’80s-Themed OES Auction is “Like, Totally Aardy”

’80s-Themed OES Auction is “Like, Totally Aardy”

Portland, OR. Supporters donated $530,000 at the “Like, Totally Aardy: The OES ’80s Auction.” 377 guests gathered at Montgomery Park to support Oregon Episcopal School at its ’80s-themed auction. Auction Chairs were Hilary O’Hollaren and Diane Engelhard Jones. Decked out in their best ’80s costumes, from leg warmers to punk rock leather jackets, supporters raised funds for key school programming, including professional development and a community-based tutoring program. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus and Jenny Bowlden)

OES fans raise their paddles to support student success.

OES theater arts teacher Peter Buonincontro served as the evening’s emcee at the March 11th benefit, while auctioneer Kelly Russell of Artisan Auctions kept the evening moving.

Viju and Aishwarya Deenadayalu

Carey Killian celebrates an auction win.

From OES:

OES is an independent Pre-K–12 school in southwest Portland with over 850 students. Its mission is to prepare students for higher education and lifelong learning by inspiring intellectual, physical, social, emotional, artistic, and spiritual growth so that they may realize their power for good as citizens of local and world communities. 

Oregon Episcopal School serves 860 students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, including 60 boarding students from around the world in Grades 9-12.


Riverdale Parent Teacher Club Celebrates a “Passport to Our Future”

Riverdale Parent Teacher Club Celebrates a “Passport to Our Future”

Portland, OR. Over 300 supporters enjoyed a festive, globally-themed gala benefiting the Riverdale School Parent Teacher Club at The Hilton Portland. Auction co-chair Shelly Pascoe lifted a glass with Parent Wendy Tollsand at the gala. Grandparent Ken Wightman also co-chaired the “Passport to Our Future” benefit. The March 11th event featured a live auction, a paddle raise, party sign-ups, international foods and dancing to Hit Machine. The paddle raises alone raised over $80,000 for PTC programs and Principals’ wish lists. (Photo credit, Tim Tollsand)

Parent Nif LIndsay was selling bracelets for the “Heads or Tails” raffle. Participants select either “heads” or “tails” and the auctioneer continues flipping a coin until just one winner is left standing.

Auctioneer Ken Ackerman & Alumni Parent Eric Jacobsen getting ready for Heads or Tails Game

Parents Ajnya & Rakesh Pai

Parents Donna Avedisian & Craig Chanti

Riverdale High School Parents

Over 84 grade school and high school families raised their paddles at the auction and online, contributing $40,000 to RGS for outdoor learning and technology integration, and $40,000 to RHS for field studies. 

From the Riverdale PTC:

A heartfelt Gracias, Danke and Grazie go out not only to the many attendees but also the donors, sponsors, volunteers, vendors, entertainers and everyone else involved in this annual fundraising event. The PTC is  so pleased that we were able to surpass our attendance and fundraising goals, and are thrilled with generosity, enthusiasm and support of the Riverdale Community.  

About the Riverdale School District:

The Riverdale School District is an independent public school district. It was founded in 1888 and has always enjoyed widespread community interest, involvement and support. Today, Riverdale Grade School (PreK-8) and Riverdale High School (9-12) serve more than 600 families living in a residential, wooded area called Dunthorpe, located seven miles south of downtown Portland, Oregon, and adjacent to the city of Lake Oswego. View our district boundaries.

Riverdale School District is committed to providing an exceptional college-preparatory education for all students that is personalized, learner-centered and academically rigorous. Our simple but powerful goal is to produce students who know how to use their minds well. The curriculum in each grade level marries core academic disciplines with art, music and experiential learning. Students are required to demonstrate their deep understanding of fundamental subject matter through classroom work, including individual and group projects. 

Plus, learning at Riverdale isn’t confined to the classroom. Students are encouraged to spread their wings and expand their minds through field studies. Starting with day trips in lower grades, overnight trips beginning in 4th grade, and week-long field studies in middle school and high school, these excursions provide the opportunity to use classroom knowledge in real-world, experiential settings.

