A Tribute to Veterans Day

November 11, 2014

On June 4, 1926 the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I, when it passed a concurrent resolution with these words:

“On November 11th, may the recurring anniversary of this date be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.”

My dad, Randy Wells, a Navy Sea Bee in 1970

My dad, Randy Wells, a Sea Bee in the United States Navy 1970

Today, and everyday, may we pay tribute to our Veterans, and showcase support for the incredible Nonprofit organizations throughout our country who are working to ensure that our Veterans are cared for, and their children are provided with strong foundations of support.

Two such organizations include Lines for Life, and the Tsuga Community Commission’s Oregon Summer Star Camp!

Lines for Life’s Military Helpline provides confidential and complication-free support for returning veterans and their families, and is a vital resource for those men and women who have given so much.

Tsuga Community Commission’s Oregon Summer Star Camp  – a special statewide community and customized camp for youth and teens to share experiences related to their parent’s military service.

Tsuga Community Commission's Oregon Summer Star Camp

Tsuga Community Commission’s Oregon Summer Star Camp

2014 is a deployment year for Oregon, and roughly 1,200 Soldiers from Oregon’s Army National Guard are expected to deploy to Afghanistan.

Today, and everyday, may we give thanks to those who have served, and those who continue to serve.

Today and everyday, may we remember war, and imagine peace.

360’s Everyday Philanthropist’s – Celeste Hamilton Dennis and Craig Dennis!

October 6, 2014

It’s there. That opportunity to extend good will. That chance to rise to the occasion. That moment when a simple action –  entirely authentic and built upon what’s right and true, can generate momentum and snowball into something so completely magical that it spills out into the masses, inspiring all that have the good fortune of seeing such a beautiful thing transpire.

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This past June, 360 friends Celeste Hamilton Dennis and Craig Dennis organized a cash mob – where people flood a small, local business, and pledge to support it –  and what transpired was priceless.

In support of a beloved retailer in Celeste’s hometown of Levittown, N.J, Celeste and her husband, Craig, hatched a loving call to action to surround a local businessman, “Avi”, with a wealth of support that extended well beyond monetary measure.

Celeste and Craig are do-gooders by day, sharing their heartfelt talents at Idealist.org, and Treehouse, respectively, so it was no surprise that they launched forth with such a genuine plan to show a local retailer just how much he means to the community.

As a contributing writer for Everybody’s Invited, Celeste wrote about her plans for Avi’s cash mob, and outlined a step by step cash mob guide in hopes that you’re inspired to do the same.

In the post, Celeste states, “Like many small businesses on Long Island and across the U.S., he’d come up on hard times and was likely going to shut the store down. So we saw this as an opportunity to show just how loved and supported he was in Levittown and in the process, hopefully give him some extra cash.”

The result was renewed hope for Avi, and this short documentary.

 

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Takes Fundraising to New Heights!

September 4, 2014

Unless you’ve been taking up residence on another planet, in another galaxy, you’ve heard about the now infamous, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Since the inception of this social media fundraising platform on July 20, 2014, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than 115 MILLION DOLLARS to continue their efforts in fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front!

Jimmy Fallon

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon took the ice bucket challenge, alongside house band The Roots, and fellow guests!

Celebrities, soccer mom’s, children, and business professionals alike, all geared up to participate in this unique form of fundraising!

But what exactly made this fundraising campaign so unique? For starters – Facebook.

Within one month, over 15 million had been exposed to this fundraising platform, and the social media pressures extended to family and friends to participate in this chilling form of fundraising, received unparalleled support and a whirlwind of participation. I was certainly swept up into the fundraising momentum, and inspired to participate as well!

 

In July of 2013, the ALS Association raised just $2.8 million in their fundraising efforts. In July of 2014, the ALS Association had raised $31.5 million total – in one month alone – a remarkable departure from the previous year’s fundraising efforts during the same time frame, and the first successful advocacy campaign ever created to raise deserving awareness of the devastating effects of ALS – a neurodegenerative disease that causes people to lose control of muscle movement, which often leads to paralysis and death within two to five years of being diagnosed.

