The Majestic Crane
In Japan, the crane, or tsuru, is a national treasure and is considered the bird of happiness. It is depicted in art, literature, and mythology as a symbol of good luck and longevity because it is said to live 1,000 years. An ancient Japanese legend promises that when you fold a thousand origami cranes, you will be granted a wish by the sacred crane.
In more recent years, the crane has become a symbol of peace, hope, and
healing during challenging times. This is based on the post-World War II story of Sadako Sasaki and her unforgettable tale of perseverance. Diagnosed with leukemia at age 12 due to radiation exposure after the bombing of Hiroshima, Sadako became determined to fold 1,000 cranes in hopes of recovery, happiness, and a world of eternal peace. Although she was able to fold only 644 cranes before she died, her classmates folded the remaining 356 in her honor – the ultimate testimony to loyalty and hope for a better future.
Golden Crane Recognition Society
The majestic crane is the perfect symbol to recognize donors who annually give a total of $1500 or more through membership dues, tribute gifts, general donations, in-kind donations and more. These gifts ensure the Garden’s immediate and long-term vitality. Recognition in this society indicates the extraordinary impact these contributions have on the Garden’s holistic operations.
As a token of our gratitude, we will periodically extend special invitations to individuals and organizations recognized in the Golden Crane Society. These invitations are above and beyond the benefits affiliated with Portland Japanese Garden memberships.
Gifts recognized through the Golden Crane Recognition Society are gifts of
hope for the Garden’s future.
For additional information on the Golden Crane Society, including planned giving to the Golden Crane Legacy Society, please contact Senior Philanthropy Manager, Claire Eisenfeld at 503-542-0281 or by email.
Companies interested in receiving the marketing and hospitality benefits of Corporate Golden Crane Society membership can find more information here.
*Two cards with 5 adult guests per visit per card (children under 18 are free) = $300 Fair Market Value. Want full tax deductibility? Forgo the membership. You’ll still be included in our Golden Crane Recognition Society. Interested in an evergreen gift or a pledge? Just contact the Development Department.