RACC'S Battle of the Bands
In the spring of 2016, over 500 music fans ascended on the crystal ballroom to see seven bands sing and play their hearts out. But these bands weren't on tour. By day they were claims adjusters, bankers, attorneys, admins, executives and surgeons. That night they competed in the first-ever public fundraising event for Work for Art known as Battle of the Bands. At this one of a kind event, employees from companies across the region perform for a panel of celebrity judges and hundreds of adoring fans. Last year the top prize - best company band - went to "Pencil Skirt Paula and The Straight Edge Rulers", from ZGF Architects. The Best Showmanship prize went to Kaiser Permanente's 1980s cover band, "Members Only". And the Audience Favorite award went to The Standard's "Smoke Before Fire". All proceeds from "Battle of the Bands" will go to Work for Art - a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council that raises money and awareness for local arts and culture organizations, primarily through workplace giving. RACC distributes all campaign proceeds to more than 100 local nonprofit organizations - including Oregon Children's Theatre, Ethos Music Center, Portland Opera and the Children's Healing Art Project.
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, City of Portland
Sharron van der Meulen, ZGF Architects
Sarah G from KWEE (WE 96.3)