ResourceWest’s annual Hearts on Fire gala has always been a big deal. The Hopkins non-profit depends on the fundraiser for a huge proportion of its $230,000 budget.
But this year, the gala has taken on even greater significance. ResourceWest’s reached only half its goal for its giving campaign, so Hearts on Fire will determine how much the organization has to help families across the west metro.
“It is our only large annual fundraiser that we do on our own,” said Executive Director Judy Elling.
Hearts on Fire—named because “our hearts are on fire to do good in our community,” Elling said—is a Valentine's Day-themed dinner and dance, Feb. 12, at the Minnetonka Community Center.
The dinner will feature organic and locally grown food, and a Hopkins culinary arts teacher will prepare the deserts. Honky-tonk band Trailer Trash will provide music for the dance. There will also be silent and live auctions, the crowning of the night’s queen of hearts and recognition of the volunteer of the year.
The event, itself, is in need of some extra support. Sponsorships are low, possibly because of the down economy, Elling said. About half the tickets have been sold.
“This annual fundraiser is huge for us,” she said.
If you go …
When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12
Where: Minnetonka Community Center
- $80 for a single ticket to the dinner and dance (6:30 p.m. to midnight)
- $560 for a table (eight tickets for the price of seven)
- $40 for a single ticket to the dance only (9 p.m. to midnight)
To sponsor the event, contact Judy Elling at (952) 988-5351.