Summer(ish) Soiree 2022, Everything you need to know!

What is this all about?

Simply put, we know that play is vital to EVERYONE. So, we build playgrounds where everybody can play, together!

The Summer(ish) Soiree is our annual fund-, friend-, and fun-raiser as we work to make this mission possible. Trust us, we have some serious fun with it!

How do I buy tickets? How much are they?

Get ’em online. In-person individual tickets are $150 and virtual tickets are free! In-person tickets are on sale until Thursday, September 8.

How do I participate in the virtual event?

Visit the livestream link before the event goes live on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 7PM (PT). For tech support during the event, please text or call 503-564-3044 on September 10 between 6:30PM–8PM (PT).

What will the Soiree Program include?

Whether you join virtually or in person, we’ll share the celebration together with a one-hour live broadcast at 7PM (PT) on September 10 that includes both audiences. Hear from community voices in this work, explore the power of play, and more. For the in-person event, we’ll gather at Arbor Lodge Park in Portland from 5:30–9:30PM (PT) for drinks, food, and a chance to watch the program. This is our community’s opportunity to invest in Harper’s Playground by giving directly and through our online raffle and auction.

Plus, enjoy live performances by Kris Deelane and The Hurt and PHAME, a school of the arts serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

What changes are you making due to COVID-19?

All staff working the event will be vaccinated. All guests are required to show proof of vaccination card upon entry. The reception and program will be held outdoors. Guests who are not feeling well are kindly asked to stay home and enjoy the virtual event.

My kids have come in the past. Can they come this year?

If they are vaccinated, we would love to see them!

Should I wear clothes? If so, what kind?

Yes, you should probably wear something. As far as what, we’ll leave it to you to interpret what our go-to “playfully dressy”attire  means for your signature style.

Just remember we will be outside!

Of course, if you’re joining us virtually, clothing is optional.

Where is the party?

We’re partying at the site of our very first inclusive playground: Arbor Lodge Park.

Where do I park?

There’s plenty of street parking in the Arbor Lodge neighborhood.

What should I expect?

Expect fun, expect to be inspired, and expect to feel good about lending your support!

The Summer(ish) Soiree is a beautiful blend of socializing with friends new and old, inspirational speakers, a chance to go home with some seriously cool auction and raffle packages, great food and drink (all included with the price of your ticket), and an array of musical entertainment. Plus, we’ll have a short program where you’ll learn more about Harper’s Playground’s mission and how you can help to make our work possible.

When does registration close? / Do I have to buy my ticket beforehand?

Online registration closes on Thursday, September 8, for the live event.

Will there be food and drink?

Of course! Included in the price of your ticket are a selection of appetizers, beer and wine, entrees, and desserts. Come hungry. It’s going to be delicious!

Note that we will have veggie-friendly and gluten-free options, as well.

Do I have to arrive on time? Do I have to stay until 9:30pm?

We do appreciate your prompt arrival so that everyone is ready for the party to start. Food, drinks, and entertainment will begin right away, then we have a short program scheduled. Afterwards, we’re pretty sure you’ll want to stick around for more music and to see if you’ve won a raffle prize. But, life happens, scheduling is tough, and we’re pretty easy going.

What am I likely to win? / Do I have to be present to win?

We have several incredible auction and raffle packages. Think exciting experiences, terrific trips, and bedazzling big ticket items.

Here are just a couple:

  • Trips to Cancun, NYC, San Francisco, Manzanita, & White Salmon.
  • Artwork, self care packages, lots of gift baskets and gift certificates!

You don’t have to be present to win, because that would be illegal, but we do hope you ARE present. It makes it way easier to celebrate with you. If you’re joining us from home, we will get you your winnings the week following the soiree.

Will I have a reserved seat?

Yes. Sorta. Anyone who has purchased a ticket in advance or is a guest of a table host will have an assigned table. Our soiree is about fun and mingling, so use your reserved table as your “home base” while roam and network with our other wonderful guests.

Will the event be accessible?

Yes! If you have any particular accommodation requests, please reach out.

Where does my ticket money go? / How much of my ticket is tax deductible?

To build more playgrounds!

A portion of your ticket price covers the cost of putting on the party. The other portion is tax deductible and goes directly to Harper’s Playground’s mission, helping us to develop increasingly more inclusive, creative, engaging playgrounds in our revolutionary model.

Harper’s Playground has become SO much more than one playground. We may be small yet, but we are mighty, we are innovative, and our momentum is ever growing. Your support will help communities to develop inclusive playgrounds of their own.

How can I donate to Harper’s Playground?

To make a donation before or during the livestream event, click on the donate link or text PLAY22 to 44-321. You’ll get a secure link with our event logo at the top.

I’m feeling a little sick. Should I still come?

No! Goodness no. Join us virtually and feel better soon.

What if I have more questions that you didn’t cover?

If you’ve met us, you know that we love to talk—both in general and particularly about all things Harper’s Playground. Feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email. We’ll happily put your mind at ease about any questions or concerns you may have. | 503-730-5445