Friday, October 27, 2017
The Metropolitan Ballroom
5418 Wayzata Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Black Tie Admired
Angels Among Us
Please join the Gianna Homes family for our annual gala as we raise monies for the “Steve & Mary Mattson Fund,” which provides financial assistance to residents. We are excited to have Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, daughter of namesake Dr. Gianna Beretta Molla, as our evening’s keynote as she makes her historic first visit to Gianna Homes.
This year’s Angels Among Us event will include Dr. Molla who will show us how to live; our generous donors who continue to teach us how to give; and the many faces of staff and volunteers who bring the light of love to those who call Gianna “home.”
Over the past 18 years, families have told us that we have been the answer to their prayers in their time of need. This evening is about honoring those we have served and raising money to continue to lend a helping hand to those residents in most financial need.
We look forward to seeing you on October 27th.
– The Gianna Family
Gala Schedule and Entertainment
5:30pm – Special Cocktail Reception
Special Cocktail Reception for Table Sponsorships hosted by co-chairs Terry and Debbie Kopp to visit with Dr. Gianna Emanuela personally.
6:00pm – Reception and Activities
- Rustic Italian Hors d’oeuvre
- Cash Bar
- Mystery wall frame Game and Raffle
- Resident’s Original “Angel” artwork and Silent Auction
7:00pm – “Angels Among Us” Evening Begins
- Dinner catered by D’Amico
- Honoring the “Angels Among Us” Awards: Staff and Volunteer recognition
- “The Unexpected Joy to be Found in Caring for Another” Keynote Address by: Dr Gianna Emanuela Molla
- Cake Auction. Live Auction and Fund-A-Need hosted by Frank Sullivan
Gala Keynote Speaker
DR. GIANNA EMANUELA MOLLA
Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla is the daughter of our dear St. Gianna who our organization is named in honor of. Dr. Gianna practiced as a Geriatrician at the Geriatric Institute “Camilo Gulgi” in Abbiategrasso, Milan. In 2003, she left her profession to care for her father, Pietro, who has serious health problems until he died on April 3, 2010 at the age of almost 98.
Since her father passed away she has dedicated her life to spreading the joy of her saint Mother’s life and I heard her say that it took her many years to understand God’s will for her mother. But now she recognizes that the Lord, in His infinite wisdom, “thought Mama could do a lot of good, not only for the family, but all around the world. I am a direct testimony of all the good her decision to save my life has caused. And I thank my saint Mom and beloved Dad for this gift of life.”
Dr Gianna Emanuela will be sharing with us from her professional and personal experience the Unexpected Joy to be Found in Caring for Another.
TERRY AND DEBBIE KOPP, CO-CHAIRS
Terry and Debbie Kopp are honored to be asked to be the Chairs for this year’s Gianna Homes Gala. They have followed the work of Gianna Homes for many years and have been blessed to be able to support an organization that provides such loving care for each individual that they serve. Terry and Debbie are continually impressed with how the staff treats the residents with such joy, dedication and dignity – truly like family. They welcome everyone to join us at this year’s Gala in order to celebrate and to be inspired!
ANNE MARIE HANSEN, MC
Anne Marie Hansen is the President and Founder of Gianna Homes. Her dedication to making a contribution in the field of memory loss and senior care comes from very personal experiences and she instills that commitment into each employee that works for Gianna Homes to provide unique, individualized care which preserves the dignity of each resident while providing for his or her medical, social and spiritual needs.
FRANK SULLIVAN, AUCTIONEER
Frank Sullivan and O’Sullivan Auctioneers bring over 100 years of experience and 150 million dollars raised for nonprofits. Their team brings a dynamic combination of entertainment and fund procurement that will leave you with a smile on your face and an appreciation for your support.
2016 Gala Highlights
Watch highlights from the 2016 Gianna Gala.
Artist Susan Linnell
Learn about Susan Linnell, the artist who created the “angel” painting for the gala.
Live Auction Items
Dinner for Six
Enjoy a 4 course dinner with beer pairings for you and five of your closest friends, in your come, complete with a Certified Cicerone (beer expert)! Shaun Kopp will create a unique menu for you and your guests, with several international and local beers that will pair perfectly with each course. Explore the beauty of beer and food, an ancient and delicious marriage of flavors and experience. Both educational and savory, this event is sure to be a highlight for you and your guests of choosing! Value $600
Original Angel Artwork by Susan Linnell
Susan Linnell began porcelain painting when she was 30-years-old but started exploring watercolor when she retired from teaching High School French about 12 years ago. After trips to Europe, she was inspired to photograph and paint angels. This particular painting is one inspired by an angel she photographed in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, Italy. Susan has been connected to Gianna Homes through her dear friend Anne Marie as well as helping find a place for her friend and art teacher, Mary Ellen, when she needed memory care. They continue to enjoy each other’s company and inspire each other. Value $800
Schneiderman’s Furniture Shopping Spree
Enjoy a Schneiderman’s Furniture shopping spree of their heirloom quality pieces that reflect your personal style. Shop at any of their six Minnesota showrooms. Value $500
Take Me Out to the Ballgame Package
Enjoy an evening at Target Field to see the Minnesota Twins face off with the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from the Home Plate Box. Package also includes a signed baseball from Twins pitcher, Jose Berrios and a Twins T-shirt and ball cap. Value $850
The Napa Valley Experience
Two round-trip airfare tickets to San Francisco or Oakland International Airport. Hotel accommodations for 3 nights. Two wine tasting tour passes to four different wineries. Value $4,000
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Make a Donation
Can’t make it to this year’s event? Make a donation!
Dessert Auction Donors
Live Auction Donors
Heads & Tails Game Donors
Frame Game Donors
- Darlene’s Family
- Minnesota Lynx Foundation
- Minnesota Twins
- Minnesota Vikings
- David “Skip” Orlady, Gianna Homes Board Member & Volunteer
- Three Rivers Park District
- Wendy Ferril, Massage Therapist
Gianna Homes Sursum Corda is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to those who cannot otherwise afford Gianna’s services. Governed by a Board of Directors, this Foundation plays an essential role in raising the funds necessary to ensure that Gianna’s exceptional level of care is available to a broad spectrum of people from within our community regardless of their financial situation.