The only FDA-approved drug for treatment, riluzole (Rilutek), extends survival by a matter of months, which is why the magnitude of support generated from this innovative form of fundraising now known as the Ice Bucket Challenge is providing those living with and affected by ALS with an epic sense of hope – the hope for a tomorrow that’s free from ALS.

As you and your team explore fundraising options, take a cue from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The next big fundraising idea could begin with YOU!

 

 

 

Spring Fundraising to New Heights

July 1, 2014

A fundraising auction and event’s overall success is determined long before the guests arrive and the clanking of glasses and casual chatter is heard. Long before the first package is brought to the auction block and an eager sea of bidders waive their bid cards high in the air in support of your nonprofit organization. Months of step-by-step preparation through strategic development, cultivation, procurement, and dedication lay the groundwork for fundraising success. This spring’s fundraising season success was achieved at new heights due to enthusiastic donors immersed in mission-driven events and the relationships built leading up to each fundraiser.

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Johnna Wells facilitates the Special Appeal atop 15 foot stage at Vital Life Foundation’s BridgeTown Bash.

From start to finish our nonprofit partners were able to achieve great results by infusing mission, stories, and passion into their auction and event to engage and inspire guests. Thoughtful, consistent communication and personal conversations with donors prepared guests prior to the fundraising event. Before guests arrived, they knew what to except, how to participate, and the importance of showcasing financial support at the event. Upon arrival, guests were greeted by friendly staff and volunteers, engaged throughout each portion of the program, and inspired to give generously through a strong case for investment.

With over 30 auction and events facilitated by our Benefit Auctions 360 team this spring season, these are the trends that stood out:

  • Most popular theme: Gatsby/Speakeasy/Roaring 20’s
  • Special Appeal: contributions are back to record levels as seen in 2007
  • Live Auction: largest package sold at $27,500 for a trip to the Masters
  • Silent Auction: less is more with focus on games as additional revenue generators
  • Run of Show: less talking heads and more storytelling
  • After Party: engage new supporters with a separate admission ticket to dance the night away as they learn about your organization

With these trends seen throughout the spring fundraising season, we are excited for what is in-motion for the fall fundraising season. We kick-off on stage in two months and look forward to reaching greater heights with our nonprofit fundraising partners. Here’s to a summer filled with momentum building!

June 12th – World Day Against Child Labor

June 12, 2014

Today, throughout the world, around 215 million children work, many full-time. They do not go to school and have little or no time to play. Many do not receive proper nutrition or care. They are denied the chance to be children. More than half of them are exposed to the worst forms of child labor such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labor, illicit activities including drug trafficking, prostitution, and involvement in armed conflict.

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In 2002, the International Labor Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labor to focus attention on the global extent of child labor and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.

Each year on June 12th, the WDACL brings together governments, employers, workers, and organizations,  as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child laborers and what can be done to help them.

Around the world, large numbers of children continue to be engaged in paid or unpaid domestic work in the home of a third party or employer. These children can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Their work is typically hidden from the public eye, often resulting in isolation, or requirement that they work far away from their family home. Stories of the abuse of children in domestic work are all too common.

The creation of this annual observance of WDAC and continued efforts to end child labor, is thanks in part to Lewis Hine – a  New York City school teacher and social documentary photographer, who in 1911, was hired by the National Child Labor Committee to document child labor abuse in America. His heart-wrenching images of children at work helped lead to the passage of new labor laws in the United States.

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{“Breaker boys working in Ewen Breaker. S. Pittston, Pa, January 1911″ – By Lewis Hine}

He felt so strongly that if people could just see for themselves the injustices of child labor, they would rise up and demand its end. He used his photography as a means to achieve social reform.

