High Desert Rendezvous returns on August 28 with unique auction items and special guests
The High Desert Museum’s signature fundraiser, High Desert Rendezvous, returns to the virtual world on Saturday, August 28 at 7 p.m. and offers special surprises for everyone. This marks the 32sd High Desert Rendezvous, making it one of the oldest fundraisers in central Oregon.
The event will feature a lively show, auction items and a raffle, and it’s free for everyone to attend online. Terri, Robert and Bindi Irwin and Bindi’s husband Chandler Powell from Crikey! It’s the return of the Irwins with a salute for Museum supporters.
Actor Rainn Wilson, better known as Dwight Schrute during his nine seasons on Office and now shares a new podcast, Metaphysical Milkshake. Wilson is a frequent visitor to central Oregon and the High Desert Museum.
Viewers will also witness the Museum’s own Olympics as a porcupine, vulture, badger and chickens compete in a breathtaking obstacle course.
An online overview of all silent and live auction items is now available at highdesertmuseum.org/hdr. Auctions on silent auction items open online on Friday August 20 and close on Monday August 30 at 12 noon. The silent auction offers an incredible array of items and experiences. This includes the chance to have your own private performance by classical pianist Meagan Iverson, a wine package from Bledsoe Family Winery, handyman services from Neil Kelly, a stay at Sunriver and more.
In addition, raffle tickets are now on sale, also at highdesertmuseum.org/hdr. This year’s Rendezvous Raffle features a selection of fine wines specially selected by the High Desert Museum Board of Trustees. Three winners will be selected, with the Platinum winner taking home 30 bottles of wine valued at $ 1,500. Raffle tickets cost $ 20 per ticket and a maximum of 750 tickets will be sold.
An exciting live auction will take place online before and during the virtual event with a range of unique packages, many of which are only available through the High Desert Rendezvous. Take possession of the owner’s suite for a Portland Timbers football game. Enjoy your own private villa in Cortona, Italy, the jewel of the medieval Tuscan towns. Explore the heart of famous Napa Valley with a three-night adventure. View the live auction items and get ready to bid by clicking the Start at button. highdesertmuseum.org/hdr. Auctions on live auction items begin online Thursday August 26 and end in the virtual live event on Saturday August 28.
“The appointment is essential to support our educational programs throughout the year,” said Museum Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D. “We look forward to our community coming together to support our mission – to excite and teach responsibly through innovative and interdisciplinary experiences, creating lifelong learners across the region and beyond. ”
The Rendez-vous 2021 winners are Merritt and Heather Paulson, supporters of the High Desert Museum since 2016. Merritt is the owner and CEO of the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League and T2 ( Portland Timbers 2) of the United Soccer League. Heather is Nike’s Vice President of Connected Marketplace. She also leads the New Commerce + Pure Play partners globally to shape Nike’s digital marketplace. We are deeply grateful to the Paulsons for their commitment to the Museum’s mission.
“We enjoy our visits to the High Desert Museum and make it a destination whenever we are in the Bend area,” said Heather Paulson. “The immersive, hands-on experiences and knowledgeable staff create a truly unique and inspiring museum. Our daughters love the opportunity to interact with the owls and watch the playful otters. The museum is an Oregon treasure!
Viewers are encouraged to organize their own Rendezvous at Home celebration and leave the planning to the Museum. Through a partnership with Market of Choice, Rendezvous registrants can purchase a Party in a Box for $ 150. It includes supplies for six with appetizers, dessert and a floral bouquet. Read more on the party in a box.
The High Desert Rendezvous helps support the museum’s educational programs, bringing science, culture, art and history education to lifelong learners across the region. It’s made possible by the First Interstate Bank.
To learn more and to register for the High Desert Rendezvous, visit highdesertmuseum.org/hdr.