Set Your Sights on a PHOTO BOOTH!

October 28, 2013

Keeping your guests entertained and engaged throughout the entirety of your fundraising auction and event, is a sure fire way to boost guest engagement! And active guest engagement is a wonderful kick starter towards the success of your fundraising auction and event! A Silent Auction, backed by additional revenue generators such as Raffles, Wine Walls, Games, etc., are great ways to engage your supporters throughout the course of your event.  A sponsored Photo Booth is another fantastic way to engage your guests in your signature, annual fundraising event, leaving them with a memento to recall the celebrated support and fun had by all at your event. This type of sponsorship opportunity is an advantageous marketing option for your sponsorship menu, providing a potential sponsor with a very engaging way of highlighting their support for your fundraising event!

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Lauren Dully and Johnna Wells of Benefit Auctions 360 pose in the Speakeasy inspired Photobooth sponsored by DiLusso Homes, and presented by PaparazziTonight.com

DoveLewis Celebrates 40 Years!

October 23, 2013

DoveLewis, Portland’s only non-profit animal hospital in Portland devoted exclusively to emergency and critical care for animals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, rolled out the red carpet to welcome their favorite two-legged, and four-legged friends at DoveAdore 2013, featuring the crowd favorite, Boutiques Unleashed Fashion Show! Hosted by KGW’s Drew Carney and BA360 Auctioneer, Johnna Wells, the event raised over $422,000, honoring the undeniable bond we share with our furry friends, and celebrating the essential work of DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, and the critical role they have played in our community for over 40 years!

Check out the 360 LIVE video below for an auction sneak peak!

Record Breaking Weekend for Portland Nonprofit’s!

October 18, 2013

At Benefit Auctions 360, we are incredibly proud to partner with organizations that we believe in, and wholeheartedly support! When we have the opportunity to assist our clients in ascending towards their fundraising goals, our pride soars alongside their increased support and revenue!

Auctioneer, Johnna Wells joined veteran sports broadcaster, Ann Schatz in the critically important work of Basic Rights Oregon, witnessing paddles raised BROhigh, sending BRO and their white-hot annual fundraising event, IGNITE on a fundraising trajectory that yielded over $450,000 in support of marriage equality in Oregon, thanks to a stunningly supportive sold-out crowd, sent the BA360 Team into spirited cheers of fervent support for the Love, Family, and Commitment that we believe should not be denied to anyone! As if the success of their fundraising event, and the efforts of BRO to help Oregon secure marriage for everyone throughout the state were not enough, Saturday’s fundraising auction and event, The Great Adventure, benefiting Medical Teams International, sent the weekend’s fundraising revenue over the top!

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The International Market Place at MTI’s “Great Adventure” 2013

BA360 Auctioneer, Johnna Wells, joined Auction Host, Matt Zaffino from KGW for a “Great Adventure” through some of the most coveted Live Auction packages available! Held at MTI’s headquarters, a phenomenal $1.2 MILLION DOLLARS was raised for the incredibly impacting work of Medical Teams International, ensuring that high quality medicines and supplies can be delivered with high quality care when it matters most – allowing the positive impact of MTI’s global health programs to continue to be felt in Oregon and around the world!

 

 

Celebrate Northwest Bounty and Help to Eliminate Hunger with Oregon Food Bank THIS Saturday!

October 16, 2013

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OREGON HARVEST DINNER

Saturday, October 19, 2013
At Oregon Food Bank’s headquarters,
7900 N.E. 33rd Drive, Portland, OR 97211

I love this time of year with its crisp, cool air, the beauty of the vibrant Fall colors decorating the city, and the bounty of harvest in our home gardens and in Northwest farms. The arrival of Fall makes me want to sit by the fire with my family, cozy blankets over us and mugs of hot coco in our hands in anticipation for the fast-approaching holiday season.

However, I know that we take these simple pleasures for granted.

