Portland, OR. Celebrate The Fever was the theme as the Portland Rose Festival made Foundation history by raising more than $157,000 at its annual dinner and auction. 300 guests including Cathe West, Sonja Mallars, Vicky Rice, and Karen Bailey boogied to the music in Montgomery Park at the disco themed benefit. They snapped up items like trips to London and Mexico and walls of wine. Tony Starlight started the crowd going with a rendition of “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.” The audience was feeling the fever at the October 14th event as auctioneer Patrick Siver guided the bidding into a record night for funding Rose Festival award winning events and programming.

Tony Starlight opening the Rose Festival Disco & Roses Auction

Tony Starlight opening the Rose Festival Disco & Roses Auction

Royal Rosarian table bidding up.

Royal Rosarian table bidding up.

Living History Actor Adeena Wade, Rose Festival Clown Prince Angel Ocasio and Portland Business Alliance 2016 ‘A Place With No Ceiling’ Award recipient Marilyn Clint.

Living History Actor Adeena Wade, Rose Festival Clown Prince Angel Ocasio and Portland Business Alliance 2016 ‘A Place With No Ceiling’ Award recipient Marilyn Clint.

About the Rose Festival:

For one hundred years, the Portland Rose Festival has served families and individuals from Oregon and beyond with events and programs that spotlight the riches of our Pacific Northwest heritage and environment while offering colorful examples of many international cultures. Attended by more than two million people, the festival is annually one of the top three most highly decorated events by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) and in 2007 was named Best Festival in the World. Among the festival’s most popular events are the Grand Floral Parade, one of the nation’s top two all-floral parades, and the WaMu Waterfront Village, which features the Best Children’sProgramming in the World, according to the IFEA.

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