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Golden Crane Society Annual Reception

This year’s Annual Reception features a special guest, Caryl Stern, Chief Impact Officer of LionTree and former CEO, UNICEF USA

Koi fish swim next to the Zig-Zag Bridge. Photo by Mike Centioli.

Once every summer we like to raise a glass to you, our Golden Crane Recognition Society Members for your support, passion, and dedication to the Garden. Please join us as we enjoy an evening at the Garden, spending time with old and new friends.

This is an open house event with light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, live music, a first look at our art exhibition, Painting with Thread: The Art and Culture of Fukusa, and an opportunity to stroll in the Garden in the evening twilight.

By invitation only to Golden Crane Recognition Society Members


Caryl Stern

Headshot of Caryl SternCaryl Stern is the Chief Impact Officer at LionTree. Prior to joining LionTree in 2023, she served as the Executive Director of the Walton Family Foundation and has more than 40 years of experience in the non-profit sector, including over 13 years as CEO of UNICEF USA.

She serves on the boards of directors of The Container Store and the We Are Family Foundation and is a member of the Advisory Board of Chime for Change. Caryl earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art, a Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel Administration and completed her PhD coursework in the same field. Stern is the recipient of five honorary Doctoral degrees.


Peter and Beverly Sinton

Peter and Beverly Sinton of San Francisco, CA have long held an interest and passion for Japanese art. Peter is a 4th generation San Franciscan and Beverly is a 4th generation Japanese American from Honolulu. Together, they spent two years in the Peace Corps and throughout their careers pursued an interest in art collecting and Japanese textiles. In 2024, they generously donated their collection of fukusa, gift-covers, and uchishiki, altar covers, to Portland Japanese Garden to be enjoyed and appreciated by guests as The Peter and Beverly Sinton Gift and Altar Cover Collection.

In addition to a lifetime of collecting art, the couple share a commitment to public service. After earning an MA from Stanford, Peter Sinton pursued a journalism career, writing for Time and Business Week magazines as well as the San Francisco Chronicle. Peter has served as a volunteer docent at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and board member of the Society for Asian Art.  Beverly Sinton earned a BA in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley and worked for a law firm and workplace evaluation company. She volunteered  at Shanti Project and Zen Hospice to support terminally ill patients, and volunteered at the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic. On June 23, 2024 Portland Japanese Garden looks forward to hosting the couple as they present on the fascinating world of Japanese textiles from their decades of collecting.


For additional information, or if you are interested in learning more about the Golden Crane Recognition Society, contact Director of Philanthropy, Claire Eisenfeld at

Companies interested in receiving the marketing and hospitality benefits of Corporate Golden Crane Society membership can find more information here.


Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center

The Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center was designed to be the cultural, educational, and architectural hub of the new Cultural Village. “With a new classroom, library, and performance space, the Learning Center provides an open and welcoming space where visitors can learn more about the culture that gave us the Japanese garden art form,”