For far too many people, this time of year is just another reminder of the colder months to come, making conditions even more difficult to provide for their families. Due to long-term unemployment, persistent underemployment and the high cost of food, gas, utilities and rent, more and more people are being put into a position of having to seek emergency food.

The need for emergency food is unprecedented. For the second year in a row, the Oregon Food Bank Network distributed more than 1 million emergency food boxes in Oregon and Clark County.  Statewide emergency food box distribution increased 9 percent over the previous year, and has increased 41 percent since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008.

Though the 2013 Oregon Harvest Dinner is a celebration of northwest bounty, it is also an evening of fundraising that is crucial in supporting Oregon Food Bank’s ability to continue to: 

  • Provide emergency food and training to hunger relief agencies
  • Match local donations to help agencies build capacity to better serve people who are hungry through the Network Support Fund
  • Collect and Distribute nutritious, perishable foods for people who are hungry through the Fresh Alliance program
  • Support low-income participants to grow food from seed and to stretch food dollars while cooking healthy meals with education programs
  • Work through FEAST (Food, Education, Agriculture Solutions Together) workshops and other partnerships to help communities build stronger and more equitable local food systems
  • Utilize the Advocacy Team to work in finding long-term, public-policy solutions that benefit people with low incomes 

Join in support to eliminate hunger and its root causes by joining us for the Oregon Harvest Dinner to benefit Oregon Food Bank….because no one should be hungry.  Tickets to the Oregon Harvest Dinner are available by contacting Tracey Walker at 971-205-5004 or twalker@oregonfoodbank.org.

LIVE AUCTION ITEMS INCLUDE:  

  • 5 Days in a beautiful Black Butte home for 8
  • Dinner for 4 at Andina with theater tickets
  • One week in the South of France!
  • VIP Blues Festival experience
  • 2 Nights and Golf in Bandon Dunes
  • 4-Course Meal with Tequila Pairings for 10 by Crave Catering
  • 2 Unrestricted tickets on Alaska Airlines
  • VIP New Year’s Eve Governor’s Ball — Tickets for Two
  • Concert Weekend for 4 and VIP Guests at Chateau St. Michelle

Explore absentee bidding options and additional showcases of support by contacting, Tracey Walker, Special Events Coordinator, – TWalker@ogregonfoodbank.org – 971-205-5004

Support DoveLewis at DoveAdore this Friday!

October 15, 2013

 

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DoveAdore!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Ave.
Registration opens at 5:30PM

 

The saying, “A dog is a man’s best friend” didn’t come about for no reason. Our faithful dog friends along with other family pets stand by our sides through it all and bring us so much joy every day. Buddy was one such friend to myself and others here at BA360.

Buddy came to us from Costa Rica through family friends and arrived a very grateful rescue dog. In my first days with him, I jokingly spoke only Spanish as if to help ease him into our language and culture. But, the only language Buddy truly understood was the language of love and friendship.  As a former street dog, I wouldn’t exactly call Buddy loyal.  When his loving owners traveled often, Buddy would happily stay with friends and family, and I was lucky enough to have him at our home with some regularity.  It was an easy sell to take him in. One look into those big brown eyes of his and he could melt any heart.

Within a few weeks after Buddy’s arrival to the United States, we had learned he had Ehrlichiosis, also known as Canine Hemorrhagic Fever, Canine Typhus, Tracker Dog Disease, and Tropical Canine Pancytopenia. The disease has three stages, with the third becoming fatal. Veterinary care helped Buddy live happily in remission from the disease for eight wonderful years until just this past July when he suddenly fell very ill. When this happened, his owners immediately took Buddy to DoveLewis, where they knew he would be well cared for in his critical state.

