What is the ‘Heart of Doernbecher’?

The Jaussi family, 2012 Heart of Doernbecher Auction.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Heart of Doernbecher Auction. On Saturday, April 20, Doernbecher supporters will come together at the Portland Art Museum to enjoy dinner, music, silent and live auctions, and a moving testimonial from a Doernbecher family.

Contributions to the Heart of Doernbecher Auction make a substantial impact on the lives of children receiving treatment at Doernbecher.

The event has an interesting history dating back more than 15 years, starting with an all-women’s golf tournament planned by the Friends of Doernbecher chapter Women for Children.

The Heart on the Hill, as it was called then, was a thank you dinner and auction that concluded the golf tournament. The tournament and auction had great support from the grocery and food industry, and to this day, many of the original companies continue to sponsor and support the Heart of Doernbecher Auction.

After a few years of running the event, the Women for Children chapter decided the event could be even more successful if they passed it along to the Doernbecher Foundation to plan and execute. The name was changed and the first official Heart of Doernbecher was born in fall 1998.

Today the auction brings together hundreds of community leaders from Oregon and southwest Washington to raise money for the hospital. To date, the event has raised more than $7 million for Doernbecher.

In the past, funds from the auction have been used to support research and hospital improvements, the expansion of the Kenneth W. Ford Northwest Children’s Cancer Center, the Friends of Doernbecher Endowment Fund for Medical Care, the Child Life Endowment Fund, the Doernbecher Pediatric Emergency Department renovation, and to support the Doernbecher Neonatal Care Center.

We have a great celebration planned this year in honor of the 15th anniversary. We are looking forward to raising lots of money for the children at Doernbecher!

If you’re interested in attending or learning more about the Heart of Doernbecher Auction, please contact me at 503-220-8341 or wipfli@ohsu.edu, or click here.

Carolanne Wipfli
Assistant Director of Development
Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation