Preliminary net fundraising estimates for the 2017 Bobcat Soiree and Auction are coming in roughly at $70,000 – leaving no doubt that this event will have a lasting impact on our student community. Viva Las Vegas, indeed! When every child is supported, we all have a winning hand.
Let’s be honest, though, it wasn’t really a gamble to place bids to benefit our fantastic Bobcats – and over 200 parents, teachers, staff and community members descended upon the Tiffany Center on April 22 to participate in this popular event that’s running four years strong.
Highlights included a wheel of fortune, a heads or tails raffle, gambling tables with fake money, the teachers’ live skit and a never-ending Last Man Standing paddle raise.
Parent Ava Palmquist served as this year’s emcee, overseeing the boisterous crowd and moving the live auction along. “There was so much energy in the room,” she shares. “It felt like everyone was enjoying the glitz, the glamour and a night out away from the kids.”
Auction co-chair, Steph Wilson, is pleased with the effort, stating, “These events are always a bit stressful beforehand, but in the end, it all came together. I’m so proud of our Auction team for their months of hard work and I’m thankful to the Bonny Slope community for coming out to support our kids. It was a fun, successful evening.”
Jamie Deurwaarder, co-chair, agrees. “We couldn’t have done this without our team. From the start, it’s been a group effort. We are so thankful for the parents, community members, and event volunteers who helped every step of the way, from planning, to decorating, to cleaning up after the event,” Deurwaarder adds.
The annual Soiree and Auction is BSCO’s second major fundraiser of the year. Proceeds will fund the balance of BSCO’s annual budget, as well as provide support for BSCO’s latest endeavor-- upgrading the classroom projectors and document cameras.
If you were unable to attend, but are still interested in participating, we’ve got good news for you. Select parties are still available for purchase, including a progressive dinner, a champagne brunch for K-2 moms, a couple's Amazing Race, a mixology course, a mother/child tea and an outdoor family movie night. Teacher experiences are still up for grabs, with options for students in K-3 to hang out with their teachers. An 11x17 poster of the fifth grade selfie mosaic is also available for purchase.
Head over to the auction website to peruse through the exciting options still available.
Huge thanks to our amazing organizing committee, most especially Deurwaarder and Wilson for their hard work as Auction chairs. Rounding out the incredible Auction leadership team was Kelli Henry, Melissa Manos, Doug Deurwaarder and Dave Henry. A shout-out is also due to Palmquist for her role as emcee and to the many parents who assisted with the classroom art and to those who donated items to the auction packages.
And a very special round of applause to our Bobcat Soiree and Auction Sponsors:
- Noyes Development Co.
- Renee Harper / ELEETE Real Estate
- Cushman & Wakefield
- Jan McDuffee / Keller Williams Realty
- Brett Palmquist / Addison Avenue Investment Services
- Cable Huston LLP
- Cedar Mill Chiropractic
- Cook Security Group
- Fortis Construction Inc.
- Glass Tech
- H. Alexander Go, D.M.D. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
- Miles Rusth / Summit Mortgage
- Northwest Women’s Clinic
- Karina Stark Team / Keller Williams Realty
- Talent Finders
- VillaSport Athletic Club & Spa
- Walsh Construction Co.
- Widman Immigration Law Group LLC
- World of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
- 3 Mountains Plumbing
- Ron Tonkin Acura
- French American International School
- Providence Health & Services
- Beaverton Toyota
- Downtown Dental Associates
- Everett Street Autoworks
- Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance
- Peninsula Insurance, Division of Timmco Insurance
- Prince of Peace School
- Sunset Science Park Federal Credit Union
- Pacific Continental Bank
- Walker Garbage Service