Portland, September 26, 2015. This year marks The Children’s Cancer Association‘s 20th birthday, and to celebrate, CCA turned the Oregon Convention Center into the biggest birthday party ever. Colin MacLean, Shelia Hamilton (KINK FM), Dallas and Daria Eliuk (105.1 the Buzz), and Patrick Lamb joined in the celebration. For one night – and with the help of title sponsors Regence BlueCross BlueShield and The Sheffield Family – CCA invited 850+ of their most passionate friends and supporters to put on their party hats and re-experience, with sophistication and flare, some of the most treasured parts of birthday celebrations.
From the moment they arrived, guests at the Wonderball Gala were immersed in a festive welcome from the Beaverton High School Marching Band, The Cardboard Songsters, Air Raid Derby Girls, and DJ Eric Isaacson of Mississippi Records. The evening’s highlights included premium silent and live auctions, an inspiring program, and world-class entertainment from the legendary PresHall Brass Band from New Orleans, along with Portland’s own: Liz Vice, Vursatyl, Patrick Lamb, Michelle DeCourcy, and The Jefferson Dancers. FOX12 anchors Wayne Garcia, Andy Carson, Shauna Parsons, and Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen led the live auction and special appeal. At evening’s end, guests sang Happy Birthday and together, blew out the candles on 85 individual birthday cakes, wishing CCA every success in the next 20 years. Late night revelers enjoyed an after-party with DJ Cooky Parker.