Portland, OR. Led by Honorary Chair Wally Remmers of West Hills Land Development, Home Builders Foundation raised a record amount to help end homelessness. A welcome reception found supporters like Beverly & Tom Liesy visiting with Bill Hupfer and Ursla Burdda. The event, held on April 14th at The Nines Hotel in downtown Portland, raised a record $410,000 to help build and renovate shelters for those experiencing homelessness throughout the Portland metro area. (Photo credit, Aaron Courter Photography)

HBF Executive Director Brenda Ketah presents Honorary Chair Wally Remmers with an award recognizing his dedication and support of Home Builders Foundation.

Eric & Jennifer Post pose with HBF Board Member Mike Harn and his wife Brianna

HBF Vice President Darci Fredricks holds her bid card up for VIP tickets to Jackson Browne this summer at Edgefield, courtesy of NW Natural


Ben & Stefanie Friberg celebrate on stage after winning the Standard TV & Appliance Golden Ticket drawing.

Led by Honorary Chair Wally Remmers, owner of West Hills Land Development, this year’s Building Hope Gala & Auction was supported by leaders in the home building industry, including Metropolitan Land Group, Polygon Northwest, DR Horton, Emerio Design, Everett Custom Homes, West Hills Homes NW, Parr Lumber, and many more. Other philanthropic leaders such as Tim Boyle of Columbia Sportswear, Jeff and Linda Hargens of Northwest Earthmovers Inc., Randy and Naquel VanLant of Macadam Floor & Design, and Bob and Peggy Berwick of IWP also supported Home Builders Foundation with significant contributions to the event.

The Building Hope Gala & Auction drew a record 450 attendees to The Nines Hotel for a night of fundraising. Attendees had the opportunity to bid packages that included trips to Italy, Hawaii, Canada, and California, as well as unique experiences such as a duck hunt at Wally Remmers’ private duck club, a sunset cruise aboard a luxury yacht, and courtside section tickets to a Trailblazer game. 

Home Builders Foundation highlighted its partnership with the Good Neighbor Center, a shelter for homeless families with children in Tigard, during its special appeal. Home Builders Foundation recruited Mountainwood Homes to serve as the Builder Captain for this small project which added a three hundred square foot addition to the existing shelter, which is now used exclusively for children’s programming. Home Builders Foundation raised an incredible $114,000 during the special appeal thanks to the support of attendees as well as donors who were not in attendance.

Funds raised at the Building Hope Gala & Auction benefit Home Builders Foundation, a Portland-based nonprofit that builds and remodels shelters for those experiencing homelessness in the Portland metro area. Home Builders Foundation focuses on building and renovating shelters for those who are most vulnerable when homeless, including families with children, youth, and domestic violence survivors. Home Builders Foundation completes shelter builds and renovations by leveraging donations from companies in the home building industry and providing cash grants to shelter providers to complete projects.

This year’s Home Builders Foundation shelter projects include the completion of the Dorothy Lemelson House and New Meadows Program, which will provide supportive housing for at-risk youth aging out of foster care. Home Builders Foundation will also partner with Just Compassion of East Washington County to remodel a facility that will host a day services center for adults experiencing homelessness. Community of Hope, a shelter for homeless single parent families, will also receive assistance with renovations, courtesy of Home Builders Foundation.

Home Builders Foundation would like to say a special thank you to Wally Remmers and his team for the incredible leadership and support provided to the event. Home Builders Foundation would also like to thank all of the attendees, donors, volunteers, and the 2018 Auction Committee for their contributions to the event.

Home Builders Foundation would like to recognize all of the companies that sponsored this year’s Building Hope Gala & Auction: Standard TV & Appliance, ProBuild-Builders FirstSource, Performance Insulation, Everett Custom Homes, West Hills Homes NW, Northwest Earthmovers Inc., Milgard Windows, NW Natural, ARA Newmark, Sussman Shank LLP, OrePac, California Closets, Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo, First American Title, Lakeside Lumber, Montgomery & Graham, Bank of America, Medallion Industries, Kaiser Permanente, Clean It Up Mark!, Umpqua Bank, TerraFirma Foundation Systems, Far West Credit Services, Community Newspapers, Overhead Door Company of Portland, and LifeSYTLest. Table sponsored included: Anlon Construction, Bank of the West, Directors Mortgage, IWP, New American Funding, Parr Lumber, Professional Women in Building Council, Rodda Paint, Stafford Land Company, The Management Trust – Northwest, and Tiffany Home Design.

From the Home Builders Foundation:

The Home Builders Foundation, established in 1997, is the charity of choice for the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland. Their mission is to build transitional shelter for families and individuals experiencing homelessness in our community and provide construction related educational opportunities for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the home building industry. Visit www.BuildHopePDX.org for more info.

About Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland

The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland (HBAMP) is the leading voice for the residential building industry, representing more than 1,200 builders, remodelers and industry professionals. HBAMP is the most nationally awarded HBA in the country, the fastest growing and the fifth largest overall. Since 1942, HBAMP has worked on behalf of the industry to promote diverse, affordable housing options to area residents. The HBAMP produces and manages many outstanding programs and tours in the Portland area, including: The premier NW Natural Street of Dreams, the Tour of Remodeled Homes, the Fall and Spring Portland Home & Garden Shows and the Ultimate Open House. For more information, visit www.hbapdx.org.