Charity Dinner and Auction (Portland area) – Friday, October 23

Friends in Portland, if you’ll be around on Friday, October 23rd, I’d like to invite you to a benefit dinner and auction for a cause I am proud to support.

The Short Version


What: Dinner and auction for Sisters of the Road, a local non-profit that serves the homeless population in Portland.

When: Friday, October 23rd, 6-10pm (includes dinner, drinks, auction, and something called a “hoedown”)

Where: Portland Art Museum, Grand Ballroom, 1237 SW 10th Ave

Cost: $85/person

To Register: 1) Go here and sign up, and 2) Go here and let me know you’re coming


The Longer Version

When I first moved to Portland earlier in the year, I went looking for an excellent, local non-profit to work with. This is the first year in seven years that I haven’t been directly involved in non-profit leadership, and while I’m not looking for a real job somewhere, I want to make sure I’m doing my part to support charities that do good work.

After hearing good recommendations, I made an appointment to visit with Sisters of the Road, a local group that serves the homeless population here. Portland is a great city that I love more than almost anywhere I’ve lived, but we do have a large number of homeless people from all ages and backgrounds. Sisters provides daily lunches (in exchange for $2 or 15 minutes of work), but more than that, they offer all kinds of community resources for people who live outdoors.

I had my own lunch in their café with Monica, the Executive Director, and I’m convinced that the mission of Sisters is a good one. When I received an invitation to attend their largest annual event, I promptly signed up, but then I thought I’d extend the offer to some of you as well.

I’ve recruited J.D. Roth from Get Rich Slowly fame into this benefit as well, so we’ll actually have a joint AONC / GRS table at the event. If you’re local and would like to join us, here’s what you need to do:

1. Register over here.

2. In the field where it asks for Table Names, write “AONC / GRS” in addition to your own name so the organizers know you’ll be sitting with us.

3. Send me a note from my contact form so I’ll also have a list and can know to expect you.

Also, if you’re not in the area but still want to help, you can make a donation on the registration site. 100% of proceeds go to Sisters of the Road.

(I’m not asking you to make a donation, or even to come if you’re in Portland, but I wanted to give you the option.)


In other brief news, as of this weekend I’ve completed 48,000 words of a 50,000 goal towards the AONC book– of course, not all of those words are good, but that’s a problem for next week.

I’m also still welcoming submissions
for the upcoming Frequent Flyer Master project. Thanks to everyone who has submitted tips and stories so far.

I hope all is well with you. Happy October!


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