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Nike employees raise $150,000 through annual diversity event

BEAVERTON, Ore. (24 February, 2005) – NIKE, Inc. announced today that its employees have raised $150,000 to benefit seven non-profit organizations—six located in Oregon—through its annual “Night of Chance” fundraiser, an event organized by the company’s six employee diversity networks. The organizations selected to receive proceeds from the 2004 Night of Chance are: Cascade AIDS Project, Equity Foundation, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization , Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement, Oregon Disability Sports, Bridge Builders and Wings of America.

Nearly 900 people, including Nike athletes, employees, spouses and partners gathered in the Tiger Woods Center at Nike's World Headquarters in Beaverton to try their luck at the “Night of Chance” last December. The second-annual event and fundraiser included silent and oral auctions, casino-style gaming and a raffle. The money raised will be distributed to the seven organizations equally, with each receiving a little more than $21,000 each.

“We are extremely grateful to Nike for the opportunity to be included in this fundraiser,” said Tim Hertel, president of the Board of Directors for Oregon’s Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, one of the seven organizations to receive support from Nike. “It’s companies like Nike that keep our mission alive. Without their help, our work would be a lot more difficult.”

The Night of Chance is an employee involvement effort managed entirely by the company’s six employee diversity networks: African American; Asia Pacific; Disabled; Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender and Friends; Latino and Native American. The event offers the networks an opportunity to come together to create an all-employee event that highlights the commitment of each network, all while benefiting organizations in the community that reflect the Nike’s commitment to helping children become more active and healthy through physical activity and other positive opportunities that celebrate equality. Representatives from each of the six networks recommend organizations to receive proceeds from the Night of Chance; the Nike Employee Action Council (NEAC) helps finalize the selection.

“It’s always a wonderful thing when our employees come together and put on an event like this to show the greater Portland community just how much we care,” said Jim Carter, Nike VP and General Counsel and member of NEAC. “It speaks to Nike’s passion for community involvement not only worldwide, but also here at home in Oregon. Nike employees and our network member employees, in particular, are proud of this contribution to local charities.”

About the Benefiting Organizations:

Bridge Builders The Bridge Builders promote spirituality, scholarship, cultural awareness, effective use of time, entrepreneurship, community building and respect among local African-American teens.

Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) Founded in 1983, Cascade AIDS Project is the oldest and largest community-based provider of HIV services, housing, education and advocacy in Oregon and Southwest Washington. CAP provides essential help to Oregonians who suffer from AIDS through securing housing, food, medical care, transportation and emotional support. Visit for more information.

Equity Foundation The Equity Foundation is a grant-making, non-profit organization committed to funding programs dealing with community education, youth and family, health and social services, and arts and culture. They promote the social justice, education, and welfare of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities throughout the state of Oregon. Visit for more information.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization ’s mission is to assist refugees, immigrants and multi-ethnic communities to develop self-sufficiency and cultural awareness while affirming and preserving each culture within an ever-changing global environment. IRCO is the leading refugee organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Visit for more information.

Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement ( OCHA) The Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement is a private, non-profit organization that provides leadership and support for educational opportunity, economic development and social justice for Hispanics in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Visit for more information.

Oregon Disability Sports Oregon Disability Sports provides and promotes sporting, recreation, and fitness activities and opportunities for those with physical disabilities. ODS offers events and competition for all levels of athletes, from the beginner to the Paralympian. Visit for more information.

Wings of America Wings of America enhances the quality of life and promote cultural pride among American Indian and Alaskan Native youth. Wings uses running as a catalyst to empower American Indian and Alaskan Native youth to take pride in themselves and their cultural identity, leading to increased self esteem, health and wellness, leadership and hope, balance and harmony. Visit for more information.

About Nike in Oregon Nike targets to contribute three percent of the preceding fiscal year’s pre-tax profits annually. In fiscal year 2004 ended May 31, 2004, this totaled $37.3 million in cash, grants and product to eligible charities, non-profit organizations and community business partners around the world. Of that amount, Nike and its employees donated more than $5 million to Oregon nonprofits. Nike full- and part-time employees donated $1 million to charities, which the company matched dollar-for-dollar. In that same year, Nike employees in Oregon donated more than 56,900 hours of volunteer time to local charitable organizations, which Nike matched at $10 per hour. In addition to these contributions, many employees also donate cash, goods, and time outside of Nike’s matching gift program. More than 20 Nike senior leaders serve on non-profit boards in Oregon. For more information about Nike's community involvement in Oregon, visit