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Government Camp-based cultural center and museum hosts virtual fundraiser, featuring retro ski lifts, art for the highest bidder

COURTESY PHOTO: MT. HOOD CULTURAL CENTER AND MUSEUM - Items up for auction include several pieces of art, vintage skis and more. As a nonprofit organization, the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum in Government Camp relies on donations and regular fundraisers to maintain its space as the hub for preservation of Mount Hood history. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the in-person events the museum staff and volunteers would typically host have been cancelled, leading them to seek out new avenues of revenue.

As of Nov. 7, the museum staff began an online auction to raise funds.

"We decided to do the auction for several reasons," said Lloyd Musser, curator at Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum. "The annual gala and auction has been a fun event for many years (and) the museum depends on funding generated by events to cover our overhead costs such as utilities, insurance and maintenance. We learned that while many businesses are struggling, they look at donating products or services to a charity auction as economical advertising."

The auction will run through Saturday, Nov. 14, and high bidders can pick up items at the museum, 88900 E. Highway 26, Government Camp, beginning Sunday, Nov. 15. The auction can be found online. Instructions on how to bid are provided.

"There is something for everyone in this auction," Musser explained.

COURTESY PHOTO: MT. HOOD CULTURAL CENTER AND MUSEUM - The Mt. Hood Museum's online auction will run through Saturday, Nov. 14, and offer a variety of items to bid on. Items up for auction include a Pucci ski lift chair, a retro ski lift chair, framed Dale Crockatt photographs, lots of art, vintage wooden skis, as well as gift baskets and gift certificates for local products and services that can be used as holiday gifts.

Those interested in seeing the items in-person are welcome to stop by the museum (while following social distancing and masking requirements) between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 through Saturday, Nov. 14. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

"We will have the auction items on display during the eight days of the auction. This will give bidders a chance to view the auction items and also we hope draw people into the museum," Musser added. "The museum is open and social distancing-compliant. Now is a good time to view the exhibits unhurried. The gift shop is fully stocked with unique items (that are) perfect for the holidays."

For more information about the auction or the museum, call 503-272-3301.


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