Family Building Blocks keeps the auction lively with the theme “Schitt’s Creek”

The Salem nonprofit held its annual fundraiser virtually for the second year in a row, raising nearly $360,000 to support families with young children in the mid-Willamette Valley.

Family Building Blocks Executive Director Patrice Altenhofen dressed as Moira Rose for the 2021 “Uncorked Live” fundraiser (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

For the second year in a row, Family Building Blocks (FBB) held its popular fundraiser, Uncorked Live, virtually. To make it fun, they chose the theme “An Evening with the Roses” from the popular Netflix series Schitt’s Creek. The community had a week to bid on numerous items in an online auction ranging from elaborate holidays to, of course, wine.

Executive Director Patrice Altenhofen said, “The 14th Annual Uncorked Live Auction was a success! We are delighted to report the event nearly $360,000 raised to “keep kids safe and families together” in Marion and Polk counties. Uncorked Live has raised over $4 million since 2008.”

If you’re unfamiliar with the Roses, here’s the scoop: the wealthy Rose family, Johnny and actor-wife Moira, and their spoiled adult children, David and Alexis, suddenly lose their wealth. They leave their mansion and move to a motel in the small town of Schitt’s Creek. The series follows their adjustment to their new lifestyle and hilarity ensues. Ultimately, the show is about a family growing stronger with the support of a supportive and loving community.

Small groups of people gathered to watch the programme, complete with a costume contest, auction and raffle, all coming to viewers from a virtual Apothecary Rose. Co-hosts Jim Clear and Johnna Wells dressed as Johnny and Moira Rose.

A home event was organized by BJ and Regan Donofrio for Magnum sponsors, including Green Acres Landscape, [email protected]Mike Riddle Construction, Jason Heinz and Donofrio dealers. Rob Kanskyvice president of Green Acres Landscape, sits on the board of directors of FBB.

Along with fundraising and virtual bidding, guests were encouraged to upload photos of themselves dressed as “Schitt’s Creek” characters. Costume contest winners include Mark and Tiffany Bulgin, Chris Pineda and Jeannie Schultz.

Family Building Blocks lives by the mission of “keeping kids safe and families together.” The non-profit organization works to prevent child abuse and neglect by working with families with young children (under the age of six) who need support the most. The non-profit organization provides essential, voluntary services free of charge to some of the most vulnerable families in Marion and Polk counties.

For make financial donations: Family Building Blocks, 2425 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97305

Donate online: www.familybuildingblocks.org/donate or text FBB to 91999.

Rich and Amy Kansky, left, and Stacie and Rob Kansky attend Family Building Blocks’ 2021 “Uncorked Live” fundraiser (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Sponsors watch Family Building Blocks’ 2021 “Uncorked Live” fundraiser at Donofrio’s home (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Angela and Jason Heinz attend Family Building Blocks’ 2021 “Uncorked Live” fundraiser (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Chris Pineda dressed as David Rose for Family Building Blocks’ 2021 “Uncorked Live” fundraiser (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Jeannie Schultz dressed as Moira Rose for Family Building Blocks’ 2021 “Uncorked Live” fundraiser (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Mark and Tiffany Bulgin in costume for Family Building Blocks’ 2021 “Uncorked Live” fundraiser (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Mary Louise VanNatta is a Salem public relations professional who writes regularly for Salem Reporter. Join her at [email protected] and follow her on Facebook.

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