This year’s Bash was a huge success!
We had over 75 participants who enjoyed strolling through the bamboo groves, touring the nursery, learning how to make bamboo paper and bamboo brooms, stringing bamboo beads or making panda masks! The group was <all ears> when Ikebana master Nana Bellerud gave her marvelous demonstration of this style of Japanese flower arranging. And our special guest speaker, Jessica Zalapa of BamBas, came all the way from Mexico to tell us about her team’s bamboo bicycle building workshops and community services in Tepito, Mexico. Jessica was one of last year’s NJF Grant Award Recipients.
We enjoyed fantastic local oysters (thanks to Noah Bell) and Korean barbeque (thanks to Paul Lee), and shared a delicious potluck, thanks to all the great contributions! It was a day full of high spirits and kindness. HUGE THANKS go to all our faithful volunteers – Nancy O’s pals, Berry Amason, the Bamboo Garden staff, Carol Loverde, and dedicated friends. The Silent Auction had some wonderful items <thanks to our donors>, and the Live Auction delivered great quality RARE bamboos. All of this was in honor of NED, and our mission to support bamboo research. Thanks to all of you who made this day a wonderful success, and for your generous donations to raise money for the Ned Jaquith Foundation.
One of the most amazing Auction highlights was the group of 28 people who donated $20 each to buy Jessica Zalapa’s bamboo bicycle! The bicycle now lives at the Bamboo Garden Nursery as an example of the power of bamboo, and the power of people!
Again, thank you to all who made it happen! We already look forward to next year’s event! Thank you to our donors – we couldn’t do anything without you!
On behalf of the NJF, best regards,
Susanne Lucas, Executive Director, NJF
A Fundraiser for the Ned Jaquith Foundation to
SUPPORT BAMBOO RESEARCH
Potluck, BBQ, Campout and Festival !
July 29 -30th – A Bamboo Weekend at Bamboo Garden
and Hoyt Arboretum (4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland OR 97221).