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Friends of Timberline auction focuses on experiences posted on 10/01/2021

Last year, the Friends of Timberline (FOT) shifted its annual auction to be an online event, offering some unexpected challenges, including trying to understand the software to make it happen.

“It was a big learning process,” said Laura Henderson, FOT Vice President and Chair of the 2021 FOT Auction. “We survived it and we got through it.”

This year, the auction returns in an online form again, with a focus on offering bidders the chance to win a variety of outdoor experiences, including a guided hike on the south side of Mount Hood, the chance to visit a master gardener’s garden and a unique fly-tying experience.

“I would love to do that,” Henderson said. “In the time of COVID, those (outdoor experiences) are important to people.”

Other auction items include an original Pucci chair from the Timberline ski lift, a vintage Puccci scarf, embossed prints, a custom bench and pillow upholstered with Pendleton fabric, Timberline Lodge related art and collectibles and more.

Things kick off at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 with a live broadcast from Timberline Lodge, which will offer an update on the restoration of the naturalistic pools at the lodge. The auction's start will take place at approximately 6 p.m.

Henderson noted that there was a dedication in September for the pools, an ongoing project for FOT that has now been completed.

“It’s just a beautiful and special place,” she said.

Henderson added that the auction is one of the key opportunities for the organization to do fundraising. FOT will celebrate its 50th anniversary in a few years, and Henderson hopes that a future project will include preserving its history and stories through videos.

“That’s one of the things that’s on the horizon that we’re starting now to do fundraising and planning,” she said.

Auction participants can preregister for the event at www.friendsoftimberline.org, and all registered bidders receive a Columbia Sportswear pass to the Employee Store in Southwest Portland. The auction will run from Saturday, Oct. 2 through Wednesday, Oct. 6.

By Garth Guibord/MT





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