It’s SO BIG you won’t believe your eyes!

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Press Release

Oct 6, 2005

For Immediate Release

Contact: Nadine Fielder

503-297-1894, ext. 301

It’s SO BIG you won’t believe your eyes!

Catlin Gabel’s 61st annual Rummage Sale is coming!

PORTLAND, Ore.-- Get ready for an amazing sight! Catlin Gabel School is set to kick off its 61st annual Rummage Sale on Thursday, November 3. The massive sale will continue through Sunday, November 6, at the Portland Expo Center, Halls A and B, 2060 N. Marine Dr. There is no admission charge for the sale--and tons and tons of good buys. (The Portland Expo Center charges for parking in its lot.) Hours for the sale are:

Thursday, November 3: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (35 percent markup on all items)

Friday, November 4: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, November 5: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, November 6: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Catlin Gabel Rummage Sale is one of the largest fundraising sales in the world, filling 88,000 square feet of the Portland Expo Center with donated items for sale, offering Oregon and southwest Washington residents incredible bargains. Just about everything is available at the sale, including a baby grand piano, a motorcycle, and a Volvo, as well a great selection of antiques (come see the Rookwood vase!), furniture, clothing, toys, electronics, computers, music, videos and DVDs, jewelry, and sporting goods. Proceeds from the sale benefit the student financial aid program at Catlin Gabel School. For more on the sale, visit the Rummage Sale Web page.

Many hundreds of volunteers make this sale possible, last year contributing more than 9,000 hours of work at the Expo Center alone (not counting the hours worked by the dedicated volunteers who sort goods year-round). The volunteer corps is drawn from the Catlin Gabel School community, including a multi generational mix of grandparents, alumni, students, parents, and staff. Everyone pitches in, making this unique fundraiser a benchmark nationwide. What underlies this miraculous effort is both a strong sense of community and the knowledge that every effort supports students in need of financial assistance.

Media representatives are encouraged to attend. Please call Lesley Sepetoski at 503-297-1894, ext. 423, to arrange for parking or to learn more about the stalwart and selfless band of Rummage volunteers.

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Catlin Gabel School is an independent, coeducational day school dedicated to academic excellence, individualized attention, multiculturalism, and lifelong learning. Situated on a 54-acre wooded campus in Portland, Oregon, Catlin Gabel offers its 700 students an enriched curriculum blending science, math, humanities, the arts, athletics, and a strong sense of community to students in preschool through twelfth grade. The school is fully accredited, and is independently governed by a board of trustees as a nonprofit institution without tax support or religious affiliation. For more about the school, please visit