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Portlanders Are Invited to Sponsor "A Rose in Guadalajara" as an Enduring Gift for Loved Ones This Valentine’s Day

Show support of city partnerships with an enduring gift that unites cultures.

Portland, OR, January 19, 2008 --( Today, the Portland-Guadalajara Sister City Association (PGSCA) announced an opportunity for the people of Portland to give an entirely unique and enduring gift to their loved one this Valentine’s Day. Beginning now through Feb. 14, 2008, the PGSCA invites the public to sponsor a “Rose in Guadalajara.”

In early 2007, the government of Portland Sister City Guadalajara, Mexico, awarded the people of Portland (via the PGSCA) with 30,000 sq. ft. of park land in Bosque Colomos, Guadalajara’s largest central-city park ( to create a “Garden Portland” or “Jardin Portland.” Work on Phase One of the garden culminates on February 14, with the planting of two beautiful rose gardens that symbolize the connection between the cultures of Guadalajara and Portland, both known as “Rose Cities.” The event will be part of a week-long Guadalajara city anniversary celebration that will also include the donation of two Portland Fire Department fire trucks to the city through the PGSCA’s Fireman, or “Bombero,” Program.

A donation of $50 or more per Valentine will help cover the cost and maintenance for one rose bush in the park. An engraved nameplate in Jardin Portland for each rose sponsor will document the gift recipient’s generosity, dedication to cultural diversity, and pride in the Portland region for generations to come. Group and corporate gift opportunities are also available.

The garden, slated for completion in 2011 (concurrent with the Pan American Games, to be held in Guadalajara that year), will highlight Portland internationally as a leader in environmental best practices. The garden’s Verde Learning Center will incorporate, and educate about, sustainable building and gardening practices. It will also feature replicas of some of our most cherished regional features, including a mini Multnomah Falls and an amphitheater modeled after Pioneer Square, and will showcase works by Portland artists.

To take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give a Valentine’s Day gift that crosses borders and unites cultures, interested parties may visit the PGSCA website at or call 503-232-7550.

About the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association

The Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association (PGSCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and strengthening partnerships and fostering goodwill between the City of Portland and the City of Guadalajara. PGSCA achieves this endeavor through on-going cultural, educational, and economic development initiatives. More information is available online at

Contact: Karamy Muessig
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Phone: 503.750.9041

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