2021 Transforming Lives Gala Booklet

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Beyond The Basics Program Booklet

Friday, October 22nd, 2021 Watch Gala: www.Livingwell.org/gala

Gala Co-Chairs Kevin Reilly

Kevin Pleasant

Kevin Reilly, General Manager at SixSpeed, Board of Directors, Living Well Disability Services

Kevin Pleasant, SVP, Treasury Management Sales for MidWestOne Bank, Board of Directors, Living Well Disability Services

Thank you for joining us for the 2021 Transforming Lives VIRTUAL Gala. We appreciate your support and look forward to an incredible evening of friend and fund raising. Please know we appreciate your time and advocacy and thank you for spending a Friday night with us.

Event Details October 15th Auction items go live, bidding begins! October 22nd Virtual Gala Streams 7-8 PM I Featuring • Intro video starring CEO Tom Gillespie, Board Member Paul Hillen, Senior Director of Program Services Beth Tollefson, and Program Manager Sam Subah • Dreammaker Award Recipients celebrations Self-Advocate, Daniel Stallsworth Community Partner, Mary Birch Volunteer, Covid 19 Support Team Donor, Carole Lee Randall / R&M Clark Family Foundation 8 PM Raffle Winners Drawn & Premium Auction Closes 9 PM Main Auction Closes October 27 & 30 Auction items ready for pick up at corporate offices. You will be emailed a receipt of all winning bids with pick up information. Out of state winners will be asked to cover shipping on larger items. If you win a certificate or gift card, they will be mailed to you. Please contact Jessica at Jessica.maurer@ livingwell.org or 651.688.8808 with any questions.


Transforming Lives Virtua Gala Friday, October 22nd, 2021 Dear Living Well Disability Services Supporters, I am thrilled to welcome you to our 2021 Transforming Lives VIRTUAL Gala! This evening’s event is all about you—both our closest and best friends as well as those new to our mission. Like so much of our world these days, tonight’s festivities will look a bit different. We have tried to balance fun with safety, in pursuit of a program that will help us connect with one another and the mission that is the heart of Living Well. Our program highlights our needs, our homes, and the people who make us who we are. You will be introduced to our Dream Maker award winners, hear touching stories of triumph and dedication, and meet a few people served. You will also have opportunities to empower the creation of new stories in pursuit of exceptional services for all those we care for. Thank you for taking time in your busy lives and making space in your generous hearts for all the amazing people who make Living Well a great place to live and work. Thank you! Tom Gillespie President & CEO

About Living Well Disability Services Living Well Disability Services has provided invaluable support for hundreds of people impacted by disabilities every hour of every day for 49 years. Many of the individuals we serve require intensive assistance with complex and challenging daily living needs.

Our Mission Providing exceptional services that transform the lives of people impacted by disabilities.

Our Goal Tonight Our goal is to bring awareness and support for our work transforming the lives of people impacted by disabilities. The vast majority of our funding comes from Medicare and Medicaid; however, costs are rising faster than the reimbursement rates. As a result, many of our peer organizations no longer serve people with high medical needs (we do). We are known as the place to turn when other places turn them away. • We serve people with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. • Compared to our peers, we serve a segment of the disability community with the highest medical needs, and most are not able to live independently. • Our support is critical to people’s survival because their medical needs exceed what their loved ones can provide.

About The Gala Committee The Gala Committee supports Living Well Disability Services throughout the year getting ready for their largest fundraiser – The Transforming Lives Gala. Our mission has remained the same: to acquaint the community with the mission of Living Well Disability Services and support its greatest needs. We are a dedicated and passionate group of people, working hard to ensure that community awareness, involvement and fundraising are at record levels.


Fundraising Impact Help us support critical priorities not covered by Medicare The vast majority of our funding – 97 percent – comes from Medicare and Medicaid. However, the costs to support the people we serve are rising more quickly than Medicare reimbursement rates are rising. Living Well Disability Services is committed to meeting the medical needs of everyone we serve. Dollars raised through events like the Gala help us provide exceptional services including:

Nursing and Therapy

Increased Accessibility

Half of our nursing fees and all occupational and physical therapy fees are not covered by traditional reimbursement rates.

