March 24, 2013

I have had the great pleasure of joining Childpeace Montessori School in their fundraising efforts for the last nine years!

Childpeace Montessori School

From the very first auction held onsite at the school prior to it’s phenomenal restoration, to the Convention Center, and Pure Space in the Pearl, year after year, Childpeace knows how to create an incredibly fun and fantastically successful fundraising auction and event!

And with this year’s theme – Portlandia, Put a Bid On It – the Childpeace auction committee and parent community had the time of their life, Portland style!

Childpeace Montessori - home of the original Portlandia:)

From the moment that guests entered Pure Space in the Pearl, they were taken into a world that was, well, purely Portland! The registration tables were flanked with Bike Lanes, hanging bike tires and the infamous “hanging shoe”, an integral part of Portland’s urban landscape.

Childpeace get's their Portlandia On!

Childpeace Montessori School Auction - Portlandia - Put A Bid On It!

As guests made their way in skinny clad jeans through the totally hip, and literally, totally Portland-esque space, they were treated to PBR’s, DIY Photo Booths,  and a sound track backed by homegrown music!

Childpeace Montessori School Auction at Pure Space in the Pearl

As is the case each and every year, Childpeace Montessori was backed by incredible support from their parent community, each guest bidding wildly on classroom projects, travel packages, and more.  One of the evening’s highlights – a total Portland, totally rad, and totally rockin’ electric guitar, previously owned (and donated) by local talent James Mercer of The Shins and Broken Bells. 

Autographed Guitar donated by James Mercer of The Shins

To take the bidding up a notch, James Mercer autographed the fashionable “trans red” six string, and had his indie industry peers drop their autograph’s as well.  The gorgeous VOX 77 featured autographs by  James Mercer of The Shins, Peter Buck from REM, Colin Meloy and Chris Funk of The Decemberists, Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse, Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats, Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service, and Courtney Taylor-Taylor, lead singer-guitarist of The Dandy Warhols.


Classroom Art = A+ at Auction

We are so very fortunate to partner with  Nonprofit Organizations and Foundation’s across the fundraising spectrum at Benefit Auctions 360. And quite often, we join school foundations in their fundraising efforts as well! Through these partnerships we’re always so excited to see so many creative and talented students producing award winning classroom projects in partnership with their teachers for their upcoming school auction. 

Classroom Art Projects at the Ainsworth Red Ball

These projects are always incredibly coveted, heavily bid upon, and highly acclaimed, and year after year, students and teachers let their artistic expressions and creative intentions shine in an attempt to lovingly create a piece to include in the Live Auction, raising money for their school, and creating a treasured keepsake for the winning bidder.

Classroom Art Projects at the Ainsworth Red Ball

Over the years, we’ve certainly found that classroom projects which feature an identifying factor for each child that participated, to be very well received.  Such is the case with the Soaring Bird Project up above, which has a color coded key, featuring each child’s name and the “color” of paint that they were given creative liberty with.  A similar format was utilized on the bird below, which features each child’s fingerprint, and a color coded key complete with each child’s name listed below the image of the bird.

Classroom Art Project at St. Pius X

We’ve also found that any projects created to increase the potential for increased bidding participation to be extremely effective. The project below features photos of each child across an entire grade, expertly pieced together to form the image of a tree. By including photos of children throughout an entire grade level,  the school was able to expand upon the potential bidding base of interested bidders. When you increase interest, you expand upon your bidding base, and this potentially leads to an increase in fundraising dollars. 

Classroom Art Project at St. Pius X

Another fantastic example of classroom art is noted below. Each student wrote a poem or short compilation of their “favorite things”, and these treasured words were combined with their individual school photos, and then collaged onto canvas, a large dandelion blowing in the wind, is silk screened across the top to create an eye catching and symbolically fueled piece!

Classroom Art Project at St. Pius X

Hold on to your Hats, It’s a Cedarwood Hoedown!

The Cedarwood Waldorf parent community strapped on their boots, got all gussied up, and got their two step on in support of Cedarwood Waldorf School this March for their annual fundraising auction!

Cedarwood Hoedown

This year’s auction committee transformed Portland’s  Yale Union into an old fashion grange hall, complete with hay bails, picnic tables, mason jars filled with candle light, and strands of white lights, which hung from the rafters like tiny little stars out on the open range.

Cedarwood Hoedown at Yale Union

Cedarwood parent, owner of acclaimed Milwaukie Kitchen and Wine and Chef extraordinaire, Pascal Sauton (who was recently crowned Hottest Chef in America by Eater Nation – that’s right!) prepared a legendary feast, featuring a pig roast, and four star fixin’s fit for a king, and a campfire.

