Dream Big and Bold to Celebrate 25 Years

March 24, 2015

“I Have A Dream” Oregon, was founded in 1990 to help low-income students succeed in school, college and career. They are mission control, to launch a generation of students on a determined path to school, career and contribution to the community. Last year our BA360 team joined “I Have A Dream” Oregon for a second straight year as fundraising partners; however in addition to fundraising consultation and auctioneer services our team took on an expanded role in event production and management. Dream Big 2014 was hosted by KGW’s Reggie Aqui and BA360 Principal Auctioneer, Johnna Wells. With over 600 guests, the event raised a record-breaking $425,000.

On November 5, 2015 “I Have A Dream” Oregon will celebrate 25 years of empowering students at their 7th signature event Dream Big. Join us at the Portland Art Museum to dream bigger and bolder in support of students from low-income communities.

For additional information on Dream Big 2015, please contact Kristin Mihalko, Director of Major Gifts & Corporate Relations at 503-287-7203 or kristinm@dreamoregon.org.

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.

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

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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 eventa 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!

 

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

 

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.

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{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, kate@pdxqcenter.org.