Community gathers for spring gala
The opportunity to ride to school in a fire engine and the chance to serve as an equine vet for a day were just a few of the items up for bid at the Estacada Chamber of Commerce's Spring Gala.
The Chamber's annual fundraiser, held Saturday, April 27, at the Fireside Room at Estacada First Baptist Church, connected attendees with dinner, as well as silent and live auctions.
Silent auction items included a year of free coffee from the Mason Jar Cafe, a family fun night package from Yo Treats Frozen Yogurt, a gift card to The Country Restaurant, a body care basket from Hillockburn Farm, a two month gym membership to Timber Town fitness and a yearlong subscription to the Estacada News.
Live auction items included an afternoon of paddleboarding with Clackamas River Outfitters, a Fourth of July Timber Festival Package from Estacada Area Community Events, tandem skydiving with Skydive Inc., Portland Trail Blazers tickets, concealed handgun training classes and an O Brother Concert.
The live auction was led by Bob Jones and Aaron Neldner, a job that the two have held since the inaugural spring gala in 2017.
"I love the interaction with everybody," Jones said.
"(The best part is) goofing off. That's always my favorite part," Nelder added. "I like to have fun selling."
Estacada Chamber of Commerce President Brent Dodrill praised gala attendees.
"This is a very generous community and they showed it again by bidding on items. We appreciate the community's support," he said.