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.

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.

Auctioneers Celebrate the 64th Annual International Auctioneers Conference & Show!

July 21, 2013

Each year, auctioneers from all over the world descend upon a chosen destination to celebrate the auction profession during the National Auctioneers Association’s International Conference & Show – a five-day educational and networking event, rich in history.  This year’s Conference & Show was held in Indianapolis, Indiana, and throughout the week, Indianapolis was home to a bounty NAA c&s logoof continuing education classes, networking, fellowship, and the beloved International Auctioneer Championship -the largest bid-calling championship in the world and, the premier showcase of auction talent, hosted annually by the National Auctioneers Association. 

This year, ONE-HUNDRED AUCTIONEERS from all across the globe competed for the

prestigious title of International Auctioneer Champion, and the talent that graced the stage

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2013 IAC Women’s Division Finalists!

throughout this day-long event was phenomenal!  Auctioneers from across the globe, focusing on every facet of the auction industry, were amongst the contenders, and were joined by a panel of highly accredited and esteemed judges, who through a thorough process, evaluated each contestant on a host of criteria, including their chant, clarity, audience interaction, and poise. For those contestants that made it to the celebrated FINALS round of the IAC, each contestant took to the stage, one at a time, surrounded by hundreds of their industry peers, and were evaluated during an interview portion of the competition, as three auction industry questions were posed to each contestant independently, thereafter,  catapulting each contestant into a final round of bid calling before the final scores were tallied and our new IAC Champions were inducted into this iconic and celebrated circle.  With baited breath, hundreds upon hundreds of auctioneers waited in the audience for this year’s champions to be announced, as past IAC Champions formed a receiving line to congratulate each contestant after they exited the stage, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the International Auctioneer Championship!

International Auctioneer Champions celebrating 25 years of the IAC Competition!

International Auctioneer Champions in both the Men’s & Women’s Divisions, celebrate 25 years of the IAC Competition!

The energy in the room was palpable, and emotions were running high, as our 2013 IAC Champions were inducted into this prestigious circle – Megan McCurdy, of Wichita, Kansas, and Andy White, of Ashland, Ohio!

Megan McCurdy, 2013 IAC Champion!

Megan McCurdy, 2013 IAC Champion!

My heart-felt congratualtions to them both as they embark upon one phenomenally memorable, and life changing year serving as ambassadors for the National Auctioneers Association!

International Auctioneer Championship {Photo by 2013 IAC Champion, Andy White}

International Auctioneer Championship {Photo by 2013 IAC Champion, Andy White}

As a second-generation auctioneer, I have had the fortune of attending this celebrated conference since I was eighteen years old.  After that first Conference & Show, my Dad, Randy Wells realized how essential it was to attend this annual gathering, learning from others, and always striving to give back to an industry in which he loves. Seventeen years later, my Dad, now a past president of the National Auctioneers Association, and I, a past International Auctioneer Champion from 2005 (watch the YouTube Video here – my word I look young!), continue to find that membership in the National Auctioneers Association, and attendance and at this annual event is not only an incredible asset to strengthening the foundation of our respective professions and our industry as a whole, but attending this annual event also provides auctioneers from all over the world with an opportunity to build incredible friendships and strong alliances. Not to mention, it’s one of the few industries in which children and families are encouraged to attend together! First, second, third, fourth, and even fifth generation auctioneers gathering with their immediate and extended family and friends, celebrating industry partnerships and treasured friendships that have spanned lifetimes.

My daughter, Wrenne Larue at her 3rd Conference & Show!

My daughter, Wrenne Larue at her 3rd Conference & Show!

My daughter, Wrenne Larue attened her third Conference & Show this year, alongside my family and I. Whether or not she chooses to be involved in this profession in the future remains to be seen, but regardless, it was exciting to have three generations of our auction family represented again this year!  Though she possesses a sweet bashful spirit, she was excited to see all of the action unfolding throughout the week, as kiddos ranging in age from toddlers to teens engaged in all things auction throughout the week! In fact, the attendance of children and families is so encouraged, that the NAA hosts an annual Children’s FUN Auction, allowing kiddos of all ages, and bid calling experience, to take the stage and drop the hammer with an auction chant! Joined by past International Auctioneer Champions, and the current International Auctioneer Champions, these children pick out a variety of donated toys, and take the stage, hand in hand with an IAC Champion, and give the audience a run for their money as they unleash their auction chant in whatever way they’re comfortable. Their parents of course, bidding wildly in support of their child’s efforts and courage to take the stage with microphone in hand, and roll out their best bid call! Each dollar raised, going directly to the NAA Foundation, it is hands down my favorite part of the conference! An opportunity to cheer on the next generation of auctioneers, and celebrate this profession that we love!

The 2013 IAC Men's Division Champion, Andy White, with my little pal, Jacob Massart during the Children's Fun Auction!

The 2013 IAC Men’s Division Champion, Andy White, with my little pal, Jacob Massart during the Children’s Fun Auction!


Welcome, Lauren Dully to the team of Benefit Auctions 360!

June 25, 2013

We are very excited to welcome, Lauren Dully to the team of Benefit Auctions 360! 

Lauren comes to us from Catlin Gabel School, where she served as the Director of Development and Alumni Relations. Lauren Dully HeadshotA seasoned development professional, with twenty years of expertise in Fundraising, Communications, Special Events, and Benefit Auctions, she specializes in creating approaches that engage, motivate, and inspire philanthropy.

As a Fundraising and Event Management Consultant, Lauren will be working hand in hand with clients to focus their time, energy, and resources, to their highest and best use. Her passion and proficiency for sustainable philanthropy models, grace under pressure, resourceful problem solving, excellent project management, attention to detail, and relationship building are key to Benefit Auctions 360’s art of fundraising approach.

Lauren applies her unique skills to improving the human experience and views her work as a privilege and a joy that she savors. She lives in Portland with her husband Andrew and two children. Living life to the fullest, she enjoys family-­time spent running, gardening, cooking, traveling, rooting on favorite sports teams and savoring Portland’s food scene.  I am honored to have her join our team at Benefit Auctions 360, and greatly look forward to working alongside this incredibly talented woman!


September 11, 2012

On October 6, 2012, Benefit Auctions 360 will join an incredibly inspiring organization – Incight, for their annual fundraising auction and event, held at the beautiful and urban Pure Space, in Portland Oregon.

The team at Incight  works to connect disabled students to education and employment, providing them with an array of resources and opportunities for growth and success. The name Incight is a hybrid of the word Inciteto spark a passion, and Insight –  to possess intimate knowledge of a topic or situation.   Through self-empowerment, Incight is continuously providing the tools and skills for those with disabilities to advance their education, seek and obtain employment, and become active participants in their communities. Through all this, Incight’s main goal is achieved; to create contributing members of society who view life without any thought of limitations.

Each year, Incight awards up to one hundred scholarships to students with disabilities, ranging in value from $500 to $2,500,  who have demonstrated outstanding merit in giving back to the community and overcoming obstacles in order to pursue higher education.

One such scholarship recipient has gone on to do some pretty incredible things! Rob Thompson was an Incight Scholar for two years while he attend Portland Community College.  Rob studied multi-media with an emphasis in web design and video, and thereafter, began an internship with Incight in August of 2011.  Since then, he has produced some outstanding videos and podcasts for Incight, via a multimedia grant that Incight received to empower Rob to produce exciting and informative content.

One of his recent videos promoting the 2012 BACKBONES Scavenger Hunt, an event held on September 9, 2012 in Portland, Oregon, and September 29, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois, to raise awareness for Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, can be found here!

