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About the Auction

CAP’s Annual Art Auction is one of the agency’s major annual fundraisers which raises over $600,000 to support and empower people living with or affected by HIV and to prevent new infections. We depend on the Art Auction not only to fund our work, but to build community in the fight against HIV and to keep awareness of the epidemic alive. This awareness is key to conquering the virus. Last year, over 1,500 people attended the Art Auction.

One of Portland’s premiere fundraisers, the local arts community began hosting the Art Auction in 1989 to raise funds in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The After Party ($50/person) includes a salon-style silent auction of over 150 pieces of art along with sweets and savories provided by some of Portland’s best food purveyors. The Patron Dinner ($300/person) includes attendance at the After Party, plus a gourmet meal and a live auction featuring a number of the most outstanding pieces donated by prominent area artists and collectors.

About the Cause

Founded in 1983, Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) is the oldest and largest AIDS Service Organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Our mission: to support and empower all people with or affected by HIV, reduce stigma, and provide the LGBTQ+ community with compassionate healthcare.

With 68 staff and a volunteer corps of 620 people providing more than 20,000 hours of service each year, CAP manages a broad array of programs and an annual budget of about $7 million. Securing a home and help meeting basic needs such as food and work leads to better health and a lower likelihood of transmitting HIV. In fiscal year 2015, CAP provided Housing and Support Services to 1,261 people. Last year, CAP including providing more than $1.1 million dollars to emergency housing assistance. Additionally, administering almost 3,000 HIV tests and provided educational opportunities and outreach to nearly 9,000 adults and youth in the five-county Portland metropolitan area.

Opening this spring, CAP’s new health center, Prism Health, will offer a safe, affirming, and non-judgmental space where all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community can obtain the compassionate and culturally effective health care they need and deserve.

A 19-member volunteer Board of Directors provides strategic guidance and oversight to ensure CAP accomplishes its mission and continues to operate with integrity and transparency.

Last year, CAP provided HIV/AIDS education and prevention services to nearly 15,000 people in community. More information about Cascade AIDS Project is at