{Child Labor Law Promo Bill, by Lewis Hine}

Hine believed that a camera, held with hands of compassion, can be a powerful tool for positive change, and once stated, “perhaps you are weary of child labor pictures. Well, so are the rest of us. But we propose to make you and the whole country so sick and tired of the whole business that when the time for action comes, child labor pictures will be records of the past.”  

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As written and documented by photographer, Lewis Hine: “Furman Owens, 12 years old. Can’t read. Doesn’t know A, B, C’s. He told me, ‘Yes I want to learn but can’t when I work all the time”. January 1909

Though much has changed since Lewis Hine’s portrayed the stark conditions of working children during the early 1900’s, the issues of child labor sadly continues.

Imagine a world in which every child attended school and nobody was forced to work against their will. World Day Against Child Labor stresses the central role of programs that reduce poverty and vulnerability, and in partnership with the United Nations, is working to ensure that children have access to basic resources including nutrition, health and education, so that they may fully realize their potential.

Bicycle Transportation Alliance: Invest in the Movement

May 30, 2014

This year, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance will once again be bringing the Alice Awards & Auction to Pure Space located in the Pearl. The event will be held this Saturday, May 31st, 2014.

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Each year, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance hosts a party to celebrate the contributions made by citizens, businesses, and organizations and to raise some money to support the movement for better bicycling.

AliceWeb11Join us for the 19th annual Alice Awards & Auction to honor those who have made a significant impact on the bicycling movement, and to celebrate the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s successes this past year.

 

 

 

 

LifeCycle Adventures trip for two

Experience Hawaii’s Big Island, California’s Wine Country, or the San Juan Islands on a private, five-day, custom bike tour for two. You choose the where (from the above options) and when, and Alaska Airlines will fly you and your guest there.

 Whether you want to enjoy Napa’s famous wine valleys, the redwood groves of Sonoma, the tropical paradise of the Big Island’s north end, or the forested hillsides of the San Juan Islands, LifeCycle Adventures will work with you to customize your trip based on what you want: how far you want to bike each day and what you want to see.

{Photo Cred: 2014 Backroads}

{Photo Cred: 2014 Backroads}

While you are out exploring by bike, LifeCycle Adventures will take care of all the logistics, including bed and breakfast accommodations, personal map briefings, and transporting your luggage from town to town. They’ll even provide you with a bike (either hybrid or road). If you happen to buy wine while out riding, they’ll collect it for you!

Listed by National Geographic as one of the their Best Outfitters on Earth, you know you’ll be in good hands, having the cycling vacation of your life.

 

To bid on this package, gain insight into other Live Auction packages featured in the upcoming Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s Alice Awards & Auction, or explore opportunities to showcase your direct support for the work of Bicycle Transportation Alliance, contact Title, Name, Phone Number, Email Address

Dine-Out for Raphael House!

May 6, 2014

On Wednesday, May 7th, more than 20 local restaurants throughout Portland will be donating a percentage of their proceeds to support Raphael House’s life-saving domestic violence shelter!  dine out for raphael house

 

Every year, local restaurants and diners show their support for local families escaping domestic violence by contributing a portion of proceeds to Restaurants for Raphael House – a multi-faceted domestic violence agency dedicated to ending intimate partner violence for good.

If you’ve not yet made plans for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, take a look at this incredible list of participating partners, and schedule your reservations now!

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Accanto – 2838 SE Belmont St
Bread and Ink Cafe – 3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Chiang Mai – 3145 SE Hawthorne Blvd
The Country Cat – 7937 SE Stark St
PaaDee – 6 SE 28th Ave
Pacific Pie Co. – 1520 SE 7th Ave
¿Por Que No? – 4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Roost – 1403 SE Belmont St
Saint Honore Bakery – 3333 SE Division St
Ya Hala – 8005 SE Stark St

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Beulahland – 118 NE 28th Ave
Bin 21 – 5011 NE 21st Ave
Dove Vivi – 2727 NE Glisan St
Firehouse – 711 NE Dekum St
Nonna – 5513 NE 30th Ave
Radio Room – 1101 NE Alberta St
Smallwares – 4605 NE Fremont St