Funds go to create more accessible homes. As our population ages, the need for accessibility increases. Accessible and assistive devices and updates include elevators and ramps, modified eating utensils, and technology like iPads and communication devices. These devices and equipment allow people to be as independent as possible.

Wellness Activities You can help fund innovative wellness programs that are only paid for through fundraising. An annual United Way grant of $70,000 used to pay for wellness ended in 2019. The wellness programs include pet, art and music therapy, fitness, healthy menus, and much more. Personalized wellness activities generate positive health results including reductions in use of medications, reduced falls, improvements in mobility, increased social connections, and lower healthcare costs.

More Community Involvement Our wellness program also includes more access to community outings through tickets to sporting events and other activities. In addition, each of our group homes has a fully accessible van that is made possible through your generous contributions.

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2021 Gala Committee & Board Members Gala Co-Chairs Kevin Pleasant and Kevin Reilly Gala Committee Members Kelli Backstrom Peggy Eck John Jost Christine Pratt Jodi Radanke Beth Ryan

Jay Johnson Beth Tollefson

Gala Staff Partners Heather Lane Jessica Maurer Kathy Anderson Laurie Eggers Board of Directors | Executive Committee Board Chair l Paul Hillen, Revier Brand Group Kevin Pleasant, MidWestOne Bank Melissa Bayne, Larkin Hoffman Michael Morrow, Luther Seminary JoAnne Zoff, Retired, Former Secretary of the Senate Dennis Scott Jolley, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare Anne Losby, Blue Cross Blue Shield Directors Herve Gindre, Timmaron Group Jay Johnson, Community Volunteer Susan Leppke, Community Volunteer Judy Marder, Retired, Community Volunteer, Best Life Alliance Vince Opat, Retired, Former The Valspar Corporation, Community Volunteer Kevin Reilly, SixSpeed


Auction Donors Living Well Disability Services is grateful to the following individuals and businesses who have made gifts or donated auction items to this year’s gala: Item #


Donated By


Erik's Ranch Montana Getaway

Erik's Ranch


Polaris South Dakota Adventure



Gorgeous Siesta Key Florida Beach House Stay

Michael & Tina Douglas


Best Staycation Ever!! Viking Tickets and a Radisson Blu MOA Stay

Troy Raddatz and Radisson Blu


Northland Country Club

Northland Country Club


Beer Flight Glass set & Beer from Utepils Brewing

Jean Levandowski Utepils Brewing


Custard for a Year!

Ben Sparks


Custard for a Year!

Ben Sparks


Moscow Mule Basket

Tom Gillespie


Hot Chocolate Basket

Michael Morrow


Virtual Cooking Classes

Chef GK at Home


Margarita Basket

Dennis Jolley


BBQ Basket

Rod Carlson


Coffee Basket & Coffee Maker

Living Well Region 4


Pickled Pantry Sweet Sampler Basket

Pickled Pantry


Pickled Pantry Savory Sampler Basket

Pickled Pantry


Isadora Nut Co. Sampler

Isadora Nut Co.


Campfire S'mores basket

Rod Carlson


Date Night Package #1



Date Night Package #2



Beer package from Lakes & Legends

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company


1 Dozen Holiday Cupcakes

Pia Robertson- Morningside Cakes


Beer Flight Glasses and Gift Card from Bauhaus Brew Labs

Beth Tollefson and Bauhaus Brew Labs


Trader Joe's Seasonal Items

Trader Joe's - Woodbury


Surly Sack!

Surly Brewing


Whisky Basket and Gift Card to Brick & Bourbon in Stillwater

MidWestOne Bank


Able Seedhouse + Brewery

Able Seedhouse + Brewery


K-Town Macarons

Jolynn Wilkinson and K-Town Macarons


Great Lakes Aquarium Passes

Great Lakes Aquarium


Movie Night Basket

Tom Gillespie


Virtual Reality Party!

