Benefit for Children’s Institute Raises a Record $270,000

Benefit for Children’s Institute Raises a Record $270,000

Portland, OR. An annual fundraiser called “Impact Oregon’s Future” raised a record $270,000 for the Children’s Institute. Marta and Ken Thasher (above) celebrated Ken receiving the Children’s Institute’s 2020 Alexander Award for his long-standing passion is to make a difference for children and families in Oregon.

The virtual event, held on October 20th, was emceed by CI’s Senior Early Education Advisor Soobin Oh. It highlighted the nonprofit’s work across Oregon to increase access to critical early childhood programs including preschool, home visiting, child care, and many other services. The virtual benefit included recorded messages from VIP supporters.

Jordan Schnitzer toasts Ken Thrasher on receiving the 2020 Alexander Award.

Governor Kate Brown congratulates Ken Thrasher on receiving the 2020 Alexander Award.

Cindy and Duncan Campbell stepped up as presenting sponsors for the 2020 Impact Oregon’s Future event. Duncan founded Children’s Institute over 16 years ago and served on the board for many years.

Children’s Institute CEO and President Swati Adarkar reflects on the nonprofit’s achievements.

Swati Adarkar commented, “It’s really incredible to witness the growth of the movement to support Oregon’s children. Strategic investment in our youngest Oregonians is a sure way to impact our state now and into the future. We’re pleased and grateful that so many people, parents, leaders, and community partners see the value of the work we do and have donated critical resources to fuel our work forward.” Swati Adarkar explained why the nonprofit is grateful. “Every dollar helps us continue the work we’ve been doing for more than sixteen years, connecting young children across Oregon to vital programs and services that support their healthy development and early school success.” The Children’s Institute honored Ken Thrasher with the Alexander Award at the event.

The award was named for Richard C. “Dick” Alexander, one of Oregon’s foremost business and civic leaders, who was committed to improving the lives of Oregon children with a focus on early childhood.

“Ken truly embodies the spirit of the Alexander Award,” Adarkar said. “His commitment to children and families has been exemplary and he has had an extraordinary imprint on advancing Oregon’s early childhood agenda. Ken’s deep, long-standing passion is to make a big difference for children and families in Oregon, and he has. I was thrilled to celebrate him.”

Others who added their gratitude and thanks for Ken’s service and commitment to Oregon’s children during the event included Governor Kate Brown; Martha Richards, Executive Director of the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation; philanthropist Jordan Schnitzer; and Beaverton School District Superintendent Don Grotting.

From Children’s Institute:

Founded in 2003 by a group of business and philanthropic leaders, the Children’s Institute brings Oregonians together to support the early learning and healthy development of young children, prenatal to eight years old.

We believe in starting early because investments in young children’s education, health, and safety are proven to improve lifetime outcomes for children who experience barriers to opportunity due to poverty, race, disability, and/or geographic location.

Through advocacy, research, policy, and practice, Children’s Institute works to ensure that young children have the programs and services they need to nurture their love of learning and prepare them for success in school and beyond.

Join us to make sure every child in Oregon has the best start in life.

35th Annual Classic Wines Auction Raises $3 Million for Five Nonprofit Partners

35th Annual Classic Wines Auction Raises $3 Million for Five Nonprofit Partners

Portland, OR. Eight hundred guests gathered for the 35th Annual Classic Wines Auction and raised $3 million dollars for five nonprofit partners. This brings the total raised, over 35 years, to nearly $50 million. The benefit was at the Oregon Convention Center on March 2nd. The nonprofit beneficiaries this year were: Metropolitan Family Service, New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children – Portland, YWCA Clark County, and Unity Center for Behavioral Health. (Photo credit, John Valls)

