Be Great Ball Raises over $610,000 to support Youth Dreams

How can we help youth in our community make their dreams a reality? 

By supporting the programs and services that empower them. 

Dreams Start Here 

On April 18, 2019, generous supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs gathered at the Portland Art Museum to celebrate their annual Be Great Ball. This year, we honored the dreams that blossom, are shaped by, and empowered within, our Clubs by the amazing academic programs, workforce skills training, opportunities for creative growth, and youth and family supports we provide. Over 400 guests supported the dreams of our youth by bidding on auction items and participating in a paddle raise that ultimately resulted in the Clubs raising over $610,000! 

Guests mingled and socialized under balloon clouds for the cocktail hour and silent auction, meeting teen members and Club staff who held shining stars that could be purchased for the Blue Paradise Raffle, for a chance to visit the Maui coast. 

Shauna Parsons and Joe Vithayathil from Good Day Oregon kicked off the night as our guest emcees, taking an Instagram live video to show their feeds a room full of Boys & Girls Clubs supporters. Tim Rippey, a man who has helped shaped the Clubs and supported us on our Board for the last 18 years, received the Roy Ciappini “Be Great” award for his service. Guests learned about the dreams of our current members, staff, and alumni in a video that brought tears of joy to many eyes in the room.  

Auctioneer Dale Johannes sang, danced, and kept the energy up into the Bid Frenzy and Live Auction portions of the night, which included amazing prize packages such as our Board Reserve Wine Collection of 43 bottles donated by Board members, and a 7 day trip to Provence, France. Bidders also gave youth the chance to spend time with Portland Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum. 

Emcees Shauna Parsons and Joe Vithayathil from Fox 12's Good Day Oregon