Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp Raises $215,000 With Virtual Auction

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp Raises $215,000 With Virtual Auction

Portland, OR. The Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp (MHKC) auction went virtual in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. MHKC raised over $215,000 to further its mission of empowering children and adults with developmental disabilities through equitable access to the outdoors and recreation.

Originally, the event was scheduled for the same night and was planned to include live entertainment, dinner, silent and live auctions at The Nines hotel. To ensure the health and safety of their guests during the COVID-19 crisis, MHKC switched gears with just a few weeks of planning to put on their first-ever virtual event. The week-long event started on April 15th with the silent and live auction.

On April 18th, MHKC had its virtual event with auctioneer, Kelly Russell and Executive Director, Dave McDonald live-streaming on Youtube allowing their guests to watch from the safety of their home and interact via chatroom.

Here’s a video about the camp:

From Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp:

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp has been in operation for over 85 years and has served over 17,500 children and adults with disabilities. On any given summer day, you will find campers catching fish, conquering their fear on the Adventure Course, splashing in the pool, riding a horse for the first time, whitewater rafting, and dancing the night away at campfire with new friends. Wheelchair accessible trails and innovations such as adaptive saddles, harnesses and bicycles make the traditional camp experience available to all. Camp fosters a sense of accomplishment and allows people with disabilities to experience independence and freedoms they are often denied. MHKC’s focus on equity and inclusion brings together campers and student counselors, creating lasting friendships, breaking down misperceptions, encouraging personal growth, and positively changing lives forever. To see a recap of the virtual event, visit https://vimeo.com/412482275 .

If you would like to support MHKC, please visit www.mhkc.org to make a donation or to learn more. The mailing address is 10725 SW Barbur Blvd Suite 50, Portland OR 97219.

Bosco-Milligan Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Auction raises over $125,000 for Historic Preservation

Bosco-Milligan Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Auction raises over $125,000 for Historic Preservation

Portland, October 20th. The Bosco-Milligan Foundation kicked off its 25th year of service to Portland with a celebration at the Melody Ballroom in Southeast Portland. Auctioneer, Chris Sheik; Executive Director, Cathy Galbraith; President, Fred Leeson and Leland Hanson all worked to make the event a success. The Foundation is a local organization dedicated to the preservation of historic architecture and education about local history.

Master of Ceremonies, "Handyman Bob" Strong; Auctioneer, Chris Sheik; and Volunteer, Stephanie Downer. This photo is a raffle drawing.

Master of Ceremonies, “Handyman Bob” Strong; Auctioneer, Chris Sheik; and Volunteer, Stephanie Downer. This photo is a raffle drawing.

This year's auction had more attendees than any prior auction

This year’s auction drew more supporters than any prior auction.

from left to right are: Auction Committee Chair, Eileen Fitzsimons and Auction Manager, Barbara Pierce. This was taken after the auction completed.

from left to right are: Auction Committee Chair, Eileen Fitzsimons and Auction Manager, Barbara Pierce share a hug after the auction was completed.

MC Handyman Bob during the dessert auction

MC Handyman Bob during the dessert auction

 

The foundation, started by Jerry Bosco and Ben Milligan, two men who shared a zeal for preserving and caring for Portland’s cultural heritage, saw first-hand the incredible generosity and dedication of Portlanders towards their organization in a record-breaking evening.

The environment was festive as the night began with the Melody Ballroom decorated heavily in silver for the 25th anniversary theme. Prior to the auction’s start the organization had already broken one record by selling out of tickets for the first time in its history. As the night proceeded, the generosity of Portlander’s and their care for preserving their city’s cultural heritage was most impressive halfway through the live auction, during the collective bid. The goal of the collective bid was to raise $25,000 in order to be able to maintain and catalog the organizations collections of historic architecture. By the time the donations were all tallied, that goal was more than doubled, totaling over $50,000.

Immediately after the collective bid came a major announcement from Craig Kelly of Venerable Properties. During a teary-eyed speech he declared that in honor of the late Art Demuro, a prominent activist for maintaining the historic integrity of Portland and an important member of the Bosco-Milligan Foundation, an endowment for the organization is going to be established with further details to be announced later on. The collective bid along with Craig’s announcement inspired the room and as the auction continued bidding was higher than ever.

To find out more go to www.visitahc.org or call 503-231-7264