Seventh Annual Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction

For Immediate Release  |  January 31, 2017   |  By: Jim Willhight

We are less than 3 months away from our key annual fundraising event the 2017 Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction set for Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Linn County Expo Center.

Joining us again for the seventh annual event as M/C and Auctioneer (drum roll please),  Will Tucker, Linn County Commissioner.

John Donovan, Development Director for Albany Helping Hands, an eighteen-year-old 501 (c) 3 non-profit, independent faith-based organization stated "This event, our seventh, is our biggest fundraiser each year."

Last year the auction yielded over $52,000,  a long way from the first auction which raised a needed $1600. 

Donovan stated further "The funds from this annual dinner-auction are one of the key components to our revenue".  

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The event starts at 5:00 pm with social hour and silent auction followed by dinner, program and live auction. 

There will be a short program with updates on shelter, retail and farm operations and a look ahead.

The Program will feature special volunteer recognition with the presentation of the  Volunteer of the Year "Spirit of Pastor Bailey" Award and the "Pastor Bill Lane" Award which will be presented to the Guest of the Year.

The auctions are expected to have around 200 items up for bid. Returning to cater the event, which is expected to draw up to 272 guests will be Jacopetti's.

To be an event sponsor, auction donor or table sponsor please contact John Donovan, Wayne Oaks, Jim Willhight or phone the shelter office and ask for Pastor John at 541-926-4036.

More information can be found online on our web site  AlbanyHelpingHands.com, it is found on the "Get Involved/Bridge of Hope" link.

Quick Facts

  • What:  Seventh Annual Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction
  • When:  5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Thursday April 27th, 2017
  • Where:  Linn County Expo Center
  • Who: Albany Helping Hands
  • Why: Annual Recognition Dinner and Fundraiser Auction
  • Details:   Pre-dinner Social, Dinner, Silent and Live Auctions
  • Recognition : Annual "Spirit of Pastor Bailey" Award for Volunteer of the Year
  • Recognition : Annual "Pastor Bill Lane" Award for Guest of the Year
  • Guest Dinner Cost/ Invitations:: There is no cost to dinner guests. This event is by invitation only with invites issued by Table Sponsors or at sponsors option AHH.

Quick Links

 Background: Albany Helping Hands is a faith-based 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation and an equal opportunity employer and provider. The proceeds from this fundraiser provide training and employment for shelter guests and help fund critical community missions that include but are not limited to providing emergency housing and food. 

We provide to the community hot meals three times a day 365 days a year..  Everyone is welcome, even those not registered with the shelter.

We also provide training and employment for shelter guests operating a Thrift Store, the Garden Farm & Market, Keep Warm Wood Lot, and Vehicle Resale and Estate Cleanup units. 

Albany Helping Hands offers for use the GED Training Classroom, computer and internew access for email, job and housing searches. We offer transitional job programs, mental health referrals, counseling, clothing, household needs, and furniture.  

For more information in services, history, programs, retail and service operations www.albanyhelpinghands.com

Bridge of Hope: A Brighter Future

2016 Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction

2016 Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction

By: Jim Willhight

Edited: 8/25/2016. Re: Venue and date changed for 2017 event.

Thank you to the businesses, organizations and individuals who participated in the Sixth Annual Albany Helping Hands Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction.

This years annual spring event took place on Thursday, April 28th, 2016.  

Once again this year we utilized  the facilities  at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany, Oregon..

Record Totals Raised

The first auction net was $1600.00. This year's total was 30 times that amount due to the generous support of the donors.  Above from a front page Democrat Herald story about the event.

The first auction net was $1600.00. This year's total was 30 times that amount due to the generous support of the donors.  Above from a front page Democrat Herald story about the event.

John Donovan, Development Director for Albany Helping Hands, an eighteen-year-old 501 (c) 3 non-profit, independent faith-based organization stated "This year's event was a big success with proceeds well ahead of last year's total".

John has been with the shelter from the early days providing volunteer services as day manager at the old church location at First and Main.

Donovan stated further, "The funds from this annual dinner-auction composed one of the key components to our revenue". 

A Record amount of over $52,500 was raised at the event with cash contributions up over 70% from 2015. 

The first auction held in 1999 yielded $1,600 in proceeds. 

Other major projects or business entities that contribute significant revenue are the Christmas Tree and Holiday Wreath Lots, the Home of the Holidays Radiothon/ Donor Mail Campaign., Thrift store sales and Woodlot income.

Record Attendance over 210!

Dinner was added in 2011, the first annual Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction was held at the shelter. The MC/ Auctioneer from year one has been Linn County Commissioner (Will Tucker (above)

Dinner was added in 2011, the first annual Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction was held at the shelter. The MC/ Auctioneer from year one has been Linn County Commissioner (Will Tucker (above)

Returning to act as the events Master of Ceremonies was Will Tucker, Linn County Commissioner who acted as the events auctioneer.

The event began with the Silent Auction at 5:00 pm followed by dinner catered by Jacopetti's. This year there were over 160 silent auction items up for bid.

Jim Sapp, President of Albany Helping Hands Board (right)

Jim Sapp, President of Albany Helping Hands Board (right)

A short dinner program started with a prayer and message by Albany Helping Hands Board President / Shelter Chaplain Jim Sapp. 

Volunteer and Guest Awards

Board Vice President/ Development Director John Donovan made a special presentation to Jodie Jones, daughter of Joann Jones.

This special recognition noted Joann Jones   long time service as a volunteer at AHH.

Donovan also honored soon to be retiring Executive Director of Albany Helping Hands, Dan Kress. 

Emerson Smoker (AHH Board Member) introduced Board Members and updated the audience on the success of the Woodlot and Chicken Ranch Operations. 

