“You Will Always Find People Who Are Helping”

April 24, 2013

By: Keely Montgomery, BAS

Maybe it is the fact that Mother’s Day is right around the corner, or that I am expecting another addition to my family only months away, but I’ve been finding myself in this contemplative place surrounding the tremendous love of mothers, fathers and legal guardians. There is so much careful thought that goes into every decision surrounding our little ones. Like anything in life, as parents we do our very best in our roles and hope that the choices we make will help to create a basis that will be safe and healthy for them to leap from when our kids are more independent and making their own choices. As our youth step into this world as young adults and as older adults later on, we can only hope that they will come across the resources and people to both help and inspire them to live their lives in the most healthy and positive ways. And we hope that they will become the kind of person who will willingly lend a helping hand to others when they have the capacity to do so.

When a horrific incident like what took place in Boston last week occurs, sometimes it is tough to remember that acts of kindness are present all around us, and truly do outweigh the bad in the world.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” – Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)

Here at Benefit Auctions 360, we are lucky that we don’t have to be reminded of the good in the world because those reminders come to us daily by having the opportunity to get to work with our many wonderful clients as they strive to continue to bring important programming to our communities. We are reminded of this when we meet thousands of volunteers each month at auctions and in committee meetings who are so dedicated to the cause and to the people they are serving. I will hope that my kids grow up to give back to our community just as these people are doing every day, and just as we as parents try to model to them.

Last week was an exciting one for fundraising in Portland as we partnered up with Oregon Red Cross and Dress for Success for the first time, along with joining long-time clients Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation,  We are proud to say that all three organizations achieved record-breaking numbers in funds raised at their events!

Here is a quick peek at what we’ve been up to:

The Red Cross stage was the idea of the team over at Severson Events. Below is a pic of April Severson and Heidi Kent – the two creative brains responsible for pulling together the look and feel for this event!

At Dress for Success, the highlight of the reception was the fancy Diamond Dig!

A stunning performance by the ever-talented Julianne Johnson kicked things off for the evening.

Our Principal Auctioneer, Johnna Wells, had the chance to share the stage with KGW’s Drew Carney again, who is always so much fun to work with!

We had a sea of support throughout the evening with guests supporting Dress for Success by raising their bid paddles high and proud!

The Diamond Dig reveal after the Special Appeal – everyone was a winner!

And, here I am with just some of the many, many volunteers who worked so hard to help pull together a great event!

Congrats and thank you to the whole team at Dress for Success and to Sally Dadum Bixby, owner of Philanthropy Studio for all of her hard work in pulling together such a spectacular event!