REM Virtual Reality Laboratory


Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Chanhassen Dinner Theatre


Game Night Basket

MidWestOne Bank

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Auction Donors Continued Item #


Donated By


Sunset Cruise for 8

Let’s Go Fishing- Eden Prairie Chapter- Mike Gruidl/Steve Wilson


Donna Leigh Mystery Book Club

Robin Donovan


Hotel Charmant in La Crosse, WI

Kyle and Kim Gillespie


Gift Card Survival Pack

John Jost, Cub Foods, Costco, Kwik Trip, Modist Brewery


Brewery Running Series Passes and Beer!

Morgan Jappe and Brewery Running Series


Lavendar Baby Bundle Set

Betty Ryan


Green Baby Bundle Set

Betty Ryan


Teen Photo Session

Argente Photographie


Classroom Book Club with the Author

Ann Biese


Bark Box

Bark Box


Chuck & Don's Gift Basket for you pup!

Chuck & Don's Pet Food and Supply


Sidwalk Dog Passes

Sidewalk Dog Media


Paint your Pet Kit

Gray Duck Art


Zozo & Co. Dog Basket

Zozo & Co.


Finely's Snack Pack

Floof +Woof and Finley's Dog Treats


Pencil Bag and Journal

Kendra Scott


Elisa Necklace



R.F. Moerller Gift Certificate

R.F. Moeller Jewelers


Diamond Stud Earrings



Leather Hand Painted Purse

Anuschka Leather


Ruby Necklace

Caroline Guynn


Socks for you & a friend!



1 Hour Massage #1



1 Hour Massage #2



Vanicream Basket

Pharmaceurical Specialties, Inc.


Chemical Peel or Microdermabrasion

Dr. Mohiba Tareen


Commonfolk gift Set

Serge + Jane


Pamper Yourself Basket

Laurie Eggers


Dellwood Coutnry Club Golf Foursome

Dellwood Country Club


Minneapolis Golf Club

Christensen Group Insurance


SouthView Country Club

Christensen Group Insurance


Topgolf Package

Topgolf and Peggy Eck


Viking Swag Bag



Golf Basket

Carole Lee Randall


Timberwolves Tickets - 4

Minnesota Timberwolves


Auction Donors Continued Item #


Donated By


Bass Pro Shop Fishing Tackle Bag

MidWestOne Bank


Grand View Lodge

Grand View Lodge, Spa & Golf Resort


Hand Crochetted Afghan

Joann Steiner


Silly Milly Clay Pitcher

Layl McDill


#1 Garden Bed Package

April Stevens & Family and Laurie Eggers


#2 Garden Bed Package

April Stevens & Family and Laurie Eggers


Hand Painted Wine Glasses and Cheese Platter

Carole Lee Randall


Le Crueuset with Kitchen towel set

Richard & Christine Pratt


Halloween Decorations!



Dan's Painting

Dan Stallsworth


Pampered Chef Basket

Renee Flynn


Minnesota Basket

Laurie Eggers


Eternal Flame Painting

Michael Quellier


Speak Your Truth Print

Cindy Monten


Agam Serigraph

Mary Komornicka


Red on Green Serigraph

Mary Komornicka

Auction Rules • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

All winning bids are final. There will be no exchange or refund on items unless otherwise specified. Please make payments in full by Monday, October 25, 2021. Your item(s) must be paid in full prior to arranging pick-up or shipping. Pick up of items will be available during designated times. Instructions will be sent to the winners after the auction closes. Please carefully check your items upon pick-up and delivery. Transforming Lives Gala is not responsible for replacing gift certificates lost after pick-up or delivery. Transforming Lives Gala is under no obligation to extend, modify or change items or restrictions on item certificates. Please pay careful attention to all conditions, restrictions and expiration dates on items and services. Dates for all trips and similar events must be mutually arranged with the donor. All reservations should be made at least one month in advance. All gift card usage is the responsibility of the buyer. Although the gift card and amount is currently valid, Transforming Lives Gala cannot be held responsible for unused gift cards at businesses that may cease to operate prior to the expiration date. We have endeavored to catalog and describe the auction items correctly, but all items are sold “as is.” No statements contained in the program or made orally at the sale or elsewhere shall be deemed a warranty, representation, or assumption of liability. Transforming Lives Gala reserves the right to withdraw any item from sale. Items depicted are for illustration purposes and may not be actual auction items. Transforming Lives Gala is not responsible for mailing items unless previously arranged with staff.

