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.


Hold on to your Hats, It’s a Cedarwood Hoedown!

The Cedarwood Waldorf parent community strapped on their boots, got all gussied up, and got their two step on in support of Cedarwood Waldorf School this March for their annual fundraising auction!

Cedarwood Hoedown

This year’s auction committee transformed Portland’s  Yale Union into an old fashion grange hall, complete with hay bails, picnic tables, mason jars filled with candle light, and strands of white lights, which hung from the rafters like tiny little stars out on the open range.

Cedarwood Hoedown at Yale Union

Cedarwood parent, owner of acclaimed Milwaukie Kitchen and Wine and Chef extraordinaire, Pascal Sauton (who was recently crowned Hottest Chef in America by Eater Nation – that’s right!) prepared a legendary feast, featuring a pig roast, and four star fixin’s fit for a king, and a campfire.

Chef Extraordinaire, Pascal Sauton {Photo Credit: www.trimet.org}

Picnic Tables & Pig Roast

This year’s committee made a commitment to reduce the number of Live Auction packages featured in the Live Auction, opting to focus more exclusively on the inclusion of their incredible classroom projects in the Live Auction, and increase collective support during the Special Appeal, which was directed towards general funding at Cedarwood to ensure that Cedarwood School and the Cedarwood community could continue to flourish and thrive as it enters its 17th year!

Placing the travel packages which traditionally resided in the Live Auction into what was called a “Platinum Silent Auction“, guests mingled about during an extended cocktail hour and lassoed their favorite travel packages in the Platinum Silent Auction section!

To rope guests into the bidding spirit at the onset of the Live Auction, rodeo roper, Leapin Louie performed a high energy comedy show featuring cowboy tricks, whips, lassos, juggling and more!

To round out the night, Cedarwood brought on the incredibly talented Caleb Klauder Band, who’s authentic vintage/contemporary country music made each guest wanna toe tap and boot scoot and boogy all night long!

Cedarwood Hoedown with the Caleb Klauder Band!



Portland Venue Options

February 29, 2012

Venue selection is a critically important part of your fundraising event planning! If you are new to this blog, be sure to check out our List of Portland Venues, which is constantly being updated and added to as so many fantastic new venues continue to pop up around town!

Just this last weekend, American Cancer Society held their Hope Ball in a new space to Portland – Castaway, which was beautifully done.  So, we have made sure to add the venue to the Venue Tour Section on our blog!

If you own or manage a space that you do not see listed here, please contact us with details!

Event Venues: PDX

March 1, 2010

Venue selection is an important decision to make when planning your fundraising event. You will want to find a space that is suitable for your group’s collective personality and size (remember the 3 W’s in our Auction Planning post). There are so many things to take into consideration when selecting where you will hold your auction. Do you want a blank canvas to build into something that is all-together your own, which can require bringing in your own rentals? Or do you prefer to have an all-in-one facility for your event (the all-inclusive resort of event venues)? There is no right or wrong decision overall; it truly has to do with the needs and goals of your organization.

Below is a list (that we will continue to add to as we hear back from venues in town) listed in alphabetical order with some of the basic information we feel may be of assistance to you as you plan your event:


1900 NW 18th Avenue | Portland, Oregon

PARKING:  Yes — discuss details with venue

CATERING: Preferred List

CAPACITY: 400 guests


{photo from castaway website}


525 SW Morrison Street | Portland, Oregon 97204

(503) 802-5370

PARKING: paid structure and street parking/valet available for $10 per car

CATERING: in-house

CAPACITY: Dining Room: 200 standing reception/140 banquet | East Deck & State Room: 125 standing reception | West Deck: 150 standing reception


{image from departure website}

{image from departure website}

{image pulled from departure website}

{image pulled from departure website}

Doubletree Hotel Portland

1000 NE Multnomah | Portland, Oregon 97232


CATERING: in-house

SIZE: Over 45,000 square feet of meeting & event space

CAPACITY: (contact venue)



{Image from doubletree website}


721 NW Ninth Avenue | Portland, Oregon 97209

(503) 467-0792

PARKING:  some parking on-site and off-street parking

CATERING: preferred list

SIZE:  contact venue for specifics



{photo from ecotrust website}

The Gerding Theater at the Armory

128 NW Eleventh Avenue | Portland, Oregon 97209

(503) 445-3824

PARKING: street parking and nearby structures

CATERING: exclusive catering list

SIZE: see rental info sheet HERE

CAPACITY: see rental info sheet HERE


{photo provided by the Gerding Theater}

{photo provided by the Gerding Theater}

view from above {photo provided by the Gerding Theater}

view from above {photo provided by the Gerding Theater}

The Governor Hotel

614 SW 11th Avenue | Portland, Oregon 97205

(503) 241- 2125

PARKING: street parking and nearby parking structures

CATERING: jakes catering

SIZE: contact venue

CAPACITY: up to 700 reception | 500 sit-down (smaller spaces also available)


{photo by holland studios}

{photo by holland studios}

Hilton – Downtown Portland

921 SW Sixth Avenue | Portland, Oregon 97204


PARKING: Paid parking along street and in garage structure


CAPACITY: Several options available – (up to 1070 guests with banquet-style seating)


{Grand Ballroom - photo provided by the Hilton}



Kennedy School

5736 NE 33rd Avenue | Portland, Oregon 97211

(503) 288-3286

PARKING: on-site lot and street parking available

CATERING: in-house catering

CAPACITY: 112 banquet/120 reception


{photo provided by kennedy school}

{photo provided by kennedy school}

Left Bank Annex

101 N. Weidler, Portland, Oregon 97227

(503) 928-6437

PARKING: street parking only

CATERING: Preferred List

CAPACITY/SIZE: 14,000 square feet (3 spaces available – can be rented together or separate: The Great Room, The Club Room, The Mezzanine) Inquire with Left Bank Annex for more details.


