Summer(ish) Soiree 2024, 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 Individual tickets are $175. A table for 10 is $1,500! Tickets are on sale through midnight, Thursday, September 5.

What will the Soiree Program include?

Harper’s Playground is incredibly fortunate to have Ms. JoAnne Bland as the Keynote Speaker!  We’ll gather at Avenue in Portland, Oregon, from 5:30–9:30 PM (PT) for drinks, food, a program, and a live auction. Join in the fun and celebrate an opportunity to invest in Harper’s Playground by giving directly, bidding on silent auction items, or raising your paddle during the live auction. 

Bonus dance party after the program.

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

Kids are always welcome. Ticket required. 

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.

Where is the party?

We’re partying at Avenue – 631 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232. 

Keep in mind that beer/wine is included with your event ticket. Please plan accordingly to travel with a designated driver or make arrangements to get home safely via Uber, Lyft, public transportation, or a nice walk back to your hotel room. 


Where do I park?

There’s plenty of on-street parking.

What should I expect?

Expect fun! Expect to be inspired! 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 opportunity to share your epic dance moves 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? 

Online registration closes at midnight on Thursday, September 5. 

Will there be food and drink?

Of course! Included in the price of your ticket are a selection of appetizers, beer and wine, dinner, 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.

Auction Items:

We will have several incredible auction and raffle packages. These items will go live on September 5 @ 9am. Think exciting experiences, terrific trips, and bedazzling big ticket items.

You do have to be present to bid on the live auction packages. You do not have to be present to bid and win silence auction items, because that would be illegal. We do hope you ARE present. It makes it way easier to celebrate with you. 

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 connect 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 inclusive 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 here: donate.

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

No! Goodness no. Bid on our silent auction 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