Cascade AIDS Project’s 21st Annual Art Evening & Auction

May 9, 2010
{It was a treat to watch performers from Cirque Du Soleil before the Live Auction}

{It was a treat to watch performers from Cirque Du Soleil before the Live Auction}

Following a reception featuring artwork in the Silent Auction and previewing Live Auction pieces, well over 300 Cascade AIDS Project supporters trickled into a larger section of Post 419 in the Bison Building for a dinner and Live Auction. The evenings production, put together by a fabulous Event Committee and managed on the evening of the event by West Coast Event Productions, was run like a well oiled machine, moving gracefully from one part to the next. On the stage first were three performers from Cirque Du Soleil.

CAP Live Auction

Following the first of several performances by the Cirque dancers, Benefit Auctions 360’s Johnna Wells took the stage with Oregon Art Beat’s KC Cowan announcing each Live Auction piece.

{While the Live Auction was taking place, the Silent Auction remained open to other CAP supporters who did not attend the dinner}

{While the Live Auction was taking place, the Silent Auction remained open to other CAP supporters who did not attend the dinner}

It was a pleasure to work with Cascade AIDS Project on┬áthis years event, and we are happy to report that they exceeded their fundraising goals! To read more about Cascade AIDS Project and this year’s event, click HERE to read an article by Art Critic D.K. Row in The Oregonian.

2010 Annual Liberty Auction

Erin Doherty Auctioneering

{Auctioneer - Erin Doherty Ward and Emcee - Christine Alexander}

It is one of the peak times of the year now for Benefit Auctions 360 and we have been keeping very busy! During the first weekend of May, our Associate Auctioneer, Erin Doherty Ward was out from NYC to work the Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health & NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Annual Liberty Auction. With a background in Women’s Studies, the event was a perfect fit for our fast-talking East Coaster.

{Benefit Auctions 360's Bid Spotters are working the floor}

{Benefit Auctions 360's Bid Spotters are working the floor}

It was another successful evening and we would like to thank our clients for bringing us on board for this years event! We look forward to having Mrs. Erin Doherty Ward out for another auction again soon.

Girls, Inc. – Power of the Purse

May 2, 2010

ariel performances

The room was alive with supporters on Friday night at the Power of the Purse auction and event for Girls, Inc.

Bidding

One of the trends we have seen take place at auctions this year, perhaps in response to last year’s softer economy, is the inclusion of performances before the Live Auction begins to get the audience jazzed — and it is working! Following the close of the Silent Auction at Power of the Purse, guests were asked to take their seats, the DJ began to play Black Eyed Peas, “Tonights Gonna Be a Good Night” and ariel performers put on an awe inspiring show.

I can always pick out an event produced by Cindy Thompson Event Productions – they have more of an edge to them and are not just events, but rather full-scale productions. Kudos to Cindy Thompson and congratulations to Girls, Inc. for a successful event!

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Benefit Auctions 360 immediately took the stage following the performance, moving forward with the same energy that kicked off the evening. Working with us that night was Johnna Wells as the Auctioneer, and four of our talented bid spotters: Ryan Bjornstad, Lisa Heston, Judith Rizzio, and Erin Doherty Ward.

{Johnna Wells, Judith Rizzio, Ryan Bjornstad, and Erin Doherty Ward}

{Johnna Wells, Judith Rizzio, Ryan Bjornstad, and Erin Doherty Ward}

The new Executive Director, Elizabeth Nye, shared some stories of success with the audience about the girls of Girls, Inc.

elizabeth nye

{Strong, Smart & Bold Executive Director, Elizabeth Nye, is just the right person to lead to the girls of Girls, Inc.}

To culminate the evening’s events, music legend Dionne Warwick put on quite a show.

{Music legend, Dionne Warwick performing "What the World Needs Now is Love"

{Music legend, Dionne Warwick performing "What the World Needs Now is Love"

Dionne Warwick made it possible to raise even more money following the Live Auction by having Johnna auction off a second song:

johnna and dionne

{Dionne Warwick, Erin Doherty Ward, and Johnna Wells}

{Dionne Warwick, Erin Doherty Ward, and Johnna Wells}

There were also other highlights of the evening that added just the right amount of sponteneity to further encourage guests to bid higher. Who knew that specific ingredient would have been headstands?

headstands

{Mike Chase from 99.5 the Wolf and Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson of Voodoo Doughnuts have a headstand-off}

To read more about Girls, Inc. and the Power of the Purse event this year, you can click HERE to link up with an article from The Oregonian.