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During the past 21 years, Shamrock Run Portland has made charitable gifts totaling more than $1.3 million.
Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation has been the principal beneficiary of the Shamrock Run for the past 20 years. Shamrock has donated more than $550,000 to Doernbecher during this time. The Foundation provides power, potential and promise for one of America’s leading pediatric health centers: Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland.
The Shamrock Run has also donated nearly $500,000 to various school athletic, performing arts and community service programs during the past two decades. Shamrock is privileged to have the help of more than 800 “volunteer” workers who serve as course marshals, staff water stations, issue bib numbers, work at gear check, help at the start and finish line, hand out T-shirts, assist at the Fitness Fair and other important Shamrock functions.
Nearly all of these workers come from various high school groups such as the Aloha HS Key Club, Banks HS soccer, Franklin HS track, Grant HS lacrosse, softball and track teams and the Royal Blues who perform at the start area, Highland Park Middle School Jazz Band, Rex Putnam HS football and baseball, Robert Gray Middle School and many more. In return for these outstanding and enthusiastic workers, the Shamrock Run makes a donation to their respective school program.
In 2012, the Shamrock Run established the Shamrock Super Team concept. Company or special interest teams with more than 75 adult members receive a “rebate” from Shamrock in the form of a donation to the non-profit organization of their Super Team’s choice at the rate of $5 per adult team member. In the past five years, the Shamrock Run has made contributions totaling nearly $150,000 to such local non-profit groups as The Bicycle Transportation Alliance, The Children’s Book Bank, Clark College Foundation, Forest Park Conservancy, Girls on the Run, I Paid It Forward, Playworks, Oregon Food Bank, University of Portland and many others.