Save the Date!
October 19, 2019
Hilton Portland Downtown
Harvest of Hope raises $185,000 for Candlelighters Programs and Services benefitting families battling pediatric cancer.
The 16th Annual Harvest of Hope Gala and Auction at The DoubleTree Hotel Portland was a night to remember. It was a wonderful evening featuring over 300 attendees, mouth-watering dining, local wine and beer, and fabulous silent and live auctions.
Guests were greeted by our program tables featuring our new Teen Program and our Bereavement Program. A special thank you to members of the Candlelighters Teen Program called The Luminaries and the Cliffton Family for hosting the Bereavement Program table. Guests learned about the need and impact of these two programs for Candlelighters families.
With 135 auction donors contributing to 95 auction packages, there were options for all price ranges and interests. A special thank you to T.J.Maxx stores of Oregon and SW Washington for continuing to be our Silent Auction Sponsors and putting together quality packages for the past 16 years! Wrapping up the silent auction was a magical performance from Julianne Johnson with Stumptown Stages singing hits from their upcoming musical Dreamgirls.
The night’s theme was Candlelighters impact on families and the community we foster with heartwarming stories from parents, survivors, community leaders and more! Master of Ceremonies Sally Showman and Auctioneer Steve Dorsey inspired and revved up the audience. In addition, Heartprint Productions put together a video highlighting the Teen Program, The Luminaries.
The Luminaries is Candlelighters new teen program whose focus is on increasing positive social interactions amongst teens while building leadership skills. The Luminaries mission is to provide spaces for teens who have experienced cancer and teen siblings to connect, grow and support one another through social connections and service projects. The Luminaries meet monthly to work on service projects or gather together for interactive social outings. Current service projects include developing a social media app to connect teens to one another and creating age-appropriate teen kits for teens in active treatment. Enjoy the video.
Candlelighters recognized three award recipients that have helped our organization continue to provide services to families.
Our Harvest of Hope Partnership Award went to Cambia Health Solutions for their years of support sponsoring events, Bedside Buddy drives, serving meals at the hospitals, and honoring former Board President Timshel Tarbet’s years of service on our Board of Directors.
Our Community Organization of the Year Award went to the Kruse Way Rotary Club celebrating 30 years hosting Candlelighters Annual Holiday Party! They have supported and brought joy to thousands of families during the holiday season.
Lastly, our Volunteer of the Year Award went to Meghan Duncan. Six years ago, Meghan joined our Board of Directors after her son Felix survived childhood cancer. During her tenure, her leadership has helped shaped how we serve our families both inside and outside of the hospital! She continues to be a mentor to families and always advocates on behalf of the organization so that we can continue to serve families the best way possible.
New this year, Harvest of Hope ended with an After-Party. Time Machine rocked the house with throwback and modern hits which kept guests boogying on the dance floor all night.
A HUGE thank you to our Harvest of Hope volunteers and our HOH Committee: Maizy Tenner, Ellen Worsham, Kayla Bowker, Chris Faust, Ann Hackman, Laura Law, Max Nash, Heather Palmer and Mollie Worcester. You are such a valuable resource to Candlelighters and your community. Your support is critical to making Harvest of Hope the best it can be.
Thank You To Our Wonderful Sponsors!
Silent Auction Sponsor