In many ways, the Bridge to Change Benefit dinners are a lot like a homecoming for HBI.
Over the past two nights we sold-out the event in the newly remodeled Tupai dining room at Portland's venerable Andina Restaurant. Over four courses of exceptional Peruvian cuisine - with paired wines from Elk Cove Vineyards - guests learned about our mission and updates from our main projects and programs. We also showcased a teaser for the upcoming Bridge to Change documentary (more on that bit of news in another Blog post).
With a silent auction, raffle drawing and paddle-raiser - the event included a number of opportunities for guests to contribute to our work. It is always so humbling how generous people are; and this year, building on the tremendous successes of the 2017 event, we raised almost $90,000 to support our programs and projects.
Wow! We were truly floored by all the generosity and support. The Bridge to Change Benefit is a special event for HBI and our supporters. And, like we said, in many ways its a lot like a homecoming . . . and, it is a true honor and privilege to have so many people believe in what we are doing.
Until next year - Thank you so much to all of the attendees and supporters of the event. HBI would not be possible without you.
And, if you didn't get a chance to attend the event and want to know more about what was said - check out a transcript of the remarks made by Wayne Centrone, Founder and Executive Director of HBI.
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