Oregon WildBlogOregon Wild Blog RSS
News, notes, trip reports, and the lighter side (of the wilder side) of the Oregon environmental and conservation movement.
If you attended the sold-out Call of the Wild benefit event last Friday, have a look at these newly-posted photo galleries - you may be in one of them!
Our Call of the Wild benefit was held last Friday at Union/Pine in Southeast Portland, and it was a wildly successful, sold-out event. With over 300 Oregon Wild fans in attendance, we raised over $25,000 through our silent auction and the sale of this year's finalist photos in the Oregon Wild Outdoor Photo Contest.
Oregon Wild has some pretty cool friends! (even in Eugene)
As part of an introduction exercise at the Center for Earth Leadership, I was once asked to talk about “a time when you feel connected with other people”. I answered that I feel most connected to others when I meet them out on the trail. People in the wilderness always seem happy.
Though they might be strangers, if you come across someone miles away from a trailhead, you know they likely value a lot of the same things as you - and I always imagine they have some pretty great stories to tell.
Here at Oregon Wild, we get to know a lot of great people. Though most of our meetings happen off-trail, we do know that our supporters value many of the same things as us.
Oregon Wild supporters know how to have a good time and leave an auctioneer exhausted.
The tables are all gone. The candles extinguished. And the bidding closed. Another successful Oregon Wild annual benefit is in the books.
Coming back to work today was satisfying, knowing that Friday night's Oregon Wild Celebration brought together Wilderness lovers--old and new--to revel in the Oregon we love. For me, returning to work this morning was a chance to share with everyone not at the party the fantastic photos that took top honors for this year's Oregon Wild Outdoor Photo Contest.
We've mentioned it before, but the submisisons this year absolutely blew us away. Take a look at the winners and honorable mentions. Winning photographers took home $1,000 worth of prozes from Pro Photo Supply and our other fantastic sponsors.
Of course, the evening wasn't all about soaking in some amazing scenery captured by some very talented artists. It was also about raising proceeds to help Oregon Wild continue our important work protecting and restoring Oregon's special places.
As in year's past, guests bid on a bevy of silent auction prizes that ranged from outdoor gear to adventure getaways. But not all the bidding was silent. This year, we decided to mix it up with a live auction for one special item: the 4-day, 2-person rafting trip down the Wild & Scenic Rogue River with premier outfitter OARS.
Once we decided to try out the live auction format, the question was: Who will call out the auction? Somehow duties were assigned to yours truly and the night before the party, I tried out my auction skills on a few family members and friends.
My practice (and the sideline help from a few Oregon Wild staffers) paid off with an exciting and lucrative bidding back-and-forth. Let me attest to the fact that talking for 10 minutes straight without a break is exhausting!
Thanks to everyone who came out to support Oregon Wild and to celebrate our wonderful and beautiful state. If you couldn't make it this year, we hope to see you next year, or at one of the myriad events we host in all seasons.
Oh, and if you need an auctioneer, I think I've found a calling.