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Saturday’s MHKC “Golden Age of Hollywood Gala” was an incredibly exciting and heartfelt night, and raised much needed and greatly appreciated funds for our life-changing programs.
Playing to our theme, The Golden Age of Hollywood, Saturday night was kicked off by the Camp’s own Staff Infection Band who set aside time the past few months to learn and play well known songs from 1940’s and 50’s musicals, for the crowd. Little known fact: The Staff Infection Band, who is comprised of past camp staff and counselors, has volunteered at Camp every week for the past 18 years to play music at Thursday night barbecues for our campers. They plan their vacations, family reunions, summers, and work schedules around those nights, prioritizing campers’ summer camp experience. Talk about lifetime dedication! Thank you, Staff Infection Band!
The focus of Saturday evening was a message of love and kindness. The show kicked off with a live performance of the Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy” by local Portland actor and singer extraordinaire, Dale Johannes, accompanied by a video of campers, camp staff, and camp supporters dancing along. The audience loved Dale and the video, and the room was filled with smiles, laughter, clapping, and dancing right from the start of the evening. The beginning of the program featured an MHKC camper mom, Carin, reading a letter of appreciation after her son received a note of love and acceptance from a local elementary school student. Carin was filled with gratitude towards this thoughtful young man, and emphasized the importance of spreading kindness and reaching out to one another. She shared, “This world needs more great people like you who think of ways to love and not hurt each other with words.”
Kelly and Dale, our auctioneer and emcee were on fire Saturday night, and this year’s live auction raised record funds. Guests were enthusiastically bidding on exciting packages like an African Safari, a trip to Bali, and Beavers and Ducks packages. Thank you to all our bidders and our live auction winners! During the special appeal, Rebecca Adams, MHKC summer camp nurse and also a camper Mom, shared her son Lage’s life story and the importance of Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp in contributing to his life in a meaningful way. Rebecca said it best when she said, “There are three seasons in Lage’s life: before camp, during camp, and after camp.” Thank you Rebecca and Lage for sharing your story and being such strong advocates for the work we do.
Thank you to our leading sponsors: Columbia Bank, Consumer Cellular, Hart Family Foundation, ProBuild, and The Kiwanis Club of Portland Foundation.
Thank you to our guests, generous donors, volunteers, campers, camper families, Kiwanians, The MHKC Staff Infection Band, Dale Johannes, Kelly Russell, Lea Mulligan, Randy Remington, Rebecca Adams, Lage O’Berg, The Feekes, and Martin families.
Thank you to everyone who believes in the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp mission, to empower children and adults with disabilities. You made this year’s auction a huge success! Enjoy the photos!2017 Golden Age of Hollywood Photo Gallery