It became official — the disease had reached its final stage. The news was difficult to bear after so many healthy years with our trusty friend, but knowing that the caring staff at DoveLewis were able to stabilize Buddy and provide him with everything he needed to live pain-free in those final weeks somehow made it a little easier.  During his one-week stay at DoveLewis, Buddy received exceptional care and the staff allowed for daily visits and walks until he was stable enough to return home to be with his circle of friends and family through his final day. We will be forever grateful for the caring communication and compassion from the DoveLewis staff as we faced the challenges of saying goodbye to our furry friend. Buddy will always be in our hearts and we are so very grateful for the care he was given in those final days.

In association with the regional veterinary community, DoveLewis provides 24-hour emergency, critical care, education and community outreach. Their three-part mission is simple: 

  • Improve the condition of animals needing emergency and critical care.
  • Strengthen the ties with, and extending the reach of, the veterinary community.
  • Promote the well-being of animals and the human-animal bond throughout the community at large.

 Benefit Auctions 360 proudly joins DoveLewis as they hold DoveAdore THIS Friday.  The fabulous gala is combining two of Dove’s most popular fundraisers – Wet Nose Soiree and Boutiques Unleashed into one special night — DoveAdore!  At this event, hundreds of DoveLewis’ top supporters gather for a live auction, dinner and benefit, culminating in a fashion show featuring local human and canine boutiques. Celebrity humans and pets showcase the hottest fashions for both ends of the leash.

That night, I will be thinking of our sweet Buddy and the compassionate care he received from DoveLewis, which will never be forgotten.

At this time, tickets to DoveAdore have tentatively SOLD OUT!  If you are interested in being added to a wait list, please contact rsvp@dovelewis.org.

Consider exploring the list of Live Auction packages below to place an absentee bid and show your support for DoveLewis if you were unable to get your hands on those tickets before they sold out! For a link to the full Live Auction package descriptions, click HERE.

  • Live Painting by Tim Decker
  • One-week stay in Chateauneuf-du-Pape (the Champagne region of France)
  • Have your favorite pet featured on a DoveLewis Billboard and bus bench!           
  • African Safari! Need I say more?    
  • An Unforgettable Culinary Cruise 
  • One-week at a stunning mansion in Manzanillo, Mexico
  • British Virgin Islands Charter
  • Resort stay in Bali!
  • A Brew named after your dog at Lucky Lab!
  • A Luxury weekend in Cannon Beach while your dog is pampered in Portland
  • Make your pet the DoveLewis Calendar Cover Model

Explore absentee bidding options and additional showcases of support by contacting, Kate Goudschaal, Director of Communications,  – KGoudschaal@dovelewis.org – 503-535-3381

 

1st Annual Portland Design Auction 2013

Benefit Auctions 360 had the opportunity to join savvy host, The Good Mod for their inaugural Portland Design Auction, on October 10, 2013. Held in conjunction with Portland Design Week which celebrates Portland’s treasured designers and makers, artsy movers and shakers, this 1st Annual Portland Design Auction, or rather PDA, allowed for auctioneer, Johnna Wells to utilize a slower, more formal bid call in an urban, auction house setting. Cheers to The Good Mod and their launch of PDA 2013!

The Good Mod to host inaugural Portland Design Auction!

October 8, 2013

On October 10th, The Good Mod – a Portland staple for phenomenal Mid-Century Modern furniture –  will launch their inaugural Portland Design Auction in conjunction with Portland International Design Week!  goodmodsite_pdabanner

This savvy and talented crew will host a one-of-a-kind, cutting edge Live Auction, featuring both acclaimed and up and coming designers at their 21,000 square foot warehouse on West Burnside – 1313 W Burnside ~ 4th floor ~ Portland, OR 97209.

TGM 5 Doors to this signature event open at 5:30PM for VIP catalog preview, with a Live Auction start time of 7:00PM.

Owner Spencer Staley and his crew of talented craftspeople lovingly refinish mid-century modern and industrial furniture in this expansive and inspiring space, and also offer fabrication, appraisals, upholstery classes, custom designs, and furniture rentals to name a few.

