Angels Among Us

Celebrating Those Who Stand By Us In Our Times of Need

You’re Invited

Friday, October 27, 2017
6:00 pm
The Metropolitan Ballroom
5418 Wayzata Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55416

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Angels Among Us

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Dear Friends,

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 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 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 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.

Learn more about Anne Marie


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

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Event Sponsors

Legacy Sponsors

  • K-Manufacturing/Kauffman Family
  • Paul Mooty & Mary Kileen-Mooty
  • Terrence & Debbie Kopp
  • Ursula & Paul Kuhrmeyer

Heritage Sponsors

  • David “Skip” Orlady & Patricia Orlady
  • The Betty Kane Family

Table Sponsors

  • Bill & Jackie Schroeder
  • Peter & Deirdre Hansen
  • Sondag Family
  • Patty Henjum
  • Julie Braun
  • Anne Marie Hansen
  • Henry Hansen

Dessert Auction Donors

Anne Marie Hansen

Live Auction Donors

  • Shaun Kopp and Terry & Debbie Kopp, Gianna Homes board member
  • Susan Linnell, Friend of Gianna Homes
  • Anne Marie Hansen, Gianna Homes Founder & CEO
  • Cindy Fermanich, Gianna Homes Bookkeeper
  • Minnesota Twins
  • Anonymous
  • Schneiderman’s Furniture

Heads & Tails Game Donors

Raffle Donors

Matching 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.

Schedule a Tour

Sursum Corda
4605 Fairhills Road East
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Phone 952-988-0953
Admissions 952-443-6113
Fax 952-988-6935

Gladys’ Place
10210 28th Avenue North
Plymouth, MN 55441
Phone 952-988-0953
Admissions 952-443-6113
Fax 763-710-4856

Administrative Office for Gianna Homes
Development Office
14451 Highway 7, Suite 223
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Phone 952-988-0953
Admissions 952-443-6113
Fax 952-303-3835