(Portland, OR Oct 27, 2011 ) Medical Teams International held the sixth annual Great Adventure Dinner and Auction at its Tigard headquarters Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. More than 650 people attended the major fundraiser on what proved to be an unforgettable night.
Guests at the gala event gave more than $1.4 million, a record-setting amount, to further Medical Teams International’s mission. More than $850,000 of the total was given during the special appeal for the organization’s projects worldwide and here at home.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity and compassion of those who attended our auction,” said Bas Vanderzalm, president of Medical Teams International. “With God's help, we will use these funds to touch the lives of thousands of suffering people.”
Guests were able to review and bid on an enormous array of auction items donated by individuals and businesses all over the United States. With his characteristic warmth, Matt Zaffino, KGW Channel 8 Chief Meteorologist, once again served as the Master of Ceremonies. Julianne Johnson-Weiss, two-time Grammy nominated artist, touched everyone’s hearts as she sang three deeply moving songs.
An inspiring video focusing on Haiti was shown during the event and highlighted the impact that Medical Teams International’s work has on individual lives. Finally, the evening culminated in a raffle drawing for a Lexus hybrid donated by Lexus of Portland. The lucky winners, Dennis and Linda Breitenstein, were in the audience.
Among the presenting sponsors were Alaska Airlines, Lexus of Portland, Silicon Forest Electronics and Standard TV & Appliance. Other major sponsors were Magaurn Video Media, Providence Health & Services, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon and Mitchell Wine Group. This year’s auction chairs were Scott and Dana Cress and Phil and Linda Lane. Next year’s auction is set for Oct. 13, 2012. More information, including the special appeal video and event photos, can be seen at www.medicalteams.org.
Medical Teams International is a Christian global health organization working to demonstrate the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world. Since 1979, we have sent more than 2,100 volunteer teams and shipped more than $1.4 billion in lifesaving medicines and medical supplies to care for 25 million people in 100 countries. Each year, more than 2,000 volunteers contribute their time to care for those whom Jesus called “the least of these” in our world today.