THANK YOU FOR BIDDING! We appreciate your strict observance of these restrictions as future donations depend on it. 10

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Enter donation amount (if needed) and select Donate

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Thank You Sponsors We wish to thank our Gala Sponsors who made this event possible by providing funding for tonight’s VIRTUAL Gala. The event has been fully underwritten by sponsors, allowing 100% of the funds raised this evening to go towards Living Well Disability Services goal of providing care Beyond the Basics. Their generous support provides help and hope for people impacted by disabilities, makes a real and profound difference in the lives of people we serve, and is key to ensuring the success of our mission.

Signature Sponsors - $15,000

Mike & Tina Douglas

Galen & Karen Pate

Living Well Sponsors - $10,000 Herve & Veronique Gindre


R&M Clark Family Foundation

Exceptional Services Sponsors - $5,000 Walt & Mary Jo Roberts

Remarkable Abilities Sponsors - $2,500

Peggy Eck

David & Julie Jones

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Heart of The Community Sponsors - $1,000 Miles & Cheri Cohen

Anne & Bill Losby

Thank you to our Event Underwriting Partners

Thank you to our Table Hosts Fuss Marketing Kevin & Leslie Plesamt Paul & Karen Hillen Beth Ryan Anne & Bill Losby Michael Morrow & Katherine MacKinnon


JoAnne Zoff

We Are Proud To Announce The 2021 Dreammaker Award Winners!

Self-Advocate Daniel Stallsworth

Community Partner Mary Birch, Developmental Disabilities Social Worker Hennepin County

Volunteer COVID-19 Volunteer Support Delivery Drivers & Meal Masters

Donor Carole Lee Randall and R&M Clark Family Foundation

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Thank You Galen & Karen Pate Proud supporters of Living Well Disability Services & Dakota’s Children since 1972

In loving memory of Betsy & Jonathan Pate


Thank You Mike & Tina Douglas David Douglas has been a resident of Living Well Disability Services since 1990. Living Well has truly transformed the lives of David and his family and for that we are so grateful. - Mike Douglas, brother of David

David would like to thank his wonderful parents and the incredible staff at his home for how they make his life so fulfilling and happy.

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Thank You Pate Bonding Inc. Pate Bonding, Inc. Proud supporters of Living Well Disability Services & Dakota’s Children since 1972 Pate Bonding, Inc. | Surety Bonds | PateBonding.com In loving memory of Jon Pate & Betsy Pate 18

Thank You Phillips Distilling



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Thank You Forever Pets Helping people cherish the memory of their pet

Thank You R&M Clark Family Foundation

PRoud to helP tRansFoRM lives Carole Lee Randall and family are dedicated to helping people achieve their highest level of independence, choice, and dignity.

R&M ClaRk FaMily Foundation


Thank You Herve & Veronique Gindre

HELPING TRANSFORM LIVES Herve & Veronique Gindre are dedicated to helping people achieve their highest level of independence, choice, and dignity.

Thank You Geritom Medical

Geritom Medical, Inc. provides comprehensive pharmacy, clinical, and medical supply based services for the long term care assisted living community and consumers with complex chronic health conditions.

