Harvest Dinner

Annual Harvest Dinner & Auction

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The 15th Annual Harvest Dinner and Auction was held on
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Information (date, time, location, etc.) for the 16th Annual Harvest Dinner and Auction will be posted soon! Stay tuned!

For sponsorship information please contact:

Phillip Hudspeth, Annual Gifts & Corporate Relations Officer
(541) 463-5898 or phillip@laneccfoundation.org

For limited individual ticket information or In-Kind donations please contact:

Heather Lee, Event and Stewardship Coordinator
(541) 463-5777 or heather@laneccfoundation.org

Find out more about volunteering opportunities.

Gift-In-Kind Auction Donations

We need your donations--Do you have something interesting, fun, or unique you would like to donate to our annual Harvest Auction? Please use our Harvest Dinner Auction Donation Form and return it to us. We put together amazing LIVE auction packages that are seen by prominent community members!

With over 400 guests attending this highly anticipated event you can be assured that your business or organization will be recognized and highly visible!

Pick up is available for non-mailable or physical item donations.

Harvest Dinner Gift-in-Kind Donation Form (Download to enable fillable fields)

Thank you in advance for your generous donation!

2017 Harvest Dinner & Auction Co-Chairs

Niles and Mary Ann Hanson

Niles and Mary Ann are long-time champions of education and great supporters of Lane Community College Foundation and the Eugene/Springfield community. They have attended the Harvest Dinner for many years and graciously accepted the challenge of being this years co-chair team.

We thank each of you for your support and want to let you know that the 2016 Harvest Dinner was an incredible success with just over $400,000 dollars raised to support scholarships and programs at Lane Community College! We say Thank you to all of sponsors, guests, and donors for making this past Harvest Dinner an incredible evening and for investing in our students! We look forward to seeing you on October 25th for another fantastic and fun-filled evening!

The Harvest Dinner is presented annually by the Lane Community College Foundation and Lane's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program (CAHM) and serves as a working classroom for CAHM students. Students work under the guidance of a guest chef and instructors to prepare a multi course meal for 400 guests at the Center for Meeting and Learning.

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2017 Harvest Dinner Guest Chef Maximillian Petty

M. Petty photo

Chef Maximillian Petty

At age 27, Chef Maximillian Petty has approached his culinary career much like each dish that he creates: imaginative, purposeful, and without boundaries. With aspirations well beyond his years, Maximillian has been cooking since the tender age of 11. His fast tracked career has not been without the hard work and dedication necessary to be an award-winning chef under the age of 30. This creativity and discipline was further recognized when named a semifinalist for James Beard Award Rising Star of the Year in 2016. His signature style and applied talent have created a notable chef with a solid reputation for intriguing and imaginative dishes.

A Seattle native, Maximillian started cooking at large family gatherings, which paved the way for his culinary career and influenced the personal touch felt at Eden Hill. As a teen, while cooking at his sister’s restaurant in Port Angeles, on Washington’s peninsula, he quickly realized that he had a natural skillfulness and interest in cooking as a career, one that could be combined with his love of art, fascination with technology and his relentless desire to learn.

Maximillian moved to Washington, D.C. and entrenched himself in southern cooking and creole influences before staging at Jose Andres’ Zaytinya, where he learned how to incorporate science into everyday cooking. Moving to Eugene, Oregon, Maximillian further refined his skills in culinary school. He started working at King Estate Winery, where he met two of his culinary influences, Executive Chef Michael Landsberg and Sous Chef Benjamin Nadolny. He soon became charcuterie chef of King Estate, teasing his talent for experimenting with aging and flavors. While in Eugene, he met his wife and business partner Jennifer, before the two moved to Austin, the city that would propel Maximillian to executive chef and award-winning chef.

Starting as garde manger at the age of 22 at Olivia, Maximillian kept his head down, worked hard and rose in the ranks to sous chef and then quickly to chef de cuisine. This is also where Maximillian learned the business side of restaurants, from Olivia owner James Holmes. He was 23 and had differentiated himself from his peers. Less than a year later, Maximillian was honored as Zagat Austin’s “30 Under 30” and received the “Austin Under 40” award presented by Austin Young Women’s Alliance and Austin.

Men’s Business League. After moving back to Washington, D.C. to serve as a private chef for a year, Maximillian heard home calling and seized the opportunity to be chef of his own venture, Eden Hill in Seattle. His culinary style and execution has earned him accolades and a reputation for inspired and imaginative cuisine. For Maximillian, flavor, texture and color all come into play in every dish he creates. From his signature Crispy Pig Head Candybar to Lick the Bowl, Maximillian enhances local and seasonal ingredients by applying innovative techniques and pushing culinary boundaries.

2017 Harvest Dinner & Auction Sponsors


SELCO logo


McDonald Wholesale Co. logo


McKay Commercial Properties

Murphy Company

Murphy Company


BiMart logo


The Fertility Center of Oregon logo

The Fertility Center of Oregon

Haugland Family Foundation

Oregon Community Credit Union

Oregon Community Credit Union

PacificSource logo

PacificSource Health Plans

The Pape Group logo

The Papé Group

RAIN Northwest logo


Sakaguchi Family & Friends

Seneca Sawmill Company logo

Seneca Sawmill Company

US Bank logo

US Bank


Ameriprise Financial logo

Ameriprise Financial

B & A International and Mori & Hawn 

Diana Learner

Erin Gould, LLC.

Faye and Lucille Stewart Foundation

Faye and Lucille Stewart Foundation

Ferguson Wellman logo

Ferguson Wellman Capital Management

Kathie Tippens Wiper

Kendall Automotive Group

Kendall Automotive Group

LCC logo

LCC Office of the President

McKenzie Willamette Medical Center logo

McKenzie Willamette Medical Center

Niles & Mary Ann Hanson

Pacific Benefit Consultants logo

Pacific Benefit Consultants, Inc.

The Register Guard

The Register Guard

Rosboro logo

Rosboro Lumber Co.

Slocum Center for Orthopedics

Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Tardie Investments, Inc.

Trillium Community Health Plan

Trillium Community Health Plan

Whole Foods logo

Whole Foods

Wildish logo

Wildish Land Company

Willamette Valley Company logo

Willamette Valley Company


Harry Ritchie's

Harry Ritchie's Jewelers


QSL Print Communications

QSL Print Communications


Tykeson Family Foundation


Bank of America Merrill Lynch logo

Bank of America/Merril Lynch


Emberex Logo


Farwest Steel Corporation

Farwest Steel Corporation

Iris Vineyard logo

Iris Vineyards

Isler CPA logo

Isler CPA



Kaiser Permanente


Metro West Ambulance

Metro West Ambulance



Compass Senior Living


Sharps Bros

Sharps Bros


Dr. Chris Walton & Mrs. Beth Sheehan


Lochmead Farms logo

Lochmead Farms

Emerald Fruit & Produce logo

Emerald Fruit & Produce

ramsey Waite logo

Ramsey-Waite, Co.


Pacific Cascade Federal Credit Union logo

Pacific Cascade Federal Credit Union

2017 Gift-in-Kind donors

Please join us in thanking our 2017 donors

Archived Harvest Dinner & Auction Photos

View pictures from the 2016 Harvest Dinner

View pictures from the 2015 Harvest Dinner

View pictures from the 2014 Harvest Dinner

View pictures from the 2013 Harvest Dinner 

View pictures from the 2012 Harvest Dinner

View pictures from the 2011 Harvest Dinner

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