Brian Grant Foundation is Powering Forward with Parkinson’s

March 31, 2014

Every 9 minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Right now, more than 1 million people are living with Parkinson’s in the U.S. – that’s more than the combined totals of people with Multiple Sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Muscular Dystrophy. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and the Brian Grant Foundation is Powering Forward with Parkinson’s through strategic community partnerships to bring awareness and raise program funds.

The Brian Grant Foundation was founded by former 12 year NBA player, Brian Grant, after his own Parkinson’s diagnosis, to create a community for those living with Parkinson’s, as well as their family and friends impacted by the disease. The Brian Grant Foundation’s mission is to empower those impacted by Parkinson’s to live active and fulfilling lives. In four years, they’ve made an amazing amount of progress, developing programs focused on the importance of diet and exercise.

Brain Grant

{Photo by Brant Grant Foundation}

In honor of the Brian Grant Foundation and Brian Grant’s athletic career with the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers, Moda Health and Kaiser Permanente are teaming up at two NBA games in April. High energy, information filled evenings have been developed for the games in Sacramento (April 2) and Portland (April 4). As the honored charity at Rip City Eclipse when the Portland Trail Blazers host the Phoenix Suns at the Moda Centera t-shirt featuring Brian Grant was designed to be sold exclusively at the game. All proceeds from the evening benefit the Brian Grant Foundation.

Rip City Eclipse

{Design by Moda Health}

Sometimes it takes getting hit to realize who’s got your back. Sometimes it takes fans to remind you that doing the dirty work matters. – Brian Grant

BA360 is honored to provide strategic development consultation for the Brian Grant Foundation. We are huge fans of their important work. You can join us in powering forward to make a difference at Brian Grant Foundation or showcase your direct support, contact Executive Director, Cherise Bjornsgard, at 503-265-1597.

masQuerade with Q Center

March 28, 2014

After having to reschedule their auction and event in February, due to Portland’s immense winter snow storm,  Q Center, in partnership with community supporter TheStandard, is poised to host their annual winter gala, masQuerade Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, on March 29 at Castaway.Q Cntr Gala March

Tickets to this event are sold out, but After Party tickets are still available! Come celebrate the amazing work Q Center does for the LGBTQ community.

Q Center’s mission is to provide a safe space to support and celebrate LGBTQ diversity, visibility and community building. They go above and beyond by offering programs and services in four core areas: Arts & Culture; Education & Training; Health & Wellness and Advocacy.  Support from the people of the Portland community is greatly appreciated as this organization is largely volunteer based, reaching anyone who needs what Q Center has to offer.

To gain insight into the Live Auction packages featured at the upcoming Q Center Winter Gala: masQuerade, or explore opportunities to showcase your direct support contact Event Coordinator, Kate Bowman, 503-234-7837,


Surviving in Style with the Help of Red Cross Oregon

March 20, 2014

The American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter is pleased to present their Surviving in Style auction and event this Thursday night, March 20th at Castaway Portland in the Pearl.

{Photo Credit: Castaway Portland}

{Photo Credit: Castaway Portland}

Red Cross wants YOU to join them for a seat on the fashion runway in downtown Portland for their second annual Surviving in Style event, presented by Fred Meyer.


You’ll see and be seen sipping specialty cocktails, enjoying haute cuisine and bidding on swanky trips, entertainment and one-of-a-kind packages you won’t find anywhere else. Philanthropy is this season’s hottest trend. There is no better way to stay in style than by supporting this classic organization.

Here’s a little preview of a couple show stopping items you can purchase to chow your support for American Red Cross of Oregon!

Walk the Red Carpet

Play to the paparazzi on the red carpet entry to the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards! You and a guest will travel on Southwest Airlines to glitzy Los Angeles where you will see and be seen in total style as you enjoy a seat to television’s biggest night live from the Nokia Theatre in downtown L.A. You’ll also get tickets to see the always hilarious Jimmy Kimmel Live on August 26 and Joan Rivers’ Fashion Police. So pick out your most stylish outfit, put on a beautiful pearl necklace from Springwater Jewelers and pick up your crystal clutch handbag and bracelet provided by Lake Oswego Jewelers, and get ready to be a star! A gift certificate for dinner will top off your night.

