Portland, September 20th, 2014. Friends of William Temple House gathered for the 11th annual Lifting Spirits Benefit Dinner & Auction to support  mental health counseling and emergency social services programs of William Temple House. The benefit at the Oregon Zoo raised $96,000 and drew 153 guests.

Volunteer of the Year, Lea Spacirova and her husband Jorge Torales

Volunteer of the Year, Lea Spacirova and her husband Jorge Torales

Development Director, Sally Oakes and Board President, John Chandler

Development Director, Sally Oakes and Board President, John Chandler

Geoff Norcross, Morning Edition Host, OPB Radio

Geoff Norcross, Morning Edition Host, OPB Radio

Since 1965 William Temple House has been providing low-cost/no-cost mental health counseling and emergency social services such as food, rent, utilities and transportation assistance to individuals, couples and families. No one is turned away because of an inability to pay. We have over 11,000 client visits each year.

The Band was Duthie & Company – David Duthie, Dave Evans and Dave Johnson and sponsors included: Anderson Bros., Inc.; McGee Wealth Management; O’Donnell Clark & Crew. The Master of Ceremonieswas Geoff Norcross, Morning Edition Host, OPB Radio and the auctioneer was Chris Sheik.

Board President, John Chandler “Our annual event isn’t just about raising operating revenue. It’s about celebrating our successes with the friends of William Temple House and getting to know those friends better.”

Director of Development, Sally Oakes “My favorite part of having an event is connecting with those who support William Temple House and share the enthusiasm for the organization. It’s so meaningful to personally meet those who help William Temple House achieve its mission.”

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