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Auction raises record funds for SnowCap

The 12th annual event brought in $117,000 to help launch new evening hours


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: LEEANN GAUTHIER - Gresham City Councilor Karylinn Echols is a regular attendee at the SnowCap Community Charities dinner. She raised her paddle for the special plea to expand the food pantry hours to include Wednesday evenings, allowing SnowCap to serve the working poor. The March 15 auction at the Holiday Inn Portland-Airport raised a record-breaking $117,000.

SnowCap Community Charities’ 12th annual dinner auction exceeded all previous fundraisers, raising a “heart-warming” $117,000 Saturday, March 15.

Originally set for the weekend before Valentine’s Day, the auction had to be postponed because of February’s snow storm.

SnowCap’s biggest auction to date drew nearly 350 guests to the Holiday Inn Portland-Airport.

Part of the funds will support SnowCap’s effort to open Wednesday evenings to better serve the working poor. This will cost an estimated $14,705 per year.

SnowCap Executive Director Judy Alley noted these new service hours were filled by volunteers in just one week.

Last year, funds raised at SnowCap’s auction helped expand its building with additional warehouse space. Now, SnowCap saves $500 per month by not paying for offsite storage.

Since 1967, SnowCap volunteers have been feeding and clothing their neighbors in need in east Portland, Gresham, Fairview, Troutdale, Parkrose and Wood Village.

More than 8,000 residents depend on SnowCap for food or clothing each month, and a multigenerational crew of volunteers helps the nonprofit organization run smoothly.

“We are a stable source of help when the winds of uncertainty blow through low income lives,” Alley wrote in the auction program.

Premier sponsors for the auction were Pacific Power and Alyson Huntting. Emcee Carla Piluso and auctioneer JillMarie Wiles kept the evening lively, connecting the evening’s fun with the serious work of operating East County’s largest food pantry.

For more information or to make a donation, visit snowcap.org or call 503-674-8785, ext. 17.