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Roy Jay Receives Award From U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Portland, Oregon business entrepreneur Roy Jay was the recipient of a special award presented to him by United States Senator Jeff Merkley.

The event, which was held on June 14 at the prestigious Multnomah Athletic Club attracted a full house of notable business and political figures which all paid $500 per person for this special fund raising luncheon.

Jay was recognized for his years of civic and business service to Oregonians. Among those in the audience was International businessman, Junkie Yoshida, who also came to congratulate Roy and other award winners on their accomplishments.

“Roy Jay is special” says Judy Cushing, executive director of Lines4Life, a nonprofit organization that is focused on veterans’ assistance and suicide prevention. Jay has been an active board member for nearly five years. “He does what he says that he is going to do” says R. Weldon Woodruff, a close friend for over 40 years. Jay has empowered and employed many people that may not have had an opportunity. His east Portland offices are operated by African-Americans and Latinos, and he will be just as inclusive in his new Washington DC offices that recently opened on June 1 within a few blocks of the White House. He has served as a mentor for hundreds of individuals and small businesses.

Senator Merkley especially gave accolades to Roy Jay’s efforts in initiating Project Clean Slate, which has assisted thousands of people since 2005 get a second chance in life by helping to convert delinquent traffic tickets, barriers to employment, housing and other opportunities. Today, Project Clean Slate is part of the Multnomah County Circuit Court and still operated by Jay and a dedicated staff.

Former Oregon State legislator Linda Flores was quoted as saying “this is one of the best returns on investment that I have seen in years”. Jay and Project Clean Slate have an 83.5% success rate which beats the odds of most other programs.

Jay accepted the “Bending toward Justice” Award from Senator Merkley and was able to stay for most of the program but was on a tight schedule since he was scheduled to be in court later that afternoon to assist nearly 100 PCS clients that were anxiously waiting his arrival in court to get them started on their path to economic recovery.
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