Last week the Grimm Gala auction event raised over $310,000 for the “Grimmster Endowment”–providing Doernbecher Children’s Hospital patients and their families funds for uncompensated care, travel, and lodging, among other services.
After members of the “Grimm” cast visited Doernbecher patients, they decided to give back to the city of Portland by creating the “Grimmster Endowment.” The Grimm Gala was an extension of the idea, hosted to raise funds for the endowment.
Comcast and NBCUniversal sponsored the gala, allowing 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit the “Grimmster Endowment.” The gala was accomplished thanks to the caring of actor Sasha Roiz.
“It was the brainchild of Sasha Roiz, who plays Captain Sean Renard on the show, after meeting a family at Doernbecher who was financially ruined by the travel, loss of job and other expenses when their daughter needed care at Doernbecher,” Comcast’s Theressa Dulaney said. “He came to Comcast and NBC and asked for support to make something happen to raise funds, then rallied his fellow cast members, crew and producers to create the Grimm Gala.”
“Grimm” castmates David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Bitsie Tulloch, Reggie Lee, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee and Portland’s own Danny Bruno all attended the event. The show’s producer, Steve Oster, even wrapped filming early last week so the crew could help set up for the event.
“The success of ‘Grimm’ could not be had without this city,” Roiz announced at the gala.
Auction items were donated by “Grimm,” Nike, the Portland Trail Blazers, Comcast, NBCUniversal and the Universal Orlando Resort. Special bidded items included a group visit to the “Grimm” site, dinner with members of the cast, a trip to Universal Orlando Resort, and a Trail Blazers game in a Moda Center suite with cast members.
“It comes together, and it supports its own,” Roiz said of Portland, the city which has become home for many of the actors. “Thank you, Portland.”