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Thank You Wells Fargo

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Thank You Bituminous Roadways

Thank You Walt & Mary Jo Roberts

In loving memory of son John Roberts – Never Forgotten 22

Thank You Minnesota Vikings



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Premier Auction

#101 Erik’s Ranch & Retreats Montana Getaway Rated one of the World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals! Featured on Netflix’s second season of The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals, (season 2, episode 5) this item is beyond premium, its epic. Erik’s Ranch is located in Livingston, Montana and is nonprofit providing meaningful work and social opportunities for young adults with Autism. With this item, you get four nights in the gorgeous lodge that sleeps eight. While you’re there, you can enjoy eight horse rides, as well as guided hikes. And the best part is that your bid will benefit TWO NONPROFITS—20% of the winning bid will go to Erik’s Ranch to help support their mission too! Talk about a win-win!! Enjoy staying in beautiful Livingston, MT, just 45 Minutes from Yellow Stone National Park. INCLUDES:

• The Lodge sleeps 8 guests, air fare not included.

• Eight trail rides included, please note there may be weight limits for riders.

• Stay is good from September-June and must be used before January 1, 2024. For more information https://eriksranch.org/

OUR APPRECIATION TO: Erik’s Ranch & Retreats VALUE: $3,600

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#102 Polaris Adventure Trip On this trip, you get a two night stay at the beautiful Spearfish Canyon Lodge in Lead, South Dakota, near the Black Hills with 6 meals included. And if

accommodations were not enough, enjoy a full day of snowmobile or off-road

vehicle riding! You’ll be able to explore 350 miles of groomed trails while taking in all of the pristine mountain views. On a clear day you can even see four different states when you stop at Cement Ridge located 6,000 feet above sea level! Ride and Stay Package includes: • Two Nights I One Room

• Six Meals at the Lodge Restaurant

• Full-Day Snowmobile or Off Road Vehicle Rental (Dependent on Time of Year) • T-shirt I Sweatshirt


OUR APPRECIATION TO: Polaris Industries VALUE: $2,025


#103 Siesta Key Florida Beach House Dreaming of sunny skies and shady beaches? Then this is the trip for you. Enjoy a

one Week stay at gorgeous Siesta Key Florida Beach House. The house is located two blocks from the beach and five blocks from downtown Siesta Key Village. Details:

• Sleeps 8 with 3 bedrooms and a Den with pull-out. • Heated Pool!!

• Must book Saturday to Saturday • $200 cleaning fee

• Must be used before 12/31/2023.

• Do to high demand, this is already book out until June 2022. For more information go to https://siestakey.com/379160/ OUR APPRECIATION TO: Mike & Tina Douglas VALUE: $3,500

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#104 Vikings Game in Polaris Club & Stay at Radisson Blu MOA This amazing item includes four tickets to US Bank Stadium to watch the Vikings

vs. Bears, January 9th. You also get admission to the Polaris Club where you can watch the action just 41 feet from the field, and a VIP parking pass, so you don’t have to walk through the Minnesota cold to get to the stadium.

Make a night of it and use the included certificate for a one night stay at Radisson Blu at the MOA, with a $100 certificate for the hotel restaurant, Fire Lake. You will feel like a total VIP! Details:

• Game tickets with access to Polaris Club • VIP parking pass

• Radisson Blue MOA stay

• $100 Fire Lake certificate. https://www.radissonhotelsamericas.com/

OUR APPRECIATION TO: Troy Raddatz, ComputerLabs and Radisson Hotel Group VALUE: $1,500


#105 Northland Country Club, Unaccompanied Golf Foursome plus Tapemark MN PGA ProAm Swag Bag Northland Country Club isn’t just beautiful, it is a Donald Ross masterpiece.

First opened in 1899 this gorgeous private club off the shore of Lake Superior in Duluth, MN, is rated a Top 10 Minnesota course by Golf Digest (#8) and a Top

100 course in the US by Golf Magazine. As a private club, this is your chance to golf this incredible course with amazing views. You will also receive a golf swag bag from Tapemark Minnesota PGA ProAm’s 50th Anniversary. This is a golf lovers dream bid! Details:

• Package includes a round of Golf (unaccompanied foursome) • 18 holes with 2 carts

• Tapemark Minnesota PGA ProAm’s 50th Anniversary swag bag https://www.northlandcountryclub.com/

OUR APPRECIATION TO: Northland Country Club VALUE: $1,000

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