AUCTION RECAP: A Sultry Summer Night for Boys & Girls Aid!

August 20, 2012

On Saturday, August 11, 2012, the Oregon Golf Club was transformed into a sprawling oasis of fun, as Boys & Girls Aid hosted their 2nd Annual Sultry Summer Night fundraising auction and event!

For 127 years, Boys & Girls Aid has been helping thousands of Oregon’s children, finding permanent homes through adoption, and providing temporary safe places to stay through shelters and foster homes. Through the production of three fundraising auction events each year, Boys & Girls Aid’s newest fundraising event, Sultry Summer Night’s, ensures that not only is awareness raised for their statewide efforts, but that much needed funds for their critical services are also raised. As 24,000 Oregon kids, age 12 to 21 are living on the streets, paddles raised high at this auction and event supported Boys & Girls Aid’s efforts to provide children with safe places to stay temporarily through their shelter service programs, and assisted the approximate 7,000 children that are currently in foster care each night, waiting for an adoptive family. 

Joined by Miss Portland, Kaitlin Endres as the evening’s Emcee, the Sultry Summer Night’s auction and event captured a bounty of support, with both new and long term donors alike raising their paddles proudly, and joining in on the fun had when fundraising! Through a lightening round live auction, featuring twelve hand picked packages, including a Private Party for 10 People at Broadway Cigar, Co., and an Exclusive Getaway to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, critical funds were raised, with 81 cents of every dollar raised going directly to support the services of Boys & Girls Aid. With an after-party of epic proportions produced by West Coast Event Productions, the Oregon Golf Club was transformed into a poolside hot spot of entertainment, gaming opportunities and live music by the Patrick Lamb Band, to ensure that these Sultry Summer Night’s guests were the first in line to purchase their tickets for next year’s Sultry Summer Night’s fundraising auction and event!


Trends: Step & Repeat

April 22, 2011

It’s nothing new to the event world, but “Step and Repeats” and/or Photo Booths are becoming increasingly popular inclusions at benefit auctions to present that added paparazzi flare! It is a great addition that allows your guests to get into the excitement of the evening and have something special to take home with them as a memento at the end of the night! More importantly for your organization, the inclusion of a Step and Repeat/Photo Booth is an Additional Revenue Generator to increase dollars raised at your event! It is a fundraiser you are putting together after all!

Most often, Step and Repeats/Photo Booths are placed as a destination point for guests as they enter the event, or just following the Registration and Check-In stations. This placement allows for your Registration staff to explain to your guests that they can have their photo taken right then and there, and then have the opportunity to pick the photo up at Check-Out at the end of the night!

Erin Doherty Ward, Keely Montgomery and Holly Gits are enjoying a night of fun at the 2010 Power of the Purse Auction!

The photo above was taken at the Girls Inc., 2010 Power of the Purse Auction. As you can see, a Step and Repeat/Photo Booth can be a fantastic way to include additional Sponsor incentives and opportunities, allowing for your lead sponsor(s) to have yet another avenue of exposure by placing their logo(s) on the backdrop.


Erin Doherty Ward and Keely Montgomery had their photos taken at the 2011 Public Interest Law Project Auction at Lewis & Clark College

If your auction and event has a certain theme attached to it, the Step and Repeat/Photo Booth is another way to incorporate that theme! At the recent Public Interest Law Project auction, Paparazzi Tonight (one of several photo booth service providers throughout Portland) provided thematic props and fantastic photos for guests to go along with the event’s Speakeasy/Roaring 20’s theme!


Johnna Wells and Portland Trail Blazer, Nicolas Batum at Foundation Batum's Mama of Africa Auction and Event

And finally, if your auction and event has any level of celebrity involvement, this is yet another reason why guests will want to have their picture taken at the Step and Repeat/Photo Booth! At the Foundation Batum Mama of Africa Auction and Event, which took place this past March, Portland Trail Blazer, Nicolas Batum happily posed with guests for a photo as they completed their auction and event registration and entered the event. Who wouldn’t want to have their photo taken with the charming Mr. Nicolas Batum?

If you’re interested in including this element to your upcoming auction and event, below is a short list of links to some local businesses offering the service:

Paparazzi Tonight

The Original Photobooth

If your organization already has a partnership established with a local photographer and printing company, see if you can pull together a Step and Repeat of your own to enhance your next event, and provide your premium level sponsors with an additional platform to showcase their support and involvement for your auction and event!