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Lincoln – 3808 N Williams Ave
¿Por Que No? – 3524 N Mississippi Ave

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Cafe Nell – 1987 NW Kearney St
Pacific Pie Co. – 1668 NW 23rd Ave
Saint Honore Bakery – 2335 NW Thurman St

SW
Bento Box – 530 SW 10th Ave
E-San Thai – 133 SW 2nd Ave
Mother’s Bistro & Bar – 212 SW Stark St
Thirst Bistro – 0315 SW Montgomery St #340

Elsewhere
Chuckie Pies – 430 5th St (Lake Oswego)
Rivershore Bar & Grill – 1900 Clackamette Drive (Oregon City)
Saint Honore Bakery – 315 1st St #103 (Lake Oswego)

 

Cascade AIDS Project to Celebrate 25 Years of ARTful Fundraising!

May 3, 2014

It has been said that “Art remains the one way possible of speaking the truth”, and the truth is, over 1,000 people will be gathering tonight at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum in dedicated support of Cascade AIDS Projects 25th Annual Art Evening & Auction!

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For 25 years, some of the most talented local and national artists have generously donated their works to the auction. A highly curated, and impressive showcase of acclaimed artists committed to speaking their truths through concept and medium. This year’s Live Auction  features seventeen captivating lots, including the exemplary work of  Dale Chihuly, Anna Skibska, and Tom Cramer to name a few. The funds raised thanks in part to featured artists, incredibly generous patrons of the arts, and fervent supporters of CAP, supports the vital advocacy, prevention and educational services and outreach CAP provides to thousands of Oregonians living with HIV/AIDS.

Got Game?! Show it off at this pub-style trivia contest for Open Meadow!

May 1, 2014

Tonight we join Open Meadow at Portland’s Left Bank Annex for their 4th Annual Got Game fundraising event -a pub-style trivia contest where guests can exercise their brains and brawn to create tremendous possibilities for young people in our community!

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Auctioneer, John Mayo will join host, Drew Carney of KGW for an unforgettable evening of comical Q & A to raise deserving funds for Open Meadow, an inspiring organization that has been making a difference in the lives of North Portland youth since 1971!

Open Meadow believes that strong, healthy communities provide pathways to success for everyone, and that education is central to creating these pathways. And at Open Meadow, education is the key to disrupting core issues of racism, poverty, and violence –  which serve as continuous barriers to success. Open Meadow focuses on young people: endowing them with the skills, power and hope to be agents of change in their communities. Investing in the education of every student motivates and empowers them to create the equitable communities we all deserve.

One such student, Eddie, featured in the incredibly inspiring video below, is proudly launching into a vibrant future thanks to the foundation of support he’s received from Open Meadow!

Offering a personalized educational experience for middle and high school youth, Open Meadow Schools develop connection, capability, and confidence in disconnected youth through relationship-based, quality learning experiences that result in academic, personal, and community success.

 

PBS News Hour features, Bridge Meadows!

April 16, 2014
In recent months, Bridge Meadows was honored to host Catherine (Cat) Wise, Producer from PBS News Hour, as she prepared a story on innovative housing options for elders.
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The PBS News Hour piece features Portland, Oregon’s own Bridge Meadows – a unique and innovative multi-generational community designed to bring together three generations: adoptive parents, foster children, and elders – helping each to find a true home built with love and the shared vision of a better tomorrow.BM family

If you missed the original episode, which aired originally on April 15th, on our local PBS station, OPB, during the News Hour program from 7 to 8pm, you can still watch the broadcast on their website at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/videos/ 

A heartfelt congratulations to Bridge Meadows from the team at Benefit Auctions 360 on this segment! Your role within our community to provide a stable, loving home for foster children, support for adoption, and continued opportunities for elders to have a sense of community and purpose is inspiring, and we’re so honored to work with you!