Emmy's Package



m29440111_155x106-oregon-trail-auction-10 Adventures near or far, you will walk away with a great package all the while showing your support for a great organization! Spend a week on a South African Safari experiencing wildlife at it’s finest


If you’d rather stay close, another great package– Touring Portland in Style!

the-famous-white-stagAnd it truly is everything Portland folks. Including tickets to several Portland sporting events, tickets to several theatrical and visual arts programs, as well as a high flying adventure over Mt. Hood. Eat at several local eateries and first hand see all that makes Portland such an amazing city.

To bid on either of these packages, or to view the entire Live Auction catalog featured in the upcoming Red Cross Surviving in Style Auction & Event, CLICK HERE. Or if you’d like to explore opportunities to showcase your direct support for the work of Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter, contact Rene Contakos, Manager of Leadership Gifts, 503.528.5662,



Celebrate: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow with Catlin Gabel

March 14, 2014

Benefit Auctions 360 is proud to join Catlin Gabel School on Saturday, March 15 at the newly expanded urban event venue, Pure Space, located in the Pearl District.  Catlin Gabel’s event and auction, Celebrate: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, showcases the unique relationship between the students and teachers, creating a focus for the powerful relationship that teachers have with students throughout all areas of Catlin Gabel.

catlin logoCatlin Gabel’s Online Auction is open until March 17. View auction items and simply click to place your bid. For information on Live Auction packages featured in the upcoming Celebrate: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, or explore opportunities to showcase your direct support of Catlin Gabel School, contact Carroll Casbeer, Special Events Manager, at 503-297-1894 or

Girls Inc., The Power of the Purse-o-nality!

March 11, 2014

Join Girls Inc. of Northwest Oregon at the Portland Hilton this Friday, March 14th to share a common thread of caring at this fundraising event that is sure to inspire, uplift and raise support for a dynamic organization that reaches out to the girls of NW Oregon.


 Girls Inc. inspires girls, ages 8-18, to be strong, smart, and BOLD! With gender-specific programs and research-based curriculum, Girls Inc. provides girls with the confidence and self-esteem to access a bright and economically-independent future. You go Girls Inc.!


PURSE-O-NALITY: Meleana Shim – Portland Thorns midfielder
DESIGNED BY: Spooltown

Keeping with their tradition, Girls Inc. is putting on The Power of the Purse Auction and Event this weekend! Featuring once again the highly acclaimed Power of the Purse “Boutique”, which will allow guests to to peruse the ware’s of some of Portland’s hottest boutique designers, including stumptown favorite’s Betsy & Iya, Ellington Handbags, AMiRA, and dozens more! After guests and Girls Inc. supporters have shopped ’till they drop in the Purse Boutique, they’ll have the chance to raise their paddles in the Live Auction on fourteen signature purses that have been created by Portland’s hottest local designers in partnership with some of our communities strong, smart, and bold female Purse-o-nalities!

With fourteen Purse-o-nalities featured in this year’s Live Auction, the real girls of Girls Inc. will strut their stuff on the runway, showing off these unique, one-of-a-kind purses, each of which include several extra “goodies” to sweeten the deal to ensure you can add some Purse-o-nality to your future plans!  Feel like taking a trip to Europe? This year’s Ellington Hand Bag features 2 round-trip tickets direct to Amsterdam, courtesy of Purse-o-nality & Delta Air Lines Pilot, Jen Peri!


DESIGNER: Christina Castillo


PURSE-O-NALITY: Anais Tuepker
DESIGNER: Emily Katz

To bid on these purses, and show Girls Inc. that we stand by them and support their mission to inspire young girls to be STRONG, SMART and BOLD, or explore opportunities to showcase your direct support for the work of Girls Inc. of NW Oregon, contact Benna Gottfried, Development Director, 503.230.0054 x3,



An Evening of Decadence in Celebration of Our House!

