, management and staff are active in a variety of outreach activities, including:

MAC executive management participates as members of Oregon Sports Authority, Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and Portland Business Alliance.

MAC committees, comprised of member volunteers, support community activities such as blood drives, swim lessons and concerts.

MAC offers two music groups, the all-male Balladeers and the co-ed MelloMacs, who volunteer their time singing at assisted living facilities, retirement communities, and sporting events throughout the Portland Metro area.

MAC supports a variety of community organizations such as Self Enhancement, Inc., Portland State University and PIL high school sports. MAC also sponsors events, such as the Portland Trail Blazers Street Jam, Portland Rose Festival Princess lunch, State Games of Oregon, Oregon Sports Authority Sportlandia Auction, and Oregon Disability Games.

MAC culinary staff gives back through the American Culinary Federation, Chef's Collaborative, monthly meal donations for Janus Youth Services (Salvation Army Greenhouse), and the annual Thanksgiving dinner for residents at Rosenbaum Plaza.

MAC supports community athletes by hosting local, regional and national athletic events at its facilities, including basketball, tennis, racquetball, handball, squash, gymnastics, swimming, karate and synchronized swimming.

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.

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Water Safety and Drowning Prevention

MAC aquatics staff give back by volunteering on many committees and boards that promote water safety education, such as Oregon Recreation and Parks Association (ORPA), Portland Area Aquatics Council (PAAC) and Association of Aquatics Professionals (AOAP). Lisa Virtue, Assistant Athletic Director, is on the AOAP's Drowning Prevention Committee, leading the U.S. in a drowning prevention initiative to educate parents, pool operators and children on water safety. MAC hosts an annual water safety event for members and guests each year during the National Water Safety Month of May.

MAC's Swim School is a partner of the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash initiative, which is a national child-focused water safety campaign. The aim is to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. To learn more, click here.