Free To Be benefits from TPC ROSE gala

TPC ROSE, a nonprofit group of women affiliated with TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, hosted a sold-out moonlight gala Nov. 23 at the golf course clubhouse.

TPC ROSE President Janet Juenemann and Free To Be Executive Director Jim Huff applaud the generosity of a sold-out crowd at the Nov. 23 TPC ROSE moonlight gala, held at TPC Twin Cities.

TPC ROSE President Janet Juenemann and Free To Be Executive Director Jim Huff applaud the generosity of a sold-out crowd at the Nov. 23 TPC ROSE moonlight gala, held at TPC Twin Cities.

Proceeds from the event, along with other fundraising efforts during the year, will be given Dec. 17 to Free To Be, the 2013 beneficiary selected by TPC ROSE.

Fine dining, a martini luge, silent and live auctions and dancing contributed to a lively evening, according to Janet Juenemann, TPC ROSE president.

“The response from the community to support TPC ROSE and our 2013 beneficiary, Free To Be, has been fantastic,” Juenemann said.

“Last year, we donated $60,000 to Youthway Ministries. Because of the terrific support we’re receiving, 2013 may set a new record. We’ll know for sure Dec. 17 when we present the check.”

One highlight of the moonlight gala was an announcement from TPC member Paige Swenson that Carlson Toyota, Coon Rapids, is donating a used car to Free To Be.

Jim Huff, Free To Be executive director, thanked TPC ROSE, the generous sponsors and donors and the gala guests for their support.

Free To Be is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that responds to a critical service need by using car repairs and car donations to reduce a primary barrier to employment. Its individuals and families in Anoka County achieve economic security and self-sufficiency by supporting their transportation needs.

ROSE stands for reach out, serve, empower and TPC ROSE is a group of about 50 TPC Twin Cities women members who share a commitment to make a difference in the community.

Each year, the group hosts fundraisers to support a selected local nonprofit. Since its inception in 2008, the group has raised more than $235,000 for area causes. Learn more at tpcrose.com.

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