Annual fundraiser keeps the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum operating 363 days a year

The Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum operates every day but Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Heritage Day, a celebration of Mt. Hood, helps make this possible.

The 11th annual fundraiser begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Hood Skibowl in Government Camp and features a evening of activities.

Silent and oral auctions -- held in the Starlight Lodge and Beer Stube -- offer an hour trip to fly around Mt. Hood in a private plane, a weekend at Cannon Beach, art from the recent blacksmiths convention, paintings and ski passes, among other attractions.

The silent auction runs 6-8 p.m. while the live auction is 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Tickets, which run $20 per individual and $35 per couple, include beverage coupons, heavy appetizers and an annual museum membership. Fifty percent of the proceeds made on Skibowl adventure passes will benefit the museum as well.

These funds keep the museum running 363 days a year and bring a variety of museum exhibits, said Diane Lokting, development director for the museum.

Lokting expects a crowd of 150-200 for the event.

Saturday the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum is open, featuring all of its mountain exhibits, the Raven Art Show, Northwest Blacksmith exhibit and a geocache treasure hunt.

For Heritage Day, a free shuttle bus will run between the museum and Skibowl.

'It's always so great to see everybody celebrate the mountain and community,' Lokting said.

For tickets, which are available at the door or over the phone, call 503-272-3301. For more information, visit or

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