If you’ve not already purchased your tickets for Incight’s upcoming annual fundraising auction and event, or you would like to have your support showcased for this extraordinary organization, contact Insight’s Executive Director, Dan Freiss(971) 244-0305/dan@incight.org / www.incight.org.



What A Wonderful Year!

January 2, 2012

Wow, it’s hard to believe we just said goodbye to 2011 and are already well into 2012! We here at Benefit Auctions 360 hope you had a cozy and festive holiday season—and are excited for all that this new year will bring. We’re so looking forward to getting into the swing of 2012 with some of our favorite longtime clients as well as new ones we can’t wait to get to know better.

But first we’d like to thank all the incredible clients who made this past fall fundraising season such a thrilling success! We were honored to work on 25 events, keeping us busy supporting such important organizations: Agri-Business Council of Oregon, Albertina Kerr Centers, Amy Roloff Charity Foundation, Basic Rights Oregon, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon, Boys and Girls AidBridge Meadows, Cat Adoption Team, The Circus Project, Columbia Land Trust, DoveLewis, FolkTime, IncightThe International School, Maurice Lucas Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National MS SocietyNative American Youth Family Center, Oregon Food Bank, Providence Hood River Hospital Foundation, Providence Festival of Trees, Raphael House, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Rose Festival Foundation, and Trauma Intervention Program.

We saw disco dance parties, star-studded red carpets, laugh-inducing photo booths, even an emcee running the room from a Segway transformed into a ship at The Circus Project’s “CircOdyssey.” But most of all we saw generous donors, emotional special appeals, and enthusiastic audiences getting into the spirit of giving, and over the past four months these incredible organizations raised close to $5 million to continue their remarkable work. We couldn’t be happier to be a part of such success!

Here’s to an equally as wonderful 2012!

Weekend Preview: Party for Equality This Friday

October 3, 2011

What ignites you? Equality. Family. Inclusion. Love. Community.

That’s the question that Basic Rights Oregon has been asking leading up to their annual celebration this weekend: IGNITE! A Party for LGBT Equality in Oregon. We’re so honored to be a part of this event and can’t wait to see what a rousing success it will be.

via IGNITE event site

If you’re not yet familiar with Basic Rights Oregon, the organization has worked for the past 15 years to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. They have grown from a passionate grassroots movement to an even more passionate statewide nonprofit, with more than 10,000 active contributors and 5,000 volunteers. At the same time, the conversation surrounding gay marriage has risen from a whisper to a headline-making news around the country. The message has become loud and clear: marriage, a symbol of love and the foundation of family, is a right that every person should have.

via LoveCommitmentMarriage.org

With the hope of putting a measure on the 2012 ballot to overturn the state constitutional amendment that defined marriage as being only between one man and one woman, Basic Rights Oregon launched their Love. Commitment. Marriage campaign to support “the freedom to marry for Oregon.” Perhaps you’ve seen the TV spots featuring couples talking about what marriage means to them—that marriage matters.

These ads have been running in heavy rotation for two weeks, but research shows an additional third week would have the most impact to gain the vote for marriage equality. Friday night’s fundraising efforts will be focused on this goal, helping this powerful message reach more and more people throughout the state. Even if you won’t be at the sold out donor dinner and auction, you can still contribute to the cause online.

And of course, everyone is invited to join the party later that evening. IGNITE is about celebrating the hard work to grant equality to all Oregonians—we’ll toast to that! Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live music by Laura Gibson, and dancing to DJ Danomite and DJ Lunchlady—and pssst, a few surprises—in the Portland Art Museum’s Kridel Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $75 and still available online until Thursday. Join us as we party for equality!

Weekend Preview: It’s Time to Celebrate Our Furry Friends

September 29, 2011

It’s fitting that I’m writing this blog with a big, purring kitty crawling all over my laptop, because it’s time for the always popular Dove Lewis Wet Nose Soiree this Saturday night!

