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Banquet and Auction to Benefit Camp Arrah Wanna

November 1, 2023

By Ty Walker

Tickets are going fast for Camp Arrah Wanna’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Get yours while you still can! The nonprofit is on track to sell 140 of the 150 tickets available for the event, Executive Director Laura Young said.

The Enchanted Forest Banquet & Auction, a fundraiser for Camp Arrah Wanna, will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, in the camp’s historic main lodge, 24075 E Arrah Wanna Blvd., Welches. Doors open at 5 p.m., silent auction starts at 5:30 p.m, dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., and the live auction program gets rolling at 7:15 p.m.
Tickets are $65 a person and available online at or at the door.
Fancy banquet attire is encouraged but not required. It’s the Mt. Hood community’s big night to step out.
Got kids? No worries. Free childcare is available at the event.

“We have a silent auction, game prizes, raffles and a cash bar,” Young said. “It’s a fun evening for our community to get together and support a good cause.”

The MC for the live auction is Portland radio personality Amy Faust, formerly of Mike and Amy In The Morning on 99.5 The Wolf. She is now co-hosting The Portland Show With Mike & Amy on Internet radio.
Camp Arrah Wanna Inc. is a nonprofit conference center located in Welches since 1941. The auction will raise money to complete Arrah Wanna’s latest capital project, the Stearns Cottage remodel and pay general operating costs.

Camp Arrah Wanna is nestled in the foothills of scenic Mt. Hood on 129 sprawling acres. Facilities include hiking trails, archery range, miniature golf course, outdoor swimming pool, full-size indoor gym, lodges and meeting rooms.

“We provide low cost group rental space and traditional camping activities and experiences,” Young said. “We host Mt. Hood Lions Club swimming lessons in the summer and the Hoodland Women’s Club, family and youth camps. Serving our Mt. Hood community is very important to us.”

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