Portland, June 14th, 2013. The Classic Wines Auction, Inc. (CWA), presented by Kuni Automotive, delivered a check for $363,804 to Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. The presentation crew included Heather Martin, Classic Wines Auction executive director, Keith Barnes, Classic Wines Auction board member, Liz MacDonell, executive director, Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation, Rick Hawkins, Classic Wines Auction board member and Shawn Menashe, Classic Wines Auction board member.

Randall Children’s Hospital, CWA’s newest beneficiary, is a leading pediatric healthcare provider in the Pacific Northwest. The funds raised by CWA help Randall ensure that children who are facing complex medical conditions receive the specialized care that they need regardless of their families’ ability to pay.

Randall is the state’s largest provider of pediatric inpatient and trauma services for infants, children and teens. The new partnership helps create an atmosphere that can ease the transition of all children and families into a hospital setting. With 165 private patient rooms, large glass-enclosed family lounges, a classroom, theater and wellness center, the facility is designed to meet the special needs of young patients and their families. It’s a place where kids still get to be kids, even while they’re healing.

Lucy Bell is a true inspiration and advocate for the comfort and security that Randall Children’s Hospital delivers. Enduring her first surgery at the tender age of three weeks, with six more surgeries following before she was six weeks old, Bell is now a healthy and active eleven-year-old.

“In the first two years of her life she had about sixteen surgeries, all at Randall Children’s Hospital. She had complications and went into cardiac arrest, and luckily Dr. LeGras was in the building and performed CPR,” said Lucy’s mother, Molly Bell. “For thirty two minutes we had no idea what the outcome was going to be, but they saved her life.”

Today Lucy continues to grow stronger through daily activities such as basketball, softball and gymnastics.

How Randall Children’s Hospital Serves the Community:

As part of Legacy Health, Randall Children’s Hospital is a nonprofit, locally owned organization. It helps improve the well-being of our communities by:

  • Partnering with other organizations to provide reduced-cost care for low-income families.
  • Partnering with local schools to present injury-prevention information.
  • Offering home safety information and products in the Safety Store and Resource Center.
  • Providing classes and taking part in community events, including car seat safety checks and bicycle helmet fittings.
  • Leading a medical assessment program for suspected child abuse cases.

The future of children’s healthcare:

Located in the heart of Portland, Randall Children’s Hospital is a regional center for infant, child and teen care. It receives more than 100,000 patient visits annually, including some of the most critically ill and injured children from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The hospital features:

  • · Children’s Emergency Department — open 24/7 with doctors and nurses trained specifically to care for children.
  • · Quick access to trauma, burn and critical care, as well as many pediatric specialties.
  • · A medical staff of more than 600 physicians, including pediatric medical and surgical specialists, sub-specialists, hospitalists and community pediatricians.
  • · Partnerships with Legacy Health’s five other medical centers and varying regional health care organizations.

“Participating as a CWA charity will significantly help us provide for the children and families we serve,” said Liz MacDonell, executive director of Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation. “At Randall Children’s Hospital, about 50 percent of the kids we treat are uninsured or underinsured, but we never turn anyone away. Regardless of a family’s ability to pay, we offer exceptional care in a state-of-the-art facility. In addition, we provide Child Life support, art therapy, education and an overall unique environment for our patients so they feel more comfortable during their stay.”

The majority of the funds donated to Randall Children’s Hospital were raised during the annual Classic Wines Auction fundraising gala this past March. As one of the largest fundraisers in Oregon, CWA is dedicated to producing premiere food and wine events to raise funds for local charities. CWA partners with organizations with the following characteristics: mission compatibility, effective organizational management, sound financial practices, board-led fundraising, sustainability and a solid volunteer network.

Other recipients included the following:

The Classic Wines Auction, Inc. (CWA), presented by Kuni  Automotive, delivered a check for $376,148 to YWCA Clark County on May 28, 2013. The donation amount represents roughly fifty percent of YWCA Clark County’s philanthropic related income for the year.

The Classic Wines Auction presents YWCA Clark County with $376,148 raised from its gala annual auction. Pictured left to right: Paul Vogel, Classic Wines Auction board member; Shawna Burkholder, YWCA Clark County director of development and communications; Kevin Weaver, YWCA Clark County board vice president of fund development; Sherri Bennett, YWCA Clark County executive director; Megan Vaughn, YWCA Clark County board president; Karen Hinsdale, Classic Wines Auction board member; Keith Barnes, Classic Wines Auction board member.

The Classic Wines Auction presents YWCA Clark County with $376,148 raised from its gala annual auction. Pictured left to right: Paul Vogel, Classic Wines Auction board member; Shawna Burkholder, YWCA Clark County director of development and communications; Kevin Weaver, YWCA Clark County board vice president of fund development; Sherri Bennett, YWCA Clark County executive director; Megan Vaughn, YWCA Clark County board president; Karen Hinsdale, Classic Wines Auction board member; Keith Barnes, Classic Wines Auction board member.

The Classic Wines Auction, Inc. (CWA), presented by Kuni Automotive, delivered a check for $434,610 to Friends of the Children (FOTC).

Consistently recognized as one of the top charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator Magazine since 2001, the Classic Wines Auction has raised nearly $32 million for Portland-area charities since its inception in 1982. Based in Portland, Ore., Classic Wines Auction, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing the Classic Wines Auction and related food and wine events to raise funds for local charities benefiting children and families, including: Metropolitan Family Service, New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children-Portland, YWCA Clark County and Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. See more at www.classicwinesauction.com.