nominee), Dat Nguyen, and Ben
Salzberg at last year’s Alice event.
(Photos © J. Maus)
The BTA’s biggest annual fundraiser, the Alice B. Toeclips Awards and Auction, is happening this Saturday and the Portland-based non-profit is pulling out all the stops to make sure it’s a successful event.
They’ve lined up Congressman Earl Blumenauer as a speaker (update: he has cancelled), they’ve got auction prizes galore, and I’m sure many other fun surprises in store for attendees. This year’s Alice Award nominees include everyone from the Cross Crusade’s Brad Ross to perennial nominee Mark Ginsberg and BikePortland’s very own Elly Blue.
The night includes a huge silent auction with every type of bike-related gift and prize you can imagine (from fully built custom bikes to bike tour vacation packages), a restaurant raffle whose winner will enjoy fine dining with friends at Portland’s best eateries, a live auction and an individual pledge drive. Last year, the BTA raised $150,000 at the event.
If you’ve never been, it’s truly a sight to behold and a great excuse to dress up and hob-nob with friends old and new. Tickets are
$100 $85 each and the event is held in the huge ballroom at the Oregon Convention Center.
More info at the Alice Awards website.
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Quick update: It’s official that the BTA will hold our early-bird ticket price of $85. See you at Alice!
Anyone up for a protest/rally? I guess we could try giving them some more money, though it does not appear to be working out so far..
Just in case you need a reminder-
“perennial nominee Mark Ginsberg”
My crystal ball says this is the year Mr. Ginsberg loses that particular sobriquet, though he undoubtedly will acquire others.
I’ll be there with Chris Smith. Whom else can I expect to see?
Mark Ginsberg is the Susan Lucci of the Alice Awards. I hope he gets one this year, he certainly deserves it!
BTW, steve – you could try giving them some volunteer hours, it works a lot better than money, especially if you actually want to bend the ear of people in the BTA. Or do the protest, either way put some action together with your words.