PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hosted by the cast and crew of NBC’s hit drama “Grimm,” the third and final Grimm Gala took place on Saturday, January 28 and raised $804,000 for OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. In total, the three Grimm Galas, presented by Comcast and NBCUniversal, have raised $1.5 million to support an endowment established by actor Sasha Roiz, who plays Captain Sean Renard on “Grimm,” which is set and filmed in Portland. All money raised through sponsorships, individual ticket sales, the special appeal, and auction at the sold-out event go to the Grimmster Endowment that provides OHSU Doernbecher patients and their families support for uncompensated travel, lodging and other services integral to their care and comfort.
The $804,000 raised was a record-breaker for the three-year event, more than doubling the amount raised at last year’s Gala. At the end of the evening, Roiz announced that the volunteer group, Friends of Doernbecher, will combine its $2.2 million Friends of Doernbecher Endowment for Medical Care with the Grimmster Endowment, to create the Friends of Doernbecher and Grimmster Endowment. This merger creates the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation’s single largest endowed fund, totaling $3.7 million.
“I’m thrilled that Friends of Doernbecher has decided to amend its endowment purpose to mirror the 'Grimmster Endowment,'” said Roiz, who also serves as a Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation board member. “By bringing these two resources together, we can help three times the number of families.” Roiz concluded his remarks by saying, “We’ll never forget you, Portland. And we’ll never forget you, Doernbecher.”
Rodrigo Lopez, Regional Senior Vice-President of Comcast in Oregon and Southwest Washington, welcomed the gala attendees and recognized the cast and crew members of “Grimm” as “an important chapter in the history of this region’s television life.” He went on to observe that Comcast “believes in the healing work being done at Doernbecher as much as the Grimm cast does,” and that “being active participants in the communities we call home is a core value of Comcast’s business.”
Grimm Gala attendees bid furiously on “Grimm” memorabilia from the show, as well as merchandise designed specifically for the event by Nike’s legendary shoe designer, Tinker Hatfield. The shoes, considered a collector’s item, were autographed by Hatfield and the cast of “Grimm,” thus adding to their value.
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"Grimm" is a drama series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ set of fairy tales. After Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) discovers he’s descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as Grimms, he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm. Bitsie Tulloch, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner and Claire Coffee also star. “Grimm” is a Universal Television and Hazy Mills production.
About OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital:
OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital ranks among the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals. Its physicians and nurses provide a full range of specialty and subspecialty care to tens of thousands of children annually, resulting in 200,000 discharges, surgeries, transports and outpatient visits annually in a patient- and family-centered environment. OHSU Doernbecher providers also travel throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, providing specialty care to more than 3,000 children at more than 200 outreach clinics in 15 locations. Using state-of-the-art, secure two-way video and audio communication, OHSU Doernbecher’s Telemedicine Network connects pediatric intensivists and neonatologists to emergency room physicians statewide to help evaluate time-critical pediatric patient needs and assist with treatment plans.
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