Mission Drives Spring Fundraising

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!

A Powerful Night for Girls Inc.

April 7, 2014

Johnna AuctioningThe 9th Annual Power of the Purse, in support of Girls Inc. was a dynamite night of fundraising, exceeding their revenue goals! High energy, high octane support catapulted this auction and event to the next level!

Timber Joey was there to support the purse donated by the Portland Thorns as well as to showcase his support for Girls Inc. Watch Timber Joey’s recap of Power of the Purse HERE!

The top seller of the night, was a beautifully designed purse made by Ellington Handbags and inspired by Delta Airlines Pilot, Jen Peri. It’s unique aviator style and aerodynamic shape, as well as exotic metallic leather, red interior, and metal hardware were just like an airplane. Included inside the purse was a complimentary clutch and accompanying wallet, as well as two round-trip business elite tickets to Europe, courtesy of Delta Airlines.

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Girls Inc. Girl Tess and Pilot Jen PeriOne of very few female pilots for Delta Airlines, Jen Peri is certainly a strong, smart and bold leader within the aviation field. Jen grew up in a family of pilots, and when she was 27 she was one of the youngest women to be hired as a Delta Airlines Pilot. Jen took Girls Council member, Tess, on a tour of a Delta Airlines plane at PDX.


Girls Inc. of NW Oregon encourages and inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold. With such an amazing night of support, this organization will continue to partner with girls like Tess, and show her that when it comes to dreams, the sky truly is the limit! For more information on Girls Inc./Power of the Purse or to showcase your direct support for Girls Inc. please visit their website, call their office 503-230-0054 or email them at info@girlsincnworegon.org


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.

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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, NandaS@albertinakerr.org

A Night of Stars – Featuring Javier Colon, the 2011 winner of The Voice!

February 21, 2014

On Thursday, February 20th, Benefit Auctions 360 proudly joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland for their annual fundraising auction and event, “A Night of Stars – Featuring The Winemaker’s Private Reserve Dinner“, sponsored by The Standard! Since 1946, this extraordinary organization has been providing thousands of young people throughout the Portland metro area with affordable, high-quality after-school and summer programs designed to inspire and enable all young people to be the best they can be!

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This annual fundraising auction and event featured a lighting round Live Auction, comprised of ten packages, and a Special Appeal, providing guests with the opportunity to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland with direct support at a level of giving that is meaningful to them.

This “Night of Stars” allowed for Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland to roll out the red carpet for their supporters, and highlight their shining stars – the youth of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, and pay tribute to their Youth of the Year!

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With LED lights hovering overhead in the Portland Art Museum’s Mark Ballroom, guests were reminded that by raising their paddles proudly during the Special Appeal and Live Auction, that they were in fact helping the youth of our community to quite literally reach for the stars!

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As 1 in 4 children are living in poverty in Oregon, and gang activity has risen 40% in the last two years, opportunities provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland play a monumental role in enabling young people within our community to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Joining in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, was American Singer Songwriter, Javier Colon, whom in 2011 won the inaugural season of the U.S. television show on NBC, The Voice, receiving $100,000 and signing a recording contract with Universal Republic Records.

The 2011 winner of The Voice, Javier Colon performing at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland's Winemakers Dinner!

The 2011 winner of The Voice, Javier Colon performing at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland’s Winemakers Dinner!

He proudly lead local Boys & Girls Club youth through an incredible performance that rocked the Portland Art Museum, providing a monumental, life changing memory for the youth that joined him!

We are incredibly honored to have been presented with the opportunity to join Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland in helping our area youth to forge positive and fulfilling futures!






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!


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!



1st Annual Portland Design Auction 2013

October 15, 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!

“No Kid Hungry” Dinner features Rita Wilson!

October 1, 2013

The 3rd Annual No Kid Hungry Dinner was a culinary and philanthropic success last night!

Irving Street Kitchen's No Kid Hungry Dinner!

Irving Street Kitchen’s No Kid Hungry Dinner!

Hosted at the home of soulful cuisine, Irving Street Kitchen, the night was alive, as ISK en wrapped their dynamic guest base with captivating gastronomy of epic proportions, all in support of Share Our Strength – a national campaign working to end child hood hunger ! Featuring the incredible talent and perfected palettes of Chef’s Richard Reddington, of Redd and Redd Wood, Alissa Rozos, of St. Jack, Cathy Whims of Nostrona, and our host for the evening, the incomparable, Sarah Schafer of Irving Street Kitchen!

Byron Beck and Auctioneer, Johnna Wells

Byron Beck and Auctioneer, Johnna Wells

With a sumptuous four course meal on the horizon, guests mixed and mingled throughout a comfortable and casual cocktail hour, preparing all the while for an exclusive performance by the one and only, Rita Wilson.

Through her friendship with No Kid Hungry Event Chair, the beautiful and charming, Chrisanne Davis, Rita Wilson, a well-known actress (It’s Complicated, Sleepless in Seattle, The Good Wife) and a film producer (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Mamma Mia!), joined our No Kid Hungry dinner, as the evening’s special musical guest for an intimate and show stopping performance! Backed by her stellar band, Rita performed several pieces from her new album, as well as a crowd favorite, Angel of the Morning, by one of my long time favorites, Juice Newton!

Rita Wilson performing at the No Kid Hungry Dinner at Irving Street Kitchen!

Rita Wilson performing at the No Kid Hungry Dinner at Irving Street Kitchen!

After a whirlwind of applause for her talented performance, Rita joined guests for dinner, and great conversation, as four courses of unforgettable decadence swept through the restaurant, one after the other. Just as dessert was to make it’s way out, Irving Street Kitchen sweetened the pot, as the beautiful and exquisitely talented Sheila Hamilton of KINK FM, joined Auctioneer, Johnna Wells of Benefit Auctions 360 in a lightening round Live Auction, featuring six exclusive packages to inspire guests to launch into support for Share Our Strength – an inspiring organization that works nationally and locally to provide children and families facing food insecurity with the resources, programs, and nutritious food that they need to grow and thrive!




“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!


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.