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Foundation raises money for homeless housing


More than 400 guests showed up for an evening at the luxurious Nines Hotel on April 4 to support the Home Builders Foundation, the Portland area nonprofit providing safe, dignified housing for those experiencing homelessness.

The event is expected to gross more than $227,000.

“We had an outstanding amount of support this year across the board,” Executive Director Ken Cowdery said. “We are continually amazed by the high level of giving from our guests year after year.”

One example of this support was an unexpected donation from one of the home building industry’s most recognizable supporters, retired CEO of Oregon Title, Pat Ritz. Ritz offered a $25,000 paddle raise match for those in attendance who raised their paddles at the $1,000 level during the event. The match was made quickly, with bidders eager to support the Home Builders Foundation.

The Home Builders Foundation thanked the following sponsors for their generosity: Milgard Windows & Doors, Directors Mortgage, Standard TV & Appliance, Cobalt Mortgage, HomeStreet Bank, Sussman Shank LLP, NW Natural, Union Bank and Garrison Hullinger Interior Design.