Ryan Smith, Jason Zidell and William Oben

Tom Gerrie of Cristom with Tricia and Mark Cooper

Jim and Cathy Rudd with Karen Hinsdale

Heather Martin, Drew Carney and Fritz Hatton

Rick Hawkins, Judy Strand and Larry Black

Wally Rhines and Roger Hinshaw

The Super Silent Auction

Reception Chef, Sara Hauman

Supporters from the Mercedes Benz Table

Entertainers from “Love Bomb Go Go”

KR Rombauer and David Duncan from Silver Oak

Woodward Canyon was represented by Jordan, Darcey, and Rick Small

Wine Ambassadors for CWA19 included representatives from Rombauer, Woodward Canyon, Domaines Ott, Becky Wasserman Co., Cristom and Silver Oak

Chris and Kathryn Hermann

John Goodwin takes a selfie with his guest.

Cindy and Duncan Campbell

A sommelier shows a bottle to Drew and Maura Bledsoe

DJ Wilson

800 strong, guest enjoyed enjoy a gourmet array of food prepared by Portland chefs, including a multi-course dinner paired with wines selected by Honorary Wine Ambassadors from around the globe.

There were over twenty CWA Sommeliers.

Chris Hermann from 00 Wines

Charissa Caldwell and Andrew Plummer from Mercedes Portland

CWA Board Member Brian Garish

Here’s a list of the top Live Auction items:
  • Mercedes-Benz 550 (donated by Mercedes-Benz of Portland and Mercedes-Benz of Beaverton): $157,500
  • Trip to Rome and Tuscany with Modern Adventure: $70,000
  • Trip to Monaco for Formula 1 Grand Prix: $70,000
  • Northern Lights adventure in Finland: $58,000 (sold twice)
  • 35 Magnums of wine to celebrate 35 years of Classic Wines Auction: $13,000 (top-selling wine lot)
  • Trip to Sonoma with Matt & Jasmin Felton: $100,000
  • Cruising Paradise with Rombauer Vineyards: $16,000
  • Bordeaux Wine Cruise with Woodward Canyon: $13,000
  • Elevated Willamette Valley Chardonnay Experience with 00 Wines: $11,000
  • Oregon: 00 Wines & Cristom Vineyards
  • Washington: Doubleback Winery & Woodward Canyon Winery
  • California: Rombauer Vineyards & Silver Oak Cellars
  • France: Becky Wasserman & Co., Domaines Ott
Award Winners:

VINI Award: Greg & Michele Goodwin Each year since 1992, the Classic Wines Auction has presented the VINI Award to individuals that have used their enthusiasm and support of viticulture and passion for the community to increase the success of Classic Wines Auction events. Their knowledge and experience have created new standards of excellence for the auction and related events.

ORVI Award: Véronique DrouhinEach year since 2002, the ORVI Award has been awarded to individuals who have demonstrated significant achievements in building the Oregon wine industry and establishing its worldwide reputation. The ORVI award is presented to individuals that have not only elevated the status of Oregon wines, but have also provided generous support to the Classic Wines Auction. These individuals are leaders in the Oregon wine industry and are recognized and respected for their professionalism and philanthropy.

35th Anniversary Leadership Award: Bank of America / Roger Hinshaw. This special 35th Anniversary award is presented to Bank of America for more than 20 years of generous support for Classic Wines Auction. Their contributions have totaled more than $1 million dollars. We are grateful for the many ways they work wonders in the community.

Koerner Rombauer Award for Service: George Hosfield. The Koerner Rombauer Award for Service was created in 2007 to recognize individuals, like Koerner Rombauer, that have consistently served, funded, and supported the Classic Wines Auction and its benefiting nonprofit partners.

From Classic Wines Auction:

Working with multiple nonprofit partners to spread the wealth and maximize our impact in the community.

Classic Wines Auction supports the work of Oregon and Southwest Washington organizations by providing funds to pre-selected nonprofit partners benefiting children and families. This year, we are honored to partner with Metropolitan Family Service (MFS), New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children – Portland, YWCA Clark County and Unity Center for Behavioral Health.