Best Reason to Get Well(s)

Let’s face it: Running a nonprofit takes dough, which is in short supply when dozens of other do-gooders compete for the loyalty of the same deep-pocketed Portlanders. Enter the incredibly entertaining (and ever so pretty) auctioneer Johnna Wells , who’s done auctions for over 20 years (she started helping her auctioneer dad as a kid) and says she raises a total of about $1 million annually for organizations like p:ear and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance . “An auction is definitely like a performance,” the fast-talking Wells says. “If the guests aren’t entertained, they won’t come back next year.” With over 35 auctions planned in the coming year, Wells keeps them coming back.