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Party with a purpose indeed! (From left) SEI supporter Karis Stoudamire-Phillips, SEI staffer Tracy King, and Marcus Eastland and Will Eberhart from Nike were among the 200-plus attendees at SEI’s Here + Now shindig held April 16 at SEI headquarters.

More than 200 community conscious, dazzlingly dapper professionals dropped in at the North Portland headquarters of Self Enhancement Inc on April 16 for the organization’s annual Here + Now soiree, in order to "Party With a Purpose." This festive affair offered the opportunity for guests to learn more about (and contribute to) SEI’s myriad programs and services that support at-risk urban youth and help them to realize their full potential.

While sampling a sensational array of food from the likes of Bunk Bar, Produce Row, Savoy Tavern, and Besaw’s—not to mention elegant signature cocktails prepared by House Spirits Distillery and a wall of wine from Red Slate Wine Company—happy attendees were treated to testimonials and entertainment from SEI students themselves. The SEI Sounds of Soul Choir, Junior Drummers, and Elementary African Dance were among the groups confidently showcasing their considerable skills and artistry—skills and artistry that are encouraged and given a chance to blossom by the continued efforts of Self Enhancement Inc. All told, the event drummed up over $83,000 for SEI’s coffers thanks to the generosity of those in attendance.