March 7, 2014

Though many have tried to bottle that “formula”, that “magic”, that “je ne sai quoi” that turns a fundraising event into something extraordinary, something momentously memorable and authentic, it can often be hard to capture. Like catching lightning in a bottle. 


Strive to capture that lightning in a bottle!  {Photo Credit – Hamaliel}

Our friends at Our House however have their finger on the pulse of what moves their donors and catapults their patrons interests and support to a new level, and they showcase this innate ability to connect with the Portland community during their annual fundraising auction and event!

Our House has been part of the Portland community since 1988, inspiring people with HIV/AIDS to live well, by providing healthcare, housing, and other vital services to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.


On Saturday, March 8, 2014, they will once again capture that “lightning in a bottle”, as they open the doors of the Portland Art Museum for one of the most highly anticipated auction and events of the year, “Decadence”, an evening celebrating the roaring 20’s and the inspiring work of Our House.

Event Logo Photo

We are so incredibly honored to join Our House and their entire team, alongside Event Chair – Gregg Macy, Master of Ceremonies – Dale Johannes, and the Portland community during this unforgettable evening of decadent indulgence and loving support for an organization that we hold close to our heart.

To explore opportunities to showcase your direct support for the work of Our House, contact Development Director, Andrew Tweedie503-595-6126,, and Associate Director of Development, James Lindquist, 503-595-6121,

Oregon Partnership Lines for Life, Love for Life

March 4, 2014

Benefit Auctions 360 is extremely honored to work with Oregon Partnership Lines for Life for this fabulous gala at the Portland Art Museum later this week.  We are incredibly excited to see this event taking place on March 7th, as their original date selection was impeded by the winter storm that swept through Portland the week of February 7th, forcing Lines for Life to postpone their fundraising efforts until a later date.

lines for life event logo

Serving thousands of people struggling with addiction and mental health issues with treatment referrals and drug prevention education, Lines for Life (formerly Oregon Partnership) also aids those contemplating suicide. We’re very honored to join Lines for Life for this rescheduled auction and event, and celebrate the incredible services that they provide, touching so many families in our community.

With several excellent packages up for bid, raise your paddle for a night of dynamite fundraising! Showcase your support for Lines for Life by heading off to New York, New York!  You and a guest will fly Alaska Airlines round-trip and rest comfortably for three nights at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City and also receive two tickets to the LIVE taping of the new “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”

Now THAT is a night in New York!

Jimmy Fallon phot for package preview

 To bid on this package, gain insight into other Live Auction packages featured in the upcoming Oregon Partnership Lines for Life Auction & Event, or explore opportunities to showcase your direct support for the work of Oregon Partnership Lines for Life, contact Tom Parker, Director of Strategic Development & Communications, 971-244-1375,

Albertina Kerr Goes to the Prom!

March 3, 2014

With patrons dressed their best; Albertina Kerr’s 80’s Prom Night event was nothing less than successful! A fantastically fun evening welcomed guests as they arrived at Montgomery Park on February 28th, 2014 to raise their paddles for Albertina Kerr Centers – the leading provider of services to children, adults and families with emotional or mental health challenges and developmental disabilities, inspiring each to live richer lives.

{Photo Credit - Joshua Wells}

{Photo Credit – Joshua Wells}

 For a creative revenue generating twist inspired by the 1980’s, Albertina Kerr offered fun games and activities including hula-hooping for wine, shooting hoops for restaurant gift certificates, Heads or Tails for an all-inclusive trip to Mexico as well as the always-fun Golden Raffle Ticket drawing.  Sticking to the 80’s theme, Albertina Kerr offered a package deal dubbed the “Arcade Pass” selling for $150 which included all the games and raffle opportunities listed above.  The “Arcade Pass” was quite the hit with guests at the prom.

Arcade Pass photo

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the amazing work that Albertina Kerr does in our community. By raising paddles high, patrons continue to show their generous support for a truly inspiring organization.

If you would like to explore opportunities to showcase your direct support for the work of Albertina Kerr Centers, please contact Nanda Sturm, Associate Director of Corporate Development and Giving, 503.262.0174,