Welcome to Wonderball!
The Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) raised $1.4 million at our 17th annual Wonderball gala on Saturday, Oct. 7 to fuel our mission of prescribing joy to seriously ill children and their families. CCA welcomed nearly 850 supporters to the Oregon Convention Center for an Age of Aquarius themed night inspired by the abundant love and optimism of the Woodstock era.
“At CCA, we are JOY seekers. For the last 22 years, we have asked ourselves repeatedly: what can JOY do?” said Regina Ellis, Founder and Chief Joy Officer of Children’s Cancer Association in her address. “We are the only organization working to position JOY as best practice in pediatric hospitals across the nation by delivering innovative programs that transform a moment with music, friendship and nature. Because of the generosity in this room, last year we served 31 percent more children and teens, how, when and where they preferred, and delivered over 92,000 service interactions across the United States.”
A record-breaking paddle raise was led by auctioneer Kelly Russell of Artisan Auctions following Regina Ellis’ keynote speech and PSU pre-med student, Sarah Florig’s, inspiring story. CCA-served family, Ruth and Andy Soria-Zuniga, also shared the many ways CCA has supported their family during their 2-year-old daughter’s treatment.
Sarah Florig’s Story
Ruth and Andy Share Sol’s Story
Bringing Back Woodstock
Guests enjoyed silent and live auctions, a seated dinner, inspiring family speakers and live, Woodstock era music throughout the night. Portland jam band frontman Lewi Longmire’s LT Red and the Hazy Visions kicked off the live performances, which included a rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s “Star-Spangled Banner” performed by Chris Funk of The Decemberists. Other performers included singer songwriter Kyle Kraft, Brandon Nicolai and New York-based cabaret singer Amber Martin.
Fundraiser Built on Love
Décor included Indian tapestries, marigold garlands, and buttons and prayer flags with the reimagined protest slogan “Cancer is not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things”. A Moroccan menu and Summer of Love themed drinks were served to complete the aesthetic. Late night revelers also enjoyed an after-party with DJ Anjali at Spirit of 77.
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If you believe in the spirit of peace and love consider donating and join us in our mission to bring JOY to seriously ill kids and teens for years to come.