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315 community members participate in 16th-annual charity dinner auction fundraiser

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: SNOWCAP COMMUNITY CHARITIES - Nate Larsen, SnowCap Executive Director Kristen Wageman, and Pastor Don Frueh enjoyed celebrating at the annual charity dinner and auction. SnowCap Community Charities raised a record-breaking $150,000 for food assistance and expanded evening hours to better serve low-income families in East Multnomah County.

The 16th-annual SnowCap Community Charities Dinner Auction was attended by 315 guests Saturday, March 17, at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport. Pastor Don Frueh of Parkrose Community United Church of Christ served as emcee, and JillMarie Wiles was the auctioneer.

"Support raised at this event makes East Multnomah County a more compassionate place," said SnowCap Executive Director Kristen Wageman.

Because of the auction, the nonprofit organization will now be open Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. That will help those unable to go to the regular afternoon hours because of schedule conflicts or a lack of transportation. With the expanded hours, Wageman said more volunteers are needed, especially on Mondays.

Some of the local sponsors for the auction included Alyson Huntting, Les Schwab Tire Centers, The Boeing Company, Pacific Power, PGE, Covenant Presbyterian Church and Axis Design Group.

More than 9,000 local residents depend on SnowCap for food or clothing each month, and a multigenerational crew of 1,000 volunteers help the nonprofit organization run smoothly.

For information about helping, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-405-4295.

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