Community Celebration

Each November, the Four Way Community Foundation sponsors a Celebration of Community Spirit to recognize the philanthropy evident in our communities. The celebration is held at the Bear Hotel in Grants Pass. Tickets are available to the public.

A keynote speaker is featured at the event. Past speakers have included:

  • Adrienne Nelson, Oregon Supreme Court Justice
  • Emily Evans, Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon
  • Mark Yaconelli, founder of The Hearth
  • James Basker, author and professor of Literary History
  • Barbara Roberts, former Oregon governor
  • Merrill “Tony” McPeak, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, retired
  • Oregon Supreme Court Justice Paul DeMuniz
  • University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer
  • Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Fusao Inada
  • Bruce Allyn, internationally known strategic advisor and negotiator
  • Jonathan Nicholas, Cycle Oregon founder

The Celebration of Community Spirit includes the presentation of the Louis F. Schultz, Jr. Distinguished Service Award.

Louis F. Schultz, Jr. Distinguished Service Award

The Louis F. Schultz, Jr. Distinguished Service Award honors outstanding individuals who have made significant and extended contributions toward building stronger and better communities in the area served by the Foundation. The award is named for longtime Grants Pass attorney, businessman and civic leader Louis F. “Louie” Schultz, who was instrumental in establishing the Foundation and served on its board for many years. Schultz, a native Oregonian, came to Grants Pass in the early 1950s after graduating from Stanford Law School. He practiced law until his death in 2004.

As part of the annual award, the Foundation makes a $10,000 charitable contribution to a local non-profit organization(s) designated by the award’s recipient.