The annual BPS silent auction surpassed previous successful auctions by raising nearly $4,700 to benefit the Oregon Food Bank for the purpose of reducing hunger in Oregon. According to the Oregon Food Bank, $10 feeds a family of four for three to five days. This means that 470 families will receive meals this winter.
The silent auction has been a tradition at BPS for at least ten years, thanks to the dedication of the coordinating committee. For auction items, there was widespread support from BPS employees and local businesses. Some of the most popular auction items were restaurant gift certificates and gifts of experience, like overnight getaways or entertainment and sports activities.
BPS employees generously donated and bid on most of the items auctioned. Many of the auction items were handmade or re-gifted. With every dollar donated equaling $4 worth of food, the total contribution in food is valued at $18,800!