Annual Hope Gala raises over $100,000 for Alexandra House

On Saturday, March 1, Alexandra House held the 11th annual Hope Gala at the Tournament Players Club in Blaine.

Anoka County Commissioner Scott Schulte kept the guests entertained while serving as the event’s auctioneer. Photo submitted

Anoka County Commissioner Scott Schulte kept the guests entertained while serving as the event’s auctioneer. Photo submitted

In addition to a chef-prepared meal paired with wine, event attendees were treated to a live and silent auction, wine cork toss, photo booth and the chance to participate in a raffle for a $5,000 travel voucher. This year’s program featured a keynote given by a survivor and former client who shared her personal story of hope and healing from abuse. Anoka County Commissioner Scott Schulte kept the guests entertained while serving as the event’s auctioneer.

By the end of the evening, over $100,000 was raised to support Alexandra House’s services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. This represented more than a $30,000 increase over last year’s total. Event organizers attribute the substantial increase to an outpouring of support from donors and sponsors.

“Our cause is so important, and it is wonderful that our supporters recognized this through their giving and attendance. It was such an enjoyable evening, something to look forward to every year,” said Mary Arneson, board vice chair and Hope Gala planning committee chair.

Planning for next year’s event, tentatively scheduled for March 7, 2015, is already underway; however, individuals interested in supporting Alexandra House’s work in the community don’t have to wait.

“We depend on the community’s support to help Alexandra House continue to work toward achieving our mission of empowering victims of domestic and sexual violence, and inspiring social change, through education, support and advocacy,” said Connie Moore, executive director.

For more information about supporting Alexandra House through financial contributions, material donations or volunteering, visit www.alexandrahouse.org or call 763-780-2332.

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