On October 29, JoyRx took to the skies with our annual fundraiser gala, Wonderball, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. For the first time in three years, we were back in-person with a night filled with amazing entertainment, inspiring speakers, exciting packages, and — of course — Joy.
JoyRx welcomed passengers to an aviation-themed evening. With two “gates” for Portland and for Austin, guests experienced the Joy of our program expansion, complete with staples of the two regions — Voodoo Donuts, singing telegrams, trick lassos, and a mini-SXSW festival. While enjoying cocktail hour, JoyRx supporters perused the silent auction, featuring over 90 packages to choose from.
The main event was the program itself, featuring aerialists, Alaska Airlines drill team, and sky-high, live musical entertainment.
Our Captain of Ceremonies, Jordan Kent, led the ascent, helping JoyRx Airlines passengers traverse the night sky. Alongside was his co-pilot, auctioneer Johnna Wells, who led the charge through the live auction, featuring eight packages. We’re so grateful for their steady navigation through the exhilarating evening.
Thanks to the generosity of our community, we raised over $1M to ensure the healing power of Joy is delivered to more than 35,000 seriously ill kids, teens, and their families each year.
The evening wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our sponsors: to our special silver sponsors — Kassab Jewelers, DDI Benefits, and JGP — thank you for helping make this night a soaring success. To our VIP sponsors — ADP, Aetna, Cigna, Target, Fortis Construction, and Pacific Office Automation — your contribution let us reach new heights. And thank you to our auction sponsor, The Standard, for helping us fuel up the fundraising jetliner to the stars!
Our sincere appreciation and gratitude to our special guest speakers, Sabina McMahon and Dan Abbott, for sharing their inspiring stories.
Here’s a sneak peak of more photos from the night. Check back here on Friday for even more moments from this incredible evening:
You can share your photos of your Wonderball experience on social media using #Wonderball and tagging us @CCAJoyRx.
Thank you, JoyRx Airlines Passengers, for traveling with us and helping us soar to new heights!