Harvest of Hope is Candlelighters For Children With Cancer’s annual gala and auction.
1 Night, 170 Auction Packages, 350+ Guests, $241,241 Raised!
Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate Candlelighters 40th Anniversary at this year’s Harvest of Hope! It was a magical evening that inspired guests to come all dressed in flairs of ruby to the Hilton Portland Downtown to raise their paddles high in support of our programs and services for children with cancer and their families. THANK YOU to our sponsors, donors, volunteers, attendees and our Board of Directors for making Candlelighters For Children With Cancer’s 15th annual Harvest of Hope a record breaking success!
With 166 auction and in-kind donors contributing to an amazing 170 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 Champions and working so hard to put together quality packages for the past 15 years! With their support, Candlelighters raised more than $32,000 in the silent auction. In addition T.J.Maxx brought an additional $1,600 to Harvest of Hope raised through employee donations.
Additional shout-outs to Lake Oswego Jewelers for supporting our raffles with a beautiful ruby and diamond necklace and to Sue Sumpter for donating a Hot Air Balloon Adventure for our Ruby Line Raffle. Lastly, thank you Roddy and Stacy Morris for creating the Family Camp Masterpiece and to JVNW for donating the supplies.
Our Master of Ceremonies Sally Showman and Auctioneer Michael Faith of Marquam Auction Agency inspired and revved up the audience. In addition, Heartprint productions by Sally Showman put together two beautiful videos highlighting our 40th Anniversary and our special appeal family. The story of Cameron Merrill and his valiant fight against Leukemia that ended with his death at age 2 years and 4 months became the centerpiece of the evening. Their story inspired the audience to give over $100,000 for the Special Appeal. Thank you to Howard Hedinger for providing a generous gift of $40,000.
Candlelighters also recognized three amazing partnerships that have helped our organization continue to provide services to families. Our Harvest of Hope Partnership Award went to Ferguson for sponsoring events, Bedside Buddy drives, participating and volunteering at the SUPERHERO 5k, and serving meals through our in-hospital programs.
Our Volunteers of the Year Award went to the Mid-Willamette Valley Co-Chairs Mary Lou Bradley and Robyn Thompson. After battling cancer with their own children, together they have served Candlelighters Families for over 20 years!!!
Lastly, our Lifetime Achievement Award went to Mark and Kirsten Carnese. Thirteen years ago, Kirsten was introduced to Candlelighters through the Kruse Way Rotary and she joined our Board soon after. During her tenure, she launched the In-Hospital Food Program including the very popular Snack Cart! Her passion influenced Mark to join our Board and later became President.
A HUGE thank you to our Harvest of Hope volunteers and our HOH Committee. You are such a valuable resource to Candlelighters and your community. Your support is critical and enables our organization to focus on serving families.
Thank you volunteers: Morgan Penning, Diana Herbert, Joanne Thomas, Laura Jeffrey, Jennifer Oswald, Donna Peach, Lois Peach, Ella Schmitz, Mindy Schmitz, Mollie Oswald, Brandie Hamad, Debbi Crandall, Krysten Melvin, Denise Miken, Jill Monti, Mary Lou Bradley, Robyn Thompson, Kimberly Bruhn, Darcy Davis, Tony Le, Sydney Green, Emma Moss, Amy Murphy, Kaedyn Murphy, Kelsy Murphy, Lila Skates, Lola Skates, Rich Herrle, Vicki Herrle, Veronika de la Rosa, Chris Faust, Sarah Florig, Ronda Ward, Erika Ward, Maria Valdez, Isabella Valdez, Carrie Gartrell, Kaitlin Gartrell, Stephanie Moore, Michelle Huntington, Annalise Huntington, Desiree Piccini, and Bella Piccini!
A special thank you to our HOH Committee: Courtney Cook, Jonathan Coy, AMarni Greer, Laura Law, Ann Hackman, Kristi Nash, Heather Palmer, Jaimie Stumpf, Maizy Tenner, Mollie Worcester and Ellen Worsham for their time and energy to ensure an amazing event.