February 4, 2019
Meet the Mistress of Ceremonies for the 2019 Celebrity Spelling Bee presented by Fred Meyer. February 20, 2019 at Revolution Hall.
Poison Waters is not just a personality. Poison is an experience!! Whether dressed as Poison Waters or her alter ego Kevin Cook, they are both captivating.
For three decades (exactly 30 years in 2018) Poison has been having tons of FUN entertaining from countless stages throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. She has been coordinating, participating in and hosting an endless docket of benefits, revues and shows for various local, regional and national charities. She has been recognized and rewarded for her community service, raising awareness, and providing entertainment to such charities as Cascade AIDS Project, Dress for Success Oregon, the Make a Wish Foundation, Human Dignity Coalition, Oregon Humane Society and the American Heart Association. Poison has received the Ray C. Snively Award, the Oregon Bears President’s Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Court System, a Hero of HIV Award and the Red Ribbon Award from the Coalition for AIDS Awareness just to name a few. The booking invitations never stop! Highlights have been appearances with Pink Martini, Storm Large and a recurring role in Oregon Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker. Hundreds of thousands have enjoyed her wit, charm and beauty! When she is not enjoying her time hosting events and fundraisers or traveling the globe, she is the co-hostess at the legendary Darcelle XV Showplace where she has been wildly popular for over 25 years.
Later this Summer marks the 18th year volunteering with summer camps for children whose lives have been affected by HIV, Poison, as Kevin is the Camp Director for Camp KC (Kids Connection).
Whatever the title, event, cause or venue, one thing remains the same: the important bond between Poison Waters and her audience. She will always remain, “the smile on the face of Portland.” www.poisonwaters.com
February 15, 2018
Ashley Henry is the Chief Collaboration Officer for Business For A Better Portland. BBPDX is a rapidly growing business membership organization whose goal is to ensure Portland is an equitable city where prosperity can be shared by all. Represented… Read more »
February 13, 2018
Team iHeartMedia’s John Erickson is the cohost of the K103 Morning Show, along with Bruce Murdock and Janine Wolf. He also writes the popular “Daily Drip” news blog. He was raised in Colorado and Illinois, but claims to have come… Read more »
February 13, 2018
Michael Gruber is spelling for Team OnPoint Community Credit Union. Born and raised in New York City, and educated in its public schools, Gruber went to Columbia University, earning a BA in English literature. After college he did editorial work… Read more »
February 12, 2018
One half of 2017’s victorious spelling team, Courtenay Hameister, is back to spell for team KinderCare Education once again. Courtenay is a columnist, teacher, editor, playwright, and creator of the reading and music series Seed: Words + Music, and True… Read more »
February 9, 2018
Twice named one of the top writers in the country by the Society for Features Journalism, Team Fred Meyer’s Ryan White spent nearly 16 years at the Oregonian covering sports, music, and culture. He has appeared on the public radio… Read more »
February 8, 2018
Jeff Spiegel is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for KinderCare Education (KCE). In his role, Jeff oversees content and creative services, digital marketing, marketing strategy and corporate communications for the company and its family of brands – KinderCare Learning… Read more »
February 7, 2018
Paula McVay can be recognized for 34 years as a professional teacher, but has been teaching and leading by example since she was 10 years old. Paula is mom to spelling bee teammate Andy McVay. The oldest daughter of a… Read more »
February 7, 2018
Andy knows first-hand how invaluable a teacher’s influence can be. Both his parents, wife and mother-in-law are from academia, teachers all. While in college Andy was a struggling Biology major at OSU, doing ok in Biology and Physics, but failing… Read more »
February 1, 2018
Meet Tra’Renee! Tra’Renee is a an Emmy Award Winning Television Personality and Radio DJ in the Portland Metro Area. She is the host of the new afternoon lifestyle program on KATU-TV (ABC affiliate), ”Afternoon Live!” airing weekdays at 3pm PST. Tra’Renee… Read more »