There will be over fifty lots up for auction in this carefully curated collection,   attracting collectors, designers, and auction goers alike. You can view The Good Mod Auction Catalog HERE, obtaining information therein on participating in this Live Auction on-line, or, contact the lovely Ana Mikolavich, The Good Mod Project Manager, at 503-206-6919 for further information. We’ll see you, at the auction!

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Experience Portland Homeless Family Solutions – THIS Sunday, October 13th!

October 7, 2013

 

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The 6th Annual Auction, Experience Portland Homeless Family Solutions

Sunday, October 13th

Castaway in NW Portland

This upcoming auction and event will allow guests to gain an experience of family life at Portland Homeless Family Solutionsfrom a walk through of the sleeping areas families set up every night, to a sit down family style meal, and a “day in the life” video of life in shelter.

This year’s auction is excepted to sell out, so be sure to purchase tickets HERE as soon as possible to reserve your seat!

There will be many ways to support Portland Homeless Family Solutions at the event:

  • Take home a package from the evening’s Silent or Live Auction
  • Partake in a game of Tails and Feathers
  • Take home a bottle of wine from the Wall of Wine
  • Purchase Housewarming Baskets for families moving from shelter into homes of their own
  • Take home a beautifully made custom Birdhouse stuffed with gift certificates

 LIVE AUCTION PACKAGE SUMMARY:

  • 2-Nights in Manzanita for 6-8 people
  • Fly South for Florida Sunshine! – Round-trip tickets for TWO on Spirit Airlines to Orlando, Florida only 5 minutes from Disney World! Condo sleeps up to 6 people
  • Round Trip Tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines Flies
  • One-Week in Cortona, Italy for 4!
  • One-Week in Martha’s Vineyard Cottage for 8!
  • Wine Country/Hot Springs Resort Romantic Retreat for 2 – Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Maryhill Winery
  • Spectacular Portland Arts Package
  • Weekend Getaway to Gearhart Beach House for up to 8

Explore absentee bidding options and additional showcases of support by contacting, Brandi Tuck, Executive Director – brandi@pdxhfs.org  – 503-710-2769

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It’s a Great Adventure with Medical Teams International

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Medical Teams International is hosting the 8th Annual Great Adventure!

 Saturday, October 12, 2013

Recognized as one of the premiere charitable events in Portland, over the past seven years more than $7.8 million has been raised to support programs all over the world that are changing lives of people affected by disaster, poverty and conflict.

For one night, the Medical Teams International (MTI) Distribution Center is transformed into a global adventure. From the moment you enter the building, you step into another world. Tour the multi-sensory REAL.LIFE. Exhibit where you will “experience” MTI’s impact. Sip delicious wine and nibble appetizers while you enjoy a unique variety of silent auction items – from wine, dinners and art to tickets, spa treatments and vacations. Stroll through the international bazaar which features items collected from countries served by MTI. Beautiful scarves, wooden bowls, textiles and unique art take you to a world far away.

This auction is not one of Portland’s finest without reason. The organization does great work both globally and locally. Last year alone, Medical Teams International helped more than 2.7 million people in 70 countries.  Support to the organization goes a long way, as a $30 donation to the organization leverages $3,361 worth of medicines and medical supplies.  Locally, Medical Teams International delivers personal hygiene and medical items to 70 social service agencies in the northwest. For the past four years, Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-recognized charity evaluator, has awarded Medical Teams International four stars, its highest ranking. They are recognized for sending more than 97% of donated resources we receive to help people in need.

THE GREAT ADVENTURE will include a LIVE AUCTION, which will showcase some of the fabulous and well rounded auction packages, summarized below. If you’d like to review their full Auction Catalog, check HERE.

