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This year's fundraiser takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Ainsworth House

Jerri Adams says the Oregon City Woman's Club annual fundraiser and silent auction is the best place to do early Christmas shopping. But she wants to remind people that while the event can feature wonderful things on offer, the items are worth nothing "if we don't have people come to buy them."

PHOTO BY JERRI ADAMS - Shoppers bid on decorated theme baskets at last years Oregon City Womans Club fundraiser. This years auction is Oct. 29 at the Ainsworth House.This year's fundraiser takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Ainsworth House, 19130 Lot Whitcomb Drive, Oregon City.

Adams, president of the club, noted "every single penny we make goes to helping organizations in our community."

Gift baskets and more

The theme of the fundraiser this year is black and white, Adams said, noting that all the tables will feature that color scheme and volunteers will be similarly clad.

Heather Chaney, the event organizer, picked the theme because the Ainsworth House is "an elegant venue with a black-and-white tile floor," Adams said.

"A fabulous offering" in the silent auction is a package including two tickets to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, an overnight stay at the Ashland Springs Hotel, and gift cards for food and drink, Adams said.

PHOTO BY JERRI ADAMS - Craig Danielson hosted last year's OCWC live auction; he is the owner of Danielson Hilltop Properties and his wife, Jilda, is a club member. "We also have tickets for all kinds of sporting events, both professional and college," including tickets for the Portland Thorns in 2018.

Theater gifts to bid on include tickets to Portland Center Stage and season tickets for Clackamas Repertory Theatre's 2018 plays.

"There are lots of beautiful baskets, upcycled potting benches, a beautiful, handmade cedar garden bench, a casino pack, one-of-a-kind art pieces and gift cards to lots of restaurants," Adams said.

Organizations

Looking back on the year, Adams said she is most proud of the growth of membership in the Oregon Woman's Club and the fact that the club was named the best nonprofit by the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, "everyone pitched in to make 50 ditty bags of personal-care products, which we took up to the VA Hospital. We also put in a little free library at Rivercrest Park, and that has been successful," she said.

People should attend the fundraising event, she said, "because we have things that families like. When you help us, all that money goes right back into the community.

"We donated to 14 organizations last year. We help the ones that need help."

Call Jerri Adams at 503-866-7367 for more information.

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