2023 Honored Citizen, October 10, Oregon Convention Center

Sustaining Sponsorship by
Portland State University & the PSU Foundation
University of Oregon College of Design
Colas Construction

Our Signature Celebration of the Year

Every year, the broader architecture community comes together for one night to honor the contributions of a member of our community and support the mission of the Architecture Foundation of Oregon. AFO Honored Citizens are celebrated for their significant contributions to Oregon’s designed environment. Chosen by a committee of peers from across the field, the Honored Citizen award is one of the most prestigious in the state.

Since 1993, AFO has honored public officials, community advocates, statewide organizations, philanthropists, developers, artists, architects and more. The event is held annually at the Oregon Convention Center and serves as AFO’s signature event.

2023 Honored Citizen, Hermann Colas, Jr.

Hermann Colas, Jr., center, joined by his family

Hermann Colas, Jr. is a proud Haitian, American, and Veteran who served during the Vietnam War, became a distinguished scholar, civic and business leader dedicating his life’s work to strengthening communities. Hermann’s story began in 1948 in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, where he learned how to lead as the eldest son of eight siblings. His love for his family and the family home inspired his career path and mission, eventually leading to the founding of Colas Construction (COLAS), a general contracting firm headquartered in Portland, now owned and operated by the second generation.

Following his six-year service in the U.S. Army, Hermann graduated from Portland State University with distinguished honors, and as a double major in computer science and mathematics. He served over 20 years as a business executive, leading teams at US WEST.

In 1997, Hermann pursued his longtime goal of starting a family business. He founded Colas Construction with a vision to address the underinvestment in housing for communities of color residing in North and Northeast Portland.

Today, his impact on countless families remains clear with an impressive portfolio of housing, tenant improvements, and renovations. COLAS is nationally and locally recognized for delivering excellence in construction for a diverse scope of housing, education, civic, and healthcare projects.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a special gathering to celebrate Hermann Colas, Jr. and our 30th anniversary of Honored Citizen.

2023 Honored Citizen

Sustaining Sponsorship by
Portland State University & the PSU Foundation
University of Oregon College of Design
Colas Construction

Tuesday, October 10
5:30pm Reception  |  7pm Dinner
Oregon Convention Center
Oregon Ballroom

Video by Jacob Pander with Collaborator Studios

See our past honorees

Sponsorship Opportunities

AFO works directly with sponsors to develop a mutually rewarding partnership. Our reputation for commitment to Oregon’s built environment, our constituency of a wide range of industry citizens and our strong relationship with other sponsors and donors make an association with AFO highly rewarding for our sponsors. Sponsorships are available at a variety of levels to fit budgetary and marketing requirements.

2023 Sponsors

Event Sponsor
$10,000

  • Logo below event title on invitation, newspaper ads, event programs and projections, and media releases
  • Two seats at the President’s Table
  • Two complimentary tables (up to 16 guests) with signage, in prime location
  • Invitation for all guests to private pre-dinner Patron Reception with the Honored Citizen
  • Short speaking opportunity at the Patron Reception
  • Premium wine or champagne service at dinner
  • Complimentary parking for all guests
  • Half page ad in the event program
  • Listing in newspaper “thank you” ad
  • Year-long presence on AFO Honored Citizen web page
  • Social media recognition on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram

Sustaining Sponsor
$8,000

  • Corporate/firm name and/or logo below event title on invitation, newspaper ads, event programs and projections, and media releases
  • One and a half complimentary tables (up to 12 guests) with signage, in prime location
  • Invitation for all guests to private pre-dinner Patron Reception with the Honored Citizen
  • Complimentary parking for 3 vehicles
  • Quarter page ad in the event program
  • Listing in newspaper “thank you” ad
  • Year-long presence on AFO Honored Citizen web page
  • Social media recognition on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram

Supporting Sponsor
$6,000

  • Corporate/firm name and/or logo on invitation, newspaper ads, event programs and projections, and media releases
  • One complimentary table (up to 8 guests) with signage, in prime location
  • Invitation for 4 guests to private pre-dinner Patron Reception with the Honored Citizen
  • Complimentary parking for 2 vehicles
  • Listing in newspaper “thank you” ad
  • Year-long presence on AFO Honored Citizen web page
  • Social media recognition on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram

Table Sponsor
$3,500 ($3,000 for AFO members of $1,000 or more)

  • One guest table (up to 8 seats)
  • Table signage at event
  • Listing in event program and on projection screens
  • Listing in newspaper “thank you” ad
  • Social media recognition on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram

Half Table Sponsor
$1,750 ($1,500 for AFO members of $500 or more)

  • One half guest table (up to 4 seats)
  • Table signage at event
  • Listing in event program and on projection screens
  • Listing in newspaper “thank you” ad

Become a Sponsor

Questions?

Contact:
Susan Myers
Associate Director
susan@af-oregon.org
503-542-3824

Member Spotlight

John Maternoski
Founder/Editor Portland Design Pup

“I enjoy the event because of the diversity of people it attracts – I see people there that I don’t see anywhere else… It’s a great cross-section, and I think it leads to introductions and conversations that benefit our community that wouldn’t happen elsewhere.”