Chef Extraordinaire, Pascal Sauton {Photo Credit: www.trimet.org}

Picnic Tables & Pig Roast

This year’s committee made a commitment to reduce the number of Live Auction packages featured in the Live Auction, opting to focus more exclusively on the inclusion of their incredible classroom projects in the Live Auction, and increase collective support during the Special Appeal, which was directed towards general funding at Cedarwood to ensure that Cedarwood School and the Cedarwood community could continue to flourish and thrive as it enters its 17th year!

Placing the travel packages which traditionally resided in the Live Auction into what was called a “Platinum Silent Auction“, guests mingled about during an extended cocktail hour and lassoed their favorite travel packages in the Platinum Silent Auction section!

To rope guests into the bidding spirit at the onset of the Live Auction, rodeo roper, Leapin Louie performed a high energy comedy show featuring cowboy tricks, whips, lassos, juggling and more!

To round out the night, Cedarwood brought on the incredibly talented Caleb Klauder Band, who’s authentic vintage/contemporary country music made each guest wanna toe tap and boot scoot and boogy all night long!

Cedarwood Hoedown with the Caleb Klauder Band!



The Freshwater Trust Celebrates 30 years!

March 5, 2013

On Friday, February 22, 2013, we joined The Freshwater Trust to celebrate their thirty years of service, protecting, conserving, and advocating for our freshwater ecosystems!

The First 10 Years!

For the last thirty years, The Freshwater Trust has been changing the course of conservation, forming strategic partnerships and developing an integrated and effective approach to freshwater restoration – because healthy rivers and streams mean healthy living for us all.

The Second 10 Years!

Through ongoing science-based restoration projects that improve the health of our freshwater ecosystems, The Freshwater Trust is conducting on-the-ground restoration projects on rivers and streams in Oregon, working to  return a river to its natural state, and working with willing landowners to keep more water in our rivers and streams.

The Third 10 Years!

As the nation’s first water trust, The Freshwater Trust builds, and locally implements, the game-changing tools that will achieve freshwater health.

In celebrating The Freshwater Trust’s 30 year’s of service, supporters from throughout Oregon gathered at the Portland Art Museum, and joined by the weight of support that extended beyond the ballroom as well, guests helped to catapult the preservation and restoration of our freshwater ecosystems through their attendance, and support during the Silent Auction, Live Auction, and the evening’s Special Appeal.

Get Your Golden Tickets HERE!

Throughout the Silent Auction, The Freshwater Trust did an incredible job highlighting their Golden Tickets – a raffle inclusion, allowing for guests to purchase a raffle ticket for the chance to win any item/package featured in the Live Auction. If an Organization is to include a Golden Ticket Raffle drawing within the context of their fundraising event, it is highly encouraged that a Golden Ticket selling “station” be accessible during the Silent Auction. When the Golden Ticket station is highly visible, guests are more apt to purchase tickets because the tickets and ticket sellers are easy to locate and are more visibly accessible. Ease of access for the purchase of Golden Raffle Tickets (or any additional revenue generator) increases potential for revenue generated.

Through revenue generated by Golden Ticket sales, Silent Auction, Live Auction, and Special Appeal support, The Freshwater Trust’s annual fundraising auction and event raised over $500,000 to continue to change the course of conservation!

Hearts of Gold Through and Through

February, 21, 2013 marked Providence Child Center’s 20th Anniversary Heart of Gold Celebration, paying dear tribute to compassionate and inspiring individuals in our community whom have showcased unwavering support for Providence Child Center and The Swindells Resource Center over the years.

Hearts of Gold Shine So Brightly

Providence Child Center has been caring for Oregon’s most vulnerable children for over 60 years, and during that time, the Center has continued to grow, thrive, and expand in their commitment to promote the inherent dignity of all children by providing each child in their care with the opportunity to achieve his or her fullest potential and the highest quality of life in an atmosphere of acceptance and love.

Throughout the evening, we celebrated the Swindells Resource Center, and the foundation of hope and support that they provide to families of children with special needs, providing the resources necessary for families across Oregon and SW Washington to help their special needs children reach their fullest potential!

The Swindells Resource Center

While celebrating the treasured supporters of the past, present, and future, paddles were raised high during the evening’s Special Appeal, so that a lifeline of hope, support, and resources can be provided at the Swindells Resource Center at little or no cost for any family whose child has special needs.

Artwork by Evan Patrick Kennedy - thriving through the resources available at the Swindells Resource Center

Through strategic matching challenges, and an incredible philanthropic spirit that filled Portland’s Pure Space, heartfelt support was showcased for the Swindells Resource Center to ensure that they can continue to change the landscape of support and resources for thousands of families, so that children like Evan (whose beautiful paintings are show above) can be provided with continuous and compassionate support at every stage of development, thanks to donors with Hearts of Gold whom continue to give generously, improving the lives of children with disabilities and their families.