By Ryan Damlo, Foundation Executive Director
In less than a month, the Foundation and staff at Tri-County Health Care will present their first-ever All Heart Gala. This gala will celebrate the success of the Foundation as well as serve as a fundraiser for our worthwhile rehab and sports medicine programs.
The gala will be held at Thumper Pond in Ottertail on Friday, Oct. 12, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and include an elegant dinner, live and silent auctions and entertainment by Duelly Noted, a dueling pianos act.
The evening will kick off with a social hour and silent auction. Some silent auction items include autographed Minnesota Twins memorabilia, artwork, hotel and casino stays, a John Deere kids table set, Lakes Jam passes and much more! There will also be raffles and games for a chance to win prizes such as Minnesota Wild tickets and a Kate Spade purse.
An exciting live auction will also take place, made possible by several generous donations. The Cozy Theatre in Wadena is offering a private showing at the theater! We will also have two Coach purses, one with a $100 bill in it, and a two-person Canadian fly-in fishing trip for a four-night, three-day stay at a secluded lake.
The most anticipated item of the night is a 10-day South African safari hunt!
This trip of a lifetime is for four people to enjoy hunting in Limpopo Province or Northern Cape with trophy fees for one blesbuck and one impala per hunter. My parents recently stayed at this safari camp and said it was “100 percent top of the line” and like a “five-star restaurant every night.” While airfare is not included, this trip is all inclusive with luxurious thatched chalets, meals, all beverages, licensed professional hunter, tracker, skinner, and daily laundry services.
The funds raised from the gala will specifically help our rehab and sports medicine programs. These departments are critical in getting patients back to work, back to play and back to life! With the gala proceeds, they will be able to purchase equipment and technology to help patients keep moving.
The Foundation created the All Heart Gala to help celebrate the success it has had over the past year, raising almost $100,000 to give back to TCHC and the communities we serve. Some of the money raised was donated to our cancer care program so they could purchase a new low-entry bed to help fragile or bariatric patients easily transfer to the bed for treatment. A new cold compression device called PowerPlay was purchased for our sports medicine program to give our student-athletes instant treatment options at practice or games. The Foundation was also able to purchase equipment for obstetrics, lab, clinics and environmental services.
The All Heart Gala promises to be a fun event, and we hope that you will join us at Thumper Pond on Friday, Oct. 12!
Click here to register or learn more. You can also call me at 218-632-8148.
About the author: Ryan Damlo is the Foundation executive director at Tri-County Health Care. He joined TCHC in July of 2017 but has been a part of TCHC for the past two and a half years serving on the Foundation Board and the TCHC Wadena Clinic advisory committee.
Ryan and his family reside in southwest Wadena, and he is passionate about serving the community. Ryan volunteers with Pack 54 Cub Scouts as Cubmaster, serves as president of the Wadena Lions, is a board member for the Wadena Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and serves on the Wadena-Deer Creek Community Education advisory board. In his free time, Ryan loves spending time with his family, taking walks, going for bike rides and traveling.