19th Annual Art & Wine Auction an Extraordinary Success!
The 19th Annual Deschutes Children’s Foundation Art & Wine Auction – held Friday, May 20 at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, Oregon – was an extraordinary success. The event netted over $95,000, a total including sponsorships and revenue raised at the auction. On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of Deschutes Children’s Foundation, thank you for your support in making this success possible!
The silent auction featured 90 individual items and packages, and the live auction featured 30 items – all donated by local artists, businesses and individuals. This many items were necessary to provide a wide enough variety for a sold out crowd of 330 guests! All of the guests had the opportunity to sample beverages from Deschutes Brewery, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Oregon Spirit Distillers, Henry Estates Winery, Southern Wine Group & Willamette Valley Vineyards, and the chefs at the Riverhouse Convention Center outdid themselves this year by preparing an elegant meal paired with wine from Sokol Blosser Winery. Needless to say, our guests left satisfied not just because of the feast and fun, but because they were spending an evening supporting Deschutes Children’s Foundation.
The Art & Wine Auction is Deschutes Children’s Foundation’s largest annual fund raiser. The dollars raise at the Art & Wine Auction go directly towards operational costs that manage four community campuses in Bend, Redmond & La Pine, and provide rent-free facilities for 27 Deschutes County non-profit programs that include: FAN, KIDS Center, Head Start, Healthy Beginnings, MountainStar Family Relief Nursery & Saving Grace. Deschutes Children’s Foundation saves these programs an estimated $800,000 annually. Close collaboration with a synergistic mix of programs housed together fosters effective, efficient, easy to find and child-friendly facilities.
Next year will mark the 20th Anniversary of the Art & Wine Auction. Keep posted as we are currently deciding on a date for this landmark event. This will surely be an event not to be missed!
Thank you to our sponsors, including: Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Selco Community Credit Union, Les Schwab Tire Centers, 105.7 KQAK FM, News Radio Central Oregon 1340 KBNW, Cascade Publications, KOHD, Bend Bulletin, BendBroadband & Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center.