The BA360 team certainly has a soft spot for our sweet animal companions (Johnna has her pup Oliver; Keely is mom to Belle the pug; and my aforementioned cat is named Pippy), and it means a lot to support the incredible work that Dove Lewis does to keep pets happy and healthy and honor the unique bond with their human pals.

At their largest annual event, animal lovers will enjoy an entire evening devoted to their furry best friends. Guests are even encouraged to use their pets as inspiration for their attire—perhaps a cat collar becomes a bracelet, or a dogs multi-colored coat guides the color of an entire ensemble—to “celebrate the love of your Wet Nose!”

In true Dove Lewis fashion, they’ve managed to blend the inevitable cuteness of animals with an elegant celebration at The Governor Hotel that will be the talk of the town. Tickets are still available by calling Candice Coleman at 503-535-3384 ($125 for General Admission, $175 for VIP).


Photos from last year’s Wet Nose Soiree by Erik Schultz (via Dove Lewis)

The party will begin at 6:00pm with a lively cocktail reception and extensive silent auction, including a golden ticket raffle and a “Super” silent auction with truly standout items. Of course, our own Johnna Wells will be there to lead an incredible live auction, including some must-bid packages like Blazers and Mariners tickets; a private concert; getaways to the Cannon Beach, France, and even an African Safari; and the opportunity to star with your own favorite wet nose on Dove Lewis billboards and bench ads. We think that’s pretty priceless!

BA360’s Lead Fundraising Auctioneer Johnna Wells in action at last year’s Wet Nose Soiree!

The night also features the DoveAwards, which honor the achievements of animal supporters throughout our community. It always proves to be a moving event full of laughs and a few happy tears—and will certainly have you eager to get home and hug your own furry love. Find out all the event details here. Hope to see you there!

Continuing Education

August 28, 2011

We are excited to announce that Benefit Auctions 360, LLC team member, Keely Montgomery has “gone the extra mile” to offer the highest level of professionalism and the most up-to-date information by earning the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) designation.  Keely was awarded this honor in July 2011 after completing the BAS course offered through the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute.  The BAS course covers topics such as the fundraising components of the auction event, item acquisition, audience development, contractual agreements, and public relations.  Less than 1% of Auctioneers and benefit auction professionals throughout North America hold the BAS designation.


Walk the Red Carpet in support of Orphans Overseas!

January 28, 2011

We’re so fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with incredible organizations throughout the country!  And through these partnerships, we have the opportunity to bring to auction some truly incredible packages! On February 5, 2011 we will be partnering with Orphans Overseas for their annual fundraising auction and event!

Orphans Overseas provides integrated programs for Kenya’s pregnant women, abandoned babies and the orphaned children left behind in the aftermath of the AIDS epidemic.  Additionally, they work state side  to empower and educate single mothers to break free from poverty and the need for welfare assistance, all the while developing sustainable parenting plans for healthy mother and child relationships.

On Friday, February 5th, 2011, bidders will have the opportunity to not only support the work of this life changing organization, but they will also have the opportunity to purchase RED CARPET WORTHY PACKAGES AT AUCTION! Some of these packages include:

  • A Walk-On Role on the hit TV show Raising Hope!
  • A chance to Walk the Red Carpet with the stars for the premier of The Fast and The Furious Five – to be held in either Rio de Janeiro or Los Angels! This package includes Round Trip air fare for two, hotel accommodations, and two tickets for the world premier of The Fast and The Furious Five, as well as tickets to their exclusive VIP after party!
  • Tickets to the invitation only Badgley Mischka Runway Show at Bryant Park during the September Spring 2012 Fashion Week – not to mention a show room visit and a meet and greet with the designers themselves!
  • Behind the scenes with an Emmy Award Winning  Hollywood Soundtrack Composer!

The list of these exclusive Live Auction packages goes on and on, and the count down to this auction and event has begun! Contact Laura Hildenbrand at 503-297-2006, extension 7010 to purchase a ticket for this auction and event, or to place your absentee bids!