Portland, OR. Kinship House hosted its third annual Light the Way auction at the Lagunitas Community Room in Northeast Portland. Entertainment was provided by local bluegrass band, The Coffers, and local auctioneer Justin Timm served as an emcee. Executive Director, Natalie Wood, and Development Director, Dennise Kowalczyk served as emcees of the event as well. Kinship House was started in 1996 with a focus on early intervention and long-term successful outcomes for foster children in search of their forever home. (Photo credit, Dennise M. Kowalczyk)

Lagunitas Community Room – 3rd Annual Light the Way Auction 

The nonprofit celebrated two Kinship House Heroes: Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran for her work advocating for those struggling with mental health issues and Deacon Charitable Foundation for its ongoing generosity as a significant supporter. Kinship House raised over $26,000 at the October 6th benefit in support at the gathering. 

The Coffers – Local Bluegrass band provided entertainment

From Kinship House:

We are an outpatient mental healthcare provider for foster and adopted children in the Portland metro area. We use a variety of expert, therapeutic approaches in care. Our mission is to champion the successful permanency of each child we care for as we strive to understand their unique stories and needs as they journey to a stable and healthy home.

The sponsors who made the event possible, included: Northwest Bank (presenting sponsor), Care Oregon, MODA, North Rim Commercial Properties, and Perkins & Co., Pamplin Media, FedEx Ground, OnPoint Community Credit Union, Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance, Lincoln Financial Group, OnMark Asset Management and US Bank.