2012 Investing in Hope Gala

October 26, Friday night from 6:30-10:00pm Sofitel Hotel in Bloomington: More than 200 guests and 30 volunteers gathered together at the Sofitel in Bloomington on October 26, 2012 to feast and to bid on items. Almost $45,000 was raised to benefit the children who attend Anh Linh and other schools in Vietnam. This marks the fifth gala investing in hope.

The evening started with a wine raffle supported by Worldwide WineCellars and South Lyndale Liquors, and a silent auction banquet of items gathered by Katie Wilhoit, Kim-Anh Tong, Robyn Gray, Christine Martin and their crew of volunteers. Beth Cecchi again dazzled us with exquisite decorations, flower arrangements and unique table settings. ProLitho's Yen Le and Jennifer Christiansen provided the graphic which fine artist Eric Waugh translated into a brilliant original painting for the live auction. The Asian inspired meal by chef Mark Crane was topped only by the marvelous entertainment.

Brad Sattin (KSTP Anchor) guided us through videos, slides and visions of the children at Anh Linh school in Vietnam. We were mesmerized by Vietnamese traditional dances by the MeLinh dancers and the passionate rendition of "Imagine" by local singer Mivi Nguyen. We learned about how Bridges to Learning connects people from across the globe to the Anh Linh school through a video by Deacon Warner featuring founders Jerri Hirsch, Bob MacMurdo and sponsors John Sorich, Mary Jane Madden, and David Leckey.

We auctioned off tickets to the Madonna concert on Nov 3rd, for a Kindle Fire and for a Sounds of Blackness concert and a Mary Black concert.

A lively live auction by Col Kurt Johnson had us rolling with merriment as he describes items such as skydiving and going to the farmer's market with chef Tammy Wong, and helped our guests procure a week’s stay at a cozy home in the Caymen Islands. The event was culminated with the auction of a jade cuff fashioned by John Sorich of Diamonds Direct on 50th and France in Edina.

Please join us as we celebrate our 10th year of acting locally to make a global difference in the lives of abandoned streetchildren in Vietnam.