Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

2020 Annual Gala | Rice Health Foundation

Event Description

The 2020 Annual Gala is going virtual!

In the comfort of your own home, you will be able to watch and interact with the shortened live event that will include information about the beneficiaries, silent and live auction bidding, and a pledge section.

Friday, November 13, 2020
Live streaming event
Social Time 6:15 - 7:00 pm
Gala Program 7:00 - 8:00 pm

  • Hosts, Dr. David and Chris Newcomer, will welcome you.
  • Board Chair, Mick Quinn, will serve as emcee and check in with a few house parties.
  • Silent Auction items will include collectibles, yummy treats, unique experiences, and a surprise or two.
  • Gala favorite, Kristine Fladeboe Duininck, of Fladeboe Auctioneers, will lead the Live Auction bidding and pledge section.
  • You'll hear stories of how Carris Health-Rice Hospice has impacted lives and how your gifts will make a difference.
  • Hear from frontline staff, and a patient about their COVID experiences.
  • Special music, and prize drawings will all add to the fun!

2020 Beneficiary — Carris Health - Rice Hospice

Gala proceeds will benefit patients and their families receiving Carris Health - Rice Hospice services in Appleton, Benson, Granite Falls, Montevideo, Ortonville/Graceville, Willmar, and surrounding communities. Hospice provides end-of-life skilled nursing care, counseling, spiritual care, complementary therapies, and education.

Your support will also replenish the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, established to care for loved ones and neighbors infected with the coronavirus, as well as provide supplies and support for healthcare workers.

Why We're Here

Rice Memorial Hospital — the heart of the Willmar community — could not exist without the generous philanthropic support of our area residents. Each year, 100% of the proceeds from the Gala are reinvested back into the community to support Rice Hospital initiatives.

Sponsors provide the funding that make it all possible!

If you or your business would like to be a sponsor of the 2020 Gala, please contact the Foundation office at 320-231-4065 or by email.

Upcoming Dates
  • No upcoming dates available.