PORTLAND, Ore. - Relationships forged while helping others through disasters led to a happy gathering - a wedding ceremony Aug. 1, 2009, in Portland, Ore., for former Mauian Sarah Virginia Bott and Kelly Ray Mulholland.
Presiding over the ceremony in the city's Woodland Park neighborhood were Sho and Loen Dozono.
The bride is the daughter of Emily O'Neil Bott of Wailuku and the late Robert Alan Bott of Charleston, S.C. A graduate of Seabury Hall and the University of Hawaii, she received a master's degree in communications from American University in Washington, D.C., and is a public information officer with the City of Portland.
Sarah Bott and Kelly Ray Mulholland
The groom, son of Geraldine Richmond of Oregon and the late Robert Mulholland of Washington, held the rank of Navy ensign, with duties related to nuclear power. He now heads the maintenance and construction division of the Portland Water Bureau, where he started as an apprentice mechanic 28 years ago.
The couple met while volunteering in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. While there in September 2005, Bott told The Honolulu Advertiser that "there are career disaster-response people here who worked the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11 who say they've never seen anything like it."
She also was among those who were in New York after the Sept. 1, 2001, attacks. Bott was working at the time for the Portland mayor's office and joined the Flight for Freedom, a response by Oregonians to New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's call for economic and other support from Americans.
The Donozos provided the "inspiration and leadership" for that project, according to Web site www.flightforfreedom.com/. Sho Donozo chaired the Portland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce at the time; among his businesses is a travel agency. The couple is known for its civic contributions, and many consider Mr. Donozo to be the "unofficial mayor" of Portland because of his deeds, Bott said. The Donozos also organized, with Mercy Crops, a trip to New Orleans a year after Katrina.
In order to preside over the wedding ceremony, the Donozos had to be certified, and "they now joke that they are going to do more (weddings)," Sarah Bott said.
The Donozos were on Maui shortly before the wedding, and they sprinkled sand from Makena on the couple's feet during the ceremony. The reception included a performance by He Makana O Aloha, a Portland hula halau.