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Six-time Grammy Award Winner Amy Grant announced as host for Portland Heroes of the Heart Gala

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Adventist Health Foundation will host the sixth Heroes of the Heart Gala on March 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum. In addition to honoring local heroes, the event supports Northwest Regional Heart & Vascular, the cardiovascular program of Adventist Health providing cutting-edge, life-saving care to individuals throughout the Northwest.

This year’s host is six-time Grammy Award Winner Amy Grant. The decorated contemporary Christian music star, with hits such as “Baby, Baby,” is known for creating music that matters, as well as her commitment to philanthropic efforts. Grant grew up in Nashville, where her father was a well-known oncologist, and one of her biggest charitable focuses is cancer fundraising and awareness.

“We’re all looking forward to having Amy as our host this year,” said David Russell, president of Adventist Medical Center. “For more than three decades she’s wowed audiences with her music, and in her inspiring songs she tells stories her experiences and explores her faith.”

During the gala, Adventist Health Foundation’s will recognize its 2018 Heroes. The Foundation selects heroes because of their generous commitment to making a difference in their communities.

2018 Heroes are:

Abby’s Closet, founded in 2004 by mother-daughter duo Sally and Abby Egland, provides free formal gowns for prom and other memorable events for high school women in Oregon and Southwest Washington. In addition to the more than 20,000 dresses they’ve given away, they work to inspire confidence in the women they help. Abby’s Closet empowers students to learn leadership skills through their Student Advisory Board and awards a college scholarship each year.

Bald Faced Truth Foundation, provides scholarships for Oregon youth to help them pursue their dreams through enriching opportunities and life experiences. Founded in 2009 by KGW-TV and Oregonian sports commentator John Canzano and his wife, KOIN-TV anchor Anna Canzano, the Bald-Faced Truth Foundation has awarded scholarships for everything from football camp to piano lessons to more than 14,000 area children.

Grace-Ann Pegnone, a Canby High School sophomore who is passionate about service. Through her involvement with OSU Extension’s 4-H program she’s volunteered hundreds of hours benefiting children in foster care. Each December, she leads a toy drive for the Clackamas County Department of Health and Human Services, collecting hundreds of toys and distributing them to foster children and their parents at a holiday party she organizes.

“This year’s heroes have donated and volunteered to improve the lives and experiences of Oregon’s youth,” said Bob Dureault, executive director for Adventist Health Foundation. “From dresses to music lessons to Christmas presents, they tirelessly work to make their communities a better place.”

Heroes of the Heart will be held in the Mark Building at the Portland Art Museum located at 1119 SW Park Ave., Portland. Street parking is available, and there are numerous parking garages conveniently located near the venue.

Gala guests are invited to a pre-dinner reception and a private viewing of the Portland Art Museum galleries and exhibits starting at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets for the event start at $150 per person or $1,500 for a ten-person table. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and include options for premier seating and a private reception with singer and six-time Grammy Award Winner Amy Grant.

For more information about Adventist Health Foundation, Heroes of the Heart Gala and to purchase tickets, visit or call (503) 251-6197.