2014-04-25 / Community

3R’s to hold gala and auction

Ruth Libby, founder and CEO behind

a Portland-based nonprofit, is calling for artists to take part in the 20th anniversary celebration of her creation: Ruth’s Reusable Resources, often known as 3R’s.

The “Good-to-be-Green Gala” on June 20 at the 28,000-square-foot warehouse and store is being tailored to define creative reuse, thank supporters and raise both awareness and funds to support future growth.

The event, marking two decades of redirecting discarded materials into useful items for schools, is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 20, at 3R’s Blueberry Road facilities. The Good-to-be-Green Gala, open to the public, includes tours of the warehouse and store, entertainment, prizes, food and beverage, topped by silent and live art auctions that inspire an unusual twist: for artists taking part in the auction, some supplies are free for the taking at 3R’s store.

Libby, talking about the concept, says artists may “take it, make it, and bring something back.” Donated artwork will be auctioned on June 20 to benefit 3R’s; or artists have the option of receiving one-half of proceeds.

Artists will get a first look at free supplies 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Artists may also shop in The 4 Public Store, a dedicated section next to the teacher store.

For more information, visit www.ruths.org or call 699- 5565.

A gala booklet commemorating 3R’s 20 years will feature artists and their work. Gala sponsors with a history of diverting unused materials to Ruth’s are L.L. Bean, Unum, IDEXX Laboratories, Baker Newman Noyes and TD Bank. Tickets to the gala will also be available online at a later date.

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