left bank annex

{The Great Room at Left Bank Annex}

The Melody Ballroom

615 SE Alder | Portland, Oregon 97214

(503) 232-2759

PARKING: parking lot and street parking available

CATERING: in-house

CAPACITY: between 300 – 1100 people


{photo by Andie Petkus}

{photo by Andie Petkus}

Montgomery Park

2701 NW Vaughn Street | Portland, Oregon 97210

(503) 228-7275

PARKING: free parking available in lot

CATERING: preferred list

CAPACITY: contact for details


{photo pulled from montgomery park website}

{photo pulled from montgomery park website}

Nines Hotel

525 SW Morrison Sreet | Portland, Oregon 97204

(503) 222-9996

PARKING: paid parking structures

CATERING: in-house

CAPACITY: up to 540 banquet/800 standing reception (smaller spaces available also)


{image pulled from the nines website}

{image pulled from the nines website}

North Star Ballroom

635 N. Killingsworth Court | Portland, Oregon


PARKING: Street parking and a lot across the street that fits about 25 cars

CATERING: Any vendor

CAPACITY: For Auctions with a banquet dinner component and silent auction, guest capacity is 150


{North Star Ballroom Exterior - photo from N.Star website}


{North Star Ballroom Interior Set Up - photo from N.Star website}

OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science & Industry)

1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97214

(P) 503-797-4671

PARKING: free on-site parking

CATERING: in-house

CAPACITY: banquet seating 750/standing reception 2,500


{photo from The Oregonian}

{photo from The Oregonian}

Oregon Convention Center

777 NE MLK Jr. Boulevard | Portland, Oregon 97232

(503) 235-7575

PARKING: underground paid parking available

CATERING: Aramark catering services

CAPACITY: between 250 to 3500 depending on your needs


{photo from "the portland times" news blog}

{photo from "the portland times" news blog}

Oregon Historical Society

1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205

(P): 503-306-5281 / Rachel Snow

PARKING: Paid street parking

CATERING: Preferred Catering List

The Plaza (outdoor)

SIZE: 2,500 sq. ft. Outdoor Space (tenting may be required)

CAPACITY: banquet seating 160/standing reception 250

Miller Pavillion (pictured above)

CAPACITY: banquet seating 140/standing reception 250


photo courtesy of Oregon Historical Society

(photo courtesy of Oregon Historical Society)

(looking into the indoor venue)

(looking into the Miller Pavilion)


Oregon Zoo

4001 SW Canyon Road | Portland, Oregon 97221



CAPACITY: If you are putting together an auction for your fundraising event, you can utilize the Cascade Crest Banquet Center – with your silent auction in the Skyline Room, then moving into the Vista Room for your seated dinner and auction with 250 guests seated banquet-style. Other venues are available. Please contact Zoo Catering staff for details.

CATERING: In-House – Oregon Zoo Catering


Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205

PARKING: Paid street parking and nearby parking structure

CATERING:  Vibrant Table Catering & Events



Kridel Grand Ballroom

CAPACITY:  banquet seating 560, standing reception 950

McDonald Grand Foyer (entry area to Kridel Grand Ballroom)

CAPACITY: reception 200

Fields Ballroom

CAPACITY: banquet seating 220/standing reception 400

Scott Foyer (entry area to Fields Ballroom)

CAPACITY: standing reception 200

Schnitzer Sculpture Court

CAPACITY: standing reception 300

Miller Overlook Gallery

CAPACITY: standing reception 100

Evan H. Roberts Sculpture Mall

CAPACITY: banquet seating 600/standing reception 1,500

Portland Art Museum

Portland Classical Chinese Garden

239 NW Everett | Portland, Oregon 97209

(503) 228-8131

PARKING: street parking

CATERING: preferred list

CAPACITY: up to 300


{photo provided from garden website}

{photo provided from garden website}

Post 419 in the Bison Building

419 NE 10th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232

SIZE: 13,000 sq. ft. – clean canvas event space

CAPACITY: banquet seating 500/standing reception 800

PARKING: ample street parking on evenings and weekends


post 419

{photo pulled from Bison Building website}

Pure Space

1315 NW Overton | Portland, Oregon 97209

(503) 294-0412


CATERING: Preferred List

CAPACITY: 1,000 people in a standing cocktail reception | 400 people with banquet-style with an area for your Silent Auction and Reception | If little or no silent auction, then the space can accommodate up to 550 people in banquet-style seating.


 Staver Locomotive

2537 NW 29th Avenue | Portland, Oregon 97210



Contact for all details

{photo from Staver Locomotive website}

Union Station/Wilf’s Restaurant

800 NW 6th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209

Portland, Oregon 97209

(503) 223-0070

CAPACITY: Station Lobby – 250-1000 | Rose Garden 20-400 (contact Wilf’s for more details)

PARKING: parking lots and street parking


{Union Station & WIlf's Restaurant}

{Union Station & WIlf's Restaurant}

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell, Portland, Oregon

SIZE: 3,500 sq. ft.

CAPACITY:  225 banquet seating/700 standing

PARKING: street parking

ADA ACCESSIBLE: yes; not including the upper balcony

Wonder interior

{photo provided by wonder ballroom}

World Trade Center Portland

121 SW Salmon Street, 2WTC, Portland, Oregon 97204

PARKING: paid on-street parking & underground paid parking $4/hr

CATERING: in-house catering


Sky Bridge Terrace

SIZE: 4,560 sq. ft.

CAPACITY: banquet rounds 120 – 250/standing reception 200

world trade center

{image provided by trade center website}