PORTLAND, Ore., July 15, 2010 — With grey skies overhead, guests streamed into the Waverley Country Club for “Celebration of the Century,” the centennial celebration and annual fundraiser of The Junior League of Portland (“JLP”), held May 15, 2010. Inside, the atmosphere was festive and far from gloomy with over 250 guests mingling during an elegant cocktail reception and enjoying entertainment by Bill Beach, a popular Portland jazz pianist and vocalist, who played music through the decades in celebration of the League’s 100 years.
The event featured a visual display commemorating the accomplishments of the League and its members from the League’s founding in 1910 to the present day. Later in the evening, a raffle was held and a lively impromptu auction ensued for trips to the 2010 U.S. Open gold championship in Pebble Beach and tennis championship in New York.
Silent auction bidders had an opportunity to acquire luxury vacation getaways to Pinehurst, NC and Sun River, OR; golf equipment and rounds of golf; a ‘restock your bar’ package, art by Northwest artists and an ‘instant wine cellar.’
Karen Wheeler was the overall chair of the event. “It was an incredibly moving evening with many past presidents, former members and current active members in attendance, sharing stories about their most meaningful volunteer experiences and favorite programs,” says Wheeler. “As they reminisced, I was impressed and inspired by the strong impact these women have had in Portland, and how many lives they have touched, with many continuing to take board positions or make considerable contributions to community programs outside of their League experience.”
The event raised $61,000. Proceeds will fund Junior League of Portland’s community programs focusing on the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development needs of children ages 0-6.
Event sponsors included Bridgetown Printing, Hoffman Construction Company, and Portland Monthly magazine.