Greater Hells Canyon Council


EIN: 93-0999442

PO Box 2768

La Grande, OR  97850 

@2018 by Greater Hells Canyon Council

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Greater Hells Canyon Council

invites you to

A night of fundraising and advocacy for a wild greater hells canyon region

June 1, 2019, 5:00 p.m. @ The Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR

Social Hour  /  Dinner  /  Live Auction  /  Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford 

A note on ticket prices:

When you register, you'll notice three prices for tickets: $90, $60, and $30. These tickets are the same: they each get you into Hellraiser and include two free drinks, appetizers, a full buffet dinner, and access to our live program featuring an auction and presentation from Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford. Score!

So why the different prices? The cost to GHCC for food and beverage is $90 per guest, and conventional fundraising wisdom says you must not lose money! on these. But at GHCC, we strive to be open and accessible. We've whipped up an awesome party, and we want you to be there--and understand that $90 or even $60 can be too expensive for some. 

Please, pay what seems fair to you. Pay what you can afford. It all goes to a great cause. 

Note: this event is not open to minors.

Keynote Speaker Kim Stafford​

We are sorry to announce that our original keynote speaker, Kathleen Dean Moore, has shattered her ankle and will be in surgery prior to our event, forcing her to bow out. We're wishing Kathleen the best in her recovery!


Replacing her will be another of the Pacific Northwest's finest minds, Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford. Kim directs the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, and is the author of a dozen books, including The Muses Among Us. He has taught writing in Scotland, Italy, and Bhutan. In May 2018 he was named Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate by Governor Kate Brown.

We thank you for your understanding about this unanticipated change of events, and hope that you are as thrilled to hear Kim's presentation as we are!

Golden Raffle​ 

Here’s how it works: We're selling just 100 Golden Raffle Tickets. When you buy yours, you choose one amazing vacation from our live auction travel packages (below). We’ll draw the winning ticket just before the auction on June 1st, and award the chosen package to the raffle winner. You do not need to be present to win, making this a wonderful way to raise some hell for conservation in the Greater Hells Canyon Region, even if you're unable to be there in person.

Auction Packages​ 

These fun travel packages will be auctioned off live on June 1st--start planning your future vacation today!

Seneca, OR: Two nights for two at the Retreat, Links, and Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch 

Enjoy a getaway at one of the biggest, most beautiful ranches and destination resorts in the West. (And abutting GHCC's mission area!) Silvies offers world class golf on four courses, gourmet dining, western luxury accommodations, and spa at a log lodge so big one of the wall ornaments is a full-sized stage coach. Your stay will include two nights in a Lakeside Log Cabin Suite; two rounds of golf on a 9-hole course with the now world famous Goat Caddies Bruce LeGoat and Mike LeChevon (They will pack your clubs, extra balls, tees, and 6 cans of your favorite beverages!  They only ask that you pay them in peanuts!); a working ranch eco tour; signature 60 minute massages at the Rocking Heart Spa; and all meals provided, including a gourmet dinner on the night of arrival by award-winning Chef Damon Jones. Start eyeing your calendar now for when to book your stay!

Joseph, OR: Three night summer stay at Wallowa Lake

Enjoy four days of incredible views of Wallowa Lake and the Eagle Cap Wilderness from this spacious home located in Joseph, OR. This sunny retreat is perfect for a large family or those looking for an intimate getaway. A comfortable master suite, large bedroom, and den are all furnished with top-of-the-line mattresses and linens. There are three full baths and a well-equipped kitchen for your culinary enjoyment. 

You’ll also enjoy a one day float down the Grande Ronde River with Winding Waters, and a $100 gift certificate for dinner at the historic Wallowa Lake Lodge. If you’re looking to experience Wallowa County at its best, this is the package for you!

Astoria, OR: Two nights at the Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa

This package is for two nights in a waterfront one-bedroom suite at the Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa, with complimentary breakfast, wine and hors d’oeuvres, champagne, designer chocolate, parking, chauffeur driven vintage cars, and more!


The Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa was built on the site of the former Union Fish Cannery, 600 feet into the river. Each room has a private balcony and is lavishly appointed with a fireplace, hardwood floors, and luxurious amenities. For the ultimate in comfort and luxury, and uniquely historic Astorian experience, think of the Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa.

You'll also enjoy $100 of fine dining at nearby Carruthers Restaurant

Hells Canyon, ID: Five day rafting trip with O.A.R.S. for two

Enjoy a scenic flight over Hells Canyon and the heart of our mission area as the stunning intro to this five day rafting trip down Hells Canyon!

Nothing compares to rafting Hells Canyon in Idaho, home of the mighty Snake River and the deepest gorge in North America. Marking the border between Idaho and Oregon, Idaho’s Hells Canyon plunges to depths of nearly 8,000 feet between the Seven Devils range to the east and Oregon’s rim country to the west. Through this tremendous gorge, the Snake River’s warm, clear waters yield some of the best big waves and whitewater rapids in the northwest.  Warm weather, warm water and fun rapids make this a great trip for kids, parents and grandparents of nearly any age.

Baker City, OR: Three night stay at Good Bear Ranch 

Luxuriate in a three-night stay at the stunning Good Bear Ranch, nestled at the feet of the Elkhorn Mountains. The house was built in 1979 with large diameter, hand-hewn spruce logs, and has recently been remodeled. Its casual-but-elegant feel is accentuated by hardwood floors, granite countertops, oriental carpets, crystal chandeliers, antique furniture, leather couches, original artwork, and fine bedding. The gourmet kitchen (farm sink, professional, dual fuel range) is capable of feeding a crowd. There are spectacular views out every window where you can watch weather sweep across the Baker Valley, or simply enjoy the stunning view of the Wallowas. Don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy a stay at this amazing location. Package also includes a gift certificate to the award winning Barley Brown's brew pub.


Walla Walla, WA: Two night wine retreat at Green Gables Inn

Experience Walla Walla's finest with a two night stay at the historic Green Gables Inn, luxuriating in either the Birch, Patu, Willowmare or Mayflowers rooms. Your stay is complete with mouth watering breakfasts. 

During the day, you'll be hosted for a one-day winery tour with Imbibe Wine Tours. In the evenings, walk the streets of charming Walla Walla and stop in to one of the 100+ wineries, tasting rooms, and wine bars in the area.


Location and Parking

Since booking our event, June 1st has become a busier evening in Portland: there will also be a Timbers game, and the Starlight Parade starting at 8:30 p.m.

To reduce parking and traffic conflicts with these events, we're kicking off our event early, at 5:00 p.m. If you are driving, please allow some time for parking. We will be emailing the location of several nearby garages to attendees. Please also consider using a ride share service, the streetcar, walking, or riding your bike. We are doing everything we can to make attending our event as easy as possible. 

And, we should be finishing our event in time for you to catch the parade several blocks away, should you wish!

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible! If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please email Kirsten.