  • Wine Country Getaway including helicopter transportation!
  • Artwork by Guy Buffet and Christine Warjone
  • A Bali Getaway for 8
  • Jimmy Fallon NYC Adventure
  • Timbers Game for 20 in a Key Bank Private Suite
  • Torrey Pines Lodge getaway for Two – including Spa treatments and dinner at A.R. Valentien
  • Winemaker Dinner at Genoa for 16
  • Hawaiian Choose Your Own Adventure – you pick the island of your choice!
  • Author’s Dinner Party – hosted by Pat Reser and joined by New York Times Best Selling Author, Phillip Margolin
  • Under the Tuscan Sun with a Getaway to Cortona, Italy for 6 people
  • Costa Del Sol (Coast of the Sun), SPAIN for 8
  • Australian Multi-generation Labradoodle Puppy
  • A Week in a Puerto Vallarta Mansion for 8
  • Custom Wood Trunk by Sticks
  • Azamara Club Cruise – secure an ocean-view stateroom on one of 72 voyages scheduled for 2014
  • A Week in Taos, New Mexico for 4
  • Las Vegas Penthouse / Michael Jackson ONE
  • Nike Sports Package – Tours, Employee Store, Ducks or Beavers Home Game (your choice), Seattle Seahawks
  • Palm Springs for 4 – (December 5th – 12th 2013)
  • Chef’s Dinner for 12 by Diane Morgan with wine from private collections of John and Fran von Schlegell, held at Daphne Cooluris and Michael Doherty’s home
  • Fly First Class on Alaska Airlines
  • A Holiday Getaway to Seattle for You and Yours!
  • Napa Valley Wine Verticals

Explore absentee bidding options and additional showcases of support by contacting, Mary Carter, Major Donor Events Coordinator – mcarter@medicalteams.org – 503-343-3338

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IGNITE with Basic Rights Oregon!

October 4, 2013

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Basic Rights Oregon is getting ready for their annual gala: IGNITE: Get Engaged

Portland Art Museum next Friday, October 11, 2013.

 

One week from today, Basic Rights Oregon will host their annual gala (Ignite) to celebrate accomplishments and recognize community leaders, business executives, lawmakers, supporters, and activists who have gone to extraordinary lengths to further equality. The evening begins with an exclusive dinner for 350 VIP guests, followed by a party (with a purpose) for 1,000!

DONT MISS OUT!  PURCHASE TICKETS HERE to secure your spot at this exciting event!

Basic Rights Oregon has long been seeking to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Oregonians experience equality through building a broad and inclusive politically powerful movement, shifting public opinion and achieving policy victories.

Funds raised at the gala will support Basic Rights Oregon & Oregon United for Marriage.

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AUCTION ITEMS UP FOR BID ARE:

  • One-week stay on the Big Island of Hawaii
  • Private dinner for 6 with former MLB player Billy Bean, author of Going the Other Way: Lessons from a Life in and out of Major League Baseball and Vice Chairman of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation
  • A day of personalized training with Ben Cohen, Rugby Star and Founder of the StandUp Foundation!
  • Luxury boat dinner cruise for 6 – hosted by longtime BRO supporter, Jeff Heatherington
  • A private meal for 6 by Departure Restaurant & Lounge’s Chef Gregory Gourdet – complete with wine or cocktail pairings!
  • An amazing evening for 8 at the chef’s table at Bluehour Restaurant with Chef Dolan Lane – paired with amazing local wines handpicked by Erica Landon
  • One-week stay in Manzanita Oregon at a cozy beach cottage for up to six people!
  • A VIP trip for two to San Francisco to attend the National Center for Lesbian Rights annual star-studded Gala on May 17, 2014.
  • Celebrity Cocktail Class – 8 guests will learn how to prepare drinks with renowned Lucy Brennan of Mint/820 while sipping and conversing with Portland State’s Women’s Basketball Head Coach Sherri Murrell
  • AND MORE!

Explore absentee bidding options and additional showcases of support by contacting Juan Martinez, of Basic Rights Oregon  – juan@basicrights.org – 503-222-6151, ext. 103