Taste of Style PDX is a small group of volunteers devoted to helping other non-profits in cutting hunger from our community. We strive to bring more awareness to the growing number of people suffering from food insecurity through yearly fundraising events.
We strive to gain sponsorship from local and national businesses that would help grow awareness and our impact in reducing hunger in our local communities.
Taste of Style PDX is a small nonprofit committed to cutting hunger from our community and raising awareness of the growing number of families suffering from food insecurity.
14.6 percent of the families in Oregon and Southwest Washington struggle to put food on their tables. That’s 553,000 and more than 194,000 of them are children.
The first Taste of Style fundraiser was held in Portland in 2015. Since its inception, the organization has raised $42,000 to feed families in need. That’s enough money to provide more than 124,000 meals for hungry families.
We leverage our effectiveness by partnering with other non-profits in our community, including the Oregon Food Bank, which has been our partner for the past five years.
Taste of Style PDX is a 501©3 non-profit and donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law: Tax Exempt Number: 82-4455467
Meet Our Board
Chris Vandehey, Board Member, Chairman:
With over 40 years in the beauty business, Chris continues to grow and hone his already exceptional hairdressing skills. A native Oregonian, he is owner of Style on 2nd, a downtown Portland, Oregon styling icon for 34 years. As a national educator for Aquage Hair Care Products for the last 17 years, Chris has traveled extensively in America, educating hair dressers from salon and stage. His work has been featured on the cover of "Modern Salon Magazine", and has been published multiple times in numerous Hair Industry National Magazines such as "Hot Hair", "Launchpad", "Inspired", and "NW Magazine". This spring, Chris' work was featured at the showing of "Creative Hair Art" at the ARFU Gallery in Portland Oregon. For the last five years, he has been the Creative Director and Chairman for "Taste of Style", a fundraiser benefiting The Oregon Food Bank. Chris is also a North American Hairdressing Awards Finalist. For Chris, the most exciting and satisfying part of heading up Taste of Style is giving the hair stylists, cosmetologists, fashion designers, and photographers the chance to express themselves, while also giving to those less fortunate.
Maureen Bastin, Board Member, Secretary/Treasurer/Graphic Design:
Maureen's work with Oregon Food Bank and the Taste of Style developed through a friendship with her hairdresser of 12+ years, Chris Vandehey. Retired from Intel Corporation after a 25+ year career as a Senior Project Manager in Corporate Finance and Human Resources, she was well aware of the needs and vision of Oregon Food Bank through corporate volunteer efforts. Her passion for all things artistic and creative, and being an avid crafter and art lover, she jumped at the chance to get involved in such a worthy and fun cause. Being involved in Taste of Style for the past four years continues to fuel her passion for bringing an end to hunger, all while feeding her creative side in this whimsical annual venue for artists in hairdressing, make-up, and fashion. Maureen is proud to be a part of improving people’s lives and addressing the insufficient food dilemma we have in this country by working towards ending hunger across our region.
Carol Redwine, Board Member, Exhibitor Project Manager:
Carol graduated from Riverside City College, Cosmetology, in California in 1984 and has worked for salons and herself for many years. She has also worked for several manufacturers as an educator and platform artist, beginning with FaroukSystems and going on to Joico/ISO. She owned and operated her own salon in the Salem area for twelve years until she decided to change career directions and share her many years of knowledge with others. She began teaching Cosmetology in 2008 at Mt. Hood Community College and hasn't looked back. She enjoys sharing and growing with her students. MHCC Cosmetology has had at least one team the last two years participate in Taste of Style and MHCC students won the Taste of Style People’s Choice Award in 2016.
Diane Mitchell, Board Member, Auction Coordinator:
Diane worked as a hairdresser for seven years at Appropo Hair Fashions. She then became a distributor sales consultant working for Berliners, Pacific Salon Systems, and Beauty Systems Group (West Coast). She is currently semi retired, working very part time for Beauty Bros. She also volunteers with the Oregon Food Bank and the Scholls Women’s Club. I am so proud to be working with the amazing hairdressing/fashion industry to create a venue to display their talents for the benefit of the Oregon Food Bank and feeding the hungry in Oregon and Southern Washington.
Janis Collins, Committee Member, Internet Marketing Project Manager:
Before establishing her own firm, Janis served as director of public affairs and communications for the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. Her resume also includes more than a decade of experience as a newspaper and television reporter. She has taught English in Oregon high schools and journalism at the University of Oregon as a graduate teaching fellow. She has also served on the boards of the Public Relations Society of America, Rebuilding Together* Washington County, the Beaverton Education Foundation, and the Portlandia Club. After working more than 30 years in communications, she enjoys volunteering now. She and her husband, Bruce, are project coordinators for an annual Christmas project that provides meals and gifts to 200 struggling families in Washington County and Janis enjoys helping the Taste of Style feed those in need as well.
Bonnie Rappé, Committee Member, Media Relations Project Manager:
Having attended and enjoyed Taste of Style, Bonnie is thrilled to now be a part of the team! With her background in community and public relations, in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds, she is excited to take on the role of media relations for Taste of Style. Not only is the evening itself fabulous, but the chance to also help the Oregon Food Bank makes the entire experience one in which she is very proud to participate.
Danni Parenteau, Committee Member, Social Media Coordinator:
After many years in high tech, Danni left to pursue her dream of owning a farm with many animals. She now lives on 7 acres with chickens, donkeys, goats, cats, a llama and her farm pup. Danni has been a volunteer for the Audubon Society, Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary and, for the last three years, at Taste of Style, assisting her husband, Paul, behind the scenes, helping to make, organize, and serve food for the event. Her appreciation for all styles and methods of communication led her to the role of social media coordinator for this year's Taste of Style. She is proud to be part of an event that assists the Oregon Food Bank in addressing hunger at its root causes to ensure there will be food for all.