Portland, OR. A sold-out crowd of 300+ escaped to CHAPlandia: a celebration of art+healing benefiting the Children’s Healing Art Project at PureSpace. The fifth annual event on November 5th celebrated the 10th anniversary of Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP). Long-time CHAP supporters Gila Lane, Kiva Lane and Paul Block enjoyed the photobooth. (Photo credit, Matt O’brien of mattophoto.comThe annual gala to support CHAP, netted $125,000. Portland-based author Cheryl Strayed served as emcee at the fundraising event featuring 17-year-old CHAP participant and cancer survivor Leslie P from Beaverton, OR. 

Emcee and CHAP supporter Cheryl Strayed connecting with a guest

Emcee and CHAP supporter Cheryl Strayed connecting with a guest. (Photo credit, Izzy Ventura Meda)

CHAP founding donors Charlie and Darci Swindells were honored as part of the celebration.

CHAP founding donors Charlie and Darci Swindells were honored as part of the celebration.

Featured CHAP artist Leslie P opened the evening with a celebratory dance.

Featured CHAP artist Leslie P opened the evening with a celebratory dance.

Original CHAP donor Anton Pardini inspired attendees by spontaneously offering to match $5,000 in gifts.

Original CHAP donor Anton Pardini inspired attendees by spontaneously offering to match $5,000 in gifts.

Wendy and Mehdi Farjami of Tribe Hair Studio have attended CHAPlandia every year.

Wendy and Mehdi Farjami of Tribe Hair Studio have attended CHAPlandia every year.

Anjali Rathore and Kristy Charroin, former CHAP board members, reconnect.

Anjali Rathore and Kristy Charroin, former CHAP board members, reconnect.

Stella M, featured artist at the first CHAPlandia event (in 2012), prepares for volunteer henna shift by practicing on her own hand.

Stella M, featured artist at the first CHAPlandia event (in 2012), prepares for volunteer henna shift by practicing on her own hand.

Event chair Lauren Holden Kilbane getting ready for the evening with volunteer Holden Kilbane.

Event chair Lauren Holden Kilbane getting ready for the evening with volunteer Holden Kilbane.

CHAP's staff celebrates the 10th anniversary (from left, Sarah Panetta, Faye Pendergrass, Carolyn Brecht, Sharon Jaye Perrins, Mary Miller Doyle and Maxine Hartwick)

CHAP’s staff celebrates the 10th anniversary (from left, Sarah Panetta, Faye Pendergrass, Carolyn Brecht, Sharon Jaye Perrins, Mary Miller Doyle and Maxine Hartwick)

From CHAP:

At CHAP, children are known for their creativity and ingenuity — not by their disease, diagnosis or disability.

Our innovative and inclusive healing arts programs are provided free of charge to children, teens and families affected by pediatric illness, disability or special need. CHAP provides Oregon’s only in-and-out of hospital interactive healing arts program.

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