This past Saturday was the 7th Annual Medical Teams International Great Adventure Auction - the 4th that I have been a part of. "Auction season" is always quite a whirlwind, but it's also one of my favorite times of year. Volunteers fill the office, phones are continually ringing, emails are received and sent like rapid fire, candy and carbs lurk around every corner (which I love/hate), pumpkin spice lattes flow like the Columbia River, and delirious laughter fills our office where you can usually hear a pen drop.
Our auction team which includes Deb, Chiqui, Katie and I spend lots of time together during the weeks leading up to auction night. We start reading each other's minds, completing each other's sentences and Katie and I creepily started dressing alike and causing people to believe that we are actually twins.
This year, my parents were able to come up to Portland to see the auction first-hand. They've heard me talk about it for years and now they've actually experienced this huge part of my life. I think they win the award for Longest Distance Traveled for the Great Adventure.
Our goal for this year's auction was $1.4 million. And the total raised for the 2012 auction is $1.43 million!!! All of the hard work paid off and we were all amazed at the generosity of our wonderful guests. What a blessing to be a part of such an amazing event for an incredible organization. Just think of all of the people around the world who will directly benefit from the generosity of 600 people gathered in Portland on October 13th. It really is quite miraculous!
our MC - weatherman Matt Zaffino, our auction chair - Phil Lane and our amazing auctioneer - Johnna Wells
our new CEO and his wife welcoming everyone
a glimpse of the live auction