The voices of North Portland’s De La Salle North Catholic High School choir soar during its rendition of “I Believe I Can Fly” at the 2008 Light A Fire awards on October 28.

Image: Evan Pilchik

The posh Nines Ballroom inside downtown’s newly minted the Nines hotel served as the backdrop for Portland Monthly’s fourth annual Light A Fire: A Celebration of Giving. Geared toward recognizing lesser-known community organizations, the event honored local charities and the individuals who serve them in fifteen different categories, such as Best-Kept Secret and Purely for the Love. More than four hundred supporters turned out for the festivities, which benefited the Entrepreneurs Foundation of the Northwest.

Meet the winners of the 2008 Light a Fire awards. Read The Givers.