12th Annual Girls Inc. Power of the Purse Raises $431,294

12th Annual Girls Inc. Power of the Purse Raises $431,294

Portland, OR. This year’s “must have bags” were up for bid at the 12th annual Power of the Purse (POP) Gala on March 17th. At the benefit notable Portlanders and designers joined forces to create one-of-a-kind purses which are auctioned off to benefit Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest. (Photo credit, Jennifer Rogers)

Kennedy, helped entertain supporters, she’s a Girls Council member.

Local designers, including Ellington Handbags, Looptworks and new to the event, designer Denise Tjarks, created purses together with this year’s “Purse-o-nalities.” 14 local celebs, including KGW reporter Cassidy Quinn and BurnCycle founder Jessi Duley showed their passion for empowering young girls. Unique creations were showcased by school-aged Girls Inc. in a live runway auction.

Organizers say, over the past decade, the Power of the Purse Gala has been recognized as one of Portland’s most fashionable fundraising gala and has raised more than $2.5 million to support Girls Inc. programming in the Portland metro area, and the greater Pacific Northwest. The nonprofit works to inspire and empower girls, ages 6 to 18, to be strong, smart, and bold through after-school groups, mentorship and educational opportunities. Together, with support from partners, funders, and the Pacific Northwest communities they serve, Girls Inc. gives every girl the opportunity to realize the “Power of Her.”

The nonprofit works to inspire and empower girls, ages 6 to 18, to be strong, smart, and bold through after-school groups, mentorship and educational opportunities. Together, with support from partners, funders, and the Pacific Northwest communities they serve, Girls Inc. gives every girl the opportunity to realize the “Power of Her.”

Rapper Wynne performed at the event.

This year’s Power of the Purse Gala kicked off with an exclusive POP Up Shop and reception prior to the runway event. The POP Up Shop featured hand-picked, local vendors, with 25 percent of all proceeds raised going to support Girls Inc. programming. Vendors included Amira Jewelry, Fetch Eyewear and many others. In addition, this year the POP Up Shop featured a “Girls Experience” opportunity, allowing for party-goers to give towards educational and empowering opportunities for the girls.

This year’s 2017 Purse-o-nalities were:

• Tiffany Boyd, co-founder, What the Festival;

• Eden Dawn, style editor, Portland Monthly;

• Stacey Dodson, market president, U.S. Bank;

• Jessi Duley, owner, BurnCycle;

• Susan Fairchild, owner; S Fairchild Designs;

• Paula Hayes, CEO and founder, Hue Noir;

• Kathleen Lewis, philanthropist;

• Peggy Maguire, senior vice president, corporate accountability and performance, Cambia Health Solutions;

• Hon. Adrienne Nelson, judge, Multnomah County Circuit Court;

• Kate Norris, founder, winemaker, and general manager, SE Wine Collective;

• Cassidy Quinn, reporter, KGW News;

• Angela Sheehan, principal, CFO, Glumac;

• Kelsey Troy, senior vice president, human resources, KinderCare Education; and

• Susan Wilkerson, vice president and general manager of strategic global accounts, Lam Research

Featured purse designers were:

• Leather Girl Kelley;

• Mari Lassa;

• Ellington Handbags;

• Scott Hamlin of Looptworks;

• Susan Fairchild of S Fairchild Designs;

• Christina Castillo of Christina Castillo Handbags;



• Janny Downey of Minou-Minou;

• Denise Tjarks;


• Jeff Amrhein of Hand and Hide; and

• Mia Scofield of Mo&Co.

The event is presented by KinderCare Education, along with supporting sponsors Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation, Bank of America, Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP, Ernst & Young, KeyBank, Portland Trail Blazers, The Standard, U.S. Bank, Nike, Wells Fargo Bank, Hannah Andersson, Delta Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Markowitz Herbold PC., Burncycle, Sally Morrow Creative, Premiere Press, Cambia, Kassab Jewelers, Randall Children’s Hospital, Cindy Thompson Events, Lam Research and Walsh Construction.


About Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest inspires girls, ages six to 18, to be strong, smart, and bold. Our gender-specific programs and research-based curricula provide girls with the confidence and self-esteem to access a bright and economically-independent future. For more information, please visit www.girlsincpnw.org.

