Who: Friends and clients of Hammer Residences
What: Fundraiser in summer’s hottest venue
Where: Metropolitan Club, Target Field
When: Thursday, July 22, 2010
Why: To gather and raise funds for Hammer Residences, which houses and helps people with disabilities.
You know when you’re in a room and everyone feels like family? Nobody looks out of place and everybody is just catching up. That’s the “feels like family” vibe we felt at Artcetera, a benefit that raises funds to help people with disabilities as they live life to the fullest at Hammer Residences. As we mixed and mingled with our newfound clan, we couldn’t help but have a big smile on our face during the entire event.
The Metropolitan Club at Target Field is an A+ venue with great views of the field, an orange-lit bar, and high vault ceilings, which we took in while we grabbed some ballpark fare—a hot dog (with sauerkraut and all the fixings, of course), chips, and baked beans.
Folk rocker Billy McLaughlin performed, but also shared his story and experiences with Hammer. His sister, Molly McLaughlin, lives in one of the residences, and let’s just say that despite McLaughlin’ stellar performance, his sister was the real star of the evening though. Not only did KARE 11 anchor and host Rena Sarigianopoulos introduce her, but Molly also performed with Billy later in the evening.
The auction items included a signed baseball from Kirby Puckett, a poster signed by Harmon Killebrew, tons of gift certificates, Twins tickets, Aveda gift baskets, and special artwork done by Hammer residents. “Look! This is the one I made!” we overheard one proud patron say. Like we said . . . smiling all night long.
A hot spot for the event had to be the Wall of Wine, which allowed people to donate $20 and then pick a bottle out of the mix. The bottles ranged from $20 to $100, so a few lucky guests could really score here. The other highlight had to be the Wii challenge, which allowed guests to donate $10 to play against a Hammer resident. If only our Wii bowling skills were up to snuff!
We had to duck out early, but now we’re really smiling because, according to Hammer, the evening raised more than $70,000. Way to hit it out of the park!
More photos by Mike Feltault can be found here.