Portland, April 27th, 2013. “The lighted Man” walks through an installation piece by PSU students at the CAP Art Auction. Held for the third time at the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, more than 1400 people attended the Cascade AIDS Project fundraiser. Highlights included performances by Taylor Dayne and a Portland Gay Men’s Chorus a cappella group called Cascade. There were large financial gifts by several Patrons: a paddle raise match of $50,000 by Nike and another at $20,000 from the Ray Hickey Foundation. Several auction items were sold at a premium — including a piece by Gus Van Sant for $5,750 and a studio piece by Dale Chihuly for $9,500. (Photo Credit, Monty Herron)

Art handlers carry across, Boy Girl, by Gus Van Sant

Art handlers carry “Boy Girl” by Gus Van Sant

Some 750 Patrons dined, bid and danced to live music by Taylor Dayne and Cascade a cappella group in this wonderful transformation of the Memorial Coliseum

Patrons dined, bid and danced to live music by Taylor Dayne and Cascade a cappella group in the elegantly transformed halls of the Memorial Coliseum

Taylor Dayne belts a powerful note for the crowd while singing, I’ll be your Shelter

Taylor Dayne belts a powerful note for the crowd while singing, I’ll be your Shelter

Every year since 1990, CAP has hosted an art auction and party to raise money to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and provide service to those infected or affected by HIV in the Northwest. Portland’s art community first organized this iconic event and they remain the backbone of the Art Auction today. The event has grown over the past two decades, now encompassing 250 works of art and over 1,000 guests. The event was co-chaired by Ann and Mark Edlen and presented by the Hedinger Family Foundation.

The event is a draw for hundreds,  photo credit  Andie Petkus Photography

The event is a draw for hundreds of generous Portlanders (photo credit Andie Petkus Photography)

Members of the Portland Gay Men's Chorus

Members of the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus (Photo credit Andie Petkus Photography)

The event was co-chaired by Ann and Mark Edlen, photo credit  Andie Petkus Photography

The event was co-chaired by Ann and Mark Edlen (photo credit Andie Petkus Photography)

 

Onlookers bid in silent auction on some 240 or so donated works of art in the Grand Event

Supporters bid in silent auction on some 240 donated works of art in the Grand Event

Dr Raymond Frye and the Bling Dental Table, the Entertainment Sponsor of the evening

Dr Raymond Frye and the Bling Dental Table, the Entertainment Sponsor of the evening

Jeff Miller of Travel Portland raises his paddle during the fund-a-need portion of the event

Jeff Miller of Travel Portland raises his paddle during the fund-a-need portion of the event

Robert Goman of Nike pitches a $50,000 match challenge to the crowd

Robert Goman of Nike pitches a $50,000 match challenge to the crowd

From CAP:

All funds raised support the vital work of Cascade AIDS Project. Our mission is to prevent HIV infections, support and empower people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS and eliminate HIV/AIDS related stigma.

The gala could not have happened without the grand gestures of the hundreds of artists and galleries that participated by donating art.

About Cascade AIDS Project
Incorporated in 1985, Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) is the oldest and largest AIDS Service Organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Our mission is to prevent HIV infections, support and empower people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and eliminate HIV/AIDS-related stigma.

With a staff of 60, and a volunteer corps that includes over 700 individuals providing more than 29,000 hours of service each year, CAP manages a diverse array of programs and an annual budget of $5.8 million. Fifteen percent of CAP’s staff are individuals living with HIV, 25% identify from communities of color, and 30% are bilingual. Our programs serve the broad and diverse set of communities impacted by HIV, from community-specific programs focused on teens, Latinos, the gay community, individuals and families living with HIV, to the thousands of individuals throughout the state who seek education though our AIDS/STD hotline each year. A committed 19-member volunteer Board of Directors provides strategic guidance and oversight to ensure CAP accomplishes its mission and continues to operate with integrity and transparency. www.cascadeaids.org

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