A Night in the Park…

September 25, 2012

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And what a sensational night it was! The weather was more than perfect as over 365 people to gather together under the beautiful canopy of the night’s sky at Simon & Helen Director Park to share their stories, enjoy a delicious family-style feast by Violetta Restaurant, listen to the melodic sounds of Portland Cello Project, and most importantly, to support a cause near and dear to their hearts and to all of our hearts here at Benefit Auctions 360.

Though each person may have attended the event for different reasons, there was no doubt that there was one common thread that united the evening – and that was the passionate hope for a tomorrow that is FREE OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS.

About four years ago, Randy Wells, BA360 Associate Auctioneer and father to Johnna Wells, was diagnosed with having MS.  Every day, we continue to be so inspired by Randy’s drive and determination to power forward, despite the emotional and physical toll that MS can often leave in its wake. He is a motivation to us in all that he is and does.

Did you know that every week about 200 people are diagnosed with MS and the highest incident rate of MS in the United States is actually right here in the Pacific Northwest? Its true.

Powered by the mission to mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected with MS, we were so enthusiastically inspired by the great show of support by the community to the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter!

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Together, under the stars, this community banded together and raised over $360,000!

These are funds that will help fund cutting edge research; Drive change through advocacy; Facilitate professional education; and Provide programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

Congratulations to the team at National MS Society for your hard work leading up to your fundraising event! It was quite a magical Night in the Park!

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EVENT PREVIEW: Amy Roloff Charity Foundation’s Starry Night – A Little Help for a Big World fundraising event!

September 13, 2012

This Saturday, September 15, 2012, we at Benefit Auctions 360 will proudly partner with the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation for the fourth year in a row, at this year’s fundraising event, “Starry Night – A Little Help for a Big World”!

Johnna Wells and ARCF founder, Amy Roloff at the 2011 Starry Night - A Little Hope for a Big World fundraising event!

Held this year along the stunning and creative grounds of Roloff Farms, and hosted by Jason Kennedy of E! News, this annual fundraising event is one you surely do not want to miss! Amy Roloff – business professional, wife, mother, and leading lady of the hit television series “Little People Big World” on the TLC Channel, founded the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation (ARCF), and is once again putting on an incredible fundraising event of epic proportions!

ARCF Emcee, Jason Kennedy {May 23, 2010 - Source: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America}

Inspired by her vision to make a difference in the lives of others –  Amy established ARCF in 2009 to help non-profit organizations raise funds for children and youth who face social, emotional, mental and physical challenges. Since it’s inception, ARCF has raised over $250K for local, national and international non-profit organizations and causes, certainly providing a little help for a big world!

In addition to this year’s fundraising event being held on Amy’s birthday – HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMY! –  the event will feature a VIP Hour, complete with Red Carpet interviews, a Silent Auction, a creatively curated Live Auction, as well as an opportunity to showcase direct financial support for the work of ARCF!  This year’s 2012 Starry Night fundraising event will benefit, various Non Profit partners, as well as Bridge Meadows, the Swindells Center of Providence Child Center, and Soccer For Success! Though the event is virtually SOLD OUT, contact ARCF Vice President, Lisa Dixon – 503-789-9938 – lisadixon.arcf@gmail.com – to explore any opportunities to attend this incredible fundraising event, or to discuss opportunities to have your support showcased during the evenings “Moment of Giving”, an opportunity to showcase direct financial support for the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation and their beneficiaries, so that you too can provide a Little Help for a Big World!





September 11, 2012

On October 6, 2012, Benefit Auctions 360 will join an incredibly inspiring organization – Incight, for their annual fundraising auction and event, held at the beautiful and urban Pure Space, in Portland Oregon.

The team at Incight  works to connect disabled students to education and employment, providing them with an array of resources and opportunities for growth and success. The name Incight is a hybrid of the word Inciteto spark a passion, and Insight –  to possess intimate knowledge of a topic or situation.   Through self-empowerment, Incight is continuously providing the tools and skills for those with disabilities to advance their education, seek and obtain employment, and become active participants in their communities. Through all this, Incight’s main goal is achieved; to create contributing members of society who view life without any thought of limitations.

Each year, Incight awards up to one hundred scholarships to students with disabilities, ranging in value from $500 to $2,500,  who have demonstrated outstanding merit in giving back to the community and overcoming obstacles in order to pursue higher education.

One such scholarship recipient has gone on to do some pretty incredible things! Rob Thompson was an Incight Scholar for two years while he attend Portland Community College.  Rob studied multi-media with an emphasis in web design and video, and thereafter, began an internship with Incight in August of 2011.  Since then, he has produced some outstanding videos and podcasts for Incight, via a multimedia grant that Incight received to empower Rob to produce exciting and informative content.

One of his recent videos promoting the 2012 BACKBONES Scavenger Hunt, an event held on September 9, 2012 in Portland, Oregon, and September 29, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois, to raise awareness for Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, can be found here!

If you’ve not already purchased your tickets for Incight’s upcoming annual fundraising auction and event, or you would like to have your support showcased for this extraordinary organization, contact Insight’s Executive Director, Dan Freiss(971) 244-0305/dan@incight.org / www.incight.org.