"Spirit of Pastor Bailey Award", Volunteer of the Year 2016

Donovan also recognized the recipient of the Pastor Bailey Volunteer of the Year “Spirit of Pastor Bailey Award” Meagan Good, a Pastor at Albany Mennonite Church. 

With Pastor Good out of the country, the award was accepted by Larry Eby from the church. 

Guest of the Year 2016 the "Pastor Bill Lane" Award

Marcus Frizzell was awarded the Pastor Bill Lane Guest of the Year accolade.


Announcement of Future Expansion 

Drawing of Proposed Albany Helping Hands expansion.

Drawing of Proposed Albany Helping Hands expansion.

Drawing of Proposed Albany Helping Hands expansion.

Drawing of Proposed Albany Helping Hands expansion.

Following the special awards and recognitions, Mike Davis, Albany Helping Hands board member,  made a short presentation about the feasibility of the expansion of Helping Hands housing.

This expansion would be in the form of approximately 60 new transitional apartments which will be located on the lots behind Albany Helping Hands on the west side of the shelter property on Southeast Ninth Avenue.

Displayed at the dinner were three architectural concept drawings and a satellite map of the proposed housing project (see below). 

Drawing of Proposed Albany Helping Hands expansion.

Drawing of Proposed Albany Helping Hands expansion.

Map of Proposed Albany Helping Hands expansion west of the shelter.  The project would involve buying up houses on west portion of the block.

Map of Proposed Albany Helping Hands expansion west of the shelter.  The project would involve buying up houses on west portion of the block.

2017 Event at the Country Club

Next year’s event is scheduled the same time, the last Thursday April. So mark your calendars for April 27, 2017 for the 7th annual Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction.

We are expanding the setup for 2017 with the venue set at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany, OR.

Many Thank You's

Helping Hands Staff and Guests who did a great job with setup, food service and cleanup.

Helping Hands Staff and Guests who did a great job with setup, food service and cleanup.

We appreciate the continued support and give special thanks to event sponsors:

Coastal Farm and Ranch, Eye Care Associates, Oregon Freeze Dry, Boshart Trucking, Edward Jones- Ralph Scariano, KGAL/KSHO, AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home, Santiam Christian School, KRKT/KLOO, Mikes Heating and Air Conditioning, Haring Drywall and Lake Shore Lanes.

Thank you to the dinner table sponsors:  

Will Tucker, National Frozen Foods, Riteway Electric, Albany Community Church of God, John Donovan, James Sapp, Cadwell, Realty, Randall Glaser, Faith Works, Love Inc., Gray Farms, Xtreme Graphx, Stavros Auto Service, Courtesy Corner, Albany Community Church of God, and Chris Erickson

Thank you auction donors:

Direct Flooring Center, Fitzpatrick Painting, Furniture Share,  Home Insulation Contractors Willamette Welding Supply, Stutzman Services, Sybaris, Ron Loney, Northwest Realty Consultants, South Santiam Cottages,  Midway Mechanical, Knife River, Miller Concrete, Lassen Chev/ RV, Faith Lutheran Church,  Bob Brockman, Cascade Grill, Hughson's Lower Rogue Guide Service, Harts Nursery, LJ Motors, Jacopetti's Catering, Elmer’s, Les Schwab, Tom's Garden Center, Linn County Expo Center, Bandstand2000, The Party Store,  Spring Hill Country Club, PARR Lumber, Republic Services, and Berlee's Fancies.

For more information go online with your PC, Laptop, Table or Smart phone at www.albanyhelpinghands.com or call 541-926-4036. Note the web address is a Dot Com (".com")  not a Dot Org .

Thanks again to these sponsors


Pre Event Donor and Sponsor Information for Board Members, Volunteers and Staff selling (securing) Corporate Sponsorships and Table Sponsorships. Also utilized for  (sales of) Auction Donations and Donors. 

Helping Hands 6th Annual Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction Later this Month

For Immediate Release:   Albany, OR, April 5, 2016  

In what has become an annual tradition, the Albany Helping Hands Sixth Annual bridge of Hope Dinner Auction will take place on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at the Linn County Expo Center.  

This year's event is brought to you in part by Eye Care Associates, Santiam Christian School. KGAL/ KSHO Radio, Oregon Freeze Dry, BiCoastal Media Group and National Frozen Foods.

2015 Dinner Auction

2015 Dinner Auction

More information is available on donating or sponsoring the event by cliicking on Donate Bridge of Hope at albanyhelpinghands.com

Returning to act as the events Master of Ceremonies will be Will Tucker, Linn County Commissioner who also will be the event's auctioneer. The fun begins with the Silent Auction at 5:00 pm followed by dinner catered by Jacopetti's, a short program and an oral auction. 

John Donovan, Development Director for Albany Helping Hands, an eighteen-year-old 501 (c) 3 non-profit, faith-based organization stated "This event is our annual fund raiser which includes recognition of Volunteer of the Year and Guest of the Year. The funds raised from this annual dinner-auction is one of the components to our revenue". 

The proceeds from this event help fund critical community missions including providing emergency housing and hot meals three times a day, totally over 80,000 meals a year. Everyone is welcome for meals, even those not registered with the shelter.

Albany Helping Hands also provides training and employment for shelter guests operating a Thrift Store, Pasture Feed Chicken Farm, Keep Warm Wood Lot, and Christmas Tree Lots.  Helping Hands also offers GED Training at the new GED Training Classroom, housing searches, transitional jobs programs, mental health referrals, counseling, clothing, household needs, furniture and more for those in need in our community. 

Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made at the shelter at 619 SE Ninth Avenue, Albany. If you prefer please Dan Kress or Wayne Oakes at 541-926-4036 or mail your contributions to PO Box 2252, Albany, OR 97321.