September 27, 2012

Dream On gala rocks the house for youth recovery trustees, leaders, special guests and friends gathered at the 2012 Dream On Gala earlier this month for an evening of hope and celebration to support Hazelden's national youth recovery initiatives.

At the Nicollet Island Pavilion, with the Mississippi River gliding by, the second annual Dream On youth gala was held in Minneapolis, Minn. The evening honored Father Michael O'Connell and all the work he has done over the past several decades, not only for Hazelden's youth and families but also for the community at large.

William C. Moyers, Hazelden's Vice President of Public Affairs, and Laurie Dhue, Renew editor at large, media consultant and recovery spokesperson, co-emceed the gala, which grossed approximately $500,000 for youth services. Later in the night Jana Olslund, Hazelden's vice president of philanthropy, also announced to the more than 500 attendees that they had surpassed all fundraising goals for the event.

“Not passed — shattered,” she clarified.“Moyers brought a sense of community that unites those in recovery and those who wholeheartedly support Hazelden’s mission, as he balanced seriousness with levity [he raised $65 with an ad-libbed ‘swear jar’]. Dhue helped ground those who came from across the country with her national presence,” said Samantha Moy of Hazelden.

During the event, a silent auction featured artwork created by patients while in treatment at Hazelden in Plymouth, Minn. A live auction featured donated items as a steelhead fishing trip to Oregon and a chance to join Andrew Zimmern on the set of Bizarre Foods.

Images courtesy of Hazelden.

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