The Deschutes Children’s Foundation’s (DCF) annual event, taking place at the Riverhouse Convention Center on May 2, marks the 25th anniversary of the Art & Wine Auction featuring works of art, limited release wine and a unique way to support children and families in the high desert.
“We are planning a year of sharing our story and thanking all the partners and supporters who have helped us achieve this milestone,” explained Amy Ward, DCF development director. “Kirby Nagelhout Construction Company – the Art & Wine Auction Key Sponsor – is our 25th anniversary sponsor. We are grateful for all of our partners who have helped and supported us over the years, including Cascade A&E.”
The funds raised from the auction will directly support the Foundation in providing rent-free space for their partners on four campuses throughout Bend, La Pine and Redmond. The programs the DCF supports ranges from the Kids Center, Head Start and Family Access Center to the Youth Choir of Central Oregon and Saving Grace.
“There wouldn’t be a DCF without our nonprofit partners,” Ward went on to explain. “We exist to give them a place to do their good work of helping children and families. Successful fundraisers like the Art & Wine Auction ensure that we can give our partners the facility management, classrooms and offices they need to execute their missions. Our fundraising efforts ensure that our partners expenses don’t increase. In fact, they collectively save over $650,000 a year in funds that would otherwise be spent on rent and facility management thanks to our partnership.”
Students from the Bend High culinary program are participating again this year in the dessert dash. “The students were so enthusiastic and put a lot of thought, time and talent into the sweet treats they created,” Ward said. Foley Family Vineyards is providing wine for the dinner and will be pouring tastes during the silent auction along with Grocery Outlet and Merrill Cellars. Bigfoot Beverages is bringing a wide variety of beers and ciders, and Deschutes Brewery and two of Bend’s newest breweries – Bridge 99 and Oblivion Brewing – will also be pouring samples.
“We’re so grateful for the local artist and business community that supports us so generously at the Art & Wine Auction. We are proud to feature the stunning works of talented local artists. Many local businesses support us through live and silent auction donations – there are many fun packages at different price levels so it’s easy for everyone to find something special,” Ward concluded.
5:30pm at the Riverhouse Convention Center.