Friends of the Children Receives $404,315 from Classic Wines Auction
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Classic Wines Auction presented Friends of the Children – Portland (FOTC) with a check for $404,315 at a recent presentation ceremony in Northeast Portland. This year’s auction raised nearly $3.2 million for five benefiting charities in Portland and southwest Washington.
Friends of the Children breaks the cycle of generational poverty by giving Portland’s children facing the highest risk the ability to create a new story and transform their lives. Its vision is to provide a Friend to all vulnerable children who need one and to change the way the world views and treats its most vulnerable children. Every dollar that Classic Wines Auction invests in FOTC returns more than seven dollars to the community.
FOTC has many stories of the highest-risk children realizing their potential:
- 83% graduate from high school, while 60% have parents who did not
- 93% avoid the juvenile justice system, while 50% have parents who were incarcerated
- 98% avoid early parenting, while 85% were born to a teen parent
This year’s four other benefiting charities are New Avenues for Youth, Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Metropolitan Family Service (MFS) and YWCA Clark County.
Since its inception in 1982, the Classic Wines Auction has raised almost $37 million for children and families in the community. For more information about the Classic Wines Auction, call (503) 972-0194 or visit www.classicwinesauction.com
About Friends of the Children – Portland
Founded in 1993 by Portland native Duncan Campbell, Friends of the Children is a revolutionary mentoring program that is transforming the lives of Portland’s most vulnerable children. Their model is courageous, unique, and proven. They provide each child with a salaried, professional mentor, who they call a Friend, from kindergarten through graduation. 12 ½ years. No matter what. Moving mentoring out of the volunteer realm ensures the quality, consistency, and commitment needed to help the child create a new story and break the cycle of poverty. They aren’t just changing the stories of the highest-risk children; they’re also changing the collective stories of our community for the long run. Our work is focused on one child at a time, but it affects everyone. For more information, visit http://friendspdx.org
From left to right – Paul Vogel (CWA Board Member), Heather Martin (CWA Executive Director), Karen Hinsdale (CWA Board Member), Diana Bianco (FOTC Board Chair), Deb Hatcher (CWA Board Member), Greg Goodwin (CWA Board Member), Megan Lewis (FOTC Executive Director), Allison Pauletto (FOTC Senior Development Officer), Linda Rae Hickey (CWA Emeritus Board Member), and Bruce Ramseyer (CWA Board Member)
More about the Classic Wines Auction
Consistently recognized as one of the top ten charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator Magazine since 2001, the Classic Wines Auction has raised nearly $33 million for Portland-area charities since its inception in 1982. Based in Portland, Ore., Classic Wines Auction, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing the Classic Wines Auction and related food and wine events to raise funds for local charities benefiting children and families, including: Metropolitan Family Service, New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children-Portland, YWCA Clark County and Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel.