Holly Ball Sails In This Weekend

Holly Ball Sails In This Weekend Click to Enlarge Photo: Holly Ball/Facebook

(KNSI) - The annual Holly Ball Fundraiser in St. Cloud is this weekend at the River's Edge Convention Center.

The event raises money for the CentraCare Hospice, and the Coborn Cancer Center Greatest Needs Funds.

"We have two focuses for Holly Ball. One is cancer, and that is with screenings out in the community... And then we also have hospice and therapies," said Dawn Moen, CentraCare's Director of Development.

The funds raised provide "extras" that are not covered by insurance but make life better for patients and their families. These extras include wigs, pet therapy, music therapy, and more.

Since the fundraiser started, Holly Ball has raised more than $10 million for cancer and hospice.

"It's a really good way to come together as a community," said Holly Ball Chair, Chanda Gebhardt.

This year's theme is the 45th Voyage, where participants can take a step back in time aboard the ship of dreams.

"Expect a lot of fun, a lot of wonderful things to do. The main event room will have kind-of a nautical feel. We're asking guests to dress in jewel tones. It's always such a great event," said Beth Cummings, the event coordinator for the CentraCare Foundation.

The event includes an evening of fine dining, a party below deck with Justin Ploof and the Throwbacks and celebrity DJ Rage, a silent auction, Whiskey Bar, and more.

New this year is the Sparkle Bag Jewelry Pull. For $50, participants can pull from one of 300 bags for a piece of jewelry valued at $50 or higher. The grand prize is a $5,000 "Heart of the Ocean" necklace.

"It's a great way to get any last-minute Christmas gifts," said Moen.

The proceeds from the jewelry pull will benefit the Coborn's Healing Center.

During the program, local musician Michael Shynes will debut a new song.

"He is premiering a world-premiere song called "Walk Together," which is based upon several cancer patient stories that have been shared with us about the journey of cancer," said Moen.

Shynes will perform during dinner and in the lounge from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Around 2,000 people attend the event each year.

In 2018, Holly Ball set a record by raising more than $840,000.

"Every year, it seems like we have people that come out and give just a little bit more," said Cummings.

Tickets are still available. For ticket information, click here, or call 320-240-2810.

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