Portland, OR. For the first time, Oregon Episcopal School (OES) went virtual for its annual auction instead of the traditional in-person event. In the end, through the silent online auction, the live stream, and the paddle raise, the 2020 OES Auction raised over $600,000. Pictured above are Randy Moe, Sara Berglund, Erin Drinkward, Kathleeen Drinkward and (back row) Tammy Moe, Dave Drinkward ‘97, Nancy Martin, and Shreve Woods.
“We are learning so much!” said OES Head of School Mo Copeland, who was part of the live audience for the March 14th virtual event in the school’s state-of-the-art design center. “The ‘150 Virtual Auction’ went off without a glitch.” Oregon Episcopal School parents gathered in small groups at The Sentinel Hotel to watch the school’s live virtual auction via cell phone and computer.
Virtual auction speakers OES Board Chair Dan Drinkward ’95, Chief Financial Officer Gretchen Reed, Head of School Mo Copeland, and Associate Head of School Peter Kraft, share a quiet moment before going live. Auction Consultant Lauren Dully Clark is at right.
Auction Committee Chair Jaime Sales (left), Emcee Peter Buonincontro (center, a theater and performing arts teacher and assistant director of residential life), and Auctioneer Johnna Wells, share a laugh between package offerings.
Board Chair Dan Drinkward ’95, spoke of the school’s resiliency in tough times. “The virus threw us for a bit of a loop, but our committee this year not only planned an unbelievable event but then pivoted a 180 two days ago and came up with what we have tonight which is just blowing the doors off all expectations.”
OES’s state-of-the-art design center was the technical hub for the 34th annual auction.
With a mandate from Governor Kate Brown to limit gatherings of 250 due to coronavirus, OES’s auction planning committee had less than 48 hours to decide whether to cancel the much-anticipated auction entirely or move forward in a new way. In true OES fashion, the committee was open to trying a virtual event, and called in The AV Department to transform a space in the school’s design center into a full-scale broadcast studio.
“The design space became a perfect stage and the development team did an amazing job of using our auction decor to set the feel,” Auction Chair Jaime Sales said. “It was an emotional thing to see when I walked into the finished space.”
Pete Buonincontro, OES theater and performing arts teacher and assistant director of residential life, was a hilarious and uplifting emcee, and Johnna Wells tag teamed as auctioneer. Local artist Scot Crandal played jazz standards on the piano in the background.
Small watch parties were scattered throughout the city, in homes and elsewhere. Some attendees even dressed in the requisite “black-tie” while watching the creative live stream from hotel rooms.
“The overwhelming response was that people loved being in the comfort of their own homes or with small groups of friends to watch and bid,” Sales said. “I received a lot of photos of people with their formal gowns and tuxes . . . and their slippers! It was also fun to see that families, including the kids, could get excited and be a part of it.”
“We’re letting the dust settle in terms of total dollars raised, but whatever the final number, the OES community showed up in a big way,” said Madeline Pruett, director of development.
More information on OES can be found on its website: https://www.oes.edu/
Portland, OR. With resources in demand at a level surpassing recent memory, medical professionals are looking beyond their usual network for support. DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital has loaned a ventilator to a human hospital in Spokane, Washington, which picked up the machine on Tuesday.
“They’re at capacity and told us that this one ventilator would help many people,” said Dr. Shana O’Marra, DoveLewis’ Chief Medical Officer and board-certified critical care specialist. “Yes, we’re an animal hospital, but we help people, too, and if we can share our resources to help even more people, we will.” In addition to the direct loan to the Washington hospital, the Portland-based nonprofit organization responded to a call from the American College of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care to register surplus equipment with the hopes of bolstering the resources of in-need human hospitals in whatever way it can.
But for a high-traffic hospital like DoveLewis which expects to care for 25,000 patients this year, resource-sharing is a balancing act. The organization is complying with the governor’s executive order to make available any surplus personal protective equipment (PPE), but supplies are diminishing. Hospital leadership has organized an internal response committee to develop practices to prolong PPE supplies and implement social distancing policies that still allow the 24/7 team to care for animals in the throes of an emergency.
O’Marra even made the hospital’s first homemade batch of hand sanitizer and shared the recipe on atdove.org, the hospital’s international distance-learning site for veterinary professionals. “We’re getting creative with the resources that we do have and sharing as much information as possible,” said O’Marra. “It’s a scary time, but I’m proud to see people rally together for the sake of their patients—human and animals, alike.”
From DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital:
DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital, established in 1973 and based in Portland, Oregon, is the only nonprofit, 24-hour emergency and intensive care unit in the region. With over 45 years of service to the community, DoveLewis has treated more than 500,000 animals. DoveLewis also has seven donor-supported community programs that serve animals in need and the animal-loving community. For more information, please visit dovelewis.org.
Portland, OR. The Portland Rose Festival is having to pivot due to the current COVID-19 crisis and some events for the 2020 Rose Festival will be postponed. Organizers are cautiously evaluating conditions and hope to offer some events at the appropriate time. But for court members, their experience will be different than the group enjoyed in 2019.
1st Row: Michelle Le (DD), Mariel Bunnage (PRFF Staff), Doré Young (FHS), Melyssa Okazaki (CC)
2nd Row: Grace Gentner (SMA), Brenda Ortegon Briceño (PHS), Jensen Kailen (ME), Anya Anand (LHS)
3rd Row: Kimberly Huynh (MW), Linda Gunselman (Court Committee Co-Chair), Wren Louis (MHS), Natalie Cetina-Huchin (JHS)
4th Row: Dyllan Newville (RHS), Emma Laboe (WHS), Roserina Chipen (BHS), Carmella Thomas (GHS)
5th Row: Zoey Weesner (CHS)
Festival administrators announced the following about the 2020 festival:
“It has become clear that the proper timing is not our original dates of May 22 through June 7. As Portland’s Official Festival, we will work with city leaders to identify the appropriate timing for the 2020 Rose Festival. Rose Festival has inspired the community for more than a hundred years through many challenging times, and we have learned to evolve our traditions as necessary. We look forward to being part of the healing process after the current crisis has passed.
One major Rose Festival milestone has already occurred: the announcement of the 2020 Rose Festival Court presented by Unitus Community Credit Union. The announcement of princesses was taken online and organizers have shifted to an online model to carry on this tradition. We will continue to follow the decisions of festival organizers and report what the COVID-19 crisis will mean for the 2020 festival.