Portland, OR. Local drag legend Poison Waters served as Mistress of Ceremonies and kept the laughs coming for the more than 200 guests at Human Solutions’ “Soar With Us” Auction and Gala on April 8th. Human Solutions works to alleviate homelessness and poverty. Waters entertained guests, including those from sponsor HFO Investment Real Estate: Breckinridge Lanning, Michael Razavi, Miguel Cobian, and Aaron Douglas. Guests bid on silent auction items and enjoyed signature cocktails before dinner and a live auction. Jason Demicheli of Demicheli Benefit Auctions, LLC was auctioneer and music was performed by Malao de Cuba. (Photo credit, Phototainment PDX)

Guests at the Human Solutions auction included Gordon Gannicott, Ann Sola, Rob Sola, Human Solutions Executive Director Andy Miller, Mitch Rofsky, Linda Holy, Bob Durston.

Guests had the chance to play good old-fashioned games like Jenga and Connect Four at the auction.

Client speaker Ellie Hayes posed with Poison Waters. Ellie was homeless and lived on the Springwater Corridor for 10 years until she found stable housing through Human Solutions. She now works as the family engagement specialist at the Human Solutions Family Center, which operates a 24/7 emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness.

Guests get ready for the live auction at the Melody Ballroom.

From Human Solutions:

Featured sponsor: JP Morgan Chase & Co. Cocktail hour sponsor: HFO Investment Real Estate. Soaring Sponsors: Gerding Edlen, Walsh Construction Co., LMC Construction. Community Champion Sponsors: Holst Architecture, Tonkon Torp LLP, Kantor Taylor. Good Neighbor Sponsor: Network for Oregon Affordable Housing. Affinity Property Management matched the first 15 gifts of $1,000, and the Ed Cauduro Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation matched all other gifts up to $15,000.

At Human Solutions, our vision is to foster a prosperous and healthy community that is free of homelessness and of the devastating effects of homelessness and poverty.