Last Friday, we held our first-ever masquerade gala! This year, the event was titled, Unmask Opioid Addiction, representing the removal of stigma and shame, exposing the truth of this disease and the impact of these drugs in our communities. The social hour began at 5:00 sharp at the Edina Westin Galleria, followed by the event program, emceed by WCCO’s Esme Murphy, and a three-course meal in the main ballroom.
The reception space and pre-event lounge were packed with guests, wearing intricate masks and black-tie attire. The walls contained the cocktail chatter and laughter as guests helped themselves to hors d’oeuvres and photos together.
The doors to the ballroom opened and family and friends made their way to their tables. The ballroom’s charm alone welcomed guests and begged comradery. Violet and amber lights illuminated the perimeter of the room. Attendees enjoyed presentations from our Executive Director Lexi Reed Holtum, co-chairs of the event Senator Chris Eaton and Representative Dave Baker, Hennepin County Sherrif Rich Stanek, a dear friend and advocate of the Network Nathan Koranda and a very special video from U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. Speakers emphasized the bipartisan legislative work of the Network, inspiring the masses to rear the Opioid Product Stewardship bill, a timely call to action following President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration earlier that week.
The purpose of the gala was to raise funds to support the complementary efforts of the Network’s three programs, partner organizations and state agencies to effectively reduce the pervasiveness of drugs and overdose deaths in Minnesota communities. With the support of hundreds on the evening of the event, the Steve Rummler HOPE Network was able to exceed our goal – raising a gross amount of $61,792.14 to continue the relief work and expansion to support families across our state.
The Steve Rummler HOPE Network sends our sincerest gratitude to everyone who attended the gala and made the night a reality.
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JANE & MAX BOLLER