“For 21 years CCA’s programs have been provided at no cost and today, we serve over 20,000 kids and their families annually,” said Regina Ellis, Founder and Chief Joy Officer of the Children’s Cancer Association in her address. “Make no mistake. With the power of JOY, we are out to change the world.”
A record-breaking paddle raise was led by auctioneer Kelly Russell of Artisan Auctions following a moving speech from John Grothe, head PGA professional at Willamette Valley Golf Club, whose family was served by CCA in 2015. Tim Haarman, a senior and student leader at Jesuit High School also shared his inspiring story.
Billed as ¡El Baile! (The Dance), and presented by Regence BlueCross Blue Shield, the evening celebrated the vibrant colors, sounds, flavors, and styles of 1950s Havana.
Guests were treated to live music from Son de Cuba, classic cars on display from the Portland Roadster Show, and Cuban-themed food and drink. Tony Starlight, El Baile’s nightclub host, channeled Desi Arnaz for a festive conga solo and along with his dancers, The Starella Sisters, introduced high energy performances from Melao de Cuba Orquesta, tap dancer Tony Palomino, salsa dancers Jennie Fremont & Rob Hilario, and a special guest appearance by Edna Vazquez to close out the night. Late night revelers also enjoyed an after-party with DJ Rev Shines at Spirit of 77.
Regina Ellis, Founder and Chief Joy Officer of the Children’s Cancer Association
John Grothe, head PGA professional at Willamette Valley Golf Club
Tim Haarman, a senior and student leader at Jesuit High School