Focus on Families – A Fine Photography Auction

The Family Resource Center of Central Oregon is holding their popular photography auction on Thursday, April 23 in the atrium of the Franklin Crossing Building, 550 NW Franklin Avenue in downtown Bend.  There will be dozens of gorgeous framed photographs from well-known local photographers as well as food, drinks, live music, games and more.

Brooks Resources is the presenting sponsor and all proceeds will benefit the Family Resource Center’s parenting education programs.

The Family Resource Center has a 23-year history of strengthening families in Central Oregon.“We are about the health, happiness and success of the children,” said Executive Director Chuck Keers.  “Our parenting education classes bring families closer together, reduces stress and provide tools that parents can use to make the challenging job of parenting easier and more effective.  They are proven to enhance cognitive and emotional development, improve school readiness, resiliency, self-esteem and academic success in children.”

Event Chair and Board Member Jill Gentes said, “This is going to be a really fun event.  We have an exciting and different location, heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and a great auctioneer who will lead the live auction and also some fun activities that everyone can participate in.”

“The photographs this year are phenomenal,” said Deb Spicer, owner of Eastlake Framing who is custom framing all of the pieces.  “We have photos from Ric Ergenbright, George Lepp, Hadley McCann, Bruce Jackson and Loren Irving, just to name a few of the local photographers who have generously donated some of their best work to support the Family Resource Center and the families of Central Oregon.”

The live-auction photographs will be on display at the Franklin Crossing Building during the first three weeks of April.  There will also be opportunities to submit pre-bids and buy tickets at Frist Friday on April 3.

“The Family Resource Center supports families with children of all ages and from all walks of life,” said Board President Julie Smith.  “It is not about being a perfect parent, but being a better parent.  Since “kids don’t come with instructions,” we’re here to help.  In addition to classes and workshops, we lead the Central Oregon Parenting Education HUB which is a 25 agency collaborative that works together to reduce duplication, leverage resources and improve access to and awareness of parenting education and its benefits.”

Tickets for the event are $65 per person or $120 per couple.
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