It warms my heart as a benefit auctioneer to work for clients so dedicated and excited about their cause, and they back that up by doing the necessary work to make an event come together successfully. That was the case this past Saturday night at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, where the Maplewood Foundation held their annual event.
Guests turned out dressed to impress, have fun or just loved an excuse to step out of themselves and be someone else for the evening. The Heroes and Villains theme set the tone for wide open interpretation. Muscle bound super heroes were everywhere, John McEnroe showed up, throwing his racket to the floor a number of times in disgust with a line call. Ruth Bader Ginsberg had the most representation with four guests dressed in black robes. Ellen DeGeneres (aka Amy Grabenhorst) was our Emcee for the evening and did a wonderful job helping officiate the evening and added star power flare and whimsy.
Money raised was for making sure E.A.'s - Educational Assistant positions at the school remain intact. Budget cuts over the last year or more have affected most public schools in Portland and guests in attendance were there to show support for Maplewood by digging into their pocketbooks generously.
I had a great time serving as their auctioneer for the second year and look forward helping out again next year. Thanks Maplewood! Your did a fantastic job!!