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HBF's Carnival raises $98,000 for charitable projects

The Home Builders Foundation's 15th annual benefit auction, held April 27 at the Doubletree Hotel, grossed more than $100,000 for the foundation's programs. by: PHOTO -  David and Sue DeHapport enjoyed the Home Builders Foundation's annual benefit auction and dinner.

The evening began with Brazilian entertainment courtesy of SamBacana Brazilian Troupe, complete with drum line and dancers.

Guests bid on more than 75 silent and super silent auction packages, including weekend trips, entertainment packages and baskets.

The Golden Ticket Raffle was a huge hit once again. For $100 guests could buy a chance at winning their choice of the live auction packages before they were open for bid. The winners chose a trip to Bend to enjoy the vacation home of Mike and Angie Arnett.

The Wine Wall of Hope, a fun wine fundraiser, sold out in record time. HBA members, committee members and local companies donated wine from their personal cellars, making it a 100 percent donation to HBF and raising an additional $1,650. by: SUBMITTED -

More than 100 people also participated in the Heads or Tails raffle, and the generous winner donated their proceeds back to the Foundation, for a total of $2,080 raised.

The Foundation began a new tradition this year with the recognition of an outstanding individual and company for 'Volunteer of the Year.' Nathan D. Young, the HomeAid builder captain for the Portland Rescue Mission's Next Step expansion project was recognized as a Foundation Hero for his charitable service. Miller Paint and Rodda Paint both were recognized as Heroes for their generosity to the Painting a Better Tomorrow program.

'I want to thank all of those sponsors and attendees of the Carnival celebration in making this celebration such a success,' said Darin Honn, president of the HBF board. 'And I hope you take the opportunity to participate in other foundation projects and experiences, including the Trap Shoot in September and Painting a Better Tomorrow in November.'

The Home Builders Foundation, established in 1997, is the charity of choice for the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland. Its mission is to build transitional shelter for families in need and provide construction related educational opportunities for youth in need.