Classic Wines Auction Raises a Record-Breaking $3.5 Million for Charity Partners

Classic Wines Auction Raises a Record-Breaking $3.5 Million for Charity Partners

Portland, Or. This year’s Classic Wines Auction, which took place at the Oregon Convention Center on March 4th, raised $3.5 million, more than any auction in the organization’s history. Net proceeds will benefit five local nonprofits: Metropolitan Family Service, YWCA Clark County, Friends of the Children, New Avenues for Youth and Unity Center for Behavioral Health. The Honorary Wine Ambassadors included: KR Rombauer, Steve and Bridgit Griessel, Alison Sokol-Blosser and Xavier Barlier.

Auction Co-Chairs: Shawn Menashe, CWA Executive Director Heather Martin, Tara Kinateder and Matt Felton

Richard Popiel, M.D. Executive Vice President & Corporate Chief Medical Officer at Cambia Health Solutions posed for a photo with the emcee for the benefit, Drew Carney From KGW.

Jill Nelson is ecstatic about her winning bid.

Every year, professional sommeliers volunteer their time at the Classic Wines Auction. The Auction relies on assistance from this group and over 350 other volunteers to help with the event.

Jason Zidell and William Oben celebrate their winning bid for a package.

(L to R) Cynthia and John Morgan, Mark Adams, M.D., Kristy and Sean Robbins, Steven and Elisa Klein, Kimberley Chan, M.D., Richard Popiel, M.D., Executive Vice President & Corporate Chief Medical Officer at Cambia Health Solutions and his wife Dr. Lisa Holland

With a record-breaking year on the books, the Classic Wines Auction has raised nearly $45 million for its partners in the organization’s 33 years. This announcement comes on the heels of its 2016 event being ranked number seven on Wine Spectator’s annual list of Top 10 charity wine auctions in the U.S.

“We’re overwhelmed by the generous support of our community and the success of this year’s event,” said Heather Martin, Executive Director of the Classic Wines Auction. “We implemented a number of format changes this year to shorten the evening and freshen up the event, and we are thrilled by the positive response from our attendees, donors, sponsors, and nonprofit partners. We know these funds will create incredible opportunities for youth and families in Oregon and Southwest Washington.”

With more than 850 guests in attendance, the paddle raise drew in more than $1.1 million, another new record for the organization. “Weekend with Rombauer,” a trip for six couples to Napa Valley, went for the highest sum, raising $108,000. Other hot packages included a 2018 Lexus LC500h, a trip to France with Louis Roederer Group, and an African safari with Betz Family Winery.

Throughout the year, Classic Wines Auction hosts a number of events in support of its nonprofit partners, including:

  • Corks and Forks: June 8, 2017
  • Oregon Polo Classic: July 22 and 23, 2017
  • Fall Winemaker Dinner Series: November: 14-16, 2017
  • Spring Winemaker Dinner Series: Feb. 20-22, 27-28, March 1, 2018

About Classic Wines Auction:

Consistently recognized as one of the top ten charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator Magazine, the Classic Wines Auction has raised nearly $45 million for local nonprofit partners since its inception in 1982. Based in Portland, Ore., Classic Wines Auction, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing the Classic Wines Auction and related food and wine events to raise funds for local organizations benefiting children and families, including: Metropolitan Family Service (MFS), New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children-Portland, YWCA Clark County and Unity Center for Behavioral Health. The organization recently received – for the third consecutive year – a four star rating from Charity Navigator recognizing exemplary performance in accountability, transparency, as well as strong financial health. More at www.classicwinesauction.com.

“Unmask ALS” 2017 Dinner & Auction Gala Raises $360,000

“Unmask ALS” 2017 Dinner & Auction Gala Raises $360,000

Portland, OR. Over 600 guests and volunteers filled the ballroom at the Oregon Convention Center on March 11th, to help “Unmask ALS.” The event raised $360,000 to help fund the nonprofit’s mission to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.

Executive Chef Scott Weaver and CEO Anne Weaver of Elephants Delicatessen

Master of Ceremony, Antonio Harvey and Auctioneer Graham Crow

Guest Tonya Bunick was the lucky winner of the “Golden Ticket” opportunity.

Excitement, hope and bid numbers were in the air at the benefit.

From the ALS Association:

Since its inception in 2002, our local chapter of The ALS Association is the central source for services and education for people with ALS, their families, caregivers, and health care professionals in all of Oregon and the six counties of SW Washington. The progression of ALS varies significantly from one person to another. Responding to each person’s individual needs, our local chapter is available to provide vital services and reliable information through strategic community partnerships.

A sampling of programs and services available, free of charge: 

·         On-staff Care Services Coordinators who offer individual support and home visits to assess needs, suggest equipment, connect with local resources and help families plan.

·         ALS Association Certified Center of Excellence partnerships with Providence Brain & Spine Institute and the Portland VA Health System.

·         ALS Association Clinic partnerships with OHSU, Kaiser Permanente, St. Charles Health System, The Center and Asante Health System.

·         Medical Equipment Program in partnership with Numotion and Norco Medical to loan equipment to aid in daily living activities and with mobility.

·         Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology Program to support communication, access and technology needs.

·         Chapter Grant Program that funds a myriad of reimbursable, ALS-related expenses such as respite care, counseling, co-pays for healthcare costs, home modifications, and more.

·         Caregiver Support Program to provide family caregiver focused support groups, Care Connections guidance, and referrals.

·         Monthly Support Group Program for people living with ALS, family members, and friends.

·         Support and resources for children, in partnership with The Dougy Center, who have ALS in their families.

·         Bereavement Support Program for family members and friends who have lost a loved one to ALS.

·         Education and Outreach to health care professionals, home health care agencies and the community with updates on current ALS needs and solutions.


Our chapter receives no government or insurance funding – we rely solely on our events, corporate and personal gifts, and local foundation grants.  


SnowCap Celebrates 50 years and Raises Funds For Low-Income Families

SnowCap Celebrates 50 years and Raises Funds For Low-Income Families

Portland, OR. Oregon’s largest food pantry, SnowCap Community Charities, celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a record-breaking $147,000 dinner auction. SnowCap Assistant Director Kirsten Wageman recruited her daughter, Goldie Hohnstein, to be one of 53 auction night volunteers who helped make the event a success. Funds will be used for food, clothing, utility assistance and other services to low-income families in east Portland, Gresham, Fairview, Troutdale, Parkrose and Wood Village. Last fiscal year, SnowCap distributed over 2.3 million pounds of food, more than any other food pantry in the state. More than 9,000 residents depend on the nonprofit for food or clothing each month. (Photos © Studio Gauthier)

SnowCap board members Judi Allen and Bev Carlson discovered hot deals in the flower garden of prizes donated by Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Representative Carla Piluso, D-Gresham, returned as emcee of SnowCap auction as well as donating a rustic Italian dinner party for ten. Jim Liefeld and Gail Swanson fueled up for serious bidding.

JillMarie Wiles was auctioneer for the 380 guests in attendance at the March 11th auction at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport. Executive Director Judy Alley says SnowCap is a vital resource for many working families in East County. “The funds raised make it possible for us to serve our neighbors. Our clients are mostly the working poor, children, elderly or disabled. Support raised at this event is a sign of how much East Multnomah County cares for this community.” Program coordinators encourage people to help by choosing SnowCap on a Fred Meyer rewards card or when shopping at Smile.Amazon.com.

Jeanne Grant and Susan Sloan share a laugh with SnowCap Executive Director Judy Alley, who will retire this fall after 26 years of service. Snowcap administrative expenses constitute just 6.5% of total expenses.

SnowCap Warehouse Coordinator Jason Ingram is a man on a mission for chocolate in the Dessert Dash.

Some of the local sponsors for the benefit included: Les Schwab Tire Centers, The Boeing Company, Pacific Power, PGE, Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Alyson Huntting, Sally Gaudina, broker, RE/MAX Equity Group and Gethsemane Lutheran.

A multigenerational crew of 1,000 volunteers help the nonprofit run smoothly. Here’s a video about volunteering with the program:

From SnowCap:

  • SnowCap is located behind the Rockwood United Methodist Church at 17805 SE Stark.  
  • To visit the pantry, enter using the west driveway from Stark Street.  
  • To drop off donations, enter from Pine Street.

More info at www.SnowCap.org 

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